By Shea Parton
Photos by Jason Roque, Gerald Ortiz
Apolis: Nomad Market is a traveling installation featuring Apolis’ collection, stories & films. The goal of our Nomad Market is to bring the inspiring talents & stories of our global artisans to a local marketplace. Since October 2012, Nomad Market has passed through the local neighborhoods of: Steven Alan (Chelsea, NY), Hickoree’s (Brooklyn, NY), Need Supply (Richmond, VA), Tenet (Southampton, NY), Journal Standard (Shibuya-ku, Japan), Willy's (Detroit, MI) and Glasswing Shop (Seattle, WA). We have been so thankful for the global response to Nomad Market and all the new friends we have met along the way! In an effort to visit more neighborhoods this year we are keeping the current international installation inside Journal Standard and our second domestic Nomad Market is currently inside Voyager in San Francisco.
Two years after opening Apolis: Nomad Market inside Steven Alan's Chelsea Annex, we're pleased to respond to our Northern California following of Apolis in the Fog City of San Francisco. On December 3rd we were proud to host the opening reception of San Francisco's Apolis: Nomad Market with our exclusive Apolis + Voyager San Francisco Market Bag. The San Francisco market bag is our 75th of 102 City Series market bags, connecting regional retailers with our global advocacy work and helping to create consistent employment for the artisans that handcraft the market bags in rural Bangladesh. We are so proud to include San Francisco in our Local + Global campaign and our first citywide market bag giveaway that we completed on July 31st.
We shared our eighth Nomad Market gathering with over 100 guests for a private evening with drinks and a live conversation moderated by Voyager founder Robert Paterson. I (Shea), was asked a few live questions by Robert and a handful of open mic questions from the audience. It was great to share the story of how Apolis has evolved over the years and answer a few honest questions about lessons we have learned along the way. We would like to thank the Voyager team for their hard work and also all of our friends and Apolis Nomads who joined us in San Francisco. The Nomad Market will remain in SF through January 2015 and will then move onto Berkley in February. Keep your eyes peeled for the Nomad Market in a neighborhood near you.