frigate birds, these clever ties involve threading the colourful back end into the black front end, resulting in a lively splash. These are made in LA, and if I wore ties I would definitely get one of these.
Conceived by LA-based Carlie Tracey, who was inspired by the desire to wear summer tops in cooler weather without freezing, Ch-Armz’ delivers a surprisingly nifty and chic idea: attachable sleeves, available in a variety of striking patterns.
Also, ballerina shrugs, with or without hoods and thumbholes.
Yes and Yes Designs
Oakland-based Laura Bruland offered a nifty blend of eco-consciousness and vintage style in jewelry cut and etched, via laser, from recycled books.
And for guys, or gals, with a predilection for dressy shirts, Laura also offered cufflinks. A tad pricey, perhaps, but definitely cool and unique.
Continuing the theme of recycled vintage is Magic Industrie. LA-based artisan Ryan Hansen uses old books to design and craft magic wallets – you know, the kind where you lay money, bills, or other papery bits on top of bands in the wallet, close the wallet, and presto, your stuff is secured. For $30, I bought myself a wallet with an Egyptian motif, and I'm stil
Human Tree Robot
Just about the closest thing to a fixture at these Unique LA events, artist Mark Brunner’s Human Tree Robot consists of beautiful hand-made artwork offered at affordable prices. And yes, the art features stylized humans, trees, robots, and combinations of the tree in a lush style that is serene, mysterious, and ever-so-modestly surreal. The only apparel for sale was a t-shirt with one of Mark’s robots, and after much hemming and hawing I decided to break my “absolutely no t-shirts” rule to buy it. The reason? After seeing a few fellows wandering the floors wearing jeans, t-shirts, and a blazer, I was inspired to give the t-shirt a try. I’ll post more about this style experience sometime soonish.
There was more. My wife found herself a purse and a steampunk-ish watch-mechanism pendant. And we found jams. Did I forget to mention jams? Oh, sure, the sweet stuff is not fashion, but SQIRL jams are too exquisite not to share with you. The Blenheim apricot preserves are especially phenomenal.
And that’s it for this year’s Unique LA. For more, check out stateofunique.com.
Note: All images borrowed from their respective websites under fair use for illustrative purposes only. They will be removed at the copyright holder's request.