we're all in this together- unique la holiday show 2011
Unique LA's holiday show was December 3-4, and it was AMAZING!
so many people came out to buy local. in fact, there was record attendance--22,000 shoppers supporting local design, a beautiful thing.
it was VintageRemade's 5th Unique LA, and we were again reminded of the infinite reasons why we love this show. for one, the set-up for vendors is on Friday, the day before the event (most events have set up day of). with the added install time, the caliber of displays tends to be pretty ridiculous. this was by far my favorite:
Urban Heirloom used stacked crates, old boxes and wood to construct their display and then added all of these little intricate details to create scenes-- almost like a diorama (a super cool diorama). i was so impressed and might have returned on several occasions over the course of the weekend just to admire it.
the display beautifully captured the feel and aesthetic of their one of a kind statement pieces made from upcycled vintage treasures.
a vendor that i heard lots of buzz about was toe jamm shoes, so i had to check out their wares. they sell infant footwear.
it's a very powerful, peculiar thing when a product can actually make someone consider making a pivotal life decision, but i'm pretty sure these little shoes make people want to have babies.
they're based in downtown LA and do custom orders, so keep them in mind for your next baby shower gift!
we make vendor friends doing these events, and this summer we had the privilege of meeting Jenn who was helping out her friends at GreenAid for Unique LA's summer show. at this year's holiday show she had her own booth and was selling her very adorable Unurth ceramics.
i also loved the super cute illustrations by Nan Lawson.
this one was my fave:
the text reads: "I cant see anything I don't like about you." "But you will." i don't know if it's supposed to be sad, or if it's about the beauty of really loving someone, but i LIKE it.
LOVE NAIL TREE is a vendor that i've heard about for the past year or so, but i hadn't really checked out their stuff or what they are about until this weekend. oh man. really cool, original pieces and there is a huge heart behind what they do. this is from their site:
LOVE NAIL TREE IS A COMPANY MOTIVATED AND FUELED BY A DESIRE TO PROVOKE CONVERSATION ABOUT TOPICS NEGLECTED AND OFTEN IGNORED BY OUR CULTURE. WE BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF STORY AND THINK THERE ARE MANY THAT NEED TO BE TOLD. WHETHER IT BE THE TRAFFICKING OF HELPLESS CHILDREN, THE DEVASTATION OF ADDICTION, OR THE HIGH RATE OF DIVORCE IN AMERICA. OUR HOPE IS THAT THE STORIES WE TELL WOULD MOVE PEOPLE TO ACTION AND INSPIRE A DEEP CHANGE WITHIN THEM.
that made me super curious so i looked around a little online and found this 2009 interview. much respect.
the artist from racecars and robots was there doing some work live.
and there was other live creativity happening with people making zines and upcycled bows in the craft area..
and MORE live creativity with DJ Bryan Davidson spinning tunes all weekend.
here are a couple shots of our booth:
thanks so much for a great weekend! if you didn't make it to the event, be sure to check out the new Unique site: http://stateofunique.com