For those seeking something a bit different for the fashionista in their life, sometimes a unique piece by an independent artisan or designer is the way to go.
Each Saturday until Christmas, Koolkat boutique on Washington Road in Mt. Lebanon will hold a trunk show featuring the creations of local artists and designers. Trunk shows are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Below is a list of events throughout the holiday season:
Nov. 23: Lost Marbles by Maria Richmond of Avalon. Ms. Richmond's designs are a mix of copper, industrial cast-offs (think zippers, buttons and pen quills), Czech glass and other vintage pieces. She is a wire manipulator and local metalwork instructor. Information: Maria Richmond, Lost Marbles on Facebook.
Nov. 30: Ornament spectacular. Shop a selection of handcrafted ornaments by Pittsburgh-based artisans. The event will be held in conjunction with Small Business Saturday and uptown Mt. Lebanon's holiday open house.
Dec. 7: Jeanne Marie Jewelry by Jeanne Shuff of Fox Chapel. Semi-precious gemstones, Swarovski crystals and Czech glass are combined for these highly detailed, sophisticated pieces. Ms. Shuff teaches classes in bead crochet, netted necklaces and rivoli crystal bezels. See some of her designs on Facebook.
Dec. 14: designs2c by Paula Nettleship of Mt. Lebanon. The collection is known for its intricate beading, such as the beaded Swarovski crystal rivoli collection. Ms. Nettleship recently was invited by the Cleveland Museum of Art to feature her work in the annual Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique. Information: designs2c on Facebook.
Dec. 21: WakulaWorks by Kate Wagle of Dormont. The trunk show will spotlight jewelry, ornaments and pub sweater beer cozies that help keep drinks cold and hands dry. Ms. Wagle is an alum of the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts and a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. Information: WakulaWorks on Facebook.