Illustrated cards, pins, and stationary that say it all from Ashkahn Shahparnia ('06 Painting).
Modern fine jewelry from Los Angeles designer Nancy Newberg ('84 Fashion Design).
Gift some California style with graphic t-shirts from Clean Aesthetic, co-founded by Charles Carroll ('09 Product Design).
Handcrafted planters, lamps, candle holders, and more from Melanie Abrantes ('12 Product Design).
PLASTICA, a boutique created and curated by Carla Denker ('93 Fine Arts), offers a mix of special one-of-a-kind items and functional everyday items.
Artist and designer Haley Robinson ('08 Graphic Design) offers planters, cups, plates, and more that embody a modern, clean sophistication with hints of playful, organic moments.
Los Angeles native Camille Rose Garcia's ('92 Illustration) paintings of 'wasteland fairy tales' would be perfect for the disenchanted punk on your list. Plus, David Bowie stickers.
Leonardo Rodriguez ('01 Environmental Design) is part of the duo behind El Dot designs, a certified B Corp creating mindful home furnishings using natural, sustainable materials.
Cavelle Kids offers whimsical yet refined designer clothing for children thanks to designer and founder Jessica Elrod Allen ('06 Fashion Design).
Jenn Lamb ('08 Product Design) is the force behind Unurth's beautifully textured ceramics which are inspired by the sea, sky, and landscapes of golden California.
Looking to support more independent makers this gift-giving season? Check out our list of Otis College alumni and faculty entrepreneurs.
The holiday season can be full of sales and big store blow-outs, but the art of gift giving requires a little more thought. For the loved ones on your list consider gifts that are designed, handcrafted, illustrated, or curated by independent makers. We've put together a few recommendations from alumni-owned businesses that offer something for everyone, from luxurious yet playful kids clothing to sustainable furniture to the perfect planter for your office.
These alumni entrepreneurs can attest, running a business requires a lot of heart and hustle. Melanie Abrantes (’12 Product Design) recently shared how her love of developing products was nurtured at Otis College and how she successfully launched her product line post-graduation. To check out more alumni-owned businesses, visit www.otis.edu/alumni/otis-alumni-faculty-entrepreneurs.