On Saturday, May 12, I went to UNIQUE LA Spring Show and I had a blast! The show was filled with over 325 talented designers and artists who make their products locally.
The admission ticket was only $10 and it included free drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), an exclusive UNIQUE LA tote bag, free DIY workshops, and other fun stuff.
UNIQUE partners with a non-profit for every show and donates 10% of ticket sales to the organization. What a great way to support local business and community!
UNIQUE LA show is by far the best independent design show I’ve ever been to. I not only had a great time checking out locally-made products by so many talented designers and artists but also was very inspired by the stories behind each vendor. There will be another UNIQUE LA Show in July and December 2012. If you live in or around LA, make sure to attend at least one of them. If you are a designer or artist yourself, this is a great opportunity to meet fellow designers and network!
Scroll down to see photos of some of the vendors I really liked. View more photos of the show on UNIQUE Flickr page!
I just love the bright colors Rochelle chose for her suede clutches and bags! All of her suede products are hand-cut and hand-sewn with love right in Los Angelens. She also had Artist Series Bag #7 that I recently worked on.
Rochelle Pellicer is the owner and designer of R.pellicer. She’s my good friend and former colleague. Rochelle is one busy lady. She works full-time as an in-house designer while maintaining and designing for R.pellicer. Click here or here to check out R.pellicer products.
I probably spent at least 20 minutes or so, sniffing too-cute-to-burn candles by Kokocandles and talking to the owner and designer, Paoling. If I remember it right, Paoling has been making candles for over 10 years as a hobby and started selling them through her online shop and show/events such as UNIQUE LA a few years ago.
I grabbed a couple of soy candles in Wonderland and Hazelnut Latte for Mother’s Day. On my way back home, my car was just filled with scents of Kokocandles and it smelled much better than when I have a car freshener.
Aren’t these soooooooooooo cute? I bought a mustache-printed oven mitt and now I can bake and cook in style. (I loved all of Collisionware’s products that I had a hard time picking one to buy.) Angie, the owner and designer, hand-picks all fabrics. Everything, including her colorful vinyl wallets, are hand-made by Angie.
Angie recently quit her 9-5 job to follow her dream of making a living, selling her hand-made products.
Stacey Winters is a talented freelance photographer in San Diego, California. She enjoys capturing images of people, pets, nature, and vintage items. Stacey not only takes photos but also creates and sells products with her photographs such as prints, cards, and garlands. At UNIQUE LA Spring Show, she was also selling little stud earrings — which you can see in the photo above — using her photographed images.