West Coast Applications Extended to May 1!

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Happy Friday, ya’ll! We know things have been hectic and crazy this season with all the upcoming Fairs left and right – which is why we thought we’d extend the West Coast Applications deadline! Applications are now officially due May 1st, so take a break this weekend and enjoy yourselves.
Here are the Apply pages for each city:
Pick your favorite or apply to them all, we’d love to see your pretty faces as much as we can this Summer! Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on ourParticipate page.

West Coast Applications Close April 27!

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Take a trip up the coast and join us in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, andSeattle! Or, if you want a more mellow summer, choose your favorite city and apply to one of our exciting Summer Fairs! Applications close Monday, April 27th, so get your goods in gear and head over to our website to apply!

Want to participate on a different level? We are always looking for artisanal food makers, workshop hosts, installation artists and more! You can learn more on ourParticipate page.

West Coast Applications Open!

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We’re so thrilled to open applications to our West Coast Tour! Take a look below to choose which city you’d like to apply for, or be adventurous and start planning that road trip up the coast! We can’t wait to see you down in the South in LA and the coast of San Francisco, all the way up to the Pacific Northwest of Portland and Seattle!

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Applications for our West Coast Fairs are open from April 1 – April 27
If you’re a maker, installation artist, workshop creator, food vendor or someone who wants to participate in our Fair, we want to hear from you!
Starting in Southern California, we’ll be setting up our LA Fair in the picturesque Grand Park in Downtown on July 11 + 12. Hop online and learn how to apply.Heading north, our San Francisco Fair will run at the Fort Mason Center Festival Pavilionfrom July 17 – 19. Check out how to apply on our website! In addition to our Fair, we’ll be hosting an exclusive Wholesale Market on July 17. Buyers and shop owners will get to meet Makers one-on-one and plan out their inventory. Learn more about our Wholesale Market and how to participate or attend.On July 25 + 26, join us for our Portland Fair – a fun, intimate outdoor event hosted with our friends at Rejuvenation. Want to be participate? Check out our site and learn how toapply.We’re thrilled to be hosting our first-ever Seattle Fair on August 1 + 2 at Hangar 30 in Magnuson Park. Seattle was our most requested city and we cannot wait to bring RCF to Washington! Be a part of this exciting new venture and learn how to apply.

New Year, New Website, New City, New Tour!

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Renegade Craft Fair is back and we’re celebrating by debuting our new website and 2015 Tour! We’ve got a revamped look for 2015, including a sparkling new website featuring more intuitive navigating, designed by Aeolidia and Meg Lewis, and updated logos, designed by LAND. Have some free time? Spend some of it checking out the Renegade Craft Fair website.

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A couple of big things you may have noticed is that we’ve expanded fully into the Northwest! Seattle has been our top requested city for years and we cannot wait to venture the entire West Coast from July to August!

Here’s a summary of what we’ve got planned for you all: In 2015, Renegade Craft Fair will host a variety of events throughout the US and abroad: 8 Spring/Summer Flagship Fairs, 7 Holiday Edition Fairs, 2 Wholesale Markets (San Francisco and Brooklyn), and 4 one-day Pop-Up events in Brooklyn during the month of June. Check out the entire schedule here!

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Here are the venues we’ll be at in 2015! [photos by Fair Market | Renegade Craft | Brooklyn Expo Center]

The first Fair of 2015 is going to be a brilliant one, Renegade Craft Fair is heading across the pond for Springtime. Held on April 11 – 12 at the Old Truman Brewery in London, this new addition will be the first of two UK events in 2015. Want to participate? Applications are open from February 13th – March 6th; get the full details about the Fair here.

In May, RCF will be changing scenery and heading to the east side of Austin. On May 16 – 17, you can find our indoor/outdoor Spring event at Fair Market. Applications to participate are open from February 13th – March 13th; find more details about the Fair here.

In June, RCF will be setting up shop for a month-long Pop-Up series at East River State Park in Brooklyn. New Yorkers will be able to shop a curated selection of modern, handmade goods from New York and beyond every Saturday from June 6th – 27th. Want to be a part of this awesome new series? Applications are open from February 13th – March 20th; find more details about the Pop-Ups here.

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If you’re new to Renegade Craft Fair, take a look at what we’re all about. We’ve recently updated our Mission + Values, and we’d love for you to take a look.

Renegade Craft Fair’s Mission is to showcase the very best of independent handmade craft in a vibrant and lively marketplace which both reflects and shines a light on the work of today’s modern makers. RCF strives to keep their events approachable and relevant to emergent and established makers alike, focusing on the highest quality and newest voices. Renegade’s aim is to act as entrepreneurial incubator, community gathering space, and festive celebration of all things handmade.

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We hope you’ve had a great start to 2015, and we’ll be in touch again with more exciting news and features soon!

Maker Spotlight: South of Arden

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Today we are featuring these outstanding shoes sold by South of Arden. You won’t want to miss trying these on at our San Francisco Holiday Market this weekend!marisa

South of Arden is a brand new shop created by Kelsey Otsuka, Merrilee Hale and Paulina Santos Torres that features and supports Latin American designers who currently may not have the means to reach the US market but are driven and yearning to expand. The designer that will be featured at our Holiday Market is Josefina Basso, an Argentinian shoe designer Kelsey met two years ago while shopping in the Buenos Aires bazaars.

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Josefina Basso is a talented Argentinian shoe designer with humble beginnings. Unknowingly, her passion for shoes began during the numerous visits to her grandmother’s shoe factory, where she loved dressing her dolls in all the shoes. After university, she spent about seven years making her way through small workshops learning the whole shoe making process, which served as her guide and inspiration to creating her own shoe designs. In 2012, her passion for shoes propelled her into creating her own line and and has been running a successful small business ever since. Josefina and her partner operate out of their apartment in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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All of Josefina Basso’s shoes are hand-crafted in Argentina and made with genuine leather.  This is the first debut of the designer selling her line outside of Buenos Aires. The shoes are a fun combination of traditional oxford style paired with gorgeous jewel tones and bright hued leathers. We can’t get enough of them!

To stay true to their eco-conscious nature, the team at South of Arden never use packaging for the shoes for shipping or actual shoe boxes to store the shoes. Instead, they only have hand-made shoe bags that serve as the perfect carrier bag for traveling and can be used to tote around other things as well.

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We are so excited South of Arden is bringing the talent and hand-crafted shoes of Josephina Basso to San Francisco for our first Holiday Market of the season! Be sure to follow South of Arden on Facebook  and Instagram to learn more about potential Latin American designers they will be bringing to the US. See you all tomorrow!