EDGEWATER — The Edgewater couple behind Pine & Plastic, a brand of handcrafted totes typically only available online, are selling their artsy wares Downtown as one of the merchants at Lollapalooza's pop-up store.
"This is a major milestone for us to be even asked to participate," said Brett Marlow, co-owner of the brand along with his boyfriend, Andrew Wayne, who hand-makes and hand-paints each bag.
Since last week they have occupied the festival's official pop-up store, Lollashop, in the Block 37 complex. They'll be there until Sunday.
Their bags were inspired by the summer and by Lolla, as well as acts performing there this weekend that the couple jammed to while making the bags, Marlow said.
"Everyone who lives in the city obviously lives waiting for summer to happen, and then the city sort of awakens," Marlow said. "We wanted to embody a collection that was more bright, more bold, more beach."
The bags are bigger totes than usual for the Pine & Plastic brand, with exaggerated neon tones that convey that bright, bold, beach-y vibe Marlow was talking about that he says is "weird but cool ... much like Lolla."
To set the tone for crafting the bags, Marlow said the couple made a playlist "to keep us pumped," named "Totes Make Us Wanna Lolla!" It includes tracks from Lolla acts, including "Fancy Footwork" by Chromeo, "Clarity" by Zedd, "Hard to Hold (Tegan and Sara remix)" by RAC and "Vaporize" by Broken Bells.
With the extra space and two back pockets, Marlow said the totes are perfect for bringing odds and ends along with your beach towel or blanket to the festival — and added that there aren't any secret compartments for folks hoping to deceive festival security for whatever reason someone might decide to.
Lollashop will be open from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. during the three-day festival Friday to Sunday.
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