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Hotpot Variety
Where: Toronto, ON
What: Designer / Crochet 

Hotpot Variety is the hottest new crochet focused brand founded by Jess Papp. Hotpot Variety is described by Jess as "a Toronto fashion studio that specialized in handmade crochet accessories". The brand caught the attention of many during the pandemic, including one of Canada's top fashion retailers Holt Renfrew, who currently stocks the brand's staple bucket hats. Pier Five discovered Hotpot Variety towards the end of 2021 and instantly fell in love. Jess was Pier Five's first guest of the new year and you can check out the full interview here.

Why are you excited to be a part of the grant project?

I'm excited to be a part of the grant project because I would love to contribute back to the community with my art in any way that I can. To be able to support and help somebody fulfill their passions is a no brainer!

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Can you tell us about the pieces that you've made for the grant?

For the grant pieces, I wanted to create unique colourways using my signature checkered designs, in both big and small patterns. These colourways are brand new and I think they fit great with the Pier Five aesthetic.