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Gift Guide: Shop These Otis Alumni Brands

2017 Otis Alumni Gift Guide selections
Support Independent Makers and Give the Gift of Great Design

The holiday season is upon us and with that comes the sometimes stressful, mostly joyful, art of gift giving. To help you with your gift-giving list, we've found some amazing alumni-led independent brands that offer something for everyone.

For the host that has everything...

Melanie Abrantes Design

Melanie Abrantes' ('12 BFA Product Design) work has been featured in DwellBetter Homes and Gardens, and Design*Sponge among others. Sleek vases, pendant lights, trays, and her new book Carve, A Simple Guide to Whittling are all available on her website.

 

For someone who embodies California vibes...

clean aesthetic

Clean Aesthetic, co-founded by Charles Carroll ('09 BFA Product Design), is an LA-based streetwear brand that focuses on luxury basics. Bold graphics on 100% cotton tees are their signature staple and you can check out their selection online or at their Play del Rey storefront. 

 

For your favorite vegan chef...

Rabbit Food by Gianna N Ciaramello

Gianna Ciaramello (BFA Product Design ‘17) created her cookbook Rabbit Food as part of her thesis project, centered on living 100% cruelty-free. The book features 103 original, plant-based recipes that she wrote, designed, styled, and photographed herself. Pick up Rabbit Food and see more of Gianna's work on her website

 

For the fashionista with a jewelry habit...

Nancy Newberg Jewelry

Nancy Newberg's ('84 BFA Fashion Design) luxe jewelry line, handcrafted right here in Los Angeles, is a perfect gift for the fashion-forward. Find her modern, chic pieces on her website as well as select retailers. 

 

For the little ones in your life...

Cavelle kids

Cavelle Kids founder Jessica Elrod Allen ('06 Fashion Design) creates whimsical yet refined designer clothing for children. Made in the U.S.A., these heirloom pieces would make the perfect gift for a special little one.

 

For those that can't pass up a great one-liner...

ASHKAHN

Ashkahn Shahparnia's ('06 BFA Fine Arts) fresh and brutally honest stationary line has a little something for everyone. You can find them in 200+ stores worldwide or grab them directly from his website.

 

For the plant parent with amazing taste...

Unurth

Jenn Lamb ('08 BFA Product Design) is the force behind Unurth's beautifully textured ceramics which are inspired by the sea, sky, and landscapes of golden California. These unique pieces come as planters, mugs, even whiskey cups, visit her website to see more. 

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