‘Tis Gift Season, Last Minute Shop Local

The holiday gift buying crunch time has arrived with well timed seasonal snow and ice, but don’t let that stop you. If you haven’t wrapped all your gifts yet, there are some great local shopping options worthy of a browse. One of a kind clothing, accessories, and art make great gifts, lets face it everyoneContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Last Minute Shop Local”

‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly

A smorgasbord of makers will fill Zen Dragonfly’s 3rd Annual Last Ditch Effort. Created by local fashion designer Angela Smith, Zen Dragonfly carries a suite of skirt and dress designs derived from re-purposed fabrics, along with hats, knit tams and beanies and other hand sewn accessories. Every year she teams up with other local artistsContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Last Ditch Effort, Zen Dragonfly”

‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s

Many clothing items leave a first impression that they probably came straight from a major retailer, or worse yet a department store. I actually have a phobia of being seen in an item of clothing that has an immediately recognizable origin. Local maker Vanessa Andrew’s alter-ego┬áMadam Chino will cure that ailment when you stop byContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Buy Local Fashion, Madam Chino’s”

‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Roots Underground Outfitters

Holding down Washington Heights, urban fashion gets a boost from Roots Underground Outfitters. Located on 54th and Vliet, Roots carries a carefully selected stable of gear must haves such a jeans, hats, tees, bags, and nap sacks in independent brands like Mishka, Kidrobot, 5Boro, along with your favorite local sports team apparel. Roots keeps theirContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Local Fashion, Roots Underground Outfitters”

‘Tis Gift Season, Local Art, Milrawkee Alt, Bubbler Studios

Alternative fashion photographer Ryan Laessig and visual artist Amanda Iglinski formed the design house Bubbler Studios this past year. They’ve melded their highly conceptual creative forces to launch Milrawkee Alt as an ode to traditional science fiction culture and our favorite hometown Milwaukee. In a series of original comic illustration-style paintings they capture superbly absurdContinue reading “‘Tis Gift Season, Local Art, Milrawkee Alt, Bubbler Studios”