Back by popular demand and, most likely, some sort of pre-agreed-upon contract, Unique LA's bazaar-type gift show is once again about to hit California Market Center, and this time they're packing gratis booze, an Amoeba Records popup store, and "DIY Workshops" -- though what those are, you'll just have to figure out for yourself. Among the best of the never-before-seen items on the floor this time around include:
1. Bughouse Future Fossils Series
The LA arthouse known for gallery-ready prints of their founder's cassette collection (seriously) has upped the nostalgia factor with these affordable pieces that're actually plaster casts of soon-to-be-totally-outdated technology, including film cameras, a turntable, and an Atari joystick, all of which're made to appear like they were discovered by archaeologists after a dig (dug?).
Check them all out at Bughouse.com
2. Wood Thumb
Though detractors, haters, and several old guys that work at Brooks Brothers said it wasn't possible, this NorCal company's actually figured out how to make neckties from thin wood, all of which're slatted and held together by an adjustable electric cord, and presumably, magic.
You can also order them from WoodThumb.com
3. We Are All Smith
Weirdly not a call for solidarity with Samantha's young-ass boyfriend on Sex and the City, WAAS is actually a local clothing line featuring subtle and not-so-subtle military motifs, like durable laptop bags made of army-grade refurbished tent fabric, graphic'd-up shorts, and tees printed with a formation of old school fighter jets and a naval recruitment flyer, just in case you couldn't figure it out yourself.
Lotsa good stuff at WeAreAllSmith.com