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!
Hand & Cloth is the perfect embodiment of a Dose cause. Based in Chicago, the nonprofit org offers employment and leadership skills to women in Bangladesh and sustains itself by selling their hand-stitched kantha blankets online and in select boutiques.
Not only is Hand & Cloth’s mission admirable. The two-sided blankets are drop-dead gorgeous and one-of-a-kind.
Perfect for snuggling, building a fort or even an impromptu picnic, these blankets are ridiculously affordable, starting around $100 each. Grab one for yourself — and one for mom — at Dose on May 12!
Oh April, we know you’re all about the spring showers but we sure do appreciate your giving us a sunny Sunday! Here’s how we made the most of April’s DOSE, sunny side up:
Little and big, DOSE-goers came out in droves, ready to eat, shop, laugh, lounge and score.
Heritage Bicycles General Store kitted out a seriously awesome bike just for DOSE, built on the DOSE floor (!).
It was nothing but silliness and smiles in the Heritage Littles Corner, thanks to Melissa of A Little Photo Studio. Check out the full album of the cool kids here!
Whatever your drink — spirits, spritzer or good old H2O — there was something for everyone to sip on at this DOSE compliments of Oliver Winery, Femme du Coupe and Next Star Vodka.
Beauty Dosers Lovebomb Lacquer and Morgan Marie Beauty painted our lips and nails in the latest shades of Spring.
We all rocked out to the musical stylings of The Haute Closet and signed up for monthly vinyl delivery fromt the uber-curators of Vinyl Me, Please.
We scored new Spring gear from the sartorial savants at Vividbraille and Sir & Madame. Don’t miss this month’s A DOSE OF video, featuring both!
We delighted in Chef Thai’s spring rolls, tamarind ribs, papaya salad and coconut lemonade — get another DOSE anytime at Embeya!
How could anyone resist a Très Awesome Events photo op with fabulous floral crowns and accessories?
Speaking of adornments, The River East Art Center was ablaze with the light reflecting off all the sparkle from Dorus Mhor, Winifred Grace, Chikahisa Studio, Laura Lombardi and Toki – who else saw the DOSE rainbow?
Exploring Remi Canarie‘s first collection was like stepping inside a seashell. The colors, tailored jackets, louche knit pants: we’re 100% smitten and can’t wait for the next collection.
AP and NOV made sure our vintage quota was met with gusto — bold prints and statement accessories galore/
FoundRe: is the perfect place to find homes for our unframed art.
Walnut Cardamon cookies from Malika at ByMdesserts made for a sweet mid-shopping snack.
As did Très Jolie Pâtisserie — we scored big time with these 7th Inning Stretch cupcakes — Brown Butter Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream and Peanut Crackerjack Crunch. Home run, hands down.
After the 7th Inning Stretch it was time to make one more lap around DOSE. Spotted: Janelle Gramling Designs adorable porcelain tabletop air planters
ACRE let us explore our inner storyteller. The works of art created at this DOSE are so good we just have to share — they’ll be on display at DOSE May 12!
The best thing about DOSE is that it’s all good! We appreciate that you make it your business to join us and our incredible Dosers every month.
Next DOSE we’ve got a whole new slew of Dosers ready to make mama proud — see you May 12!
Photo credit: Michael Litchfield of Potluck Creative
“If you’re all for supporting local designers: Dose Market isn’t just the better option … it may also be the most comprehensive way to browse local creations in the entire city. “ – Racked.com
We’re not reinventing the wheel, we’re just making the wheel fancy — throwin’ some rims on it.
- Brian Merritt, Sir & Madame
Meet Brock from Vividbraille alongside Brian and Autumn from Sir & Madame: old friends, designers and rule-breaking retailers, all three of ‘em.
Catch both boutiques and their new collections at DOSE this Sunday, April 14 from 10am – 4pm at the River East Art Center!
We love launching new lines at DOSE and couldn’t be more excited to announce that long-time Chicago furniture fixture, Walter E. Smithe, will first showcase their new brand, The Mark, at DOSE on Sunday, February 10.
Whether you’re looking to reinvent or just do a little sprucing, The Mark provides classic, well-made frames, you choose the fabrics and accents — and voilà – new accoutrements delivered in 10-12 days. There are headboards, chairs, couches and chaise lounges … and the prices won’t make you gag.
Two of The Mark’s design mavens will be on hand at DOSE to assist you in making this stuff your own. And as you make your design decisions you’ll preview on an iPad. So cool, right?
We love it when things are easy. And fun. And well-made. And homegrown. Get your Mark on at DOSE this Sunday, February 10!
There is a whole lot of awesome going down at Stock Mfg. Co., and we’re pretty darn excited to have these gents make their Dose debut on Sunday. These guys throw all their love and energy into championing domestic, hand-crafted, quality clothing and make it happen right here in Chicago. Here’s a look into their Near West Side factory:
The name Stock Mfg. Co. harkens back to the days of the Union Stockyards in Chicago. For over 100 years the stockyards employed thousands of Chicagoans and put our great city on the world map as a hub for agriculture and industry — Stock Mfg. Co. is all about bringing that American-made spirit back.
90% of what is made in the factory is actually military uniforms and police academy wear — which under law must be produced domestically (hat tip, lawmakers!).
Next stop for Stock? They’re launching their &Stock line featuring emerging local designers looking to have their goods produced here in Chicago. &Stock is based around a kick-starter type model: independent designers submit designs, the public votes on which ones they want produced by buying in on pre-sale, then if it’s successful, they’ll be produced in Stock Mfg. Co.’s factory here in Chicago. Now that’s cool.
Meet the guys and check out their own line of Chicago-made menswear this Sunday at HoliDose!
Check out these dude-worthy duds your new boy toy, longtime lover, hell, even Dad will flip over:
100% custom woven silk ties, bow ties and pocket squares for the Artfully Disheveled man.
Cool prints for guys seeking casual style — completely made and manufactured (with a whole lotta love) by Stock Mfg. Co. right here in Chicago.
Apartment Number 9 has all the essentials: t-shirts, jeans, blazers, jackets, pants, accessories, shoes & bags from the best lines out there. Boom.
Just look at all these attractive people in their Fourth is King garb! In addition to their signature graphic T’s and hats, Fourth is King will also Dose their line of limited edition artist collaboration T’s.
Handcrafted and sustainably sourced, Drift Eyewear manages to bring together nostalgic style and new-age expression anyone can rock.
Throw a little Bacon Bourbon Caramel Corn from Salted Caramel and he’ll love you forever.
It’s all on at HoliDose 12.9.
Roslyn dishes up the feminine delights (and tomboy fun) all the time. Herewith, what our fair friend is bringing to Dose on Sunday, 11.11:
Hand crafted leather clutches! inspired by the ubiquitous brown paper lunch bag. Matched with a pair of classic Repetto ballet flats you’re certain to have that je ne sais quoi.
Hot date dresses! Hello we heart you, Alice & Olivia, and your playful party ways. Get to sparkling!
Charming necklaces to match up with every personality on your shopping list!
Goose down puffer coats with coyote trim by Mackage — Rawr!
See Roslyn, AZZA and Mineralogy ALL at Dose this Sunday!
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.
The ol’ abode need a little amping? Here’s what’s on tap for October 14, design-wise:
Dosing her signature Coleman Stool and gorgeous cutting boards, Greta de Parry has catapulted into the design world with her no nonsense attitude and exceptional ingenuity.
What’s not to love about merkled? They’ve managed to merge the funky with the functional to create custom designs with locally-sourced, environmentally friendly materials.
Grown out of a chance meeting at an estate sale, Circa Modern owners Jared and Don merged their eye for mid-century and Danish modern furniture with their knowledge of some the world’s finest designers.
Academic chic at its best. Yearbook Doses custom-designed Americana dishware and vintage wares fit for the chicest of the studious this side of the Mississippi.
Featuring scenes from home sweet home, we’re crazy about these affordable original oil paintings by Chicago-based artist Darren Thompson.
Get your Dose of design this Sunday, October 14 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the River East Art Center.
Dosing sparkling delights on October 14th at the River East Art Center, may we present to you:
Sarah McGuire, drawing inspiration from organic forms and only recycled metals, each piece is truly one-of-a-kind.
Stuart Mesires of Ladybug Vintage, doles out vintage delights …
Ann Chikahisa perfectly melds metal and lace, creating a distinctive style that’s elegant AND edgy.
Samantha McIntosh shines with unusual stones and diamond placement.
Etta Kostick engages light with her colorful, stackable bangles blending bright hues and textured glass.
Shine on sister.