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10 Artisan-Made Gifts from the East Coast's Coolest Makers Market

by Brad Ford
The Field + Supply tented landscape. Photo courtesy of Field + Supply.

The modern makers market Field + Supply has done a great job over the years of introducing us to many talented artisans and craftspeople in the New York area and beyond. Taking a contemporary spin on the crafty DIY fairs of yore, F+S finds, curates, and hosts pop-ups showcasing unique apparel, jewelry, home goods, apothecary items, and personal accessories in stylish settings and beautiful destinations. Home base is the Hudson Valley region of NY, but the fair is heading to Charleston, South Carolina, for a three-day stint featuring 80 vendors, food and drinks, panel discussions, and workshops of the cookie-decorating, biscuit-making, and wreath-designing variety. F+S founder and interior designed Brad Ford agreed to give us a sneak peek of the maker market landscape.

Field + Supply began in 2014 in High Fall, NY. As a child growing up in Arkansas, I had a lot of fond memories of the local arts and craft fairs: It was a way to be surrounded by other creative people and also felt like a very social occasion. I longed for that feeling, but as I got older and moved through my interior design career, my sensibility evolved. I wanted to create the feeling I had as a kid, but have it make sense based on my interests today. Our first event had roughly 30 vendors. Most recently, at our Fall MRKT in Kingston, New York, we had nearly 270 vendors (we host two main events in NY: spring and fall). We are excited to expand into Charleston for the holidays.

I've always had a strong appreciation for things made by hand and am inspired by the passion and skill artisans bring to their work. I try to use something handmade in all of my design projects not only because of the unique beauty these items impart, but also because handmade arts and crafts provide a certain level of soul to any space. Below are a selection of vendors (some new, some returning) we are really excited about.

Middleton Made Knives

Having the right tool for the job is important and having it be beautiful certainly doesn't hurt. We love these knives — crafted in South Carolina — for their impeccable craftsmanship and beauty. (Contact for pricing and availability.)

Blanc Creatives

The deep side walls of the Virginia-made pro saucier ($306) mean less splatter; an all-steel construction means it will develop a beautiful patina over time.

Daysie

Holidays at our house are not complete without a festive drink from this South Carolina company. The Trio of Daysie syrups ($42) complement any cocktail recipe.

Erin Reitz

We love the designs of EM Reitz, especially the Tailor's Tunic ($540). These pieces are casual and cool but can also be easily dressed up. Made in South Carolina.

Roots and Jones

In the age of emails, we love the idea of gifting a gorgeous pen like the Bourbon Barrel Brass rollerball ($145). A reminder of how special a handwritten note can be. Made in North Carolina.

Frances Grey Hats

Made in New York, Debbie tweaks classic designs to give them a cool factor. Love the Angie ($355) in plush velour felt with a braided trim.

Wyatt Speight Rhue

Check out the clean lines of Speight's turnings in North Carolina, and how the natural beauty of the wood shines through. (Contact for pricing and availability.)

Selina King

Taking inspiration from her Native American heritage, King's Muriel earrings ($300) move beautifully when worn and are made in NY and North Carolina.

Namai

Handmade in NY from Katha quilts, Namai's coats ($525) are one-of-a-kind pieces of wearable artwork.

Marcie McGoldrick

We love the delicate porcelain cups ($48), petite vessels that can be used for drinking, holding a few flowers, or simply adding a bit of beauty to a shelf. Made in Pennsylvania.

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