To suggest that this year’s One of a Kind Show and Sale was anything short of phenomenal, would be an understatement. The shear volume of things to see, do and eat at the 13th annual One of a Kind Show was almost dizzying. More than 600 artists covered the entire 8th floor of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart for four fabulous days of exploration and shopping opportunities.
Emerging design and Indie fashion was abundant and could be found in the section called The Fashion District. Designers from as close as the west loop area of Chicago and as far away as California and parts of Canada were present with exhibit after exhibit of high quality, must-have creations. There were creations with rich textiles from Africa and Asia; recycled and repurposed furs, apparel and glass; and a seemingly endless variety of handbags. Milliners and jewelers, indigenous designs, fair trade clothing and eco-fashion were all present and accounted for. And not to be ignored, Etsy boutique sellers were a strong and prominent collection in the Etsy New Artist Pavilion. There’s no question that every price point was entertained.
Also in The Fashion District, were daily One of a Kind Fashion Shows featuring clothing, jewelry and accessories from exhibiting artists. Designers made themselves available to meet guests and share some of the inspiration and motivation behind the pieces presented. The designers also participated in a number of Artist Booth Talks scheduled throughout the weekend which permitted guests additional insight into the one-of-a-kind creations.
This year, Martha Stewart’s Living Magazine’s craft department provided a special segment on finger knit necklaces, which was featured in the magazine’s December issue. Guests were permitted to choose from various colors of glitter eyelash yarn and given instruction from Martha Stewart Crafts to create one-of-a-kind pieces.
As the show drew to a close yesterday, there was little doubt that One Of A Kind Show and Sale truly is one of Chicago’s most unique fashion and shopping experiences.