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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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Pink SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
Pink SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$26.70 USD
OYSTER - purse
OYSTER - purse
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
TRIGGERFISH - fish case
TRIGGERFISH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$33.67 USD
VERDIN - fish case
VERDIN - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Mustard HERRING  - fish purse / keychain
Mustard HERRING - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$22.06 USD
Navy HERRING - fish purse / keychain
Navy HERRING - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$22.06 USD
REDFISH - fish case
REDFISH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Adult SHARK - fish backpack
Adult SHARK - fish backpack
DonFisherShop
$58.05 USD
Blue Señorita - purse / keychain
Blue Señorita - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.02 USD
FLYING FISH - fish purse / keychain (waterproof)
FLYING FISH - fish purse / keychain (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$27.86 USD
SQUID - purse
SQUID - purse
DonFisherShop
$42.95 USD
GROUPER - fish case
GROUPER - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
CARP (Carpa) - Estuche pez
CARP (Carpa) - Estuche pez
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Sail fish
Sail fish
DonFisherShop
$55.72 USD
CLAM - purse
CLAM - purse
DonFisherShop
$29.02 USD
Kid TURTLE  - backpack
Kid TURTLE - backpack
DonFisherShop
$69.65 USD
Orca - fish bag (waterproof)
Orca - fish bag (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$71.98 USD
Big Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
Big Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$51.08 USD
Pink Large SHELL - purse
Pink Large SHELL - purse
DonFisherShop
$29.02 USD
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - ATLANTIC
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - ATLANTIC
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
SAURY - fish case
SAURY - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Small Green SILVER BIDDY - fish purse / keychain
Small Green SILVER BIDDY - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$27.86 USD
Golden GOLDENFISH - fish bag
Golden GOLDENFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$71.98 USD
OCTOPUS - keychain
OCTOPUS - keychain
DonFisherShop
$42.95 USD
CRAB - case
CRAB - case
DonFisherShop
$42.95 USD
Māui Dolphin
Māui Dolphin
DonFisherShop
$78.94 USD
Orange SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
Orange SEAHORSE - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$26.70 USD
TOTE BAG - BLUE
TOTE BAG - BLUE
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - JAPAN
EMBROIDERED STICKERS - JAPAN
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
MACKEREL - fish case
MACKEREL - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Orange Señorita - purse / keychain
Orange Señorita - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.02 USD
Small Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
Small Pink PUFFERFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$46.44 USD
MULLETFISH  - fish case
MULLETFISH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
CARP KOI - fish case
CARP KOI - fish case
DonFisherShop
$34.83 USD
Jacksmelt - fish case
Jacksmelt - fish case
DonFisherShop
$33.67 USD
Golden THREADFIN BREAM - fish case
Golden THREADFIN BREAM - fish case
DonFisherShop
$34.83 USD
Big Pompano
Big Pompano
DonFisherShop
$60.37 USD
ROCKFISH - fish case
ROCKFISH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Kid OPAH - fish backpack (waterproof)
Kid OPAH - fish backpack (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$56.88 USD
Dolphin fish
Dolphin fish
DonFisherShop
$40.63 USD
Pink Señorita - purse / keychain
Pink Señorita - purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$29.02 USD
Big Aqua PUFFERFISH - fish bag
Big Aqua PUFFERFISH - fish bag
DonFisherShop
$51.08 USD
Turbot-Fish Case
Turbot-Fish Case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
SAINT PETER-Fish case
SAINT PETER-Fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Print-A3 SEABREAM (bream)
Print-A3 SEABREAM (bream)
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
Print-A3 PERCH (Perch)
Print-A3 PERCH (Perch)
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
Print-A3 SMALL HALIBUT (Halibut)
Print-A3 SMALL HALIBUT (Halibut)
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
Print-A3 ROCKFISH (Rock)
Print-A3 ROCKFISH (Rock)
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
Print-A3 trout (Trout)
Print-A3 trout (Trout)
DonFisherShop
$20.90 USD
Kid Blue SILVER BIDDY - fish backpack
Kid Blue SILVER BIDDY - fish backpack
DonFisherShop
$52.24 USD
Hatchetfish - fish bag (waterproof)
Hatchetfish - fish bag (waterproof)
DonFisherShop
$51.08 USD
Orange FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
Orange FANFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$27.86 USD
Gray HERRING  - fish purse / keychain
Gray HERRING - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$22.06 USD
Small TURTLE - purse
Small TURTLE - purse
DonFisherShop
$41.79 USD
Blue BATFISH - fish purse / keychain
Blue BATFISH - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$26.70 USD
Blue BREAM  - fish purse / keychain
Blue BREAM - fish purse / keychain
DonFisherShop
$24.38 USD
PERCH  - fish case
PERCH - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
SARDINE - fish case
SARDINE - fish case
DonFisherShop
$30.18 USD
Kid SHARK  - fish backpack
Kid SHARK - fish backpack
DonFisherShop
$52.24 USD
Adult BlueSILVER BIDDY - fish backpack
Adult BlueSILVER BIDDY - fish backpack
DonFisherShop
$60.37 USD

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