By now you probably know that Renegade Craft Fair will be THE place to go this weekend for cool handmade art and crafts. But don’t forget about the fashion! Many of the vendors who will be at RCF Austin 2011 make clothing or accessories, and there’s one booth in particular you won’t want to miss if you’re in the market for something cute, unique, and made from the heart. Three lovely local designers are joining forces to bring you a variety of fun, functional pieces to complete your entire look — SavannahRed, Simmang Design, and LaLa.
A little bit about the designers you’ll meet at booth #4 and why you should love them:
Anslee Connell, the fabulous force behind SavannahRed, specializes in “Curvy Couture” — beautiful, vibrant, practical dresses custom-made for real women of all shapes and sizes. She makes bright, colorful pieces out of vintage fabric and bedsheets, making many of the items both one-of-a-kind AND eco-friendly! There will be dresses in stock at Renegade this weekend that range from size 12-26, and, as always, custom orders are welcome. If you can’t make it to the craft fair, you should check out SavannahRed’s boutique in the garden room at Cypress Vanguard sometime.
SavannahRed model Michelle with jewelry by Simmang Design. (The red floral fabric on the top part of this SavannahRed dress was designed by JenniferHeartsArt!) Photo: SavannahRed
Jillian (Simmang Design) modeling a SavannahRed dress and Simmang Design jewelry. Photo: SavannahRed
The awesome jewelry in the above two photos is by Simmang Design, so it makes sense to go ahead and tell you about that now. 🙂
In 2009 Jillian Simmang picked up some “retired” jewelry from a second hand store, ripped it apart and put it back together again more elegant and refined than before. Her degree in Graphic Design from Texas State University has definitely served her well. Her designs are meaningful, pull inspiration from themselves and each piece was once hanging from someone else’s earlobes, neck or wrist. Since she works with vintage materials, each earring, necklace, or bracelet is unique and one of a kind. Jill can be found at etsy.com/shop/JillianSimmang, The Studio Downtown, or Lovely Austin (and, of course, at Renegade this weekend). She takes custom work and contracts as well.
Bracelet by Simmang Design. Photo courtesy of Jillian Simmang.
And, while you’re there, you’ll get a chance to pick up your very own LaLa scarf shirt, as seen in a recent Statesman Style Matters feature by Marques Harper!
Creative and resourceful Austin designer, Laisa Chavez Macias, owner of LaLa, will be set up in booth #4 this Saturday and Sunday. Her versatile signature scarf shirts are made from vintage scarves, and some are long enough to be worn as mini-dresses. All three designers are independent business owners creating well-made, stylish clothing and accessories, making their collaborative pop-up shop inside the Palmer Events Center the perfect destination for anyone in search of cool, reasonably priced, original women’s fashion. Items from the LaLa line can also be found at Cypress Vanguard beginning next week!
The Madison. Photo courtesy of LaLa.
LaLa scarf shirt. Photo: Statesman.com
For more important details about the event, check out the Renegade Craft Fair Austin 2011 post on Examiner.com, and peruse my blog again next week to see photos from the show. Happy crafting!