Friday, May 21, 2010

Austin Renegade Craft Fair in Review

This past weekend I packed up a bag full of product and traveled to Austin, Texas for the first ever Renegade Craft Fair to grace the city of Austin. This was my first out of state show with my line becky's buttons and I was happy to share a booth with my dear friend and fellow Fancy Tiger Clothing designer, Sandra Fettingis. The two day event was held at the Palmer Events Center which was packed with over 250 vendors from all over the country and I was fortunate enough to get to meet a few of the lovely independent designers we carry here at Fancy Tiger Clothing.

Luckily we were stationed right next to the Louisiana based Super Maggie and her amazing line of screen printed apparel. Maggie and her partner Michael were manning the booth and were kind enough to let me take some photos of them hard at work restocking and chatting with customers.

Next I made a stop over at the Squasht by Les booth where Lesley, the Chicago based designer, was hard at work setting up for the day and talking to some early arrivals. Now Lesley is well known for her line of handmade, reversible hats that we stock here at Fancy Tiger Clothing but she was also showing off some of her hand crafted garments and various other accessories including a new line of headbands. Lesley will be opening a flagship Squasht by Les store in Chicago this month that will not only carry the full line of Squasht hand-crafted garments and accessories but will also carry a selection of wares from various other independent designers from around the nation.

I then took a quick stroll over to Brooklyn's own Loyalty and Blood's booth to check out their amazing line of t-shirts, tote bags and various other accessories and even convinced David and friends to pose for a picture.

Last but certainly not least, there was a great Colorado showing featuring various local designers such as; Bound in Circles, mmsomewhere, mukee, Lucky Me Beads, Vital Industries, Swear Jar and sandra fettingis.

Overall is was a great experience and an excellent way to meet some interesting and talented independent designers.


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