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Part of the Official Guide to Lollapalooza’s Green Street

The Art Market vendors, located in Green Street North and South, sell repurposed or ethically sourced goods.

1:Face Watch

1facewatch.com
Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This will be our first year being a part of Green Street!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
A fashion product that allows consumers to make a purchase that is much more than just a fashion statement: 1:Face Watch  has the power to feed a child, quench a thirst, find a cure and much more.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Our company was founded and resides in the lovely city of Chicago. 1:Face Watch is a fashion product with a true humanitarian heart—each of our watches through our partnerships with major charities is denoted a particular color and metric.

How green are you? Why?
We are greenish but working to become greener in our daily habits. Conserving energy by unplugging unused appliances, and following and supporting green initiatives like finding more sustainable resources that will not be depleted as fast as we use them. One member of our team is an eighth-grade science teacher and he makes sure to inform us of the latest information about the most recent developments in green technology.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
During my freshman year in college, I was lost throughout my journey to my first college class and accidentally walked into a German class. When I arrived, I thought it was a weird location for a biology class but I chalked it up as I was going to a huge university and space was limited. When I sat down, I got out my books and notebook and was eager to start my college career. When class started I started to realize that the books on the other student’s desks were different than mine, but I assumed since I bought mine on Amazon, it must just be a different edition. The first words out of the mouth of my professor were German words. At this point, I am deep in the middle of my row and close to the front. The class started with a lighthearted introduction to your neighbor. I was merely too embarrassed to get up and leave at that moment but I stayed for the entire class period, all fifty minutes of pure confusion.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We are honestly excited to see all the bands, but in particular Kendrick Lamar and Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper.

Avatar

avatarimports.net
Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Avatar is very proud to have been a part of Lollapalooza from the very first shows traveling around the country.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Avatar sells West Coast hippy chic styles made by fair-trade artisans in Nepal. We have something for everyone, from tops, dresses and skirts to accessories.

How green are you? Why?
Avatar uses fabric remnants from the larger textile mills to produce our goods. We use azo-free dyes and mostly natural and organic fabrics.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
The bands I would like to sneak away to see are Thievery Corp., The National, Band of Horses and Lukas Nelson.

Buffalo Exchange

buffaloexchange.com
Green Street South

006Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Buffalo Exchange has participated in Lollapalooza since 2012.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Sunglasses, jewelry, shoes for shoemergencies(!), clothing, backpacks, vintage and more from the leading buy, sell, trade clothing store!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
Kelly, Store Manager: “I’m originally from Minneapolis and currently the store manager for the Buffalo Exchange in Wicker Park, Chicago. I have worked in the resale industry for twelve-and-a-half years and at Buffalo Exchange for almost three years!”

Christina, Area Manager: “I was born and raised in Chicago, but I spent some time in Las Vegas as the store manager for Buffalo Exchange and played music in the very small Vegas music scene. Now I oversee five Buffalo Exchange locations in the Midwest and East Coast. While Buffalo Exchange celebrates forty years in 2014, I will be celebrating eight years with Buffalo Exchange!”

How green are you? Why? 
Buffalo Exchange buys, sells and trades clothing. By recycling and reusing, Buffalo Exchange saves clothing from local landfills. In an effort to protect the environment, the company discontinued the use of disposable plastic bags in September of 2012.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Kelly, Store Manager: “I think it would be hard to decline Jeff Goldblum’s advances and there is nothing wrong with that.”

Christina, Area Manager: “I am afraid of waiters and avoid all eye contact with them when ordering at restaurants. However I am not afraid of bartenders—I’m fine with them.”

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Heartless Bastards, Crystal Castles, Grizzly Bear, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Band of Horses

Chaos Card Company

chaoscardcompany.com
Green Street North

Chaosfashioncomp2013Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Nope, this is our third year—and Chicago has become our favorite destination.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
One-hundred-percent-hand-printed clothing and accessories—tee shirts, tanks, dresses, eco-blend maxi-dresses and hoodies, messenger bags and totes, hand-printed upcycled vintage denim (jeans, festival shorts, vests and jackets) and organic cotton underwear, plus more…

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Don Rock, founder of Chaos, has been a guerrilla screen-printer for most of his life. Expelled from art school at a young age, he has been screen-printing anything that will stand still since the early 1980s. From punk-rock posters and tour shirts, political tees, craft-beer labels and tattoos to large-scale paintings and custom fashion textile designs, his work can be found all over the world. Joined by his wife Leann who brings her graphic design and fashion background to the mix, these former New Yorkers live and work out of their tiny ranch in Driftwood, Texas and their East Austin studio. Chaos is an artisan family workshop practicing the centuries-old craft of serigraphy, in its near-original form. Using skills and secrets developed over the course of thirty years of screen-printing, every one of our garments is printed freehand. Each piece of clothing is hand-registered and hand-pulled without the use of a press or any machinery, making everything we print a little bit unique and truly one-of-a-kind.

How green are you? Why?
It’s hard to say exactly how “green” we are—everything you and I do has an impact on our environment. The important thing is try to remain conscious of that fact and strive to create a balance. We work to reduce our footprint on this earth when and wherever we can (see above). We recycle nearly EVERYTHING in our studio—we are even making the leftover legs from the vintage jean shorts into bags, patches and business cards. We are especially proud of our new collaboration with Katastrophic Design: organic cotton clothing—100-percent-organic cotton (grown in Texas!), hand-dyed, hand-printed and hand-sewn all right here in Texas. As a family, and as artists, we practice conservation and value sustainability as essential to our craft. We continually strive to locate and combine the best ethically sourced materials produced by environmentally conscious manufacturers with low environmental impact inks. We utilize both solar power and greywater systems in our studio and have developed a proprietary printing technique that further conserves water and materials. We feature a variety of sustainable, organic and recycled (upcycled!) goods and recycle everything possible in our workshop.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
We’re shameless ;) —we even printed some of the undies with glow-in-the-dark ink…

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
As much as we’re each going to want to be in three places at once, I think we’re all going to have to draw straws to decide who gets to see New Order and NIN…

Chuck U Art

chucku.com
Green Street North
(Note: Chuck U did the artwork for the cover of this issue and this Green Street guide.)

TreeDeerIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is my first Lolla. And I am excited.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Lots and lots of cool art prints and a few original paintings. I will also be doing some live painting on site. Which is always fun. Also my brothers and my girlfriend will be helping me out. So come hang out with us.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am from Minneapolis, I make art featuring animals and robots and astronauts and monsters and other things I like, and I’ve never not been doing it.

How green are you? Why?
I am green almost by default. My prints are 50/50-recycled paper and eco-friendly inks. I don’t really have to use any plastic at all since I roll all my prints in recycled cardboard tubes. There is nothing really that even gets thrown away at all. It’s really very easy to be green with my setup. I barely have to try. Which is nice.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I have a secret island where I bring unsuspecting tourists, then I hunt and kill them. Just kidding. But the few things I have never told anyone are not things I’m about to for some reason choose to share with thousands of people now.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Oh man, there are really only a couple bands I hate on the lineup. So I’m sure if I am able to sneak away I will love whatever I see. That being said, I would LOVE to see Matt and Kim again. And I’ve been a fan of Heartless Bastards for years but have never gotten a chance to see them. And of course, my ninth-grade self would kick my ass if I didn’t check out Nine Inch Nails for at least a couple songs.

Coco Loco Jewelry

coconutjewelry.com
Green Street North

yesIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
No, we have been coming to Lolla since 2008. My personal first time at Lolla was when i was just a teenager in ninety-six Columbus Ohio!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We specialize in hand-carved, organic jewelry made from natural materials such as: coconut, exotic hardwoods, seeds, shell, horn and bone. Originated by tribal peoples from around the world, our aim is to help sustain their culture by maintaining these forms of traditional art and adornment.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am originally from Cleveland, and i have been designing body jewelry and tribal adornments for more than ten years.

How green are you? Why?
We pride ourselves in being a socially responsible and environmentally conscious company. We help support more than fifty artisans and their families around the globe and strive beyond fair trade. We work directly with all of our carvers and artists making sure that their quality of life is maintained, preserved and improved. Taking special care to source natural materials with an environmentalist mindset, we enjoy the satisfaction of finding and making beautiful jewelry out of recycled, salvaged and sustainably harvested materials. We are certified as a green business by Co-op America and Green America. We are also currently a carbon-neutral company that sponsors the following organizations: Global Releaf, SaveDarfur.org, and Common Vision. In our Cleveland home office we align our business practices with our personal morals and responsibilities. We strive to be green. Reducing, reusing and recycling as much of our office supplies as possible.  Everything from paper to packaging to printing is recycled and reused. This year we have teamed up with a non-profit called Global Releaf (in association with American Forests) and have started a program where Coco Loco will plant one tree for every internet order placed on our website.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Where do I start? The Cure, in my dreams; The Postal Service, possibly; NIN, definitely. And, of course, Kendrick Lamar. Just gotta see how long I can sneak away from the booth.

Drive By Press

drivebypress.com
Green Street South

HeadphonesTankRedAIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our second Lolla!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At our booth you will find original wood-block printed apparel. We print our apparel on-site using a fifteenth-century-style printing press. We have men’s and ladie’s apparel including t-shirts, tank tops and specially made ladie’s dresses and cut-shirts.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Drive by Press is from NYC and Austin Texas. We are mobile apparel designers and printers. We have been traveling the USA for more than seven years printing everywhere we go!

How green are you? Why?
We strive to be as green as we can, from the organically grown cotton in our shirts to the custom-made printing ink we use, our process is totally non-toxic and 100 percent sustainable. We believe that we can run a great business that delivers the highest-quality service and products while taking care of our planet at the same time.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Sorry, that’s a little too personal to put in print, come by the booth and we will share some embarrassing moments!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
We are totally hoping to see  Phoenix, The National, and Two Door Cinema Club. Oh yeah, and we would like to check out the Lumineers too!

The Foundrie

thefoundrie.com
Green Street South

Summer Fest Photoshoot_2013 089_with logoIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our second year vending at Lollapalooza. We had so much fun last year… French dinosaurs, paper-bag hats, soggy merch, falling street lights and all. Some of those may be inside jokes, but you get the idea. Even the storm evacuation was pretty epic.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
At the Foundrie booth, you’ll find all of your music-festival-outfit needs. We’ll have a collection of handmade accessories and clothing, from flower headbands to cutoff denim shorts, handprinted scarves, and everything in between. All you’ll need is a cold beer to complete your look!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We’re from the Lou and we’re proud! That’s St. Louis for all of you non-Nelly-loving folk. Unofficially, we drink beer and listen to music; officially we own and operate The Foundrie and design our own lines of accessories and clothing. The “we” is Shelah and Elizabeth. We co-own The Foundrie, which is a brick-and-mortar store carrying handmade and vintage items from mostly local artists. We’ve been drinking since far too young of an age, and crafting for almost as long.

How green are you? Why?
We’re green out of necessity and love for Mother Nature. With a small budget, we are forced to get creative with our displays and decor around the store. This means we use mostly vintage and repurposed items. Most of which came from Elizabeth’s family farm and estate sales throughout STL.  We have barnwood, windows and doors galore. I cannot confirm nor deny the rumor of dumpster diving for treasures. We also use eco-friendly LED lightbulbs in our store. Plus, it doesn’t get much more green than handmade items from local sources.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
As a child, Shelah dreamed of being a cat, but now she loathes them. Elizabeth has recently chosen to live her life more cat-like. This mostly consists of more naps and baths.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
The lineup is amazing this year, and it may be hard to top Delta Spirit’s performance from 2012. But, we’re pretty stoked to see The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Band of Horses, Matt & Kim, Court Yard Hounds, Father John Misty, Shovels & Rope, and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real. I know that seems like a lot. “Who will watch your booth,” you ask? Well, that’s what interns are for.

Futurgarb

futurgarb.com
Green Street North

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
Nope. futurgarb has been rockin’ lolla for 7 years now!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
futurgarb showcases our hip and stylish accessories at lolla. However, our store does carry more than a hundred brands of clothing as well for both men and women. At our booth, you’ll find a selection of affordable, hip sunglasses;  wallets recycled from inner tubes, book covers, plastic bags; bags made from recycled billboards, rice sacks, boat sails; and one of my personal favorite wallets made from your dad’s vintage seventies tie. Priceless. I have one.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Tim and I (Reginald) are from a small town and grew up very naturally artistic and we took these talents into graphic design and designing anything we could get our hands on. We love everything about design and art. We’ve had our store for eleven years and have been designing professionally for companies worldwide for twenty.

How green are you? Why?
We’re thirty-percent green and very socially conscious. We feel we need to preserve our planet and give back, it’s part of our philosophy. We use recycled everything in our store and also promote designers that give back to the community. Some of the brands we carry donate to homeless shelters and causes abroad.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Well, we started the store because I was looking for a pair of dress pants that fit my legs. After eleven years of soccer and a lot of weight-lifting I couldn’t find anything in Chicago after visiting more than ten stores. Then I was like, I want stylish dress pants for men that fit and more!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Postal Service, Nine Inch Nails (to blow off some steam)

GREENola Style

greenolastyle.com
Green Street North

DSC_2839Is this your first Lolla?
YES!!! And we couldn’t be more excited. We are already planning our “festival attire” in excitement.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Edgy, head-turning, statement accessories that not only add to your style expression, but transform women’s lives across the globe. Our mantra, “Change your Look. Change a Life” in action with our art-driven, Chicago-designed, artisan-made, purpose-driven, clothing and accessories.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are from the great city of CHICAGO, holla! We are a purpose-driven, fashion-obsessed, loudmouth fashion brand that designs all our jewelry and accessories here in Chicago and then works directly with women artisans around the globe; we use fashion to eradicate poverty. We are currently going on four years.

How green are you? Why? 
“Green” is in our blood. Though we don’t claim to be experts, we are continually advancing our efforts and learning alongside our community. Because we choose to work around the world, it is important to us to lesson our environmental impact by using materials indigenous to the countries we work in. For example, we are known for our Recycled Bolivian Aguayo Cloth jewelry; by using scraps, discarded, and torn pieces of this traditional material (used as blankets, to carry children, as decoration, etc.), we give a second life to a cultural material that otherwise would have been discarded. We also look toward non-traditional materials, and make them look like products you see on the shelves everyday; we turn newspaper into beads, rainforest seeds into statement necklaces, beer bottles into glass-stud earrings, and so much more!

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I practice twerking in the mirror more times a week than I wash my face.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Without question, Tegan & Sara. Not only do I love their music, but I admire their conviction to be themselves completely, without any excuses.

Hot House Market

hothousemarket.blogspot.com
Green Street North

Desktop67Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Yes! This is our first-ever Lolla and we are super excited!!!!!!!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
The best vintage/indie/boho clothes, boots, shoes, bags, jewelry, sunglasses (and lots more) for gals and guys. Not only is it awesome, but it’s super-cheap too!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are Doug & Carrie (married) from Lafayette, Indiana. We travel the country searching for the coolest vintage stuff while making stops in Chicago, Brooklyn, Nashville (and lots of other places in between) to sell our fabulous finds! Everything we sell is hand-picked by us, is inspired by the latest fashion trends and is in great vintage condition. Four years ago, we were both tired of working our asses off for The Man, so we up and quit our crappy jobs and started working for ourselves, at first selling on eBay and eventually opening up a brick-and-mortar store in our hometown of Lafayette.

935268_638957532796617_165832934_nHow green are you? Why?
Super green!!! We love the idea of rescuing all the cool stuff from the past. Not only does it help the environment, but the quality of vintage is soooo much better than what’s in most stores now. Not to mention… vintage gives everyone more individual style. :)

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Hmmm… That’s a tough one. We are both rarely embarrassed. :)

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Carrie can’t wait to see San Cisco, Steve Aoki and Chance the Rapper. Doug wants to catch Nine Inch Nails and Mumford and Sons.

Leighelena

leighelena.com
Green Street South

945194_605700989441015_551437291_nIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
We have been at the festival for six amazing years!! We look forward to it every year!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Leighelena is a full line of enamel and leather accessories and jewelry for men and women handcrafted in Austin, Texas.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am originally from El Paso, but have called Austin home since 2005 when I moved there to begin working exclusively on my jewelry line, Leighelena. I created a line of jewelry that showcased my love of enamel and original, one of a kind handmade designs.

How green are you? Why?
At least fifty percent of the copper we use in our products is recycled. About fifty percent or more of all the leather we use for our bracelets is post-consumer. Many of the materials we use for our enamels is recycled glass. We consistently reuse the packing supplies we utilize to ship our products and we do not use excess materials to package and brand our products in an effort to reduce waste. Why not give back to an earth that has given us so much?!!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
I can’t wait to see Phoenix and Kendrick Lamar!!

SIR CASE

sir-case.com
Green Street North

SIRCASEphoto2Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
It certainly is! We couldn’t be more psyched to be a part of Green Street and Lollapalooza this year!

 What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
SIR CASES! We sell one-of-a-kind vintage suitcase boomboxes. Every case is a unique portable speaker that hooks up to any MP3 device.

 Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
SIR CASE has been based in the Chicago area for about a year. Creating our portable boomboxes has been an exciting adventure. We’re always on the hunt for impressive vintage suitcases that we can convert. Combining the vintage cases with new high-quality speakers creates a visually beautiful sound system.

 How green are you? Why?
SIR CASEs are constructed from recycled vintage suitcases. We love that we are able to reuse obsolete suitcases and recreate a vintage appeal for speakers. Our shipping materials are also reused along with a lot of the materials to construct the interior. We love to use what we can to up-cycle and recreate new stellar products!

 What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I’m ashamed to say I’ve never attended a music festival. But on the other hand, my partner has been to hundreds.

 What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
I’m determined to see Mumford & Sons, The National, Vampire Weekend, Alt-J, Beach House and Tegan & Sara to name a few!

Souldier

souldier.us
Green Street South

Jen Tabor Profile small copyIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
Noooo, Not my first Lolla. My first Lollapalooza was in 1992, the second year of its existence. Eddie Vedder called everyone to jump seats at the World Music Center in Tinley Park, and we did. We were second row for that show, and I have been coming back ever since. I began vending at Lollapalooza around 2007.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
The Souldier booth offers a host of handmade goodness. Our wares include guitar straps that can be seen on everyone from The Cure, Mumford and Sons, and Band of Horses to camera straps, headbands, hand-bound journals—you know, goodness.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
Souldier and our awesome staff is from Chicago. We make all of our products about one mile from the festival and have been in production since 2005. At Souldier, we up-cycle and find industrious ways to make beautiful products out of materials that others may see little use.

How green are you? Why?
We are “green” because the base of all our products is recycled seatbelt. We make belts, camera straps, bags, belts, dog collars all using recycled seatbelt and vintage fabric that has been rescued for years from warehouses across the country. We offer vinyl and leather options, but the bulk of our leather is up-cycled from the remnants of one of the highest-quality leather factories in the country. I am proud to help restore these materials into continually useful products that bring beauty and function to people’s lives.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Not so embarrassing, but I’m a total construction junkie, craft geek, whatever you call it.  I would gladly give up a Saturday night of partying to work on new projects. People in Chicago know my brand before they know me because I’m addicted to making things pretty and you have to pry me out of my shop at night.  I went to music school and was a public-school music teacher before Souldier. I play the cello and a mean electric bass. Someone save me from myself.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
I have tons of bands I’d like to see, but my friend Reeves is with the Cure and I’d love to see him. We’ll see what happens. Cheers to Lolla 2013!

Squasht By Les

Squasht.com
Green Street South

squasht-boutique-logo-webIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our first time vending at Lolla, and we are so excited to be included!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
We will be bringing Squasht by Les seasonal apparel and accessories, all of which are made right here in Chicago. The collections include our signature reversible handmade hats, 1940s-style petal headbands, and ready-to-wear dresses, skirts, shorts, tops and tunics, and many one-of-a-kind pieces. We are also going to bring handmade items from other independent designers who we carry at Squasht Boutique. So expect to find super-unique bracelets, rings, necklaces, scarves, bathing suits, more apparel, etc., all of which is handmade by artists from near and far.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
My name is Lesley Timpe and I am the owner of Squasht by Les (the clothing and hat company) and Squasht Boutique (the brick-and-mortar storefront). I am from St. Louis and I studied fashion design in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, from 2002-2004. I started the business Squasht by Les in 2004 upon returning from Spain. It all started with our reversible handmade hats. I made a really cute hat and was wearing it out in St. Louis, people took notice and went goo-goo for it, so I began to make custom hats for neighbors, friends and strangers. Soon, the hats were carried in boutiques and selling out quickly. We quickly expanded to include ready-to-wear apparel along with the hats. Then, we amped up our production on both hats and clothing and moved to Chicago in 2008 in order to work more closely with our skilled team of seamstresses, who are here in Chicago. In May 2010, we opened Squasht Boutique in the Ukrainian Village of Chicago. We just celebrated our three-year anniversary with a big party!

How green are you? Why?
We strive to be environmentally responsible in all of our business practices. The fact that we design, create, source materials for, and produce our own apparel and accessories lines from start to finish right here in Chicago is proof of our commitment both to our environment and to our local community. Additionally, we utilize all of our “scrap” fabrics (leftover pieces of our fabrics which remain after we cut out our ready-to-wear collections) to make one-of-a-kind garments like halter tops and tank tops, and smaller items such as headbands, so our scrap materials do not go to waste. We operate on an efficient system where all of our materials are utilized. We also seek out recycled and eco-friendly fabrics to produce the majority of our items. We are adamant about recycling, we don’t use plastic bags, etc. etc.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I can’t tell you :) Too embarrassing!

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Lianne La Havas, Waaves, Nine Inch Nails, New Order, The Cure, The Postal Service, Crystal Castles. And maybe Hot Chip, Beach House, Thievery Corporation, Band of Horses and Major Lazer. Is that too many to sneak away for !? :)

Synergy Organic Clothing

synergyclothing.com
Green Street North

wholesalebig 1Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is not our first time at the rodeo—we’ve been hitting up Lolla since 2008!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
You will find organic and easy-to-wear women’s clothing such as skirts, tops, dresses, jackets and yoga apparel… as well as an amazing Synergy festival crew!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I am originally from Chicago but now live in Santa Cruz with my beautiful wife and kids. I’m the CEO of Synergy Organic Clothing and I’ve been living the dream since 1997.

How green are you? Why?
Synergy Organic Clothing strives to be mindful and conscious in every facet of our business. From the fair-trade practices we follow to produce our clothing to the low-impact dyes and organic cotton materials we use to the support of other green businesses, it’s top priority to implement green practices throughout the entire company.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I saw the first Lollapalooza. I am that old…

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Without a doubt—Mumford & Sons!

Teysha

teysha.is
Green Street South

Is this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here? 
This is our first Lolla! Couldn’t be more excited to pop-up in the Windy City.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth? 
We have hand-crafted custom boots and culturally charged Kicks from Central and South America as well as a variety of other artisan-powered creations. We work directly with communities with incredible art forms to open up world markets and connect them with people in developed markets. We hope to foster global community and build pathways toward sustainable economies.

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it? 
We are from Austin, Texas. We connect people, empower communities and celebrate the world’s diversity through social entrepreneurship. We have been learning and dreaming our whole lives, but began Teysha roughly a year ago.

How green are you? Why? 
We’re super green. All of our textiles are all handmade, people-powered works of art. In fact, the textiles are made and worn by the women we work with in their own homes and communities, as opposed to factories. Each pair of shoes has a long story of love and passion before they ever reach the customer, which means that their environmental impact is shared by many along the way and thus negligible compared to a conventional pair of shoes that is made in a factory, shipped across the world and sits on a shelf till someone decides to buy them.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Bamboo is the future. We harvest all of our display materials from my friend’s backyard. Shhh….

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Alt- J!!!!! Triangles are our favorite shape.

Trurute

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Green Street North

TRPostcardIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?
This is our first year as a vendor on Green Street; however we have been coming to Lolla as fans for many a year now!

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
Bamboo longboard skateboards, limited-edition artwork and t-shirts, and, if we are lucky, some lovely ladies to complement the art!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
We are a Chicago-based company who do limited-edition artwork on bamboo longboard skateboards and snowboards. We launched earlier this year; however, our resident-artist Doug has been creating inspired artwork for decades.

How green are you? Why?
We try to be as green as possible by using environmentally conscious materials in our products such as bamboo and water-based inks for our t-shirts. We also minimize our carbon footprint as much as possible by using as many local suppliers for our product as possible.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
Hmmmm… I’m an open book really ;-)

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
Definitely Nine Inch Nails.

William K. Stidham – The Sacred Heart Series
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Green Street South

Skateboard ImagesIs this your first Lolla? If not, how many years have you been here?  
This is my fifth Lollapalooza.

What will we find at your Lollapalooza booth?
I create beautiful watercolor paintings of rock ‘n’ roll icons. In my booth you will find fabulous limited editions of my paintings in all sizes, handmade coasters that are great to take with you…  And my latest products are handmade skate decks. Very cool!

Where are you from, what do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’m from Austin, Texas. I am a full-time artist. I do shows all over the country and the world. I just did four shows in Australia this January. Since my focus is rock ‘n’ roll, I have had the great opportunity to be at some of the biggest shows in the country, like: ACL, Bonnaroo, Orion, Outside Lands… to name a few. I am a self-taught artist, and I didn’t start painting until I was thirty-five. So my style is all my own.

How green are you? Why?
I believe it is very important to be conscious of our earth…  All of the inks I use are a “green” product: They are water-based with no toxicity. Canvas is made from cotton. My archival paper prints are acid free. I recycle everything I can.

What is one thing about you that you’ve never told anyone else and you’d be totally embarrassed to share?
I’m addicted to tobacco.

What band(s) are you hoping to sneak away from your booth to see?
The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, The Postal Service. Call me old school.

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