Holly McWhorter and Bjarke Ballisager, are a well rounded husband-and-wife team with backgrounds in architecture, journalism, and music. They started PLANT Apothecary back in 2012 when they saw an opportunity to promote healthy ingredients, environmental friendliness, and social responsibility. Starting with organic bodywashes, the line has since grown to include moisturizers, masks and more. We chatted with them to explore their current product line and what’s next for this dynamic conscious duo.
GP: Say I just stumbled blindly upon your company, how would you describe what it is you provide?
Holly: We’re an organic skincare and bath products company based in Williamsburg and Greenpoint. We also have multiple missions, environmental sustainability, social responsibility, [with] cool package design to whatever extent we can! We both [looks to Bjarke] have design and architecture backgrounds, that was a big part of where we came into this industry from.
GP: What was the local landscape of organic products when you entered the market?
Holly: At the time we started, about 5 years ago, there weren’t as many organic all-natural skincare products that were really straight forward with contemporary design focused on minimalism. It was either, we’re trying to sell you something luxury so you felt you were buying into the luxury life-style, or hippie centric, and either way, things were very status conscious, but we liked very straight forward products and packaging, so we created Plant Apothecary to fill the hole in the market.Continue reading →
Did you attend Greenpoint Open Studios last month, darlings? If so, you might’ve peeped at some shiny baubles and sparklers at Alev studio. The shapes are arty, geometric, and versatile. Sign me up for something pretty and edgy.
Peek some of our fave picks below and get ready to stock your jewelry box with one our local Greenpoint artists.
There’s a hot new store in town – say hello to plus BKLYN (455 Graham Ave). This fab plus-sized boutique sells edgy trends and cool styles for ladies in sizes 14-26. And, this Saturday (5/13) is plus BKLYN’s grand opening party (open to those of all sizes) from 7-10pm with a DJ, snacks, tarot readings and great deals on cute clothes. After the jump, check out some of their most rockin’ pieces. Continue reading →
Fall has finally arrived in New York and as happy as I am to break out my own over-sized sweaters and leggings, my favorite part of this season is seeing the dogs out and about in their sweaters and winter gear. Of course, in North Brooklyn, our dogs are extraordinarily well-adorned. The smaller dogs are premiering the first of this season’s fashion and we are very excited by what we’re seeing so far. Whether rocking vintage sweaters or layering like professionals, these pooches have it all going on.
Earle Sebastian is a man to be admired. Firstly, because the South African-born, London-raised film director/creative director/event curator has gathered certain professional accolades. Secondly, and more importantly for the purposes of this article, because he has style. Definitions of style abound on the internet (i.e., Oscar de la Renta: “Style is more about being yourself.”), but there’s no one way to get it. The only thing that’s certain is you can’t buy it prepackaged. Continue reading →
Rachel Levin knows style. Williamsburg resident and personal shopper, her mission is to help people look good and feel good. Style is synonymous with identity and expression, I wanted to know how a female entrepreneur looks at these elements with clothes and accessories. In other words, what words of wisdom can an ambitious lady offer another?
I got the scoop on shopping for yourself (and others), how to develop your style, and what pieces everyone should have in his/her closet. Continue reading →
When I visited the Back Room Consignment Shop (832 Manhattan Ave), I spent an hour looking through the collection. Sally, the owner, was very kind and helpful, as was Darius, who selected some of the clothes to show me. It was a welcoming environment and I recommend this place to my friends because it had some rarities like a Betsey Johnson dress from her Paraphernelia days and other cool things.
We chatted with Sally, a former burlesque dancer and Greenpoint “native.”
In the meantime, get psyched for better temps by stocking up on some new threads at the Samantha Pleet sample sale this Saturday and Sunday (3/8-3/9) at Horizons Vintage (381 Metropolitan Ave).
The sale will feature the recent fall 2013 collection with dresses and separates at 50% off, past collections priced to move, and archive pieces starting at only $50. Additionally, there will be a special discount on shoes from Wolverine 1000 Mile by Samantha Pleet.
This weekend – shop for handmade European fashions, jewelry and home goods at Little Poland Gallery (240 Kent Ave @ No. 1st) from 11:30am-8pm. This “Women for Women” Designer Sale event in honor of International Women’s Day promises unique styles in all natural materials like linen and cotton – and with your purchase you will receive a surprise gift! We love surprise gifts!!!
While walking down Meserole, we noticed the Vintage Shaun Pop-Up shop and met shop owner / commercial fashion stylist / FIT teacher Shaunya Hartley, a Brooklyn born and raised, bad ass babe who had some unique fashion advice and great vintage to boot.
“I believe you should wear sequins for breakfast,” she told us in all seriousness then explained how once after she had just finished a dental cleaning she ran into an ex who thought she looked “fabulous,” and she swore it was the sequins that saved the day. Continue reading →