We have a whole lot of love for Doser Samantha Sleeper – we’ve been tracking her since her very first collection.
We could go on and on about Samantha’s extraordinary talent — from her first collection being featured on the cover of WWD, to creating costumes for Baz Luhrman’s “The Great Gatsby,” to inspiring students as an instructor at her alma mater, Parsons — but her work speaks for itself. And she’s done all of that, and a whole lot more, by age 26.
We invite you to watch this video to hear from this extraordinary talent herself and see how three Chicago women wear Samantha Sleeper their way:
Thank you to Samantha for each and every elegant creation you add to our costume boxes, Jena Gambaccini and Monika Dixon for playing dress up with us, Doser Morgan Marie Beauty for bringing out the beauty in everyone, and Potluck Creative for the beautiful video.
Shop Samantha’s latest collection at DOSE, this Sunday, May 12! Get tickets at the door for $10 or $8 online, through 5/11 at noon.
For the premier of her “A Dose of” video, the W Lakeshore hosted a viewing party around and Dose created a stop-motion “runway” presentation. Instead of using live models to showcase Samantha’s latest, we looped a stop-motion video of the looks on a 6′x8′ screen for the duration of the event.
Here, Samantha Sleeper’s latest collection styled by April Francis (assisted by Manuel Castillo), with hair and makeup by Morgan Blaul, jewelry by Damen + Division c/o Sarca, and photography and video by Michael Litchfield at Potluck Creative.
But wait! We have more. Did we mention we love Samantha’s illustrations:
That’s just a little taste. Meet this fantastic woman in person on Sunday, May 12, at Dose Market!
Question: Where else can you make art, mack on your crush, nosh on bites from the best restos, rock your favorite outfit, delight your friends and family, score some seriously cool accessories and completely indulge your sweet tooth?
Answer: Only at DOSE Market!
On February 10, 45 Dosers (33 new!) deliver the most potent DOSE yet, the first of 2013. We’ve got a killer lineup that’s designed to tantalize, tease and totally delight — we’re devoted to LOVE this February, 100%.
Here’s how to get your HEART ON at DOSE on February 10 (and more details, plus the full lineup, here!):
Mama wasn’t kidding when she told you it’s a good idea to wear clean skivvies: snap up one-of-a-kind pretties from Anastasia Chatzka, custom for DOSE.
Get dolled up in rockin’ cocktail dresses fresh from Saffron Vintage and douse yourself in statement jewels from new Doser RFRM Jewelry.
Gentlemen, Knits & Knotts is Dosing their signature collection of Americana-inspired neckwear. You never know when a rogue tie might come in handy …
Set the mood.
For a love that burns, tatine candles are the secret weapon of those in the know.
A liberal spritz of Chicago-distilled Tru Blooms Chicago Perfume packs an elegant, entirely arousing punch.
Your buddy will definitely want to cuddle when they lay eyes on your new Kantha quilt handmade in India, hand-selected by Mayseek Global Treasures.
A bouquet from Forget Me Knodt customized with your boo’s fave florals ensures this budding romance is headed for full bloom.
Have a drink.
Sip on love punch from the master mixologists cum master distillers behind the new Letherbee Gin — gratis, as always.
Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up a bottle of stu’s this is BLOODY MARY mix — the perfect way to spice things up on the home front.
Pure-hearted? Keep it up (or detox in a delightful way) with 100% organic, raw, cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices from the Detroit gals of DROUGHT.
Sweeten the deal.
For the hopeless romantic, woo your love with dark chocolate raspberry bonbons and candied rose petals (!) from Chocolat uzma sharif.
For the slightly sinful, Chicago Cupcake delivers the perfect combination of frosting, cake and crust for a new (and decadent) twist on the cupcake game.
A threesome more your jam? We recommend the ménage à trois of local, seasonal preserves from Pear Tree.
Stay for breakfast.
It’s not a good morning without a cup of Dark Matter’s latest roast; add a slice of Bang Bang Pie and you’ll really feel the love. These two Dosers are bffs!
Good things come in small bites and we’re simply smitten with Reno‘s wood-fired mini bagels. Honestly, we haven’t had a better breakfast this year.
Looks like this love is gonna last.
A DOSE debut!
The Mark, a brand new collection of completely customizable, totally affordable accent furniture from Walter E. Smithe makes its floor debut at DOSE. Make your mark with fabrics and designs personalized to your specs.
Or, if your crush leaves you tongue-tied, let the ever-eloquent wordsmiths at Poems While You Wait write an unchained melody: it’s for a great cause!
Pucker up, sour lips!
Cinnamon hearts, cherry juju’s, cupid corn, chocolate covered almonds: Amy’s Candy Bar will melt your peanut butter-filled heart with mix ‘n match Valentine’s candy and homemade caramels!
Take it outside.
Spend some QT with your cutie in the great outdoors and look hot doing it with NAU‘s line of affordable, sustainable, design-driven outdoor gear for men and women, brought to 2.10′s DOSE exclusively by Planet Access Co.
Meet our December Dose Cause: Ivory Coast Mothers and Children. We had the pleasure of chatting with ICMC founder Patricia Nau Mertz last week about her mission to provide a healthy environment for the women of Braffoueby, Cote D’Ivoire, in West Africa. Mertz has poured her heart and soul into this labor a love and we couldn’t be more excited to share her passion with you.
In 2001, with the passing of her father, Mertz quit her job at Goldman Sachs and joined the Peace Corps. Hugely inspired by the philanthropic work of her parents, Mertz spent several years in Cote D’Ivoire and the latter of her time working on a project in Kenya. After leaving Africa in 2003, Mertz was unable to forget about the friends she made and people she knew needed help in the small town of Braffoueby. It was a conversation with her niece that prompted Mertz into action — “I’m going to build a clinic.”
Founder: Kari Merkl
Why we love them: merkled melds the funky with the functional, creating fixtures using recycled materials from other custom designs. Take the cutoff series for example — these colorful hooks are made out of scraps from the merkled coat rack — brilliant!
Products: Environmentally responsible custom furniture and fixtures made from locally sourced vendors and materials. merkled studio has been commissioned for design projects ranging from dj stages to door pulls. Merkl has a sharp eye for design unlike anything we’ve ever seen.
Doser: Purple Door Ice Cream
Founders: Lauren and Steve Schultz
Why we love them: I scream, you scream, who doesn’t love ice cream?! By way of Milwaukee, former teachers Laura and Steve Schultz have taken their love for creativity, learning and forward thinking from the classroom to the kitchen. In addition to more traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla, Purple Door isn’t afraid to experiment –Pumpkin, Strawberry Sour Cream, Whiskey and Raspberry Green Tea — two scoops please!
Products: Super premium ice cream made with milk sourced from only the best Wisconsin dairies.
Doser: Pinch Spice Market
Founder: Thomas McGee and Mike Mueller
Why we love them: A dash here, a dash there, we use Pinch Spice Market’s custom spice blends to jazz up everything from our morning oatmeal to that tricky tagine recipe we’ve been trying to perfect for months. We are particularly fond of the Ras El Hanout — a custom blend of 26 spices (yes, 26!) — thoroughly researched, tested and of course tasted, to create the perfect marriage of seasonings.
Products: Organic spices, herbs and custom blends (whole or ground) packaged in bottles or weighed out to your liking. Pinch is the ideal spot to shop for those hard-to-find spices and herbs.
Doser: SuckerPunch Gourmet
Founder: David van Alphen
Why we love them: It all started with perfecting the pickle, then the pickle brine, combine those with a little tomato juice and you get a perfect blend of spice for bloody mary mix. There isn’t a condiment out there SuckerPunch can’t make better. With ingredients you can recognize, much less pronounce, each product packs a powerful (excuse the pun) PUNCH to the palate.
Products: Gourmet, small batch pickles, brine, bloody mary mix, and ketchup — all hand crafted right here in the Windy City.
Founders: Pat and Ellie Mullins
Why we love them: Two words. BACON JAM. A true labor of love, this sweet, smokey treat is so popular Pat and Ellie had to institute “Bacon Jam Sundays” — one per person & first come first serve. Your go-to grocer in Southwest Michigan, LOCAL showcases the best local meats, cheeses and seasonal produce.
Products: Small batch charcuterie, 100% grass fed beef (from Pat’s family farm), artisanal bread, cheese, produce and of course, bacon.
Doser: Journeyman Distillery
Founder: Bill Welter
Why we love them: Oh my Old Country Goodness do we love Journeyman’s adventurous spirit(s). Using grains sourced from organic farms right here in the Midwest, a cocktail menu and historic tasting room to boot, Journeyman Distillery has made it hard for us not to consider every hour, cocktail hour.
Products: Handcrafted, organic artisan spirits with a focus on whiskey –all distilled in the historic Featherbone Factory in Three Oaks, Michigan.
Doser: The Sugar Path
Founder: Michelle L. Adams
Why we love them: Let your nose lead you down The Sugar Path. Upon arrival you’ll find the source of all those delicious scents in the form of decadent pies in a variety of flavors and sizes. European bittersweet chocolate, a splash of whiskey and walnuts all drizzled in a house made hot fudge…we had NO problem wrangling a few friends to share a Cowboy Pie.
Products: Whole pies, mini pies, slices of pie, The Sugar Path is paved with locally sourced ingredients and an ever-evolving menu of sweet treats.
Doser: Chocolate for the Spirit
Founder: Julie Bolejack
Why we love them: We all know chocolate is good for the spirit and Bolejack’s award-winning artisan chocolates are no exception. We love the sweet, salty combination of Beauty Bark — infusing a warming spice blend with dried fruit, exotic nuts and Himalayan salt — we’ll happily incorporate a bite into our morning beauty routine.
Products: Truffles, toffee, bon bons, white chocolate, dark chocolate, what doesn’t Chocolate for the Spirit make?! Each beautifully packaged — using the finest Swiss chocolate — each bite is truly an indulgence for the soul.