The Renegade Craft Fair has been the go-to marketplace for indie-handcrafted goods since its first show in 2003. It showcases hundreds of vendors in several large, weekend-long Fairs across the U.S. (there’s even a Fair across the pond!). In the last few months, I have felt a sort of conviction about where my clothes and accessories come from. They’re easily accessible and they don’t often cost very much and more often than not, they are made by people in other countries working under unthinkable conditions; not even earning enough to support themselves, much less their families.
Fairs such as RCF are amazing because they place you right in front of the makers of some pretty remarkable items. You have a multitude of options and the ability to talk to the vendors and learn not only about them but also about how their products are made. I’m ridiculously excited to be attending the RCF this weekend (July 11-12) at Grand Park in Los Angeles.
I have gone through the long list of makers who will be at the RCF this year and let me tell you…you’re in for a treat! Here are the vendors I’m looking forward to seeing the most:
Name: Bici Couture
What: Hand Crafted Leather Goods
Why: Designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles. I already have a couple of their gorgeous pieces. They will be premiering a couple of new, must-have items at the Fair and I CANNOT wait to get my hands on them!
Name: Bodhi Swag
What: Turbans and Cocoons
Why: Their items are designed and tailored in L.A while using locally sourced material! I’m obsessed with turbans and cocoons right now and the gals over at Bodhi Swag have the most amazing selection of both. They don’t shy away from bold patterns. They are another set of makers that I’m excited to see in person.
Name: AtelierOM + OMkhadi
Why: The husband and wife pair that founded this company have a mantra, it’s “REduce, REuse, and REcycle”. They are conscious of everything they make and pride themselves on being “Slow Fashion” which results in their customers having the best, eco ethical product and while taking care of this environment we call “home”.Whoever said being conscious of your purchase meant sacrificing visual appeal was WRONG because AltelierOM + OMKhadi’s textiles are gorgeous. I’m most looking forward to checking out their scarves.
Name: L.A. Hat Collective
Why: This group of hat-making friends handcraft their products in good ol’ Los Angeles. The designs on their site are fun, bold, and classic. In a time where society has forgotten hats (or traded them in for baseball caps), the L.A. Hat Collective is bringing sexy hats back!
Name: Painted Bird
Why: These bright, detailed, hand crocheted shoes are gorgeous! Who knows I may be walking out of the Fair with a new treat on my feet!
Why: These articles of vintage inspired clothing are made and designed in Los Angeles. Where the L.A. Hat Collective offers a modern throwback to hats, Apricity does they same for dresses. They’re a nod to the days when women took pride in their appearance. The dresses are amazingly beautiful and come in a wide range of sizes (woo hoo!). Too enchanting to pass up, I don’t know how I’m going to tear myself away from their booth.
Why: This L.A. based brand promotes “conscious lifestyles” and individuality through their new spin on classic designs. I have my eye on their tank tops!
Name: Honey My Heart
Why: Inspired, designed, and handmade in Los Angeles, Honey My Heart offers some of the most gorgeous yet simple pieces that will be at the Fair. They’re focus on simple lines is surprisingly bold. They use locally sourced material to create these pieces that can literally go with anything and everything. Would it be odd to get a ring for each finger?? I didn’t think so!
Name: L. Makai
Why: This artist, Lauren Makai, was inspired by commuter culture which ultimately led to the commuter collection. She says it best on her site, “The freeway numbers are familiar to us all, but our connections to the numbers are unique. ” I may hate driving on the 405 but I love it enough to get a 405 necklace!
Name: Seoul Little
Why: The whimsical pieces over at Seoul Little are too cute to pass up! They offer a wide variety of rings (I’m looking at you State of California Ring!), bracelets, and necklaces. With all the great jewelry makers at the Fair this year, it looks like I may be walking out of there looking like Mr. T!
I’ve only showcased a small fraction of the makers who will be at Grand Park so I suggest you make your way to Los Angeles this weekend and see for yourself just how wonderful handcrafted goods are.
I can’t wait to see you there!
Who are you excited to see at the Renegade Craft Fair?