If you’re a handmade nerd like moi, the Renegade Craft Fair is your Superbowl. Except that instead of sitting on the couch yelling at the TV you’re walking (for miles) at the East River Park in Williamsburg, going “wow” and “cool” and “do you have that in XS?”.
I had a great time going through the endless booths, lemonade in hand, seeing friends and meeting new faces. There were so many amazing makers from around the country – here’s some of the highlights:
Absolutely adored Jamie Lau‘s dresses – gorgeous Japanese fabrics, vintage-inspired lines, a style that is pretty yet comfortable (pockets, anyone!?)
We love Fritz & Fräulein‘s sustainable and super cool designs. Both guys and ladies swoon over her iPad and laptop cases, cosmetics bags and pillows – handmade using vintage fabrics and reclaimed materials. Fritz & Fraülein is coming soon to our shop!
Argentine-born Victoria Bekerman creates delicate and feminine jewelry that I fell in love with right away – and I tend to skim the jewelry booths. Her designs are simple yet gorgeous. The red ‘Prana’ bracelets are a modern take on a traditional design, originally worn to ward off evil spirits.
Every time I see Little Hip Squeaks‘ cool duds for little ones, a little voice in my head says “well, another kid wouldn’t be so bad, would it?”. Lots of new designs and colors for their adorable knotted hats, leggings, and the LHS signature blankets.
Haruka & Susana is creative duo is focused on product design. Susana found inspiration in the impersonal grayness of freelance cubicles and set off to produce a portable personal ‘desk station’ that doubles up as a laptop case. So clever!
For a reclaimed-goods fanatic, this was a crazy neat find – Viva Zapata makes fun and practical bags using the same vinyl that Argentinian buses get their seats made from. Viva Zapata takes the discarded vinyl remnants and creates colorful bags that are surprisingly light and waterproof.
So many more awesome makers!
It smelled so good at Brooklyn Soap Works‘ booth! I’m excited to try their charcoal soap. Coral & Tusk had lovely embroidered home goods, as well as t-shirts and cardigans. All the way from LA, Delusions of Grandeur creates colorful jewelry that uses acrylic as the signature material. I loved the hand-drawn illustrations by Zoe Tilley, a PA-based artist.
It’s my second time at the Renegade reporting for Brooklyn Makers! Did you go? What stood out for you?