This weekend, we decided to check out the local goods at SFMade’s Holiday Gift Fair in San Francisco’s Fort Mason. SFMade is a fantastic non-profit that focuses on building the city’s economic base by supporting and developing local businesses. Local manufacturing — everything from chocolate, to tote bags, to ceramics — is the non-profit’s main focus.
The Holiday Gift Fair showcases some of the best up and coming artisans affiliated with SFMade — take a look at 5 of our favorites:
1. Drywell Art. Alyson Thomas’s quirky diagrams of meat products and cocktails certainly reflect her Texas upbringing and San Francisco sensibilities.
We loved the idea of framing some of her smaller prints to hang above a bar or on a kitchen wall.
2. Lady Alamo. This San Francisco studio designs most of its product around one character: Lady Alamo. This cute tote with the Painted Ladies in the brand’s namesake location (Alamo Square) was one of our favorites.
3. Gooseberry Press. These hand-drawn maps of locations far and near make for perfect greeting cards or gifts. We also loved the larger prints — one for each city that’s near and dear to our hearts.
4. lilikoi design + letterpress. Despite having an additional studio in Los Angeles, many of lilikoi’s adorable designs reflect its love for San Francisco. We stocked up on holiday gift tags for our Christmas presents this year, but also loved their San Francisco cards.
5. Lila B Design. It’s hard not to be blown away by Lila B’s intricate airplant and succulent designs, but it’s their eco-friendly initiatives that really impressed us.
The studio is a certified San Francisco Green Business, and conserves resources and waste by working with repurposed, organic and sustainably harvested materials.
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