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Featured Shop: Don Fisher

Aug 10, 2015

by Julia Castaño

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Ahoy! This is Captain Don Fisher speaking. Actually, this is Julia Castaño – the girl behind the bearded Captain’s concept. I’m a graphic designer based in Barcelona, Spain.

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I studied branding and design. When I finished my master’s degree in 2012, all I could think about was having my own shop where I could make beautiful things. Back then, my favorite thing to do was spend hours browsing beautiful pictures on Pinterest, so I started a blog called Pesca lo Bonito, which is a pun that means “fishing beautiful things.” (In Spanish, bonito means beautiful, but a bonito is also a kind of fish.) There, I shared beautiful projects by different designers that I really liked.

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Sometime after I started Pesca lo Bonito, my mom said, “Why don’t you make fish-shaped pencil cases? They would be beautiful bonitos!” With that, I started designing and sewing, and my collection has grown from there. When I was thinking of what to name my brand, I knew it had to be the name of a Captain (of course!) – so Don Fisher was a pretty good option. And here we are.

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When I presented Don Fisher for the first time – at one of the best European handmade fairs, Festivalet – it was beyond successful. I never imagined such a good reaction to my creations! Some days later, I decided to open an Etsy shop so I could sell my products worldwide. I’m very happy I made the decision to open a shop here. I receive lots of nice messages supporting my work, and that’s very encouraging for me.

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I started this brand all by myself, but my family and boyfriend always help with everything they can: they come with me to fairs, help cut and sew when things are busy, and my boyfriend even dresses up as Captain Don Fisher himself when we’re at events. This past year, I introduced new products such as bags, backpacks and beach towels, and I am currently working on some ideas that will come to life after the summer break. I can’t wait to share them – stay tuned!

Follow Don Fisher on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

All photographs by Caro Adrover.

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OYSTER - purse
OYSTER - purse
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Narwhal
Narwhal
DonFisherShop
$50.17 USD
Blue Whale
Blue Whale
DonFisherShop
$83.21 USD
Small Piranha purse / keychain
Small Piranha purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$26.92 USD
Pink Dolphin
Pink Dolphin
DonFisherShop
$59.96 USD
Jellyfish
Jellyfish
DonFisherShop
$83.21 USD
FLYING FISH - fish purse / keychain (waterproof)
FLYING FISH - fish purse / keychain (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$29.37 USD
VERDIN - fish case
VERDIN - fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Hatchetfish - fish bag (waterproof)
Hatchetfish - fish bag (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$53.84 USD
Jacksmelt - fish case
Jacksmelt - fish case
DonFisherShop
$35.49 USD
SAINT PETER - fish case
SAINT PETER - fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Blue LARGE SHELL - fish purse
Blue LARGE SHELL - fish purse
DonFisherShop
$29.37 USD
CRAB - case
CRAB - case
DonFisherShop
$45.28 USD
Eel
Eel
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Gray HERRING  - fish purse / keychain
Gray HERRING - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$23.25 USD
Pink Sweeper fish
Pink Sweeper fish
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
Small Green SILVER BIDDY - fish purse / keychain
Small Green SILVER BIDDY - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.37 USD
CODFISH - fish handbag
CODFISH - fish handbag
DonFisherShop
$25.09 USD
Damselfish - adult
Damselfish - adult
DonFisherShop
$62.41 USD
Piranha Adult
Piranha Adult
DonFisherShop
$78.32 USD
Aqua BATFISH  - fish purse / keychain
Aqua BATFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
GOLDFISH  - fish case
GOLDFISH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
TOTE BAG - WHITE
TOTE BAG - WHITE
DonFisherShop
$19.58 USD
Blue BREAM  - fish purse / keychain
Blue BREAM - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$25.70 USD
TUNA - fish handbag
TUNA - fish handbag
DonFisherShop
$50.17 USD
TOTE BAG - MUSTARD
TOTE BAG - MUSTARD
DonFisherShop
$22.03 USD
Cardenal Mint purse / keychain
Cardenal Mint purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$24.47 USD
Aqua Sweeper fish
Aqua Sweeper fish
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
Golden ANCHOVY - Purse / Keychain
Golden ANCHOVY - Purse / Keychain
DonFisherShop
$23.25 USD
TOTE BAG - BLUE
TOTE BAG - BLUE
DonFisherShop
$22.03 USD
Small Pompano
Small Pompano
DonFisherShop
$53.84 USD
TURBOT - fish case
TURBOT - fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Golden THREADFIN BREAM - fish case
Golden THREADFIN BREAM - fish case
DonFisherShop
$36.71 USD
Small TURTLE - purse
Small TURTLE - purse
DonFisherShop
$44.05 USD
Blue BATFISH - fish purse / keychain
Blue BATFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
Blue Señorita - purse / keychain
Blue Señorita - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$30.59 USD
Arawana
Arawana
DonFisherShop
$34.26 USD
Small Aqua PUFFERFISH - fish bag
Small Aqua PUFFERFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$48.95 USD
Pink SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
Pink SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
SOLE - fish case
SOLE - fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
Pink Starfish
Pink Starfish
DonFisherShop
$31.82 USD
SNAPPER - fish case
SNAPPER - fish case
DonFisherShop
$36.71 USD
Small Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
Small Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$48.95 USD
Blue ANCHOVY - fish purse / keychain
Blue ANCHOVY - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$23.25 USD
Circular Batfish
Circular Batfish
DonFisherShop
$36.71 USD
Filefish
Filefish
DonFisherShop
$63.63 USD
Bigeye Emperor
Bigeye Emperor
DonFisherShop
$35.49 USD
Green Sweeper fish
Green Sweeper fish
DonFisherShop
$28.14 USD
Scorpionfish
Scorpionfish
DonFisherShop
$40.38 USD
Green FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
Green FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.37 USD
SQUID - purse
SQUID - purse
DonFisherShop
$45.28 USD
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - AUSTRALIA
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - AUSTRALIA
DonFisherShop
$22.03 USD
Blue Discus
Blue Discus
DonFisherShop
$50.17 USD
CARP KOI - fish case
CARP KOI - fish case
DonFisherShop
$36.71 USD
Yellow FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
Yellow FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.37 USD
Golden GOLDENFISH - fish bag
Golden GOLDENFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$75.87 USD
KING SALMON - fish handbag
KING SALMON - fish handbag
DonFisherShop
$25.09 USD
Sail fish
Sail fish
DonFisherShop
$58.74 USD
Soldier
Soldier
DonFisherShop
$34.26 USD
Pirarucú
Pirarucú
DonFisherShop
$34.26 USD

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