If you really want to blow all your money while being blown away by craftsmanship, the biannual Field + Supply event in Kingston is your golden ticket. The craft fair was founded in 2014 by high-end interior designer Brad Ford, whose weekend place in Accord led him to explore the area and find a long and varied list of beloved places and makers. In the past six years, the event’s vendor roster has grown to include textile makers, woodworkers, ceramicists, botanists, vintage curators, craft beverage makers, and just about any other artisanal good you can think of, from both near and far.
The event had a few homes before settling down at the reclaimed waterfront industrial site Hutton. The last F+S event there in October 2019 hosted close to 200 vendors and drew thousands of hot cider-sipping, hat-wearing browsers.
Then, last spring when the pandemic foiled their plans for their Memorial Day weekend fair, F+S got creative and coordinated a VIRTUAL Market in July, featuring several days of online “booths,” maker livestreams, and other programming. The site drew 15,000 online shoppers from across the country in four days. So, they repeated the event again in the fall, before rolling the concept into a yearlong online marketplace. A high-end Etsy of sorts, before it got diluted by all the crap.
And while an in-person spring market is tentatively slated for late May, Field + Supply has not stopped making moves. They recently launched a pop-up at the flagship ABC Carpet and Home location on Broadway in Manhattan. (Somebody write Brad Ford’s mom and tell her he’s made it to primetime.)
A collaboration with ABC’s team of aesthetes, the pop-up shop offers a curated selection of wares from over 30 Field + Supply veteran vendors, including ceramics from Kingston-based Demetria Chappo and Woodstock-based Emberken; lighting from Lowland Studio; and farm-to-body skincare products from Hudson Made.
Categories include textiles, furnishings, lighting, tabletop, decor, beauty and wellness products, and some foodstuffs. “We are thrilled to collaborate with ABC Carpet & Home to curate a selection of products from Field + Supply partners who share a commitment to beautifully designed, hand-crafted products,” says Ford. “I have long admired abc Carpet & Home’s vision and aesthetic, so am honored to work with their team to introduce our vendors’ collections to a wider audience of design lovers.”
ABC is the titan of the design world and a gold standard of taste. This collaboration affirms Ford’s efforts with Field + Supply and is sure to catapult the brand, and its pool of vendors, a new level of recognition on the national design scene.
“Like Field + Supply, ABC finds joy in discovering exceptional, new makers that exemplify fine craftsmanship and a commitment to sustainability,” says Colleen Newell, executive vice president of Home at abc carpet & home. “We love to share their unique and inspiring stories with our loyal audience who seek out simple, yet stunning design and impeccable quality.”
The pop-up will run through mid-June, with a series of virtual and live maker events and activations that will be hosted during the three-month partnership.