If you haven't made it out to Chicago's Randolph Street Market Festival this summer, there's no question that you're missing a delightful weekend experience. The market is held the last weekend of each month from May through October and has delightfully recreated the ambiance of the classic European urban antique market -- very reminiscent of London's Portobello Road Market or Paris' Porte de Clignancourt. In addition to sumptuous food choices, hundreds of antique, vintage or craft vendors, there is also terrific live music, must-see indie apparel and accessory vendors and designers.
After spending several hours at the market this weekend, we managed to visit AAA's Unique Treasures, ClaSha, Silpada, komal chaudhari, Liquid Silver, Jan Lee Design, and Mu bags. Admittedly, barely reflective of the number of interesting vendors present, it is certainly suggestive of the captivating collection of artists present.
The two bag makers couldn't have been more enchanting. Paola Victoria's Mu Bags - made of touchably soft leathers - were alluring. A fantastic marriage of beauty and practicality in each one of the purses. Not to be outdone were the leather satchels, messenger bags, backpacks and duffel bags by komal chaudhari. The selection was both beautifully displayed and seemingly boundless. These stunning, handmade leather products were fantastic to see, smell, and feel - wonderful, sensory amusement! And because of the modest pricing, it was very easy to pick up two or more.
Among the jewelers present were Silpada, Liquid Silver, and Jan Lee Design. Lee's Elegant Fusion Jewelry booths were beyond breathtaking! The fine quality of silver and craftsmanship in both Silpada and Liquid Silver's collections reflected unique contemporary pieces which ran the spectrum from $30 silver finds to one-of-a-kind, award-winning pieces.
ClaSha designers, Shannon Johnson and Claudia Arroyo-Uplegger, represented one of the many market vendors who are faithful attendees. Despite very recently opening their first boutique in Elmhurst, the pair are faithful and loyal market regulars. Among the amazing volume of products that they have for sale in their store, online and at the market are baby and toddler clothing, hand-made quilts, womenswear, hats and a variety of home furnishings.
Combine these compelling vendors with the fragrant and irresistible artisan chocolates and fresh baked breads and it was understandably difficult to check in with very many of the other terrific vendors. Thank goodness there's still time to visit. See you there in September.