Yesterday, I decided to brave the crowds of Toronto's One of A Kind Show for Good Friday - definitely one of the busiest days I have ever seen the show in all the years I have been going. But it was totally worth it! Here is my summary of some of my favorite booths, and products!
Hot Pop Factory
I have to start with Hot Pop Factory - these guys do 3D printing. To be more specific, I can get a ring "printed" with my face on it. In 3D. Pretty much the best thing ever. At the show they were doing free scans so you could see what your face would look like on jewlery or bobble heads. I hope all you know that at the next party I host, I will definitely have some of these rings with my face on it, for a prize.
The Quarrelsome Yeti
This guy does amazing illustrations and his apparel is even better. Just check out this beaver t-shirt below. I don't even need to explain why I love this guy's stuff - but if you check out the website, you'll see lots of tentacles around...
Handsome and Lace
While I was at the show looking at someone's booth, they suddenly came to me and said "Oh my gosh, you need to go around the corner here. You're going to freak out!" As I went around the corner, I saw why. Handsome and Lace brings handsome things (bowties, and ties) into style with lace and other nice fabrics. Finally bowties and ties that are trendy, pretty and nice! Make sure to take a look at their website - their ties would make great presents (especially to me.)
Karen designs unique leather handbags - I would describe a lot of them as being perfect for a night out on the town in Toronto, or going to a rock concert. Or maybe your life is a rock concert, and you need one of these bags all the time. Karen and her team were friendly and helpful, and didn't seem outraged by my idea that they design a leather studded custom collar for my cat, which I think I will have done!
Cloud 9 Cat Trees
For any of you obsessed with your kitties, you will need one of these.
Nothing gets me more excited than meeting fellow French Canadians at the One of a Kind show - and it happens every year because Ccomme Ca is always there, and every year I say the same thing - "I need one of these bags." I think the bags are great and different and would also provide the modern business person with a stylish flare going into meetings. What do you think?
How can I do a blog about the One of a Kind show and not name-drop the company responsible for our awesome octopus logo? Crywolf clothing has always been a huge favorite of mine - I have so many of their t-shirts, tanks, stuffed animals, mousepads and now bandanas, but I still can't get enough. Their illustrations are detailed, funny and trendy featuring anchors, sailors and cute/weird animals and monsters.
All in all, One of a Kind was awesome this year, and every year there are lots of great new vendors. If you haven't gone yet, tomorrow is the last day! Get on it.