Studio + Shop Visit


Julie Pinzur is a breath of fresh, very talented air! Earlier this season she invited us to visit Mokuyobi’s studio and retail shop in South Pasadena, California, and we immediately took her up on her offer. It would have been extremely easy to stay in the rainbow colored playhouse, full of endless amounts of candy and the best backpack collection we’ve ever seen. But best of all, it was great to chat with Julie and learn how Mokuyobi came about.

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Maker Spotlight


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If it were socially acceptable to eat frosting out of the jar, I think many of us would be doing that right now. That’s where FROST’D comes in. Made from coconut oil and other natural ingredients, this frosting provides just the right amount of sweetness without any of the gross preservatives.

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Janel Foo Glassworks

Maker Spotlight


If you haven’t seen Janel Foo Glassworks‘ wall hangings or dishes yet, you’re in for a treat! This Southern California cat lover combines her stylist mentality, love for Art Deco, and LA vibes into glass art that no one can’t quite resist!

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O-M Ceramics

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O-M ceramics is a studio based in Los Angeles by designer Carrie Lau. Since starting her studio in 2014, Carrie has been creating minimal and functional ceramics that are both unique and modern. Her interest Hong Kong and Los Angeles culture, particularly when it comes to their artistic and handmade heritage, have inspired her collections.

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Easy to Breathe

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These ceramic pieces are a breath of fresh air! Easy to Breathe is the clay collection by Mariana Abaroa, an LA-based ceramicist who mixes in her creative intuition with ancient Native pottery techniques.

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3rd Season

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We were very fortunate to spend some time with Mabel and Alycia of 3rd Season and check out their amazing home studio in Southern California. Check out our photo journal of our visit and learn more about this amazing duo!

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Alex Steele

Maker Spotlight

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Our LA Holiday Fair is going to be dangerous for our wallets. Too many incredible vendors are headed to Grand Park, one in particular being Oakland based artist, Alex Steele. Look out for these textiles, jewelry, and accessories this weekend!

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Delusions of Grandeur

Maker Spotlight


One of our favorites, Keren Kemp of Delusions of Grandeur will be bringing her awesome jewelry to our LA Holiday Fair this weekend! Everyone, rejoice!

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Beautiful things are headed to Grand Park for our LA Holiday Fair this weekend! What specifically? Well, for starters, Cindy Hsu Zell of WKND LA will be bringing some serious style and we cannot wait to scoop some of these pieces up!

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Grit & Grain

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We love coming across unique items during application season, so when Grit + Grain showed up on our screens, it was true love. Our Los Angeles Fair kicks off this weekend, and we are thrilled to have Taylor Kibby of Grit + Grain join us!

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Melissa Sonico

Maker Spotlight


After a chilly (albeit mild) Chicago weekend, we cannot wait to head to LA where the sun is shining and the skies are clear. First time Renegade Maker, Melissa Sonico will be selling her jewelry and accessories at Grand Park this weekend and we can’t wait to pick up some holiday gifts! 

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1.61 Soft Goods

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Everything 1.61 Goods makes is on our wish lists! We can’t wait to meet Diana and Wes at our LA Holiday Fair and stock up on gifts!

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323 Clothing

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There are some brands out there that captivate your attention as soon as you see it, and 323 Clothing is one of those brands. For me, personally, I saw 323’s denim jumper on Instagram and immediately had to have it. Finding out Jillian Maddock was bringing her designs to our LA Holiday Fair was a huge thrill! Can’t wait for you all to fall in love.

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Everyone could use a good jacket, and right now we’re swooning over this anorak by JOLN. Not only is this jacket just about perfect, but Joln also makes amazing men’s AND women’s wear. You can snag all of these at our New York Holiday Fair (and a few more upcoming Fairs) next weekend!

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Shop Visit: Summer Camp in Ojai


We are so thrilled to be debuting a new interview series on our blog called Shop Visits! We will be spending time with some shop owners around the country and talking to them about their experiences and insight into the world of independent craft, wholesaling, and retail. Back in December we had the chance to take a little road trip up to Ojai and visit the perfectly styled and curated shop, Summer Camp. Rachel and Michael Graves re-vamped an old gas station in Ojai and turned it into a lovely shop featuring many of our favorite RCF makers. Rachel was kind enough to offer some insight into their business.


What is the history of Summer Camp? Why did you choose this theme?

I was a girl scout and went to every camp every year so the name is near and dear to me. We both have a love for mid-century and the outdoors so its really combining all of our favorite things.

What valuable experience/knowledge did you have before starting your business?

I have worked in retail for 15 years and Mike and I have a combined framing experience of over 10 years.  


What made you take this leap into being your own boss?

We had always dreamed of owning a shop but never thought we could make it happen. We really fell in love with Ojai and knew it was the right fit and the right time.


What are some important factors that potential business owners should consider before taking that leap?

Starting a business can be risky so I would try to minimize risk, such as keeping a full time job and starting your own business part time. Try to keep costs down because they add up quickly..don’t try to have the perfect business right out of the gate. You can build your business slowly and keep your debt level low.

Have you had any major failures? If so, what were some important insights gained?

We always try to stay positive but we did have a bit of natural disaster a few months after opening. The majority of our merchandise was damaged in a flood from a bad rainfall…we lost a lot of vintage items that we can’t replace but in the end we made the best of it. We had great support from our friends, the community, and our vendors. We were able to get items replaced quickly and back in business. As a shop owner you have to expect the unexpected and just know that it could always be worse!


What has been your proudest moment since opening?

Knowing how many people we have reached since opening (thanks to Instagram) is pretty amazing….to be able to create something that people love is the reason we do it!

What would it take to make you feel successful?

I think success is a mind set and not so much a monetary marker so I have felt successful since day one. Just having the courage to open the shop and the positive feedback from the community has been more reward than any amount of money. Seeing a kid smiling in the shop or hearing stories of people who come to Ojai just to visit our shop is just the best!


What changes do you want to make in your business in the next 5 years?

We are currently renovating a vintage trailer with Brody Travel Supply that will serve as a mobile shop…we want to bring Summer Camp on the road! We also will be expanding our online shop so we can reach more people.

What are some of your favorite products/makers in the shop currently? 

We love all our makers but some of our favorites are PF Candle Co, Small Adventure, Bernscott Pottery, Chaparrel Studio, Moon calendars by Margins Imprints and Secret Holiday Co.


What advice do you have for any potential business owners out there? 

It’s a 24/7 job so be prepared…you will work harder than you ever thought but it will be so much more rewarding.



As a buyer, when do you do most of your product research and ordering?

We typically buy small but the holidays are our best season so we stock up in the fall…we also do a bit of ordering in March and April since summer is a high tourist season. But we are always looking for new makers so its a constant process.

What are some tips you have to vendors out there wanting to get more wholesale orders?

I love when a vendor sends me a personalized email or sends a sample to the store! I wish I could order from everyone who approaches us but unfortunately that isn’t realistic.

What sets a vendor apart? When receiving an order, does a pretty package and presentation with a hand written note make a big difference in remembering the vendor, or would you prefer straight to the point demeanor?

As much as love pretty packaging I prefer great communication with my vendors. I am friends with many of the people we order from and it helps us connect with the items which in turns helps the customers connect with the story behind the products.

Any important resources or tools you want to suggest to vendors out there?

Instagram is the best business tool I can imagine…it connects everyone and makes the world a smaller place 🙂


Thank you Rachel and Michael for sharing your insights into Summer Camp! Want to see more photos of their beautiful shop? Take a look at our Shop Visit Flickr Album! Be sure to check out Summer Camp’s droolworthy Instagram, too!

If you’re a shopowner interested in collaborating on a Shop Visit, feel free to contact

Thank You, LA!


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LA, what a wonderful weekend we spent together! It was great seeing old friends, meeting new faces, and loving all the handmade wares and good vibes our Makers brought to theLA Fair last weekend! Over 300 talented Makers showcased their work at Grand Park to locals and travelers from beyond. There was food truck feasting, icy pop treating, workshopping and so much more!


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We saw a lot of smiles in the Magnolia Photo Booth! You can view your photo booth strips from from each weekend here: Saturday + Sunday.
One of our favorite post-Fair activities is combing through the #RenegadeLA collection of photos. We loved witnessing Makers and shoppers alike, posting about their favorite products, booths and experiences! Here’s some of our favorite moments below:
ROW 1: @schwinnbikes | @lowraface | @ladyluofthewolves | ROW 2: @skinnybmel | @rachel_powell35 |@roxy_h_ | ROW 3: @yellowhousehandmade | @tiachia13 | @hannahayesdesigns

We always try to top each Fair, and it couldn’t be possible without your feedback! We value your opinions seriously, and always want to improve our Fairs to be the best events you attend each year. If you attended our LA Fair, please fill out our Attendee Survey or Vendor Survey! It only takes a few minutes, we swear!


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Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and  #RenegadeLA to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

Stay tuned for news and updates regarding our 2015 Spring/Summer Tour. Be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!


LA Summer Fair Kicks Off Tomorrow!

Our Los Angeles Fair kicks off this weekend at Grand Park! From 11am – 6pm each day, our free handmade extravaganza will feature a collection of some truly awesome independent Makers, plus food, treats, music, workshops and more! This year we’re excited to be taking over two park blocks (Block 3+4 surrounding N. Broadway). Check out our rundown below:
We’ve got something for everyone at this Summer Fair! Find gifts for loved ones, plus it’s the perfect time to freshen up your home and wardrobe for Summer.
Check out the full ROSTER to catch a glimpse!

If your stomach starts growlin’ or you want to cool off, you can feast at food trucks parked along Broadway Ave., or you can move on over to our Eats + Treats area (in the Community Gardens) to chomp on some artisanal goodies! Take a look at some of the tasty delights here or view our handy map for the full offerings!

Food Trucks on N. Broadway
Luckdish Curry
Peaches’ Smokehouse and Southern Kitchen
Son of a Bun
Tokyo Doggie Style
Jeni’s Ice Cream

Eats + Treats in the Community Gardens
Front Porch Pops
Si Paletas
Sugar Pie Honey Buns
Knight Owl Coffee
T-We Tea
Pernicious Pickling Co.


We’ve got you covered for an awesome weekend with an array of things to do from DIY workshops, to bicycle giveaways, and one-of-a-kind trailers. Take a break in our nifty lounge area, or strike a pose in our free photo booth to commemorate your visit. Just take a look for yourself!

Tandy Leather
GoldInk Tattoo
Finders Keepers
Lost Girls Vintage
The Yarnover Truck
Library Store on Wheels
Magnolia Photo Booth



Getting There: Grand Park is a fantastic outdoor park located in Downtown L.A.! The Fair will be held in the park between Hill and Spring streets, off of Broadway. You can view a map of the area here, and get directions here. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. There are several paid parking lots in the area. The closest Metro stop to Grand Park is the Civic Center/Grand Park Stop on the Red or Purple lines.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to


Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Big Thanks to our Los Angeles Sponsors:

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LA Food Round-Up

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Besides the bustling food trucks that will be parked on N. Broadway, there will also be an Eats + Treats artisanal food area in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! We’re listing our Top 5 Foodies we’re excited to try at our LA Fair this weekend!


Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 10.21.35 AMFrom spice kits to DIY goat cheese, Saffron + Kumquats makes exotic cooking easy, while also producing some of the best gift ideas ever!



The Fare Trade collects all the best small-batch food products onto their site, making shopping all the easier. We can’t wait to collect our favorites at their booth!



I don’t know about you, but there’s nothin’ finer than some delicious peanut butter. Spread the Love knows where it’s at, keeping things simple with Original and Cacao.


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The perfect transition from peanut butter is honey! Bloom Honey is no ordinary farmstand honey producer – their obsession with bees and their honey allows for insanely delicious concoctions like Avocado Honey and Wild Dandelion Honey. Plus they even sell California native bee pollen!


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Gullah Girl Tea creates the most beautifully blended teas that aren’t just scrumptious, they’re also crafted by an herbalist. Charmaine’s family history of diabetes led her to establish Gullah Girl in the hopes of bringing health and wellness to others.

Don’t miss the Eats + Treats section of the Fair in the Community Gardens at Grand Park! 10 Food Trucks and 20+ Artisanal Foodies who will be serving up delicious street food and other delights. See you all tomorrow!

Maker Spotlight: Blume Studio

Blume Jewerly Headshot-01648_1 Today we’re featuring inspired jewelry by Blume Studio. These pieces will be at our LA Fair this weekend (only two days away!) at Grand Park.


Blume studio is a collaboration between Rina and Chen Blume; a Mother/daughter duo with a passion for hand made jewelry design and the beauty and uniqueness of nature.
DSC00839Blume Jewerly Headshot-01635Architecture, graphic design, construction sites, city life inspires all of Rina and Chen’s work. They love simple shapes coming together to created something three dimensional. 
Rina and Chen’s favorite part of forming jewelry by hand is that they are limited by the materiality of metal, and that frees them up to play with shape, and dimension.
 The Blume Studio collections are aptly titled and partnered with a singular question, opening up a rather beautiful way of interpreting jewelry and human nature. The Linear Collection, one of our favorites, simply asks “What forms when you don’t rely on  measurements or computer aided designs?” The collection, as described, is a series striving to reach geometric symmetry and perfection, but cannot hide the natural human element of imperfection.
IMG_0222The idea of “perfect imperfection” has grown and thrived (most notably, the wabi sabi movement) for good reason: perfect is boring. For Rina and Chen, hand building is essential to their craft. The raw or imperfect aspect becomes even more apparent when they focus on linear and geometric shapes. Blume Studio finds magic in that intersection between the strive for perfection/symmetry and the less perfect human touch. IMG_0223 IMG_9953

Blue Studios works primarily with sterling silver and brass. When inspired by a specific theme, Rina and Chen will sometimes use rocks or other found objects, what matters most is how their jewelry answers the question at hand.


We can’t wait to see Blume Studio at our LA Fair, and we hope you’re able to stop by their booth to say hello. You can find Blume Studio online here:

Maker Spotlight: Black Phoebe Ceramics



Today we’re thrilled to be featuring ceramicist, Black Phoebe Ceramics! These special pieces will be making their way to our LA Fair this weekend at Grand Park!

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Heather Morton is the ceramicist behind Black Phoebe Ceramics. She’s been in love with ceramics since high school and this past year, she finally took the leap from assisting to establishing her very own studio, and is now a full time artist.
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Black Phoebe Ceramics is located in Little Italy, San Diego inside a shared building with an expansive wood / metal / jewelry shop. With exposure to new materials, tools, and artists working in different mediums, Heather’s work has been changing to incorporate more than just clay. The textured stoneware bells, feature beautiful aged brass and copper, along with hand cut and vegetable dyed leather straps.
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All glazes are mixed and tested in house. Heather prefers to spray and layer the glaze, to encourage organic reactions, patterns, and textures. The pieces look very natural and weathered, with a magnificent patina. Clean, modern silhouettes keep the pieces from looking rustic.  It’s extremely important to Heather that she expose the clay body to show off it’s beautiful richness. 


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The name, Black Phoebe comes from the California native bird. Some of these winged creatures have created a home up in the rafters of Heather’s studio space (which you can see above).
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For Heather, it’s been a very rewarding challenge to focus on custom ceramics. This past year Heather has been creating handmade dishware for restaurants, architectural ceramics for interior designers, and custom planters for local botanical design firms.  Most recently she’s crafted, in collaboration with the design team at Bells + Whistles, 26 large wheel thrown stoneware pendant lamps for the new LA restaurant, Broken Spanish. With all of these large projects working with even larger companies, Heather is excited to finally have her own work available to the public at our Fair and on her website later this Summer.
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 We are so happy that Heather has chosen Renegade Craft Fair to showcase her new work! Be sure to stop by and say hello at our Fair this weekend in Grand Park. You can find Black Phoebe Ceramics online here:


In the Studio: I’m Gorgeous Inside

014-2015RCF-I'm Gorgeous Inside-9973It was sometime last July when we had to chance to meet up with Hiroko of I’m Gorgeous Inside. Hiroko Watanabe’s home is part studio, part museum, part curiosity shop. We could’ve spent hours, days, in Hiroko’s home, but that may have made us rude guests. Every nook of her home has a unique vignette and its own special storyline. Hiroko is a creative director, vintage purveyor, and maker. She sells at vintage fairs around Southern California, consults for companies, and then quietly creates beautiful textile work at home. Here is our visual journal of our experience:
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Maker Spotlight: Ropemaker by Dana


Today we’re featuring LA maker, Ropemaker by Dana Funaro. Dana will be bringing her jewelry and designs to our LA Fair this weekend at Grand Park!


Ropemaker is inspired by Dana’s travels and embodies traditional craft fused with minimalist design. Living in Southern California, Dana has the opportunity to enjoy various landscapes year-round. From the coast, mountains, forests, or deserts, discovering new places and their unique color sequences awakens Dana’s creative being.


Dana’s process is very meditative. Creating objects with her hands gives her a sense of focus and peace, very much like that of being on a new adventure. The tactility and versatility of working with fiber offers a very special enjoyment. Rope is strong and flexible and by binding it with silk thread Dana is able to make it soft and delicate.


In addition to the Ropermaker jewelry line, Dana has recently continued a series of rust prints and paintings she began in 2004 while receiving her BFA. By using various metals and oxidation accelerants to create rust impressions Dana developed an interest in the reactions of natural elements and the patterns and colors created. This process of decay turns to serene horizons in the distance or explosions in space, ultimately questioning time.

DF_eclipse DF_horizon_monumentvalleyWe can’t wait to see Dana’s new work at our LA Fair this weekend! Fun fact: Funaro in Italian means “rope maker.” You can find Ropemaker online here:



Maker Spotlight: Michelle Luu Pottery


Happy Monday, folks! We are counting down the days till our LA Fair and can’t wait to hang with ya’ll in the sunshine! Today we’re thrilled to be featuring Michelle Luu Pottery. Don’t these pots just scream Summer?DSC_0014

Michelle Luu is a microbiologist turned potter, creating a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces for the home. Michelle’s hope is that these pieces become a valuable and integrated part of daily routines and rituals – from Sunday morning breakfasts to get togethers. Pottery is meant to feel good in your hands, and Michelle’s pottery not only feels good, it also brightens up your home!


So how did a Microbiologist end up being a potter? Michelle had all this creative energy just waiting to be expressed, but she was too afraid to step out of her comfort zone.  She had always been drawn to the organic and therapeutic process of pottery, and eventually she worked up the courage to take a class at a local pottery studio. As soon as her hands touched clay for the very first time, Michelle was addicted.  Soon all of her free time was spent reading and watching videos about the process, and Michelle essentially taught herself how to make pottery.


Eventually, friends and family wanted to buy Michelle’s work, encouraging her to start a business. It was at this time that Michelle reached a pivotal moment that almost all makers face at the beginning of their journey. Michelle’s initial hesitation is so relevant and common among makers, we felt it was necessary to share:

“That was the most difficult part for me…being vulnerable and putting my work out there for the world to see.  I felt like my work wasn’t good enough and that I didn’t have the qualifications to call myself an artist and a potter.  But I realized that if I’m authentic in my desire to make beautiful work then people will see the love and care that I put into each and every piece I make.”

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Michelle buys a variety of clay locally in Southern California. Experimentation in pottery is key, so Michelle works diligently with a myriad of materials: from organic black, beige, and brown stoneware to beautiful white porcelain.DSC_0003 DSC_0012DSC_0250 Michelle gets inspiration from so many different places.  She draws inspiration from photography and traveling, to friends and family.  She always has her sketchbook with her in case an idea suddenly comes into focus. Most of the time, though, Michelle loves leaning into the creative process, letting her hands freeform once they’re on the wheel.  

Most of Michelle’s pieces are simple forms, giving her freedom to experiment with color, lines, and textures.  Michelle likes to make pottery that’s modern but also fun and playful.

The process itself is long–wedging the clay, throwing on a wheel, drying, trimming, bisque firing, sanding, glazing, and then high firing a piece.  So many mistakes can happen along the way but it has taught me to be patient, compassionate toward myself, and to let go of things that weren’t meant to be. DSC_0090 DSC_0418

We can’t wait to see Michelle Luu’s pottery in person at our LA Fair this weekend at Grand Park! You can find Michelle’s work online here:

Maker Spotlight: The Good Twin


Who doesn’t love what Summer brings? At RCF, we particularly love the colors that come around each year, the bright hues and neons, especially. So when The Good Twin heads to our LA Summer Fair, we get super excited. The Good Twin is owned and operated by Katie Wilson, in Los Angeles, California, and with help from her pug assistant, Peggy Day (napper-in-chief), they produce fun-loving Summer-hued stationery. Though Katie has been a (very good) twin her entire life, the line became a reality in May of 2014, with a focus on better paper goods that bring something a bit different to the table.


There is something quite unique yet familiar about The Good Twin’s collection. It reminds us of that bright and vivacious best friend every girl wanted to have freshman year of high school. The one that had the best taste in clothes and music, and new everyone’s crushes. Needless to say, we want to collect all the cards and trade amongst our friends.


Katie is particularly excited about bringing her new collection to our Fair: Pin+Post. Each design is a 4×6 full color postcard that comes with a diecast enamel lapel pin. The first series has all twelve signs of the zodiac, and the color schemes are based on each sign’s element: air, water, earth, and fire. Just like the rest of The Good Twin’s stationery, Katie hand draws all of the lettering on these postcards.

For the pins, Katie started her design with traditional symbols, slowly playing around with the imagery until she came up with a modern, geometric version that still references the original sign. TheGoodTwin_4

The best part about The Good Twin? All illustration and type work is hand drawn with love, and are printed locally using high quality recycled materials. We cannot wait to see The Good Twin at our LA Fair once again! You can find Katie’s work online here:



Maker Spotlight: Nora Floral Studio

NFS Tall Black and WhiteHappy July, everyone! We’re kicking off the month with features from sunny Southern California. First up, Nora Floral Studio! These gorgeous floral + ceramic pieces will be at our LA Summer Fair July 11+12 at Grand Park.
NFS double triangleNora Flora Studio is a very special floral design company based in Los Angeles. Started by ceramicist and floral designer, Nora Jean Peterson, Nora slip-casts stoneware and porcelain vessels, fills them with plants and flowers and delivers her creations to customers all over L.A.

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Nora started doing ceramics in high school, and soon apprenticed with a potter in her hometown in East Texas. Her interest in clay led her to a background in sculpture design, that she received from Art Center College of Design.  Before starting her own company, Nora was a practicing sculptor for years, exhibiting in the US and Europe.

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In 2012, Nora decided to leave the art world and start her floral design business. And we are so glad she did! Nora wanted to design work that anyone could own. At the beginning stages of her floral business, Nora realized that she should be making her own vases and planters. She cut up some of her old sculptures and made them into molds for her first slip-cast pieces.

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For Nora, flowers are simply another material to work with. Arranging them is all about the eye and hand working in tandem; a marriage between color and form. Nora’s floral design stands out by its gentleness. The flowers are not forced into shapes or positions – Nora’s deep respect for natural direction takes patience as well as creative ingenuity.

NFS Yellow FlowerIn Nora’s ceramics, she embraces skewed lines and imperfections. Using layers of high- fire glazes in a gas kiln, produces a glassy and drippy surface. The unpredictable nature of this process creates one-of-a-kind color and pieces. This facet of the process becomes part of Nora’s forms and makes for a pleasant surprise each time.

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LA Summer Sneak Peek!


We are counting down the days until we are in LA and kicking off our RCF West Coast Tour! Less than two weeks until we head over to DTLA and have a blast at Grand Park. Join us on July 11 + 12 for our free handmade extravaganza! Open from 11 am – 6 pm each day this Fair will feature a curated selection of today’s finest independent modern Makers, an slew of mouth-watering food trucks, interactive activities, and more!

At our Los Angeles Fair, you’ll find an ample assortment of outstanding handmade goods, a perfect Summer gift-giving solution for upcoming weddings, birthdays, housewarmings and more. Illustrated paper goods, jewelry, children’s accessories and toys, pet products, natural beauty collections, clothing, and housewares are just some of the categories present at this year’s LA Fair. Check out this year’s line up of 300+ talented Makers, food and drink, activities and more here.



Head over to Grand Park and jump in on shopping and Summer fun! DJs from KXLU will be on-hand spinning sunny rock, pop, and soul all weekend to soundtrack your experience at the Fair. Cycling enthusiasts will want to visit with Schwinn, who will be out and about, in partnership with Momentum Magazine and People For Bikes, raffling bikes, accessories, and music downloads to lucky attendees. If you don’t have the right words to tell someone how you feel, local artist, Jessica Ceballos will be invoking her creative muse and writing custom poems and mementos to help you express your feelings in a sonnet.

Those inspired by the creative air can get temporarily inked with GoldInk Tattoo who will give you a metallic design of your choice, or swing by Tandy Leather where you can participate in a make-and-take workshop in the art of leather-working. Then hit up Library Store on Wheels to grab a book for perusing in the Park or save it for your commute. The Yarnover Truck will also be pulling up to Grand Park this year to offer some of their distinctly hand-dyed and spun yarn selections, and easy-to-use patterns—perfect for gearing up and starting a new project! Those on the hunt for some vintage treasures can visit with Lost Girls Vintage and explore their trailer full of found and selected goods from around the country.

Some of LA’s finest food trucks: FalasophyLuckdish CurryPeaches’ Smokehouse and Southern KitchenSon of a BunTokyo Doggie Styleand more will be parked throughout the weekend alongside popular popsicle pushers Front Porch Pops and Si Paletas. Expect to buy at least one of each flavor over the course of the weekend!

Those looking to rest their feet can do so in style with Finders Keepers vintage seating area where attendees can kick back and take a moment to relax among their handpicked wares. Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth and pose pretty with your friends to commemorate your visit!

Getting There: The Renegade Craft Fair will be located between Broadway and Spring Street of Grand Park. Visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or take public transportation to the Fair. There are several paid parking lots in the area. Route directions to the Fair here. The closest Metro stop to Grand Park is the Civic Center/Grand Park Stop on the Red or Purple lines.

Uber is sponsoring rides for the Renegade Craft Fair. New users can get up to $20 off their first Uber ride using the code RCF2015. To sign up, download the app or head to


Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website, check out our upcoming Maker Spotlights, or browse the Makers on Pinterest.

Big Thanks to our Los Angeles Sponsors:

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LA Summer Roster is here!


ROW 1: Ropemaker by Dana Funaru| Rebe | Love Jules Leather Co | ROW 2: Jeni’s Ice Cream | Oru | The Good Twin | ROW 3: Ryze Project | Ilano Design | M. Carter Shop

Our first West Coast Fair is just a month away and we cannot wait to be in Sunny LA! Our roster is officially live so start planning your Summer fun and pick your favorites!

Thank You, LA


THANK YOU, LA! Last weekend’s Los Angeles Holiday Market was our best event yet, and it’s all thanks to our makers and attendees! Over 250 talented makers and artisans from Los Angeles and beyond showcased their work and creative booth displays for a holiday shopping extravaganza!

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Over 15,000 LA attendees stop by the beautifully landscaped Grand Park to pick up handmade gifts and enjoy the festivities. Shoppers were excited to feast at food trucks, shop for holiday gifts, and get crafty and workshops! Plus, the sun was out and shining all weekend long!

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If you attended our 2014 Renegade Craft Fair LA Holiday Market, please fill out our Maker and Attendee surveys!  It only takes a minute, we promise!


We saw a lot of smiles at the Magnolia Photo Booth! You can find your GIF pics from Saturday and Sunday. Want to relive the good times? You can get a recap on Instagram and Twitter using #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to view RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets!

Stay tuned for updates on our upcoming 2015 Tour. And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Pinterest to stay in-the-know on our Makers and all things Renegade Craft!


Big Thanks to LA, Grand Park, Our Sponsors and Our Friends:


Maker Spotlight: LTHR Supply


Happy Friday, ya’ll! We are thrilled that our LA Holiday Market is just a day away, and with that being said, we are featuring an awesome leather goods, maker LTHR Supply!
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LTHR Supply is a lifestyle brand created by Jeremy Szechenyi and comprises of a highly curated selection of goods made with shared principles of design, functionality, and quality. What started out as a leather goods brand has developed into a larger collection of everyday goods from high-end American-made timepieces, to soon-to-be skincare line. These items are carefully crafted and created from timeless, sensible materials.
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LTHR Supply believes the greatest style is simplicity. They strive to find balance between simple, modern designs that have a vintage sensibility.

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Designing for those who choose quality over quantity; LTHR Supply creates for those who need their life accessories to work hard and look great.

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Jeremy hard to create aesthetic designs that are not only modern but also made to last, using the fewest amount of parts and pieces to achieve the desired result. Where product trends are often loud, ever-changing, and complicated, LTHR Supply chooses to remain quiet, timeless, and classic. We will be seeing these guys around for a long time.

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We are glad LTHR Supply is joining us in sunny LA for our final Holiday Market of the year! Be sure to browse their website and follow them on Instagram to stay up to date with this ever-growing brand.

Our LA Holiday Market Starts Tomorrow!


Hey LA! We are so thrilled that our Los Angeles Holiday Market is happening tomorrow! You can find the Renegade Craft Fair at the sunny Grand Parkin Downtown LA on Saturday, December 13 – Sunday, December 14, 2014. Come on out and shop from our curated selection of today’s modern and innovative indie-craft Makers along with workshops, food trucks, music, and more! From 10am – 5:00pm you’ll be able to shop an array of outstanding handmade goods at the Fair, perfect for checking off Holiday gift lists – ranging from holiday inspired stationery, unique and one-of-a-kind jewelry, clothing, men’s accessories and goods, to children’s toys and accessories, art prints, housewares and much more. Find handmade gifts for everyone this season!

Check out this year’s line up of 250+ talented makers, food and drink, and workshops here.

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Row 1: Small Adventure | Embe | Mallow Mallow | Row 2: Gracy Design and Craft | The Rex Apothecary |Beast and Babe | Row 3: Shotgun Paul | Reclamation Dept | Vaalbara Designs

Expect a cozy craft village at Grand Park with holiday shopping and a mixture of interactive activities and free workshops. DJs from KXLU will be on-hand spinning rock, pop, soul, and holiday tracks all weekend to provide a festive shopping and crafting soundtrack for the fair. LA’s most delicious food trucks: Baby’s Badass Burgers, Luckdish CurrySchmuck with a TruckSon of a Bun will be parked throughout the weekend among other artisan food vendors, such as Mallow Mallow, Purenola, Sugar Pie Honey Buns, and more! If you’re needing a caffeine pick-me-up, grab a cup of joe from Brasil Kiss Mobile Coffee Truck, plus perennial favorites Front Porch Pops will be offering up refreshing popsicles. Plus, the park and booths will be adorned with lights, evergreen, and holiday cheer!


If you’re feeling inspired by our Makers’ creativity, stop by The Yarnover Truck and check out their beautiful yarns and knitting/crochet supplies. Martha Stewart Living and Toyota have partnered to host a live screen-printing tote bag demo as well as an assortment of other DIY crafts you can take home or gift to a special someone. Renegade Craft is extraordinarily pleased to announce our partnership with Martha Stewart Living, the Official Media Sponsor of the 2014 Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Tour.

Don’t forget to stop by the free-to-use Magnolia Photo Booth! Dress up in some funky props, pose, and commemorate your RCF visit with friends and family.


Sprout by HP and Flavorpill have teamed up to present the official LA Renegade Craft Fair Afterparty, Meet the Makers. Guests can mingle with fellow creatives and craft fair fans, enjoy complimentary cocktails, and hit the dance floor. RSVP to join us at the Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on Saturday, December 13 (5:30-7:30pm).

Renegade Craft is pleased to announce their partnership with SPROUT BY HP, the Official Tech Sponsor of the RCF 2014 Holiday Tour. Sprout combines multiple devices – a scanner, depth sensor, hi-resolution 3Dcamera, projector –  into a single device, allowing users to take physical items and seamlessly merge them into a digital workspace, the perfect tool for those looking to make handmade gifts, party favors or decorations this holiday season, or a great gift for the DIY enthusiast among your friends and family. From holiday cards and party invitations to keepsake photo collages, personalized recipe books, ornaments, jewelry and more, Sprout lets you create whatever you can imagine, instantly.


Getting There: The Los Angeles Holiday Market will be held at Grand Park located at 200 N. Grand Ave. Visitors are encouraged to take public transportation, walk, bike, or grab an Uber to the Fair. Uber is sponsoring rides for our Los Angeles Holiday Market. New users can get up to $25 in Uber credits using the code RCF2014. To sign up, download the app or head to The Metro Red and Purple lines deliver visitors directly to the fair using the Civic Center/Grand Park Station. Shoppers driving to the fair can reserve parking spots in advance with ParkMe. Route directions to the Fair here.
Want to spread the word? Join our Facebook event and invite your friends. Grab our e-flyer and pass it around. Add #RenegadeCraftFair and #RenegadeLA to your RCF-related Instagram pictures and tweets! We love seeing what our followers and makers are up to!

For more information about this event, please visit the Renegade Craft Fair website or browse the Makers on Pinterest.


Big Thanks to Our Los Angeles Sponsors:


Maker Spotlight: Beast + Babe

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With our LA Holiday Market being at the very pet friendly Grand Park, we are thrilled to be featuring Beast and Babe! These pet accessories will be at our Holiday Market this weekend!
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Kelsie Macray started Beast and Babe with her best friend and dog pal, Yogi. Their mission was simply to create a leash that reflected their relationship: modern, wild, and full of good vibes.


Sourcing the very best of artisan and vintage fabrics from around the world, Kelsie collected her fabrics and paired them with acid-washed solid brass hardware and handcrafted a truly one-of-a-kind dog leash that is beautiful and well made. Each collar and leash is made by hand at the Beast and Babe studio in Santa Monica, California.

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Beast and Babe aims to capture that elusive magic between stillness and story, vintage and modern, beasts and babes; while respecting their philosophy that life is about the journey and true beauty has to come from the inside out. Whether from American sourced denim or a vintage blanket from the Bambara tribe of West Africa, Beast and Babe select their materials consciously to respect.

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Don’t you just love the color detail that the acid wash process leaves on the brass hardware?The Luv Me some Honey Collar

Kelsie is passionate not only about what she crafts, but also about animals and how awesome they truly are. Beast and Babe has partnered with an non-profit called Peace Animals. With every item sold, Beast and Babe contributes to providing medical treatment for fleas, ticks, worms and mange, to a homeless or neglected animal in Mexico.

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We cannot wait to outfit our dogs (and our staff sure has a lot of them!) with these colorful collars and leashes! Check out the Beast and Babe website  and Instagram, and be sure to check out Yogi, he might just win cutest dog one day. And of course, bring your pooch to Grand Park to shop handmade at our LA Holiday Market this weekend!  See you all there!

Maker Spotlight: Made For Each Other

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Today we are featuring the stunning work of Made For Each Other (We Are MFEO). The duo will be selling their wooden wares at our LA Holiday Market this weekend at the sunny Grand Park in Downtown LA. Be sure to stop by, because it is our last fair of the year!

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M.F.E.O. is a small design-based business launched by Aaron and Claire Van Holland.  With a love of mid-century modern and a shared interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle, the couple decided to create their home living collection.

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Claire moved from her hometown in Michigan to Los Angeles and after several years working in digital media, she could no longer ignore the growing desire to express her creative side. A variety of handcrafting courses led Claire to her preferred medium of choice, metal – which is currently inspired by font treatments and symmetry.

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Aaron learned the value of hand-craftsmanship at an early age. Growing up on the family farm in Oregon imparted a resilient work ethic while century old barns and rusty farm machinery formed his appreciation for utilitarian design.

MFEO - Monolith Process step 3bStars quickly aligned for the new venture when Aaron’s grandfather offered them his dilapidated century old barn as a material resource. M.F.E.O. was born, a joint effort to handcraft sustainably sourced materials into timeless pieces for the home. The family barn is still featured in many of M.F.E.O.’s designs.

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M.F.E.O. has created an expansive collection of wood and metal goods, ranging from furniture pieces and geometric mirrors, to lighting fixtures, serveware and so much more! Many of Aaron and Claire’s products are crafted out of salvaged wood, and are inspired by nature’s finest monuments. We love seeing how Oregon’s Haystack Rock’s influenced the design duo’s Monolith Bookends.
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We’ve had our eye on this Jungalow plant hanger which was a collaboration between M.F.E.O. x Justina Blakeney for some time now. We can’t wait to see it in person!MFEO_DTF_Color_2_sm

We are so thrilled Made For Each Other will be joining us at Grand Park for our LA Holiday Market this weekend! Be sure to check out all of their pristinely designed products on their website and stop by their booth to say hello! Plus, follow them on Instagram and Twitter to stay in the know. See you all soon!!!

Studio Visit: Lemon bird Preserves, Recipes + GIVEAWAY


We have a super awesome Studio Visit to share with you today – A couple of months ago we stopped by the Lemon Bird kitchen to say hello to our pal, Amy Deaver. Lemon Bird will be selling their jams and preserves at our LA Holiday Market on December 13+14 at the beautiful Grand Park in Downtown LA. We loved seeing where Amy and her team craft and package their delicious jams and preserves. Plus, we’ve got a couple great recipes and a giveaway coming your way, too!031-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9801

Lemon Bird Preserves is an artisan food company tucked away in the beautiful mountains of Wrightwood, California. Lemon Bird was formed when Amy traveled to the South of France on a family vacation and rediscovered a love of canning and jam making. Almost a decade later, and Lemon Bird remains one of the most creative jam companies around!


Amy creates handcrafted jams and pickles using local, pesticide free fruit from family farms. The jams and pickles are made with all natural ingredients and feature the best seasonal produce from the Southern California region.


Amy’s passion is transforming locally grown, farm fresh fruit into an artisan product while supporting local farmers.


All of Lemon Bird’s jams and pickles are sourced with produce from local farms. The jams and pickles are 100% handmade in their Wrightwood kitchen. 002-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9716
Amy loves being able to pick up her fruit orders directly from the local farm, especially when the fruit is picked that day. All of the fruit used is processed and prepared by Amy and her jamming helpers.034-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9811

Amy crafts her jams in small batches in traditional French copper kettles (which we are in love with, by the way) and each batch typically takes 2-3 days.004-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9720

We can’t wait to stock up on stocking stuffers and holiday gifts from Lemon Bird at our LA Holiday Market! Stay up to date with them on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and INSTAGRAM and stop by the Lemon Bird booth and say hello!


Amy was kind enough to create two lovely recipes for us and we are so thrilled to share them with you! These appetizers are easy to create from scratch and perfect for your upcoming holiday parties! Or perhaps after seeing all these photos you’ll get hungry and make them now – we won’t judge.


Cheese Bites with Lemon Bird Padron Peppers


This super easy recipe combines homemade candied walnuts, delicious cream cheese and cheddar, and more, plus Lemon Bird’s Pickled Padron Peppers012-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9740lemonbird collage2All this recipe requires is a little mixing of the cheese mixture, forming the cheese into bit-sized balls, refrigerating, and then when you’re ready, roll them into the pecan pieces.

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Download the recipe card here: lemon bird cheese ball recipe

Corn Bread Bites with Goat Cheese, Prosciutto and Fig Jam


Amy’s bite-sized corn bread bites combines all good things: goat cheese, prosciutto, and Lemon Bird fig jam! Need we say more??032-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9802033-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9803You can see the perfect way to layer each ingredient on top of one another for the ultimately cute holiday appetizer.
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Want to see larger photos of the process? Take a look at all the images from the Lemon Bird studio visit on our Flickr page.025-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9782 029-RCF-Lemonbird-StudioVisit-9794

Download the recipe card here: lemon bird corn bread bites recipe


Lemonbird Giveaway

Our makers are in the giving spirit this holiday season! Lemonbird Preserves is continuing our Renegade Giveaway tradition, offering up a gift box to one lucky winner on Instagram. This gift box will include all the Lemon Bird necessities you need to craft up these delicious appetizers:

1 jar Adriatic Fig & Walnut Jam
1 jar Padron Peppers
A tea towel


– Follow RENEGADE CRAFT and LEMON BIRD on Instagram.

– Re-gram the Giveaway Picture and tell us why you want the set (or perhaps who you might be gifting it to) using the hashtag #RenegadeGiveaway.

– The Giveaway will run from today, December 3rd – Tuesday November 9th (midnight PST). The winner will be announced on Wednesday from the #RenegadeGiveaway collection.

– Don’t forget! If your Instagram profile is set to private, we won’t be able to see your re-gram. So make sure your profile is set to public in order to qualify.

Good luck!

Studio Visit: Biken


Last summer while we were in California for our Los Angeles Summer Market we had the opportunity to stop by the Biken studio to visit with Ken Sugimoto and learn more about his products and his craft.


I have been an industrial designer for about 20 years. In this full-time job, I have been designing products for a lot of client companies, however, not for direct users. I have always wanted to make things that I wish existed and sell them directly to the customers. Meanwhile, I sometimes come up with product ideas when I am biking and thinking about bikes. Eventually I decided to try making bike accessories. 



At first, I thought about making the products with materials like metals and plastics. But I really wanted a way to realize my ideas more directly and quickly, so I got a sewing machine. That was 3 years ago. I named my shop Biken, from Bike + my name “Ken”. After signing up for some shows like bike events, I participated in Chicago Renegade last December. That was Biken’s first Renegade.2014-RCF-Biken-9808


I think one of the key features of Biken products is ingenuity. All the time I love thinking about the functions and the products that I wish for. I feel a strong attraction to functional products. I am always keeping in mind the idea of incorporating some features and innovations that are user-friendly into the simple design. Biken’s concept is to create products that can go from riding around town, to a cafe, or even to work2014-RCF-Biken-9825

Everything around me inspires me, not any paticular type of thing. I’m inspired even when I’m not riding.
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The materials are chosen carefully for that concept. To realize my idea, I always look for materials from various fields. For example, the rivets on the messenger bag are primarily automotive brake rivets. Besides, I sometimes make the parts for the products by myself if I can’t find them.2014-RCF-Biken-98812014-RCF-Biken-9855
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I am constantly thinking of the best ways to create the things that I myself would love to have and use. I’ll be happy if people who use Biken products feel the same way. 2014-RCF-Biken-9926

Thank you, Ken for hosting us at your studio and talking about your craft. You can see the full set of images in our new Studio Visits album on Flickr. Biken will be showcasing their bicycle accessories and clothing to our San Francisco November Market next weekend at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilion. We can’t wait to see you all there!

2014 Los Angeles Summer Market Video

We had the opportunity to work with Southern California videographer, Eric Whedbee, to capture this year’s Los Angeles Summer Market. Since moving from our previous venue, we wanted to capture our Makers in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles in Grand Park.  Take a look at the video below!

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Maker Spotlight: RillRill Jewelry

1 Today we’re featuring the incredible jewelry of RillRill. Katie Freedle is the Portland-based designer behind Rill Rill Jewelry. We cannot wait to see these beautiful brass and marble necklaces at our Los Angeles Summer Market this weekend!

3RillRill’s collection arose from freestyle experimentation with new materials that interested Katie.  Katie, being drawn towards black and white marble, created a series of modern jewelry pieces that embraced the sophisticated classicism of marble.  5

Accented with copper bars, each graphic pendant represents an “abstract take on architecture and negative space.”2

Words cannot express how much we adore the Katie’s styling.  The contrasting pieces of marble elevate her necklaces so perfectly!


The marble pieces cut and forged into graphic designs are tied with leather straps and copper bars, invokes a new and unique perspective on jewelry as high art.7 8We’re so excited to have Katie showcase her jewelry at our LA Market tomorrow and Sunday!  Check out the beautifully designed Rill Rill website, plus follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We can’t wait to see you you all this weekend at Grand Park!


Maker Spotlight: Concrete Geometric


We’re thrilled to be featuring Los Angeles maker, Concrete Geometric today! Be sure to check out these beautiful vases and plant pots at our Renegade Craft Fair in LA this weekend at Grand Park!



Krizia Flores is the architect behind these geometric vessels, officially starting Concrete Geometric in 2013. What started as a hobby quickly turned into a business when friends and stores began to ask for prices and how to buy a vessel for themselves.


Krizia draws admiration for clean lines and architectural and industrial spaces is a clear inspiration for her work.  At first she started designing, cutting and folding shapes without any real purpose in mind for her creations, until one day she decided to pour concrete into the shapes.


Krizia is familiar with the trial and error process when creating new shapes and designs for her concrete vessels.  This is one of the reasons we love her modern, yet perfectly imperfect plant pots. Krizia utilizes a variety of materials for creating 3d molds, from paper, to silicon and clay. Each method yields a different result which is why Concrete Geometric’s vessels are so interesting.

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We can’t wait to see Concrete Geometric’s beautiful vessels and plant pots in person! Check out the Concrete Geometric website, browse all of her products in the Etsy shop, plus gaze at her beautiful Instagram feed.  Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Renegade Craft Fair in LA this weekend at Grand Park!