It’s Spendmas, that time of year between Thanksgiving and the week or so before Christmas. You can tell it’s that special commercial time of year because Thanksgiving dinner hasn’t been digested before stores began pouring Christmas carols into the ears of shoppers already afflicted by premature ornamentation and attempts at tinsel-lation. Just last weekend in a local mall, one of Sandy Claws’ many doppelgangers was hauling the kids up onto his lap to hear their greedy little requests for stuff. ‘tis the season to spend, kids, and fair warning: I’m going to be grouchy until Spendmas ends and the genuine seasonal spirit of peace and goodwill makes a guest appearance.
Spendmas notwithstanding, however, as thoughts turn towards gifts for the family and friends we cherish, conscientious fashionistas might ask: where can I get some fashionable gifts that won’t throw my conscience into spasms?
State of Unique will be holding its annual holiday event this weekend, December 1st and 2nd, at the California Market Center Penthouse between 11am and 6pm. Fashionoclast fave Sheswai Lacquer will be there, as well as some newcomers I'm looking forward to discovering in person:
I’ll be there tomorrow, maybe with Fez on. But if you don't live in LA (or other State of Unique cities) - and even if you do - there are are some wonderful alternatives.
Reversible Ikat shoulder bag made of cotton and vegan leather. $60. Produced by Mahaguthi, which supports artisans throughout Nepal.
A Belted Nagita tunic made from natural cotton and block-printed by hand by Indian an fair-trade organization aiming to empower women in impoverished areas of Mumbai. $60
Charming Dove pin made from copper and brass, with an eye made from lapiz lazuli. $16. Made by Comparte, a non-profit that aims to help economical disadvantaged artisans in Chile.
I'm planning on doing some gift shopping here...
Cotton batik robe, 'Red Floral Kimono.' $67.99
“Leisure” cotton skirt hand-made by a Thai artisan. $34.95
“Thai Riches” cotton capri pants hand-made by a Thai artisan. $39.95
“Geodesic” silver cufflinks from, and Indian artisan pursuing her dream of design jewelry. $92.95
And there you go.
How about you? What cool, and conscientious, shops/designers have you discovered lately? I'd love to read about them in the comments below.
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