Welcome to the first edition of Gifted, an annual collection of Edmonton Made products that makes it easy to shop local, whether you are an Edmonton resident, visitor, or business. The idea for Gifted was hatched by Edmonton Made, a program run by Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, which fosters entrepreneurs and their ambitions to grow while contributing to Edmonton’s economic diversity.
In the spring of 2017, Edmonton Made issued an open call for submissions for the gift catalogue, and assembled a group of business and design experts to help narrow down the list of 278 submissions and choose the selections for this collection.
To decide on the content for the cover, the selection committee identified their top choices, then asked the Edmonton Made community to vote through social media for their favourite. Their choice was clear: Clo’s General Leather Co’s Weekend Warrior bag.
The catalogue contains 99 products by 42 local makers, but it is only a taste of what Edmonton has to offer. Many more local companies can be found in the Local Business Directory.
And of course next year, Edmonton Made plans to feature a new crop of decadent, beautiful and well-crafted products in the second edition of Gifted. This is only the beginning!
Program Manager, Edmonton Made