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Bazaar of Alternative Design Aims to Be More Than Just Another Fair

Adriana Mosquera

By Jade Arroyo

Bringing to the city more than 70 independent brands that show the best of emerging design in fashion, furniture, jewelry, painting, photography, textile art, and more, the Bazaar of Alternative Art and Design has been a self-managed organization and itinerant open space in our city for independent art and design since 2013. The bazaar comes back this weekend to the Centro Cultural Allende.

Organizers created the bazaar to disseminate and encourage the fair purchase of handmade Mexican products, but also with larger goals—promoting social cohesion through creative collaboration among Mexicans.

Transcending the mere experience of shopping, the bazaar puts on various other entertainment options, such as fashion catwalks, bands, and live DJs. It also provides other touches such as workshops and artisanal gourmet garnachas (various kinds of traditional food served in a tortilla).

Its current poster was made by Lorenzo Lorenzzo, a Mexican illustrator and potter. The poster is inspired by the Movida Madrileña, a Spanish postpunk movement from which artists such as Almodóvar, Alaska, and Dinarama emerged.

Why consume items made in México?

There are many reasons to consume Mexican-made products. For starters, when you shop here, you help generate a market that is an economic alternative to mass-produced items. By not giving your money to foreign businesses, you create opportunities not just for the seller but for the Mexican producers they rely on for the items they purchase to make their creations.

Devaluing Mexican work devalues México’s history and makes it difficult to further develop Mexican identity and economic growth. Buying what has been made in México gives thousands of people a job and allows for a more developed entrepreneurial culture and consolidation of the Mexican identity. Be part of the solution. Come to the Bazaar of Alternative Design this weekend on August 10 and 11, from 10am to 6pm.



Bazaar of Alternative Design

Sat–Sun, Aug 10–11, 10am–6pm

Centro Cultural Allende

Ancha de San Antonio 30

Free entrance

On Facebook: San Miguel Alternative Design Bazaar

On Instagram: @ bazar.diseno.alternativo.sma




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