12.15.2010

My Unique LA Experience


This past Sunday the girls & I headed downtown for the Unique LA independent design & gift show to see what's happening in the West Coast craft scene, and it was unreal! Booth after booth was stuffed with beautiful handmade items, and I was so inspired and overwhelmed by the creativity of some of the vendors there. I made sure to grab cards of my favorites, and that's what I'm going to share with you right now!


^ Oh, Hello Friend
I'm sure a lot (and I mean a lot) of you already know of Danni. She has an amazing and inspiring blog & Etsy shop, and it was such a treat to see her stuff in person. Everything was displayed in a way you could tell she has a background in design, and of course it was one of the busiest booths on the floor!


^ The Weekend Store
This booth was also packed, and it was hard to see why. She had an inspiring array of repurposed vintage jewelry; antique map locations that were made into necklaces, cufflinks & earrings; and other antique illustrations carefully placed and packaged into wearable art. You can check out her website here.


^ Bedford Falls Headwear
These ladies had it going on in the hair accessories department, and the way they set up their merchandise (on old crates) was sooo fun. Every way you looked ladies were trying on fascinators, and everything has this Old West, vaudeville feel to it. Heck, I don't know many girls who wouldn't do a little can-can for one of these. :) Check out their website here.



^ Homako
This chick is one of my favorite Etsy shops, so I was thrilled to meet her in person (and she is just as adorable as you might think she is). She specializes in felt & fabric jewelry & accessories, and everything she makes is just stunning. Check out here Etsy store here.


^ Melissa Loschy Designs
Melissa's booth was my favorite of the day. She takes images on photo paper and then hand-sews them into pendants and other amazing accessories. I'd never seen anything like her stuff before, which was really refreshing, and I was extremely happy to walk away with one of her wolf necklaces. Check out here Etsy store here.



^ Lulu Dee
This girl...is awesome. My friends and I were in a fit of giggles over her 80s-song-inspired letterpress cards (like the one pictured above). I love it when paper designers also have a sense of humor, and it takes talent to translate that into a design. Be sure and check out her stuff on Etsy.



^ Wolfum
I absolutely fell in love with two things in this booth: her bookends (like the one pictured above), and these chair cushions that had a silk-screened rabbit on one. Needless to say, I loved her overall aesthetic, which mixed rustic Southwestern with a vintage flair. Her website is being built, but for right now you can check out her tumblr page and see all her amazing products.



^ Kauzbots
My heart absolutely melted at this booth. We talked with one of the founders, who said it all started with some dads who wanted their kids to grow up with a toy that teaches them social awareness. Each one is sewn to maximum cuteness, and the back pocket has a little plush heart that relates to the "kauze" of each bot, where ten percent of each sale goes. Check out their story & store here.


Did any of you go to Unique L.A. this past weekend? What were your favorites?

2 comments:

  1. I was there and bought some of the Wolfum bookends and pillows! :) I also loved the 28 Squares guy who made really cool LA-based tees. And did you see the eco nail polish made here, Sheswai Lacquer? There is no chemicals and the top is wood not plastic - so pretty!

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  2. You did! SO jealous! I loved them. I did see 28 Squares but totally missed the nail polish! I'll have to look them up. Thanks for sharing!

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