Recap: Unique LA

Occasionally you get those posts that are so hard to edit and narrow down all the great people, places and products that were rolled into one event. Unique L.A. put me in that predicament. Unique is an independent design and gift show that started in L.A. back in 2008 and will expand in 2012 to include shows New York and San Francisco. Featured products are exclusively made in the U.S.A. and the event aims to help small businesses and artists grow. Considering the record breaking attendance record set on Sunday, it seems like they're accomplishing their mission. 

So, what stood out to me at the 4th annual Unique L.A. holiday show?  There were some old favorites like Rock Scissor Paper and Graf & Lantz. There were also these new-to-me companies that caught my eye: 

Textiles from Nell & MaryAppetite and a little something for the wee ones from Sass & Peril, Jewelry from Kyyote and Amirilo Designs

Some pretty amazing headpieces from Pooka Queen

A soon-to-be debuted line of furniture from Ribbit Stopit

Sustainable soaps and lotions from Further

Artists 33 Stewart Avenue and Lekkar Haus

Drink coasters and other pretty felt items from Feisty Elle

Vintage goodies from Long Beach retailer Salvage Life

Handmade pottery from Sadie & Emma

Plus, there was oh so much good artisan food to sample: Rice puddings, marshmallows, peanut brittles and of  course cupcakes -- All with cutting edge flavor combos. I can't even delve into all the examples, but for all the foodies out there check out this weekend's Artisanal L.A

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All photos by Grace Hilton