Find Your Handmade Bliss at Perennial’s Lost and + F(o)und Benefit
You know that one cool friend you have whose home is filled with ultra-personal, ultra-stylish handmade decor—and when you ask her where she got that perfect new planter box or Shibori throw pillow, she just smiles and says she made it herself?
That friend has probably taken a class or two at Perennial. Since 2011, the South Broadway nonprofit has been helping St. Louisans transform otherwise landfill-bound trash into authentically fashionable home and fashion essentials, while learning real, hands-on skills that can transform virtually anyone into an artisan maker (yes, even you; we know you can do better than that macaroni card you made in kindergarten). They’ve definitely made the Gateway City a lot more stylish and sustainable over the years—and in 2019, they have even bigger plans to save the world, one upcycled wine bottle at a time.
On Friday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 p.m., Perennial will host their eighth annual Lost + F(o)und benefit to take their mission to the next level. Hosted in Baileys’ gorgeous new nature-inspired Downtown event space, Willow, guests will have the opportunity to mingle, dance to the music of local band Essential Knots, drink signature cocktails, eat (Perennial is promising Baileys’ snacks and a “pie buffet,” if you weren’t already excited enough), mug for the handmade Oh So Vivant photo booth, and—of course—make their own crafts, with all proceeds benefiting Perennial’s operations. If your handiwork doesn’t come out so hot, they’ve got you covered: Professional artisans will be offering their work for sale in a silent auction benefiting the organization, along with a host of other local treats and services.
And if all that’s not enough to get you reaching for your wallet, some of St. Louis’ best-known creatives will take part in the Lost + F(o)und’s signature event: the reDesign challenge. That’s when Perennial will put these star makers to the test with a deceptively simple task: to transform a common headboard or bed frame into something extraordinary. We can’t wait to see what they make—and to see who places the top bids at the event to take these creations home.
Tickets are on sale for $40 in advance, or $45 at the door; buy yours now.
All images courtesy of Perennial.