In light of America’s birthday, let’s talk about some goods made in the good U.S. of A., M&U Co. The gear is thoughtful but streamlined — no fuss or frills with a touch of Scandinavian aesthetics. So, I’m in love. Click through for an exclusive discount code for Greenpointers readers (huzzah!), a snazzy interview with the founder Nathan Gryszowka, and more products to swoon over. Continue reading
Birdy 27, featured Valentine’s Market vendor creates stylish and wearable crochet and knit fashion accessories inspired by the garden! Designer Alicia told us all about her love for petals and blossoms: Continue reading
Featured vendor at our Valentine’s Market, Brooklyn Heavy Metal - with its in your face jewelry designs – embodies the essence of Stevie Nicks, “unique, independent, down to earth, free spirited, bad ass with a Rock n’ Roll edge.”
The story behind Bacon Handmade Neckwear – a featured Valentine’s Market vendor – is truly a love story – with a side of bacon. Based in a little update NY village named Altamont, surrounded by fruit orchards, farms and the Helderberg Escarpment - a 700 ft cliff face overlooking the Hudson Valley – Bacon designer Jessyka Neitzel described these natural wonders as “tall, dark and handsome.” Continue reading
One of my studio mates at our co-working space has a guinea pig named “Lunch.” I was reminded that guinea pigs are actually eaten in South America so I joked she should call it “Almuerzo,” which I later googled and found out the word is spanish for lunch. How did I know that? The spanish I took in high school is gone from my memory. I realized I had eaten at Vamos Al Tequila on Franklin St that day and the word on the menu crept into my subconscious and I just blurted it out. (Stay with me.)
My point is, without even knowing it we are affected by our surrounding, whether our moods brighten up on a sunny day or we remember vague spanish words unrelated to small South American rodents.
Some designers draw inspiration from their surroundings in much more deliberate and visually striking ways – whether it’s texture, color or function.
We’ve asked our Valentine’s Market vendors what they love and how it inspires their designs.
Look forward to unusual and charming color combinations from Lolafalk, a Brooklyn-based leather goods designer who draws quite directly from the color and geometric shapes she sees near her studio.
Take for example the Luella Laptop bag. Designer Lauren “Lola” Falkowski said she “finds much of her color-centric inspiration in the contrasting hues and architecture of buildings in the Brooklyn neighborhoods that surround her studio. The Brooklyn Heights carriage house (above) was the visual trigger for the mix of fuschia, royal blue, and teal” that you see on this adorable bag, which is also roomy enough to carry your guinea pig to your co-working space. (Just trying to go full circle with this.)
This Holiday Season, enjoy a personal boutique experience featuring women’s clothing and accessories at Bishop & Queen, a brand new store on Manhattan Avenue in Greenpoint.
Bishop & Queen
1000 Manhattan ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Darlings, there’s a new thrift store in town and it’s totally glorious. People of 2morrow (65 Franklin St) is a perfect blend of whimsical vintage and mindfully curated products. Walking through the bright, open and airy space, you’ll find womens and mens wear, jewelry fit for minimalist lovers and wood nymphs, sweet home goods, and twee gifts for tots.
I spied a creamy white Escada sweater for under forty bucks and an adorable vintage kids jumper from the 1940s. The store also sports a weekly pop-up shop to feature local designers, keep an eye out for intricate jewelry, candles and apothecary, and housewares.
Michelle Meronek of Acre Goods, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market said, “Jewelry is wearable art. Who can say no to that?!” We agree!
We chatted with this excitable designer about her gorgeous “fiber, stone, and metal jewelry for dreamers” all made by hand right here in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Continue reading
Quilting is a hobby that runs in the family and the Scrappy Little Aprons idea initially came about after I made a quilt and was left with scraps that weren’t enough to make another quilt.
The following poem inspired her to start Scrappy Little Aprons: Continue reading