Michigan Made Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Michigan Made Gift Guide: For the Fashionista

Michigan Made Gift Guide 2012 - The Awesome Mitten

 

 

 

 

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It should be said first and foremost that most of the products on this list are not made in the state of Michigan, but rather designed and distributed within the state of Michigan. We understand that when it comes to apparel and accessories, a truly Michigan-made product would be very very expensive, so we choose to support Michigan designers in this category!

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The Jenna Kator Collection features stylish, classic purses named for cities and landmarks in Michigan.  Each purse has a story in its description to tell you why it was named for that specific location. For example: “Huntington Woods is known as the “City of Homes” where mature tree-lined streets carve out the picturesque landscape for a family oriented community. Many of the elegant historic homes were individually designed by well-known Detroit-based architects keeping a beautifully blended neighborhood. Children are always playing in the many parks and one can go for a pleasant stroll to take in the beautification while feeling like part of the community. The Huntington Handbag, much like a Huntington Woods’s home, has a distinctive design to mesh with any outfit.”

Jenna Kator bags are available online as well at at several boutiques around the state. Smaller purses and wristlets are about $62 with larger bags and totes ranging from $82 – $98.

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Mitten-Made

The name pretty says it all: Mitten-Made. This online shop features a variety of knit goods to keep you warm and looking smart. Our favorites are definitely the chunky infinity scarves and fingerless gloves! Bonus fun item: Mustache Masquerade Set.

 

 

 

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Linkel Designs

Linkel Designs is a mother-daughter jewelry design team from the Detroit area. All of their designs are delicate and feminine with a hint of vintage. Our favorites are the Large Statement Earrings – Byzantine in Soft Sky Blue and the Vintage Brass Locket – Sweet Pea Locket Necklace. In you are in the Royal Oak area, check out their designs at Shine (621 South Washington).

 

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Pixel & Hank

Pixel & Hank has a plethora of hair accessories, for both every day wear, and to wear on your wedding day! Based out of Kalamazoo, Daisy’s creations will make a messy do look fancy, and her bridal veils are breathtakingly classic. We recommend the Meredith – Classic Shimmery Bow Headband in Silver for everyday wear, and Flower Bird Cage Veil on a Headband // Cordelia for the bride on your list.

 

 

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KTG Designs

This list wouldn’t be complete without a Michigan necklace. Fashioned by an Ann Arbor designer, we’ll let this one speak for itself.

 

 

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UpNorth Knits

Last, but certainly not least, is UpNorth Knits. This shop features several different knit items, and is run by a self professed “knitaholic” out of Glen Arbor. Our favorite product from this shop is hands down the Dark Pink Hand Knit Hat with Wood Button, but we’re also a sucker for the baby hat that looks like a baseball.

 

Have a favorite Michigan designer we didn’t mention? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Awesome Mitten was born when I moved back to Michigan from Nashville, TN in September 2010. Almost immediately, I became frustrated. I couldn’t figure out why there weren’t more Michigan residents singing our states praises! I was so irritated, I wrote a Letter to the Editor. Three weeks later, I had started a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a landing page for the website, determined to do something to make Michigan residents aware of all the cool things going on in their own state. Email me: alex@awesomemitten.com