Confession time: I don’t drink beer. I want to like drinking beer, I like the idea of drinking beer, but I’m not into the taste, which presents a slight problem in actually drinking beer. Anyway, all that to say it took a craft fair to get me to a craft brewery for the first time in my life. I decided to make the trek — amidst the parade crowds, holy — to check out the 10th Annual Craft Mafia Handmade Holiday craft show at the Hardwood Craft Brewery in Scott’s Addition.
Also, I must say: can you believe this December weather we’re having? While one would think the balmy temps would ratchet down the festiveness-factor for such things like a holiday-themed craft show, I’d say the reverse happened. Because it was so nice out on Saturday, the brewery was packed full — both inside and outside — of revelers shopping, snacking and, yes, drinking beer. Everyone was so happy! So much Christmas music!
I made the rounds a couple times to get the full experience and make sure I didn’t miss anything and wanted to share five of my favorite fashion-related makers with you in case you weren’t able to make it and are still on the look out for local, handmade gifts for your loved ones!
Garnett Jewelry (@garnettjewelry | garnettjewelry.com)
Amiee Munford’s geometric, vintage-inspired pieces are unique, handmade and stylish — the ultimate fashion triumvirate. I especially dig the signature cuff bracelet; the confectionary color options make it hard to choose just one (so why would you??) and suit the style of your Lily-wearing ladies-who-lunch and those boho mamas from playgroup. Basically, anyone who wears jewelry would love to layer up with one of Amiee’s baubles. (Photo by Megan Parry)
Sweet Cheeks All Natural (@sweetcheeksallnatural | sweetcheeksallnatural.com)
Ok, so I know Sweet Cheeks isn’t technically fashion but beauty and style go hand-in-hand and who can pass up a bath bomb (or two??). As the name implies, Sweet Cheeks products are all natural: That means they have no synthetic or petroleum-based ingredients and the dreamy scents come from pure, plant-based essential oils. The lavender bath bomb is my favorite for an uber-luxe, pre-bedtime ritual and their handmade candles make the most thoughtful hostess gift (let everyone else bring wine!). (Photo by Megan Parry)
Molly Virginia Made (@mollyvirginiamade | mollyvirginiacampbell.com)
So maybe I did audibly gasp when I saw MVM’s marbled leather goods at her booth and embarrass myself! Just look at these phone cases! A little dose of artistry — and luxury — for your phone; honestly, the marbling on these bad boys have nothing on your Carrara countertops. Molly also makes the most deliciously soft and beautiful leather pouches (cool coin purse alert!), key chains and coasters. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind design that transcends styles. (Photo by Megan Parry)
Isabel founded her namesake fashion line once she returned to RVA after the requisite post-collegiate pilgrimage to NYC; she’s since worked on producing a seriously chic resort-wear line. It’s full of floaty, feminine separates and breezy dresses perfect to wear alone for nights on a sandy beach or paired with a black pencil skirt or cashmere sweater for work. (Photo by Megan Parry)
AMFM Store (@amfm_store | amfmstore.com)
For a serious dose of Americana under the Christmas tree, might I suggest one of Ali’s leather pieces? The yoga mat carrier is so stylish it hurts- if I had one, I may actually go to yoga class just to show it off. Also works as a blanket carrier, which is a perfect gift for all the outdoorsy folks in your life. She also had a ton of small leather goods - pouches, purses and wallets - a more-than-suitable stocking stuffer for even the most discerning fashionista. (Photo by Megan Parry)