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EAST HOLLYWOOD—Leather bag and accessories designer Toni Truong is equally inspired by her materials and her surroundings in creating products for her eponymous line, Toni. Her city-saavy goods (including some of the coolest fanny packs and backpacks around) are as utilitarian as they are fashionable. This Sunday, Truong shares her leather-working love in a different way: the latest in a series of workshops where attendees learn some tricks of the trade and leave with a creation of their own making. This one takes place at lovely little flower shop Twig & Twine (716 N Virgil Ave) from 5-8pm. For the $120 ticket fee, guests will be guided through crafting their own leather envelope clutch (including stamping, stitching, and dyeing!) and enjoy refreshments while doing so. All materials will be provided. Racked readers can receive a 20% discount by using the code RACKEDLA when purchasing a ticket here. Availability is limited so secure your spot ASAP!
ARTS DISTRICT—Last week we tipped you off to this weekend's Parachute Market, the conceptual design fair that's set to exhibit offerings by vendors like Alchemy Works, Mau, and Block Shop. But as a friendly reminder, the event takes place this Saturday and Sunday at One Santa Fe (300 S Santa Fe Ave). The $10 tickets can be purchased here, and make sure you catch the West Hollywood Design District talk on Saturday at 2pm, when a panel of design experts and aficionados gather to discuss the topic "Mad for Markets? Is the Temporary Fair a Fixture in Retailing Today." So very apropos.
SANTA MONICA—Classic beachwear brand Tommy Bahama has been hosting their annual Paddleboard Race & Ocean Festival for the past six years. Their 2015 event takes place this Saturday from 7:30am-5:30pm with a full day's worth of family-friendly activities. Spectators can check out the race at the Santa Monica Pier (200 Santa Monica Pier) for free and see who takes home the $15,000 prize. A rum bar, lounge tent, and lifeguard and surf history pop-up museum also rounds out your afternoon of summer fun in the sun.