Support Independent Artists!
I don’t know if you guys heard all the hubbub about Urban Outfitters ripping off designs from independent artists (not to mention supposedly helping to finance anti-gay rights campaigns), but personally it really makes me reevaluate shopping there in the future. I can’t tell you where to and where not to shop, but I’m going to highly recommend checking out jewelry and other handmade goods by independent artists and designers! Not only are you less likely to not be caught with the same stuff as everyone else, and more likely to have a better quality, longer-lasting product, but you’re financially supporting an artist’s craft! Everyone wins, right? Here are a few artists making beautiful unique things. Check them out and don’t forget to check out Etsy.com and your local craft fairs (like Renegade Craft Fair where which occurs biannually in multiple cities!) for more unique, inspired items!
My sister is notoriously hard to shop for, but she absolutely adored the custom “B” necklace I got her from Strim Vintage! Wendy was kind enough to whip up a silver version (my sis doesn’t “do” gold) per my request just in time for Christmas! If you’re in the Los Angeles area, you can also get Strim’s handmade jewelry as well as vintage and re-worked clothing from Bobbie Boutique in Echo Park.
Brooklyn-based jewelry-maker Erica Weiner creates funky, edgy-but-elegant designs often inspired by and sometimes using vintage objects. My inner Midwesterner is totally obsessed with the little mounted deer head necklace! Some of Erica Weiner’s jewelry can also be purchased at Los Angeles’s Lady Boutique in Eagle Rock.
Alexandra’s cute and cheeky pillows are all over the design blogs and magazine pages! They’re soft and cozy, while adding some humor to your space.
This stationary-and-more online shop has all your pretty paper needs covered! Not to mention some perfectly lovely gifts for the giving as well!
My kitties Robot and Sancha are sooo deserving of a custom illustration by the truly talented Aussie, Sarah McNeil. Aren’t your pets, as well? Sarah also has plenty of other lovely prints available for sale on her Etsy page. And those stickers!!!
*Header image of Erica Weiner’s Giant Feather Necklace available for purchase HERE