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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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WHALE (whale) - bag fish
WHALE (whale) - bag fish
DonFisherShop
$70.78 USD
Scum-Fish case
Scum-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
Small Turtle-purse turtle
Small Turtle-purse turtle
DonFisherShop
$42.71 USD
OYSTER (Ostra)
OYSTER (Ostra)
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
OCTOPUS (Pulpo)
OCTOPUS (Pulpo)
DonFisherShop
$43.93 USD
SQUID (Calamar)
SQUID (Calamar)
DonFisherShop
$43.93 USD
Blue butterfly fish (blue butterfly)-Fish case
Blue butterfly fish (blue butterfly)-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$34.17 USD
BLUE ANCHOVY (Anchoa Azul)
BLUE ANCHOVY (Anchoa Azul)
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
TRIGGERFISH (crossbow) - box fish
TRIGGERFISH (crossbow) - box fish
DonFisherShop
$34.17 USD
Small GREEN SILVER BIDDY (Pequeña mojarra verde)
Small GREEN SILVER BIDDY (Pequeña mojarra verde)
DonFisherShop
$28.07 USD
PINK GOLDENFISH (Pez dorado rosa)
PINK GOLDENFISH (Pez dorado rosa)
DonFisherShop
$74.44 USD
Small green PUFFERFISH (small green balloon)-Fish bag
Small green PUFFERFISH (small green balloon)-Fish bag
DonFisherShop
$48.82 USD
SOLE (flounder)-case fish
SOLE (flounder)-case fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
MUSTARD Herring (mustard herring)-keychain or purse fish
MUSTARD Herring (mustard herring)-keychain or purse fish
DonFisherShop
$23.19 USD
ADULT SHARK (shark adult)-backpack fish
ADULT SHARK (shark adult)-backpack fish
DonFisherShop
$58.58 USD
SEABREAM (bream) - box fish
SEABREAM (bream) - box fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
Water Herring-keychain or purse fish
Water Herring-keychain or purse fish
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
NAVY BLUE HERRING (herring marine)-key chain or purse fish
NAVY BLUE HERRING (herring marine)-key chain or purse fish
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
Pearl Herring-keychain or purse fish
Pearl Herring-keychain or purse fish
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
MUSTARD BREAM (mustard bream)-purse or fish keychain
MUSTARD BREAM (mustard bream)-purse or fish keychain
DonFisherShop
$24.41 USD
Adult BLUE SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra Azul Adulto)
Adult BLUE SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra Azul Adulto)
DonFisherShop
$61.02 USD
Carp-Fish case
Carp-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
PERCH (Perca) - box fish
PERCH (Perca) - box fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
BREAM (pink sea bream) PINK - purse or Keychain fish
BREAM (pink sea bream) PINK - purse or Keychain fish
DonFisherShop
$24.41 USD
CATFISH (CAT) - key chain or purse fish
CATFISH (CAT) - key chain or purse fish
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
BLUE LARGE SHELL (Caracola azul)
BLUE LARGE SHELL (Caracola azul)
DonFisherShop
$26.85 USD
Kid Blue SILVER BIDDY (Little blue Child)
Kid Blue SILVER BIDDY (Little blue Child)
DonFisherShop
$53.70 USD
REDFISH (redfish)-Fish case
REDFISH (redfish)-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
ROCKFISH (Rock) - box fish
ROCKFISH (Rock) - box fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
GOBY (goby) - purse or Keychain fish
GOBY (goby) - purse or Keychain fish
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
CLOWNFISH (Clown)-Fish case
CLOWNFISH (Clown)-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$34.17 USD
SURGEONFISH (surgeon) - case fish
SURGEONFISH (surgeon) - case fish
DonFisherShop
$34.17 USD
Pink BATFISH (pink filamentous)-purse or fish keychain
Pink BATFISH (pink filamentous)-purse or fish keychain
DonFisherShop
$26.85 USD
CODFISH (COD)-Fish hand bag
CODFISH (COD)-Fish hand bag
DonFisherShop
$46.38 USD
Water HALIBUT (HALIBUT water)-Backpack fish
Water HALIBUT (HALIBUT water)-Backpack fish
DonFisherShop
$58.58 USD
SARDINE (sardine)-case fish
SARDINE (sardine)-case fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
Whiting (whiting)-Fish point needle case
Whiting (whiting)-Fish point needle case
DonFisherShop
$36.61 USD
Nice (Nice)
Nice (Nice)
DonFisherShop
$48.82 USD
Herringbone Fish Purse
Herringbone Fish Purse
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
MUSTARD GOLDENFISH (Pez dorado mostaza)
MUSTARD GOLDENFISH (Pez dorado mostaza)
DonFisherShop
$74.44 USD
PINK ANCHOVY (Anchoa rosa)
PINK ANCHOVY (Anchoa rosa)
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
MACKEREL (mackerel)-Fish case
MACKEREL (mackerel)-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
BIG PINK PUFFERFISH (big pink balloon) - bag fish
BIG PINK PUFFERFISH (big pink balloon) - bag fish
DonFisherShop
$53.70 USD
KING Salmon (Royal salmon)-Fish hand bag
KING Salmon (Royal salmon)-Fish hand bag
DonFisherShop
$46.38 USD
GREEN BATFISH (filamentous green) - purse or Keychain fish
GREEN BATFISH (filamentous green) - purse or Keychain fish
DonFisherShop
$26.85 USD
BLUE BATFISH (filamentous blue)-purse or Keychain fish
BLUE BATFISH (filamentous blue)-purse or Keychain fish
DonFisherShop
$26.85 USD
KID TURTLE (turtle boy) - backpack turtle
KID TURTLE (turtle boy) - backpack turtle
DonFisherShop
$70.78 USD
MUSTARD ANCHOVY (Anchoa Mostaza)
MUSTARD ANCHOVY (Anchoa Mostaza)
DonFisherShop
$21.97 USD
SAURY (Paparda)
SAURY (Paparda)
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
FISH RATTLE - Sonajero pez
FISH RATTLE - Sonajero pez
DonFisherShop
$23.19 USD
CARP KOI (Carpa Koi)
CARP KOI (Carpa Koi)
DonFisherShop
$35.39 USD
Big Green PUFFERFISH (Big green Balloon)-Fish bag
Big Green PUFFERFISH (Big green Balloon)-Fish bag
DonFisherShop
$53.70 USD
SMALL HALIBUT (halibut)-case fish
SMALL HALIBUT (halibut)-case fish
DonFisherShop
$31.73 USD
GREEN BUTTERFLY FISH (butterfly green) - box fish
GREEN BUTTERFLY FISH (butterfly green) - box fish
DonFisherShop
$34.17 USD
Small BLUE SILVER BIDDY (Pequeña mojarra azul)
Small BLUE SILVER BIDDY (Pequeña mojarra azul)
DonFisherShop
$28.07 USD
CLAM (Almeja)
CLAM (Almeja)
DonFisherShop
$29.29 USD
GOLDEN THREADFIN BREAM (Besugo del hilo dorado)
GOLDEN THREADFIN BREAM (Besugo del hilo dorado)
DonFisherShop
$35.39 USD
Kid PINK SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra rosa niño)
Kid PINK SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra rosa niño)
DonFisherShop
$53.70 USD
Adult PINK SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra Rosa Adulto)
Adult PINK SILVER BIDDY (Mojarra Rosa Adulto)
DonFisherShop
$61.02 USD
SNAPPER (Pargo)
SNAPPER (Pargo)
DonFisherShop
$35.39 USD

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