Oh 2020. Who could have ever imagined we'd be here right now. And yet, here we are - still plugging along, in new + different ways.
If you didn't already know, RCF is a one-woman-show owned and operated by BIPOC designer-maker Adia Mei Jun Bobo (that's me!). I also work with and for other small businesses and independent artists - groups that you're well aware, have been hit especially hard this year.
Most of the shops and galleries that carried my work have closed (forever) and every one of my in-person shows has been cancelled (with good reason). This year has brought so many changes to the way we operate and uncovered new challenges to sustaining a small creative business. And I'm far from alone - the majority of other artists, makers and independent shops are in the same boat.
You've heard the calls to shop small this holiday season, louder and stronger than ever. If you choose to answer, consider the indie brands below as places to start. Many of these (and other) small businesses are also one-person-shows or small teams so get your orders in early to ensure on-time delivery.
Artists + Makers:
Orange Twist Cards - Screenprinted cards for all occasions, kids + baby gear, art and more
Dolcetta Artisan Sweets - the BEST small batch confections (we've had almost everything she makes and you can't go wrong with any of it!)
ilee papergoods - Letterpress greeting cards and calendars
Oliotto - Tea towels, tote bags and prints
Uzura -Screenprinted, eco-friendly clothing (one of my husbands favorite tees is from uzura)
Christina Choi Cosmetics - Small batch cosmetics (LOVE my lip crayons, eyeshadows and specially shaped brushes)
Crystalyn Kae Bags - thoughtfully designed, high quality bags and accessories (I have one of the Rose Gold card holders and the color is sooo pretty)
Gritty Jewelry - Teeny tiny cleavers, machetes and lots of handmade chain
Bird of Virtue - Laser cut acrylic and wood jewelry with a Scandinavian vibe
Independently Owned and Operated Shops*:
Click! Design That Fits - Contemporary Gift + Lifestyle shop (my home away from home and where to find the largest in-person selection of RCF goods)
Virago Gallery - Artist owned and entirely stocked with high-end handmade goods
Urban Sprouts - The place that developed my tiny plant obsession
Grapheme - Letterpress studio and gift shop with the most beautiful gifts for your favorite paper lover
*purchasing artist made and other goods through places like a small store allows them to continue buying from makers and other vendors - its like helping two businesses at once :)!
As for me and RCF, final call for holiday orders from the Ready to Ship collection is December 17th. For made to order items in Silver, deadline is Monday December 7th. Made to order items in any other finish will not arrive until post-holiday.
Thanks a million for your support this year and every year. I quite literally couldn't do it without you <3.