A DAY AT CRAFTHER FALL MARKET
When attending a market for the first time, especially if you're adventuring solo, it can be equal parts exciting and overwhelming. Why I love craftHER Market, is because even though each season seems to get bigger, it also becomes more curated, adding intentional value for consumers. I felt genuinely encouraged and took away useful, educational nuggets from the panelists covering topics from small business promotion to broadening your artistic vision.
One quote stood out to me from TK Tunchez, "Bring the economy back to the hands of makers. If you can shop local, do it!" It's such a simple phrase and yet if we all began to put this into practice, our community economy would radically change. Each panelist discussion sparked more and more conversation amongst my friends as we explored the market, which filled our Sunday with such joyful purpose and intention.
Organizations like Boss Babes ATX and Laissez Fair are creating more opportunities for Austin locals to invest in our community economy when artists and makers aren't available (yet!) through traditional brick and mortar stores. I was able to find some incredible pieces this past weekend for ACL, helping achieve my own personal goal of resisting Target, H&M, and Forever 21! If you're still looking for those last minute items to add to your lineup and something catches your eye, many of these makers will meet you in person to deliver your purchased product in time for ACL.
Whether you're interested in unique accessories to help your festival look stand out from the crowds or breathable fabrics that transition from day to night, if you can shop local, DO IT! ;)
PURSE AND CLUTCH
Purse & Clutch is a socially conscious handbag and accessories brand working to break the cycle of poverty by connecting you to weavers & seamstresses in Guatemala + leather workers in Ethiopia. Their mission is to help support sustainable, long-term employment for men & women with limited opportunities. Headbands and crossbody's? Double check!
LOCATION: 4477 S. LAMAR BLVD SUITE 590 | AUSTIN, TX 78745
Jenna is a graphic designer and illustrator based, working for The College of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas. Her illustrations are fueled by daily doses of coffee, true crime podcasts, bike rides, and books of every sort. I could not get over her "Wild Thing" bandanas featuring the top ten Texas wildflowers! Printed with non-toxic eco-friendly inks and premium 100% cotton fabric.
Hightail Handmade is a collection of one-of-a-kind, one size fits most apparel, made from hand-woven and hand-dyed vintage African mudcloth. Like you, each piece is unique in its style, its size, and its story. The material is cut and stitched into designs that speak to all body types, highlighting any shape. These textiles are lightweight and durable, creating garments that are perfect for a year round statement of your individuality.
Each Radiance Artistry design is hand painted on canvas or watercolor paper first by meditating and intentionally channelling the powers and attributes of the animal. By printing the animals on clothing, artist Rosemary Allen, hopes to empower whoever wears the item. Each piece of clothing acts as a talisman to strengthen your fierce, wild, expressive nature. She has always felt passionate about what she chooses to cover her body with and these pieces come from her heart. Rosemary hopes you enjoy wearing them as much as she enjoys creating them!
With a social mission that invests in entrepreneurs around the world and a brand Ambassador Program focused on encouragement and connection, BANGS Shoes has found a way to transcend cultural and geographic boundaries and focus on uplifting people. The BANGS Shoes vision: provide footwear to cultivate a meaningful community with lasting impact.
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