Metal Atelier, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, is a one woman show, creating jewelry using precious and non precious metals in Greenpoint Brooklyn. Anna Butwell strives to make pieces that stand the test of time.
Are you a “a culture-absorbing, globe trotting mermaid with a penchant for pretty things?”
Then you must be wearing Bombay Mermaid, a featured vendor Bombay Mermaid you may remember from our Fall Market. How could we forget about the colorful handmade accessories and gorgeously curated vintage?
Designer Michelle Christina Larson will be selling her world travel inspired Brooklyn fashion line at our Holiday Market, too! And she is generously donating 15% of December profits to the Greenpoint Soup Kitchen.
PLUS – Greenpointers readers use coupon code GREENPOINT for a 15% discount until December 31st, 2013!
“My name is Joanne Nigro. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for about 60 years. I am presently a resident of Canarsie, but lived in Bensonhurst before I was married. I have three grown children, and five grandchildren.”
We are so excited to have this Brooklyn veteran as a featured vendor at our Holiday Market this Sunday!
Electronics can be so cold and boring. Featured vendor IDSO’s Lori Idso warms them up with her unique handmade device sleeves for laptops and cell phones.
Lori is a Greenpointers with many passions and an entrepreneurial itch, “I’m constantly knitting, sewing, cooking, baking, brewing. I finally decided to pick a project, set up an Etsy store, and go from there,” she said. IDSO was born. Continue reading →
Featured vendor Sparc Jewelry was started by Susan Morales after 9/11 when she relocated to Venice Beach and was having trouble finding work. The creative call for jewelry making helped Susan cope with an impossible job market. She told us, “I was going insane actually. I needed another focus from job hunting.”
The name was also a play on her mental state. “SPARC is an arts building in Venice. I liked the way it looked in letters. It also stands for “Some People Are Really Crazy,” Susan said. Continue reading →
Our featured Holiday Market Vendor, ALL DAY is a one woman operation out of Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn. Dari Litchman creates crocheted baskets and jewelry, vintage fabric clutches and totes. Warning – she runs a non-smoking studio, but an occasional Chihuahua hair may be found…
Our featured vendor Yana Rodin describes herself as a “visual artist, designer, maker, traveler, collector, and curator of life experiences.” She will be bringing her gorgeous natural fiber accessories to the Holiday Market on December 8th.
World travel and old craft traditions have inspired her designs:
When I visited Peru, Japan, Thailand, Tibet, Indonesia, Morocco, Turkey, Russia, Europe, and Scandinavia, I searched for indigenous handicrafts and artisanal, natural, hand spun and dyed yarns, which later became part of the whole rich journey knitted into my curated, one of a kind, wearable artful pieces. Continue reading →
Rachael Becker is surrounded by leather. Her business Heavy Leather specializes in stylish guitar and camera straps. I recently had a chance to sit down and chat with Rachael during her busy work day to talk leather, fashion and her love of Greenpoint.
Greenpointers: Tell me about “Heavy Leather.” What makes your guitar straps so special?
Rachael: Well, they’ve got a little bit of attitude. There are other guitar strap makers out there that feel cheesy or are going for that hairy ’80s metal thing. Mine has a good balance of style and attitude that isn’t cheesy or your typical western look. Plus it’s good quality and handmade.
Greenpointers: How did you get started doing leather and how long have you had your business for?
Rachael:I’ve had Heavy Leather for four years now. Originally, I went to school for fashion and I worked briefly in the fashion industry, but I was not into it. I really love men’s wear and working with leather, so after I was laid off from my old job, I found a posting on Craigslist for a leather smith’s assistant so I immediately contacted him and that got me on my way.
Greenpointers: How did you come to start building guitar straps? Walk me through the evolution…
Rachael:When I started out, I was doing custom work for leather accessories. At the time, I had a friend who asked me to make him a guitar strap so I ended up building a small custom collection of guitar straps, I posted them on eBay and they sold right away. After that, it was one-plus-one-equals-two. Another friend of mine, who was a photographer, he was requesting a camera strap so with the leftover leather from the guitar straps I started making camera straps. Now B&H and Adorama carries them. The only thing I don’t do is anything too sexy (laughs). Continue reading →
We live in Brooklyn, the land of small railroad apartments. Most of us are constantly searching for more ways to store things while ideally not filling up the place with ugly plastic containers. Even if you are one of the lucky few to live in a beautifully sized apartment, the bathroom can always be a small, awkward or tricky spot to have the storage we need while keeping the tiny room looking good.
A while back someone gave me this vintage store display rack and it has become the perfect storage addition to the bathroom, although it could really work in any room. It is simple, hangs on the wall, and has the capability of holding a lot of stuff or looking great empty. They are somewhat easy to find on ebay and not too pricy.