Sometimes, shopping like a local requires you to go off the beaten path, into one of the city's most beloved neighborhoods, and consume goods from indie brands. This weekend, The Renegade Craft Fair is offering you the chance to do exactly that, three hundredfold.
Over 300 vendors will be setting up shop along Division Street in Wicker Park (September 7 and 8) to bring you the best in handmade wares. To help you navigate the fair, I did all the heavy lifting and sifted through the entire list of sellers. The result? Your official Renegade Craft Fair cheat sheet.
Prepare yourself for the undoubtedly chilly winters with tailored, wool and cashmere coats by De Novo. Stop by Garbella to ramp up your baby's cool factor with a bib or onesie emblazoned with 90s Hip Hop jargon like "WORD" and fulfill all your screenprinted wishes with one-of-a-kind patterns and designs from Make It Good and Maryink. Thanks to the inclusion of Vintage Bazaar vendors this time around (they will be stationed along Wood Street), vintage enthusiasts can take pleasure in scouring the racks of ReFINDefined, where vintage finds have been remixed into fashion-forward garments.
Shop the popular zodiac constellation pendants by Broad Street, before or after you check out the oversized, statement-making gemstone rings being served up by Chicago's own Dollybird. Stock up on affordable enamel pendant necklaces by Enfuse Jewelry (which look great when layered) and try on the geometric designs of the based-in-Italy brand MIKINORA (the negative cuff bracelet is on my personal wish list). If you're looking for a serious metal smith, visit kFroet Designs for some unique and hefty hardware. Then update your fine jewelry collection (or find your ideal engagement ring) at Samantha McIntosh Metal.
Spruce up your sofa with screen-printed pillows by Earth Cadets or adorn your walls with typographic paintings by freehand window artist Emmy Star Brown. If you're in the market for unconventional shelving options (and even if you're not), take a gander at the vintage-doors-turned-bookshelves by The Door Shelf Factory.
You can never have too many Thank
You cards or enough stationery. Not a believer? The Boombox greeting cards by Shed
Letterpress and the Céline Paris t-shirt card by Windy City
Paper Co. may have you singing a different tune. If you prefer writing to
yourself, the Chicago Architecture Notebook by Girls Can Tell will
upgrade you from that spiral notebook you've been toting around.
Food vendors will be on hand to help you refuel while Reckless Records and CHIRP Radio provide the perfect shopping soundtrack. For full details and the complete list of vendors, click here. And I'll see you this weekend.
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