SHED COLLARS AND LEASHES ARE MADE FROM 100% NATURAL FAIR-TRADE HEMP WEBBING AND BRASS HARDWARE. OUR DESIGNS ARE SCREEN PRINTED BY HUMAN HANDS IN BROOKLYN WITH NON-TOXIC, WATER-BASED INKS. EVERYTHING IS VEGAN <3.
Our mission at Cloverdale Organics is to provide products to help our existing and future customers restore their skin to its natural, healthy glow. Knowing that every product we put on our bodies is quickly absorbed into our bodies and blood stream, is what motivates us to only use organic and locally sourced, active, botanical ingredients.
In addition to creating products that give you results, our products are created to help support your daily self care rituals. With this in mind, each ingredient is carefully selected to create a sensorial experience from the invigorating lemongrass scent in our facial steam teas, to the soothing peppermint in our lip balm, and eye catching packaging and labels. We strive to elevate your self care experience one natural ingredient at a time!
I am an illustrator that creates wearable goods and home accessories such as pins, patches, stickers, prints and more! I am inspired by bright, colorful things, other artists and makers, as well as the world around me. I love meeting new customers and people! I also enjoy creating custom pieces of art for people just ask me!
Renegade Folk offer sandals made from up cycled leather. All of our products are hand-cut, hand-stapled and hand-lasted by our Filipino artisans.
I had an instant infatuation with clay when I took my first ceramics class with Mr. Morello in high school, circa 1975. My school offered a summer internship at the Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences and I was lucky enough to have that job for two summers and got to see a different side of the alchemy by working with professional ceramic artists.
I continued to randomly but enthusiastically dabble in clay over the years but didn't really pursue my passion until 2002, at Union Square Ceramic Center in NYC. When USCC closed, I landed at La Mano Pottery in Chelsea and began teaching and playing around with who I wanted to be as a potter. When I look back as the forms I was throwing, apparently I wanted to be about a hundred different potters!
In the last 2 years I've hunkered down to do what it takes to develop my ceramic voice. After fracturing my arm in an accident and being extremely limited in my abilities, I found the only way I could throw without pain was "off the hump". On the surface, what might have seemed a real roadblock turned out to be a pointer in the direction I was looking for. Instinct combined with deepening skills led me to shapes and colors that you see on these pages.
I primarily create functional ware - cups, mugs, bowls - with occasional vases or decorative bowls popping up. Custom pet bowls have also become part of my repertoire thanks to inspiration from my pretty little dog, Tallulah Barkhead. I began working in porcelain last year and am pursuing that direction because I love the way it feels and looks. I've recently developed a love for wood-fired finishes and will be adding more as I have occasion to participate in that process at Tony Moore's noborigama and anagama kiln firings in Cold Spring NY.
T-Roots is a handcrafted line of hair and skincare products made from the very best in nature. Developed for a range of hair and skin textures, our products are filled with soothing butters, rich oils and nourishing botanicals.
We understand that the relationship with our hair and skin goes well beyond what's on the surface. So it's our mission to create affordable, gentle products that are free of unnecessary fillers to allow your inner beauty to shine through.
I run JamJamsJam, a small shop that sells fun & quirky baby clothing and accessories that are perfect for gift giving. I started JamJamsJam after my son was born, I was a stay at home mom but still needed to use my brain and keep busy. I have a background in textile design from Academy of Art in San Francisco. All the applique for the onesies and shirts is eco felt which is made from 100% post consumer recycled plastic bottles (CPSA compliant) so it makes a cute way to recycle. I love to make items that are silly, fun, and of course anything food related! In addition to onesies and kids shirts I also make bibs, teething toys, hats, and decor.
Kubo is a curated marketplace of handmade finds inspired by nature and travel. Each piece is carefully handcrafted using both indigenous and learned art forms – beautifully showcasing the time, talent and skill that went into its creation. Rooted in tradition, we aim to promote Filipino craftsmanship and proudly support Filipino makers. By delivering unique, handmade goods, we preserve cultural traditions and create sustainable futures for the makers and their their families.
We believe in making meaningful purchases and that knowing the story behind each product makes it more special. By combining traditional techniques with modern aesthetic, we offer one of a kind pieces that are truly a work of art.
Le Mondeur (n.) : from French "le monde" (the world) but utterly Franglais, meaning the worlder, world traveler, adventurer or, more simply, a person of the world; also used to characterize a person who global adventure shops in the pursuit of hard-to-find, wearable art.
Le Mondeur was founded by Jess, who has an unshakeable penchant for adventure shopping. Jess began traveling and shopping the globe over 15 years ago. In that time, her love for seeking out unique jewelry and clothing became an unexpected way for her to better connect with the places and people she visited. Her collection also became a way for her to share her travel stories once home when strangers and friends would ask her where she found a certain necklace, scarf, dress, earrings, etc. Jess loves the human connection woven into these storied objects as they pass from creator to collector to admirer, adding layers of meaning at each exchange.
Le Mondeur was created to bring those curious admirers (and you!) a way of shopping for these hard-to-find pieces while also becoming a part of the story. From new adventures to old haunts, Jess travels deeper to find beautiful pieces of wearable art, defined by their fun and bold takes on traditional high artisanship. Jess looks for conversation pieces that can be effortlessly incorporated into any contemporary wardrobe.
Le Mondeur works with a range of artisans, including individuals or families of artisans, cooperatives and fashion-forward designers. Each of these collaborations is unique, but all are guided by certain overarching principles.
Le Mondeur believes in slow fashion. Every piece in our collections is chosen based on its lasting quality and use of traditional technique and local resources. For our collaborations, Le Mondeur seeks out artisans who employ techniques steeped in the cultural history and traditions with which they identify. The purpose of this is twofold: to financially empower artisans by providing them with consistent work and to support these continued traditions that too often fade away when mass production moves in. Le Mondeur also aims to support and highlight fashion-forward younger designers who are re-imagining learned techniques from their communities in innovative ways.
So much of what we love at Le Mondeur is creating meaningful and enduring relationships with artisans. This takes on many forms. For one, we strive to engage in direct trade with artisans or those who represent their best interests. This cuts out the middlemen and the extra costs that would otherwise be passed onto you. Most importantly, this ensures that artisans set their own prices to reflect the true cost of labor, materials and many other related factors that go into the production of each piece. This also means that we often get to visit artisans at their homes, workshops or stores to see how and where they work, and to learn more about them.
Janika explores the possibilities that form, technique, and material can bring to personal ornamentation. The geometries and placement of pieces on the human figure are designed to create an image that stands out, whether it be from the asymmetry of the piece or oppositely, the complete rigor of symmetry. Each piece is designed to give an outfit that extra boost of confidence and uniqueness that accessories should. All items are handmade in Brooklyn, NYC with gold filled findings, brass tubes, marble, and handwoven ceramic beads.
Architecturally inspired, minimally designed. Kahen Design features handcrafted concrete jewelry with a focus on material, texture, and process.
Founded by Ryan Kahen, all pieces are handmade in his Brooklyn studio. Ryan works to balance the digital and analog aspects of design, utilizing modeling software and 3D printing technologies together with traditional casting techniques.
Each piece is made using a custom mold and a jewelry grade concrete recipe. The pendants are strung from a thin steel wire cable and finished with a steel barrel clasp.
Due to the nature of the material, slight variations are to be expected, offering each piece its own unique character.
After 15 years of taking photographs, Jessica began publishing her work for the first time in 2014, along with her writing on documenting her photographic experiments. Her love for cinema inspired her return to shooting with film and using old cameras from 60s and 70s. Her work has since been in group exhibitions across the country, including the Soho Photo Gallery, the Sidney Mishkin Gallery in New York, and the Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn. She has also exhibited at the Vermont Center for Photography, the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, Los Angeles Center of Photography, and is currently on view at the Davis Orton Gallery in Hudson, New York and Catalina Art Association Gallery in Avalon, California. She is a member of ASMP, APA, the Penumbra Foundation and Los Angeles Center of Photography.
Jessica is a graduate from the University of California, Davis, with a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.S. in Environmental Design and Visual Communication. She received her M.F.A in documentary and narrative film, from Parsons, The New School for Design in NY.
FROM OUR HANDS TO YOURS.
The objects in our lives should be thoughtfully designed, expertly crafted, and accessible to all. Our designs are modern, beautiful, functional, and affordable, and our products are 100% handmade with your daily routine in mind. Jonathan Castro Designs products are made from porcelain clay and finished with lead-free, original glazes. We make each piece entirely by hand, one at a time, in our New York City studio. We make them with love, and we know you will love them too.
Emily Boksenbaum is a New York-based leather artist, and the designer and maker behind UnderHIll Leatherworks. UnderHill believes in the power of slowing down, enjoying the making process, and producing truly unique products. Hand-carved accents make UnderHIll products unlike any other.
Always made by hand, UnderHIll is your responsible custom leather design source for everything from handmade shoes and accessories, to wall hangings and home decor.
Since 2001, Crystalyn Kae's mission has been to design and create original, handcrafted accessories made from ethically sourced and reclaimed materials here in the USA. Beloved by women with a grounded and global aesthetic, a Crystalyn Kae accessory is a symbol of socially-conscious style.
Passionate about saturated color and texture Crystalyn places custom patterns individually to spotlight the uniqueness of the print and add dimension to her signature classics.
The thoughtfully considered collection of bags and accessories are designed to carry all of your daily needs and to protect your valuables in rain or shine. Adjustable straps and versatile inner pockets keep you organized and ready for work, play, or travel.
Crystalyn Kae products are available in over 40 specialty boutiques in the USA and globally, as well as online, andhave been featured in InStyle, Vegetarian Times, Whole Living, Yoga Journal, Mind Body Green, Ecouterre and more.
Danny is the founder of Danny Kaplan Design, Inc. He is an experienced prop stylist, art director, and production designer for both still and video. Danny has worked for the following major clients: Macy’s, Ikea, Absolut Vodka, Verizon, Blend Digital, Tane Digital, Base Beauty Agency, RGA.
His experience spans from tabletop and food to beauty, textiles and interiors.
Danny has been working in the field since 2007 after writing for interior design publications online. Danny grew up in France and is bi-lingual French/English, he has a degree in English Literature from the New School, New York City. He brings a global perspective to international and domestic brands.
Anastasia Vaghin studied ancient techniques of goldsmithing at the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York City and went on to become a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology Jewelry Design program. Being an NYC resident for the past twenty years, Anastasia has long admired and been influenced by the clean lines and geometry of the architecture of the cityscape that surrounds her.
"I love working with primal elements of metal and fire to create pieces that are precious and small in scale. My current collection is minimalist and lightweight, made by me from start to finish, primarily in solid gold and sterling silver. I strive to create designs that are compelling and versatile, echoing ancient elements and symbols in a thoroughly modern way."
BAL DESIGNS is a young brand created by designer Rita Balta from Cologne, Germany. Rita was born in Lithuania, into phenomenon of “basketball religion”, and now she brings more joy to sports fans and especially to environmentally conscious style lovers in the form of designer cases crafted from used basketballs. Each case is handmade, of unique shape, different size, and caters to variety of needs. “I am delighted that these basketballs will not be destroyed after leaving the courts or lie as dead waste somewhere around. They will rebound for new life. I am very excited to see that one of my products can make people think anew and revaluate how they perceive all things around us”, designer says.
Outside the EU, Rita first introduced her cases as a part by Design Boom at Tokyo Designer Week, 2013, and ICFF NYCxDesign New York, 2014, and since, her BAL DESIGNS, noted for upcycling solutions particularly, takes part in designer shows and event worldwide on a constant basis.
I workwith Clay, making handbuilt ceramic vessels suggestive of the female form with attitude.
Stvdio Brooklyn was founded in 2013, and debuted its first line of jewelry a year later. At the heart of Stvdio’s designs is a focus on construction, finding inspiration in the way components fit together and interact with the human form. Throughout the line, an inquiring eye will find playful spins on classic structure: a cleverly hidden clasp, a bracelet that uses tension to hold itself together, even an earring that you can choose to wear backward. These inventive constructions are combined with effortlessly graceful silhouettes to create the Stvdio Brooklyn aesthetic.
I graduated from RISD in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, and spent my first 7 years working for fashion brands designing jewelry, my last gig being the designer for Madewell. I started Stvdio because I really missed using my hands, and was burnt out from fast fashion. I wanted to give myself a chance to fall back in love with everything that I liked about being a creative, and designer. I'm inspired by modern design, comfort, and pushing the boundaries of construction. I'm a nerd for soldering metals together that are typically hard to meld, techniques that are time-consuming, and constructions that give the pieces unusual movement.
Misfit Dynamo is an offering of handmade small batch pottery, all inspired by a love of photography, music, literature, nature, and the memories of distant cities.
rom start to finish, I craft everything myself. Whether it's throwing on the wheel or rolling out slabs, my hands are the only ones that touch the clay. My goal is to make something you will love and connect with.
Misfit Dynamo runs the spectrum of style- from one-of-a-kind pieces to stacks of dishes, you're going to find something fun and beautiful to make a part of your life.
Hand-painted or hand-drawn crafts+design for all of life's little moments including greeting cards all the way to hangable art.
Luca Chiara is a New York City and Hudson Valley based company specializing in fine accessories for men and women. Our Italian inspired, American designed products are made of proven durable materials such as water resistance nylon, cotton canvas, water repellent acrylic coated rip stop and soft grained vegan leather.
We craft all of our products with great pride and ingenuity. Most credit cards, ATM cards and passports have digitally coded computer chips that contain sensitive information that can be unknowingly stolen from a distance. That said, our wallets and passport cases offer RFID blocking from identity thief, unauthorized credit card use and other cyber banking crimes. These products are soft, flexible and thin despite being literally lined with steel.
As an environmentally conscious company, we only use soft grained
vegan leather. Oftentimes, real leather uses a tremendous amount of dyes, chemicals and tints to get shades even. These treatments are extremely polluting and harsh on the planet. Our products are designed to be fashionable and functional for the hectic lifestyle of the 21century
but are based on 19 century old world quality.
The owner's great grandfather and great great grandfather, Luca and Donato Chiara, began their business in 1902 when they opened a small shoe store in Italy. Many years later after coming to the United States, they continued their craft in the New York area.
Fast forward 100 years to the current owner and grandson of Luca Chiara. After having worked for over 25 years with several big name brands like; Kenneth Cole, Ben Sherman and Bloomingdale's, he decided to translate his experience in the accessory industry and continue the family tradition by launching the brand to honor his ancestors.
Rad Vintage for ladies & littles!
I am a potter, making functional home decor under the name Hands On Ceramics. I sell both online and in stores doing custom, retail and wholesale.
My business partner Miranda and I just started a new concept under the name The clay collective. This concept allows the buyer to collaborate in the "making experience" of what they are buying.
RETROPOLITAN NYC started as a company in 2014 under the name Sabrina Rose Designs. Living and designing in New York City, Sabrina has curated and designed the lifestyle brand, known as Retropolitan.
Inspired by the the energy of the city, incorporating elements & styles past and recognizing the importance of the modern; she aims to bring you unique pieces that make you feel sophisticated & bright, and with no inhibitions! This lifestyle brand is here encouraging others to bring out their dainty yet mighty sides. Let's have fun!!
Tatjana Kunst earned her BFA from The Maryland Institute College of Art with a focus in Ceramics, Sculpture and Glassblowing. Tatjana decorates her utilitarian pieces with carvings and motifs inspired by the natural world.
Hello, my name is Celina Zapiti. I live in New York & the designer, creator, & owner of Work in Pieces.
I am inspired by nostalgic scenes and world travels. I love to design products for quirky love & self discovery. I believe handwritten & handmade cards are touching & have a unique spirit compared to modern texts & emails. My mother always taught me that a handwritten thank you note goes a long way.
Every card & collage order is handcut, adhered, & wrapped with bakers twine by myself. I also cut, fold, & sew the pages for every notebook. Each package is sealed in a bubble envelope with a handwritten & signed thank you note.
I use cardstock & maps to create the collages. These unique cards are so fun to make, seeing all the small pieces coming together to make a lovely design.
Eugenia Finkler is a polymer clay artist working out of her home studio in Brooklyn, NY. She moved to NYC in 2014 from Republic of Belarus, Minsk. She is professionally trained as an architect. Eugenia’s jewelry designs are inspired by textures of nature and also influenced by her background in architecture. Her slogan is Urban jewelry for a tribal soul. It’s about capturing the very zest of plain shape in combination with amazing native textures and unique shades. She fashions jewelry to convey dynamics, freedom, and elegance, because this is what living in the modern world is all about.
The patterns in her works are primarily made with the extruder technique. Glitter is added by applying cracked foil onto the clay. Her pieces could easily be worn with an evening gown, dressy business suit or be used to add a touch of elegance to a more casual outfit.
Born andraised in Colombia, and made my home in the Hamptons since I moved to United States nearly 14 years ago.
I have a degree in Industrial Design and always had a interest for organic products and sustainable designs. During College I had contact with surrounded materials such as nuts, seeds, beans and natural fibers. I learned how to process and work with some of them; parallel to this I developed apassionfor jewelryand wearable objects.
The result is a fashionable and Eco-Friendly collection of necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings that are vibrant, fun and lightweight wearable pieces of art.
Created by Dianna Pena, an apparel buyer for a high end motorcycle company, a motorcycle rider, and young female entrepreneur, ShopBRL.nyc is for the girl that won't lose the rough around her edges. The girl that is un-apologetically stylish, confident and free. Our mission is to outfit the girl that wears her fabulous jewelry as the everyday staple, and extends her style to her home. Our vision is to empower the free spirited and strong willed, "BRL Chik".
"Keep in mind that I'm an artist, and I'm sensitive about my shit." -Erykah Badu
The concept of our brand KOUSCH is;
Passionate + Relaxed,
Innovative + Rooted in Tradition
We hope that people wearing our products will feel refreshed, inspired, determined, delighted with conversation, amused, and be natural to themselves.
I am a photographer my profession (www.thebabyphotographer.net) who combined her passion for arts/crafts and babies and created one of a kind nursery art pieces. I further explored my illustrations and art to create greeting cards, New York related postcards, cup cozies, diaries, felt hair clips and more. I love working on these projects and love it even more when they find their way to someones home. My friend Mic and me combined our passions and started selling at markets together.
Fugitive Nature was born out of my desire to make the world a more colorful place. My color inspiration comes from the hidden spaces of the oceans and mysteries of space as well as minerals and crystal formations. All of my pieces are hand dyed in my Brooklyn studio, and many pieces are made within the studio as well. As part of my mission to contribute and better society, Fugitive Nature pledges a portion of profits to charity each month. Past contributions have gone to Planned Parenthood, Standing Rock NODAPL Fund, The Lower East Side Girls Club and The Sierra Club.
Tilly Doro designer Nogah Rotstein has been collecting charms, seashells and stones for as long as she can remember.
“My grandmother Tilly was a holocaust survivor, " Nogah says. "She taught us that nothing should be wasted or taken for granted. Her favorite gifts were the ones we made by hand and that value has stayed with me.”
Years later, encouraged to be creatively curious, resourceful and playful, Nogah founded Tilly Doro with the idea of creating modern heirlooms. Over the years of treasure hunting she amassed a collection of vintage jewelry, which she used to create one-of-a-kind necklaces that infuse old pieces with new life.
Guided by intuition and allowing for accidents, she began a career as a jeweler – creating a new story with each unique piece. She gained further experience working as an assistant designer making private label accessories for Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Free People.
Nogah continues to be inspired by history but evolved to working with different materials and techniques; sculpting and hand-forming wax into textured shapes that are then cast in metal. These simple totems are paired with fabric, dyed rope, or enamel, juxtaposing clean refined elements with an organic hand-made feel and bursts of color. Influenced by nature, symbols, asymmetry and balance, her jewelry reflects the spirit of the ancient past within a modern aesthetic.
Dedicated to sustainable and conscious business and production choices, Tilly Doro uses dead stock and repurposed materials as much as possible. Each piece is handmade with love in Brooklyn NY.
We are Brooklynbased clothing brand for babies ages 0 – 2 4 months. Each outfit is created using bits of cloth from articles of clothing no longer in use and reimagined into an entirely new piece that mirrors the design simplicity and practicality of a traditional Kimono and is inspired by the Japanese textile Boro. Using what we already have and giving it a second life is what moves the Kiboro spirit.
There is something magical in mixing different textures, different shapes, and different stories to create a piece that is one of a kind.
My name is Briana Melendez & I am the creative mind and working hands behind Panchita's Bodega. I've always held a special place in my heart for style and fashion. It was probably born during childhood shopping trips with my grandmother & my love of Fashion Plates. A few years after I graduated college I decided to further pursue my interest and enrolled in non-matriculated classes at FIT to provide myself with a base & working knowledge of sewing and design. My handcrafted bags are made from a mix of re-purposed& new fabrics.
I find inspiration in the past & my local thrift shops. To me the early 20th century has provided us with a base for classic simplicity that I think can be translated to today and evolve with the style of the 21st century. I frequent second hand stores and find my materials in garments(skirts/ coats/ tops) that supposedly have seen their prime. I bring together texture & color to create something new from the old.
The vibrational energies of healing crystals are most powerful and pure in their natural state.
After working with the spiritual and physical healing properties of crystals using various healing techniques, we were inspired to spread our love of crystals with the creation of beautiful wearable accessories for the Soul. Devoted to making the metaphysical accessible to the masses, our jewelry is modern, whimsical, unique and timeless designed to look amazing dressed up or down. We select a combination of crystals designed for the maximum restoration of energetic wellbeing. Every piece in our collection is handcrafted in NYC with Love & Light, and we hope to pass this same intention onto its wearer.
Our company Ponchos Rojas is the culmination of many intersecting interests and passions. Greg is from the U.S. Colorado, and Catalina was born and raised in La Paz, Bolivia. We crossed paths in design school and now live in NYC.
Our love of nature, family, and a passion to know where we come from has led us to travel throughout Bolivia to see the beautiful natural environments, experience the local customs, and learn from the fascinating history this area has. The high plateau of Bolivia and Peru has been the cradle of South American cultures for thousands of years. Not only have the ancient cultures of this area given the world modern staples like spicy chilies and potatoes, but these people also had one of the most advanced and beautiful weaving techniques in the ancient world. These techniques have lasted the test of time and the curve of history, but modernity is finally threatening to erase this weaving knowledge and the beautiful woven goods once and for all.
We wish to share the pieces we have found and the knowledge we have gleaned with the world, and in the process to help save a little bit of history. While we aren't there yet we are working towards helping to fund programs that help teach weaving techniques so everyone can enjoy what it has taken millennia to produce.
ABSTRACT LETTERING by Mic Schut
Fueled by the combination of my background in graphic design and my passion for letters, I create artwork that is a fusion between lettering, typography and street-art. I use mixed media and bold expressive colors on both canvas and paper. My topics are based on my travels or reflect cities/countries I've lived in.
I'm Sophia Faye Medina; traveler, plant lady, designer. I am passionate about community and the strength of sisterhood- without which I'd be lost. My designs tend toward the feminine and whimsical, and are heavily influenced by my time in and around Eastern Indian culture. The eastern Indian motifs such as designs found in traditional mendhi patterns and in Indian architecture largely inspired me in my design.
I love art and jewelry, being the ultimate functional art, has become my medium of choice. I decided to pursue jewelry after studying fine arts and finding that few people are into "pretty" art unless they can wear it. I'm constantly inspired by my fellow jewelers, some of whom have their own businesses and some of whom are still finding their voices. We have created an incredible support system for each other.
I handcraft my designs from a small studio in the Bronx, New York. My pieces are showcased in brass, sterling silver and 14k gold with gemstones accents. Sustainability is one of my top priorities and I will continue to work to make Sophia Faye Jewelry as eco-friendly as possible!
We are a community of passionate and creative talents.
Keenobby is all about People, Talent and Fun.
Anyone can advertise and share their passion, host experiences and connect with like-minded individuals.
At Keenobby, we care for everybody, regardless of your origin, culture, religion and gender. We believe that our differences make us stronger and bring us closer together.
We believe that time and passion are the most valuable assets of our lives. This is why our goal at Keenobby is to turn simple moments into authentic experiences and lifelong memories. We want our community members to spend more time doing what they love with people they like.
This story is rooted in nostalgia, but its also part dream and lots of stubbornness. I, Fany, was born and raised in Mexico and absolutely love food. When I turned one, my father decided to give me 1 kilo of chocolate truffles and though most of it ended on the floor and my face (quite thankfully actually), I feel that was where my love affair for sweet treats started.
Fany Gerson, La Newyorkina
I always loved going to the market with my sister and mom and was fascinated by all the stands that surrounded us. Many years later, when it came time to figure out what I was going to study I was going to go to art school as I didn’t even know cooking was an option but once I did there was no going back! My parents were not happy with that idea at all because they know the sacrifices you make in this industry and feared I would get burned out and not have many options afterward. The funny thing is that they wanted me to persue a career in arts which also presented an uncertain future but they thought was better. They let me attend a cooking school in Mexico for 2 years and said I could study wherever I wanted afterwards if I still wanted to, secretly thinking I wasn’t going to like it or would get bored. At the time there were only a hanfful of cooking schools in Mexico and I didn’t even know there where women chefs. I absolutely loved it and ended up going to The Culinary Institute of America and graduated in 1998. I did an externship at Akelare restaurant in San Sebastian , Stain, returned to New York and have been here ever since, I worked in several restaurants including Rosa Mexicano, La Cote Basque and Eleven Madison park.
In 2009 I spent a year doing research & traveling through Mexico to write my first book “My Sweet Mexico.” That experience changed my life and when I returned to New York I knew I wanted to share and celebrate the amazing frozen treats & sweets of Mexico.
I wanted to have my own business but I didn’t know what to do since I wanted to do it all. One day, I had a dream that I was goint to open a Mexican ice cream shop in New York and that’s how I decided to start with paletas, the quintessential frozen treat in Mexico. I thought I could test the idea without spending money on an ice cream machine and see how New Yorkers liked the sweet flavors of Mexico
So, in 2010 I heard about a new market opening up called The Hester Street Fair and I decided to apply and got in . I had two jobs at the time so my good friend Hannah helped me out that first summer. We rented a bakery on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and wuld go in when they were done, around 6 or 7 PM. Hannah would start and I would go after my job finished so I’d show up around midnight and start.
We started out with 5 flavors that I felt represented Mexico – mango chile, hibiscus, coconut, passion fruit and avocado. We made around 850 paletas for the weekend hoping that we could sell them throughout the weekend but really not knowing at all what to expect. While we were loading the cart, I fractured my nose with the lid! (that’s another story) but the adrenaline kept me going. There was much anticipation for the market and to our surprise, we sold out within a few hours!!!!
I headed to the ER to take care of my nose and by the end of the summer I had quit both of my jobs and started to plan for the following year.
The rest, as they say is history in the making….We now have several seasonal locations, have expanded our product line, have our first brick and mortar and are continuously and happily growing.
My mission is to share the sweetness of Mexico but I also strive to create the kind of company that people want to be a part of, to support, work for, and partner with. I have tried to build a strong local community in the relationships we build with customers, growers and anyone else that is involved. It is also important to me to support Mexico as much as I can by promoting and educating; by sharing a rich (and delicious) part of the culture and by giving back.
I do hope, that at the end of the day, you are transported and happy when you visit or try our sweet treats.
Handmade Chocolate Truffles with Vegan and Gluten Free options.Each truffle is handmade in small batches and hand-rolled. Currently, we have 14 flavors available, along with seasonal and custom flavors available.
There is only so many times you can hear "you should sell that!"...welcome to Twizzles Tasty Treats specializing in handmade truffles and cookies!
Hunt and Gather is a mobile boutique based in New York City. We are a thoughtfully curated shop specializing in women's apparel, accessories and home goods. With a focus on local as well as up and coming designers, we hope to bring craftsmanship and creativity back to our customer. With fast fashion becoming such a predominant part of our culture, our hope is to create a sense of connection between our customers and the designers we feature by shifting the focus from quick and cheap back to quality artisanship.
TEGAA is an ethical line of African Bohemian jewelry & accessories hand made by Gambia's Tegaa artisans. It is inspired by the coastal lifestyle of the Gambian people and for the first time ever, making the one-of-a-kind pieces they make available to the rest of the world. The limited edition pieces are created using ethical and locally sourced materials helping avoid the toxic waste of the fashion industry. In addition to this, a portion of the proceeds from each sale is donated to Power up Gambia a charity that provides solar-powered water & electricity to all the hospitals & clinics in the country. Tegaa's pieces are a variety of coastal inspired summer statement pieces, lightweight bags and waist-beads that pair great with swimwear. We bring stunning style that does good for the world.
A New York-based line started by two best friends. We grew up extremely active in the summer beaches of New York and noticed there weren’t many swimsuits that complimented our personalities and NY savvy lifestyle. We found there were little choices between a sexy Brazilian cut, a classic all American brand and vintage-inspired swimsuit. We wanted to create an American lifestyle swimwear brand where you could combine the sexy contemporary, the traditional and classic vintage style pieces, while incorporating our own cultural Latin American and European backgrounds. We wanted to make bathing suits that we could wear and feel sexy and comfortable whether here or abroad. When we were thinking about the design of our bathing suits, we knew they had to be functional and comfortable, but we like to balance design with comfort as effortlessly as possible. We do not follow trends and love color-blocking and stripes.
I am a multimedia artist and designer based in Brooklyn, New York. My work, an eclectic mix of the traditional and modern, employs hand made and digital techniques to create collectible small editions on paper and fabric. Heavily influenced by an interest in environmental issues my work aims to blur the lines between Art and Design.
My work tracks the theme of actions and consequences. It is about ownership and migration and how these concepts affect our environments. I explore how behavior can have a powerful social and environmental impact. The audience is encouraged to physically engage with the work, stimulating reflection and dialogue.
Discarded pieces of garbage are repeatedly reproduced throughout my work, a reminder of their permanence in our landscape and a testimony to their futility. I ”package” them in decorative ways, shifting the context in which they are viewed. They become hidden in plain sight.
My materials are not just found objects. They are the enigmatic fragments of everyday life. Forensic puzzles so quotidian, we no longer see them.
I take them home, wash them, lay them out and begin to “paint”. The compositions which result are my form of mark-making. The objects themselves become my marks, my motifs. Sometimes the work has a playful, narrative. At other times they are abstract meditations on color or composition. I reproduce and repackage, make multiples and transform the impersonal and mechanized into something which is individual and handcrafted.
This creates a hybrid of technology and handcrafts. Needlepoint, a familiar, fussy, feminine pass-time with a long tradition, fuses with technology, a new way of seeing our realities. Exploring the cushion requires participation. You must use your phone to interact. The screen that usually distractions us, here, leads us to consider ideas we may not want to think about. I slip these objects back into your environment. The motifs migrate to tables, sofas and living rooms. They are upholstered on chairs, adorn tablecloths or are hidden in the folds of a silk scarf. They are locked within a needlepoint QR code cushion for the curious to scan and rediscover.
Born by our mothers,
Raised by the streets,
we are kids Living,
in the city that Never sleeps.
Everything we make has a purpose. It's always about growth. Stay positive. Never Stop Growing!
I paint the landscape of New York City. I am fascinated with rollercoasters, architectural details such as cornices and anything kitschy Americana like roadside signs. I combine literal representation with abstract elements to focus on what I want people to see I find interesting about a place. What I find interesting are often details and the beauty in patterns like the Spanish tile on the house in “Ovington Avenue” or the ironwork on the Manhattan Bridge. Brilliant and vibrant color combined with a wonky sense of perspective bring movement to my paintings and a fresh view on city landscapes. Unusual cropping and framing of images add to the overall look of my artwork. I often incorporate text and imagery I find in street signs to give a narrative sometimes ironic or humorous to my artwork. An example of this is the Nathan’s hot dog man wearing a little apron and pointy shoes or the balding chubby man hoisting a burger above his head atop “Paul’s Daughter’s” on the boardwalk in many of my Coney Island pieces. I work in a variety of mediums including Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Pastel and Linoleum block printing. My work works ranges from tiny watercolors to large scale murals I have done on site in various businesses.
CASTLECLIFF is a heritage costume jewelry brand, established in 1918 and manufacturing in NYC from 1940 through the 1970's. We are picking up where the iconic brand left off, with bold 1970's inspired silhouettes, poured glass stones and a natural history museum vibe.
All of our pieces are designed and responsibly crafted in NYC. As an initiative to reuse the waste of our industry, all of our stones are vintage glass from 1940's and 50's, and many of our chains are reclaimed vintage chains found in warehouses around the US. Our selection of deadstock vintage earrings are from the 1960’s and refinished in our Brooklyn studio.
84Gem is ethnic, exotic and regal.
As a combination of contemporary and tribal-inspired jewelry, 84Gem is a line of statement jewelry inspired by global cultures and my personal travels. All pieces are handmade in Brooklyn and material is sourced from India, Istanbul and some parts of Africa. The designs are made of natural gemstones, beads and metals. It's a spin on your traditional beaded jewelry. They are created to evoke a sense of power, strength and confidence to the wearer.
The designer, Kimone Young, is a self-taught jewelry designer and has been living the passion for about 6 years.
BRK House (brick house) is run by husband and wife team, Manny & Steffi, out of their Brooklyn apartment which they share with their dog and 2 cats.
Manny grew up in a small border town in Southern California, whereas Steffi spent the first 18 years of her life in a village in the middle of Germany. They both moved to San Diego for College, where they met.
Since 2014 they have been working under the company title BRK House. It started off with graphic design work and silk screening. In early 2016 they released their first set of enamel pins.
Manny does the majority of the design work, while Steffi keeps an eye on the finances and orders.
BELLEWAERA IS A SLOW LIFE STYLE REVOLUTION
We focuses on creating eco locally crafted and neutral ethnic textiles in Chiangmai inspired by natural spiritual process with slowly creative thoughtful lifestyle
LOW is a revolution an alternative to our obsession with speed.
You see more when you take things a little slower, like you notice every detail when file is shown in slow motion or you notice an artisan has made something by hand.
Slow can manifest its of in any design, object, space or image that encourages a promotion of local artisans, local designers, local flavors.
It's an endless idea you can make your own in anyway you want to. Slow works to counteract fast life and the disappearance of local traditions. In a loud, crowded, crazy world, it's good for the soul to live life better by living slower.
The idea for Big Dot Art has been in the works for many years. I found my love for paper goods – notebooks, journals, diaries, cards, envelopes, wrapping paper, pens, markers, what have you – as a child, and it's only grown ever since.
I've collected all kinds of stationery over the years, but always dreamt of having my own collection. I even went through a brief phase of bookbinding as the first step towards my line of notebooks, but that never really picked up. I tried other things like handmade cards and notecards, but it was only when I gifted my first set of handmade coasters for a friend's birthday that I realised what I wanted to make.
After a year and a few more coaster gift sets for friends, here it is. I hope to expand into handprinted and hand illustrated notecards, but for the moment, I'm sharing with the world my Zentangle-inspired handmade coasters.
Stem & Ink is a line of intricate hand drawn illustrations, and greeting cards, designed by New York City Artist Katie Dill. Our illustrations range from botanical style flowers, to wedding bouquets and dresses. We strive to bring a modern graphic feel to classic floral prints.
Each card and piece of art is individually crafted with care, printed locally, and packaged by hand in Katie’s NYC Apartment.
Starting as a little girl sketching wedding dresses covered in frills and lace, dreaming of becoming a fashion designer, Katie’s main love in life has always been design. In high school she quickly fell in love with theatre, and Scenic Design, which she went on to study in college at North Carolina School of the Arts. She then found her way to NYC and is currently working in the fast paced world of Event Design and Marketing.
Through all of this, drawing was the one skill Katie struggled with the most. But after 10+ years of sketching, rendering, painting, going to art school and more, it happened. She learned to draw, and Stem & Ink is the product of those years of dedication and hard work.
When Brooklyn-born Nick Rozar visited Ukraine to learn more about his roots, he was exposed to Hutsul wood art in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine.
Amazed by the craftsmanship, Nick was inspired to find a way to bring this art into a Western context. While most of the art produced in Ukraine is ornamental — decorative plates, jewelry boxes, tables — Nick knew this was not the way to reach people back home.
After a trip to Ukraine, Nick was with friends in Brooklyn. One of his friends was wearing a pair of wooden sunglasses. They looked cool, were sturdy, and … bare and unfinished. The idea struck him: they were blank canvases!
And so the idea was conceived later that day: Hetmans Sunglasses — art you wear.
My name is Ana. Having gone to University in Buenos Aires Argentina for Fashion styling I was always involved in the creative part of fashion. Pipi Cucu which is a Argentine say of saying "top notch" and was born in 2016. I started out making canvas clutches with whimsical sayings in my upstate New York bedroom. Fast forward a few months and 1,000 youtube videos later on sewing, I now have a my very own studio in the heart of Kingston, New York. Fully equipped with 4 industrial sewing machines and a heat press. I now have a full line of canvas clutches along with my newest items which are sassy dog tags. They go just great with my canvas clutches. I love seeing customers come by and laugh at all the fun sayings. There's a saying for every personality. Some things that inspire me: The color PINK! My whole studio is pink with pops of neon!
My name is Virginia Mancuso and I am a born & bred Brooklynite. I truly love Brooklyn and I decided to show my love through these tees. Something that separates us from the rest is that our tees are what we call "fashion graphic tees". They are loose fitted on women, which go great with any outfit and occasion. You don't have to be from Brooklyn to show us some love! After all, Brooklyn is the new black!
My shop name VITA comes from the Italian translation of "life". In addition to being a proud Brooklynite, I am also a proud Italian-American. You will see some Italian words on my tees, once again to show some love to my culture.
One day in my apartment, I, a recent graduate from the art school, became so tired of looking for a job started to crocheting to make my heart to feel better... Stitch, stitch, stitch. After hours and hours of stitches, I created a new friends, Banana Llama. Banana Llama doesn't talk much but brought me a big smile. Then I thought " Maybe I cannot make a dime but make people smile!" So that's how Studio Llama Llama started.
Nitelyfe Pins offers a diverse and high quality line of metal lapel pins. Our designs are rooted in and inspired by Pop culture, Comics, Anime, Graffiti & New York culture.
I am an artist living and working in Brooklyn. I design tee-shirts, all original designs and hand print them in my studio. I am influenced by old Brooklyn and evolving Brooklyn. I love vintage imagery and combining current ideas into the design. I create the screens and hand print using water-based ink to insure a soft touch to the tees. They are high quality cotton tees, soft and a great fit and style.
Metal Mingle's design focuses on mixing metals - with each other as well as with alternative mediums. Brass, copper, and sterling silver are the lifeline of the brand (as they are fundamental natural metals), but all metals are appreciated and subject to a little mingling. Overall, the pieces have a modern, stylish, minimalist feel and are made using metalwork techniques in our Brooklyn, NY studio.
Our purpose is to adorn you in adaptable mixed metal jewelry that'll suit your jeans (in both t-shirt and late-night mode) or your favorite new dress. We offer staple pieces that'll work with your constant on-the-go way of enjoying this thing called life.
I'm Tiffanie Drayton, owner and lead designer at Metal Mingle. Out of college, I was ultra bored with my first "real" job in NC. Needing to feed my always present creative appetite, I decided to take a metalwork class. The instructor told me I was a natural, and that my final bracelet project looked like it was made by someone who'd been doing it for years. Those assurances must have gassed me up (or maybe I just needed any nudge to move on) because not too long afterwards I decided designing was my destiny, moved to NYC to prove it, and never looked back.
Since then, I've launched a couple of popular, non-design centric lines and eventually fulfilled my dream of becoming a full-time jewelry artist. As rewarding as that's been, I've always wanted to create a jewelry line that embarks on my love for aesthetics, fashion and design. And so, Metal Mingle was launched as my outlet to do so.
Collective Hand is a textile design studio specializing in naturally dyed fabrics. Founded in 2015 by Keely and Danielle Angel, CH was born from a desire to share products that celebrate the ancient tradition of fiber art. We specialize in sustainable and ethical dyeing practices, using various botanicals, ancient natural dyes, food waste, and minerals. Collective Hand is devoted to honoring the timely process of this art form, considering the integrity of each and every piece.
Everything is dyed and sewn by hand in Brooklyn, NY
We are a group of Brooklyn-based female artists and friends who met at Parsons here in New York. Though we each maintain different approaches towards creating, we formed the collective with the goal of fostering a supportive, engaging environment for making and exploration. When we first started the collective in 2014, we mostly created zines, comics, and unique works of art. Now our merchandise spans from the aforementioned to things like clothing, handmade jewelry, custom sneakers, and a variety of other collaborative projects.
A working artist for 16 years, I have always had a knack (ok, an obsession) for "making things". Sewing, macrame, candle-making, cooking was all fun and games. When I discovered Clay in the early 90s, I found my soul.
I attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, pursuing my love of Radio. I began a career that extended into television programming, working for years programming the music for VH1 and then launching and programming VH1 UK.
During my years living in London, I found herself surrounded by a rich history in pottery and tableware design. The British consider ceramics and clay works of fine art . I found myself constantly exposed to wonderful antique and contemporary work. I fell head over heels in love. I knew innately that "following the clay" would lead me to my life's work.
Influenced by Antonio Gaudi, Eva Zeisel, and the NY Skyline, my work looks toward organic shapes, vivid color, and texture for inspiration. My signature “Beady” glaze is tactile and begs to be touched. Don’t take me to a museum. I touch everything. I like to feel things, which is perhaps why i’m drawn to tactile arts, like fiber and clay.
My tableware is hand thrown porcelain, which is extremely strong and durable. My work is made to be used and enjoyed. I want my work to be part of people’s everyday live; that little something that contributes to the uniqueness of one’s surroundings.
I hand make all my work in her Brooklyn, NY studio. I am also an avid knitter and hand spinner, a maker of messes, and a damn fine cook.
Here at LuvNix we believe that all products should be all natural, chemical free, and fun! We offer a wide range of products to suit your needs from fun bath products for kids to relaxing adult skin care products.
I've always been into art and handmade items. I was that kid that rather make and receive handmade gifts, then get those store bought ones. My friends thought I was crazy. I am a fine art painter, working in mostly oils and acrylics, sometimes even yarn! I enjoy creating paintings with yarn... so much fun, but very time consuming.
My world changed radically when I became a mom and all of my fine art projects went “on hold”. My creative outlet immediately turned to non toxic materials that would be safe to create around my daughter. This new pallet included felting with fine art fibers and hand painted silk screened garments and fabrics. 100% wool has become a favorite medium of choice. I love felting everything... dreadlocks, flowers, toy characters, and finally soap! I started making soap about two years ago. I wanted to make chemical free, plant-based, handmade soaps for my family. I am on a mission to make cool, natural, down-to-earth safe items so, thats exactly what I did. Felting the soaps just helps these beautiful bars last much longer, they are fun too!
Handmade crystal themed jewelry. It began last year when I was living in the jungle in Guatemala. There you can find quartz and jade around the land. The mayans believe if you wore them you could have powers and protection. When people wear my jewelry I want them to feel empowered. A lot of my inspiration comes from my travels and nature. Over the year I also sell some home goods like sage, candles, and larger crystals for home decor. I personally hand-make everything and all crystals are sourced through my supplier. All stones come from the US or Brazil.
Nahual's textiles feature handmade embroidery by the Otomi – the original inhabitants of central Mexico. Inspired by ancestral dress and amate (a sacred barkpaper art practised by Otomi shamans), and influenced by cave paintings and a belief in nagualism (whereby people transform, spiritually or physically, into animals), this exquisite embroidery emerged in its present form in the 1960s. Merging everyday and mythical depictions of fauna and flora in saturated colors and delightful designs, the textiles evoke the spirit of Mexican magical realism in a vibrant combination of Otomí traditions and contemporary artistic practice.
Nahual was formed in 2015 Ricky is based in Puebla, where he collaborates with 30 Otomi women in the state of Hidalgo, where all the work is hand embroidered in their tradition, and only by women. Depending on the product, it is then either finished completely in Mexico (for instance, the textiles are sewn into pillows in Puebla by our Mexican seamstress) and shipped to Pauline in New York, or in the case of the lampshades, the assembly begins in Mexico and is then completed in Brooklyn. We follow fair trade principals and foster traditional techniques to maintain Otomi cultural heritage while supporting the artisans and their communities. In 2016 we formed a new relationship with Mexican artisans in Puebla to create a line of lampshades and framed wall art and are very excited to be selling them in stores throughout the US as well as in the UK and Australia.
Hapanstance is based in Brooklyn and inspired by the beach: the kitsch of Coney Island, the laid-back awesome of coastal California, & the paradise of the Caribbean. We turn it all into things you can wear and love.
BreadxButta is a lifestyle brand based out of Brooklyn, NY. Our focus is fusing art history, fashion, fine art and wellness. Our work ranges from wearable fine art garments and jewelry, to an herbal wellness and skincare line called 'Haus of Bread'. Our clothes are consciously sourced or made with the use of available upcycled fabric. We use an ancient textile-making technique called "marbling" and much of the garments are hand sewn into original works of art. We also offer a hand silk-screened clothing line, all printed in Brooklyn. BreadxButta's jewelry line is made using raw healing crystals that have been cleansed and charged by the moon, and built with both new and vintage hardware. The herbal line, 'Haus of Bread', provides ritual smoke blends, teas, healing salves, a natural lip balm, skin care mists and an aura cleaning facial toner. Most of the recipes were passed down through generations of my Puerto Rican Taino ancestry. Every BreadxButta item comes with an informational card on either the history of the artistic process, the healing and practical properties of a chosen crystal or the health and beauty benefits of particular herbs in their blends and salves. Every piece is made with intention, love and a hope for a more positive future.
I am a Brooklyn born and bred artist/ "artrepreneur". I have been drawing all my life and recently completed my first full Graphic Novel. I do special live drawing sessions where I snap a quick picture of a customer and in 20 minutes, create portraits of them in my brooklyn manga style using my Waycom Tablet. Customers leave with an original 8x11 portrait of a super hero or anime character version of themselves. In addition to the live drawing sessions, I will be selling my existing prints and art books.
I am a transplant to New York City where I came to pursue art and design. My artistic practices range from painting, photography, graphics, conceptual art, book arts, and sculpture, to name a few; but especially jewelry. My passion for jewelry stemmed from my interest in sculpture, inevitably. When I was a child, I gravitated towards tiny objects and figurines that I loved to collect, and still to this day, the dynamic and charming objects that I make and that people choose to bring around still fascinate me. My passion for wearable art is manifested in my endeavors with Ephemna Jewelry, and now I can't stop making!
Ephemna was founded out of the desire to create eyecatching, unique jewelry pieces that play on art, history, and culture for the forwardthinking woman on culture’s cusp. I use highend acrylic that creates a unique aesthetic, pure metal components, and highquality European ply to ensure a long lasting product. The even layering of dark and light wood lends a dynamic and linear detail that reminds us that ply is both a natural and manmade; made with very thin sheets of wood sliced from logs that otherwise would be wasted; an example of sustainable material.
The overall aesthetic of my jewelry is organic yet geometric, understated yet opulent. They speak of Art Deco futurism mixed with Egyptian elegance with a naturally sculptural touch, infused with a postmodern vibe. I use keen juxtapositions of nontraditional and sustainable materials such as wood, acrylic, and cotton cord, combined with the traditional addition of metal, stone, and chain. Surprising lines, unconventional silhouettes, and unique materials makes for a totally different take on modern jewelry. My final product displays a graceful precision, strength, and attention to design, with a funky and bold twist. The elaborate and original designs demand a closer look. I love the process of connecting to my hands, inserting love, passion, and positivity into each original piece.
Soap by charlie was founded on the fundamental belief that simplicity and care in technique is king. Our soap is produced from the most basic and raw materials that are catered to nourish and reinvigorate your skin and body. My own realization that I can no longer treat my body like a tin can led to my abandonment of chemically based soaps. I decided that my skin care would start in the shower and, in that, I started producing my own soap.
From the start, creating soap was a personal and intimate pursuit. I looked to expand my creativity and challenge my ingenuity. Yet, I believe my product will benefit you. My love for the process has allowed me to distribute it under a title, soap by charlie.
Bright & Blue Designs is a vision founded by me, Natasha Bhagwanani. I am a self-taught illustrator hoping to inspire and motivate others to believe in themselves, believe in their dreams, and believe in each other. I'm inspired by the little things in life. With my illustrations, I hope to invoke feelings of peace and love and positivity, and want my doodles to be a voice for following dreams, a platform for encouragement, and a medium to educate. I believe that kindness and love can go a long way in life, and that the human race is a cooperative species, one that can thrive from a focus on individual goals & a positive collective energy.
I have been a bibliophile since even before I could read (thanks Dad!)--and my love of words plays a huge role in my life. My work is a mix of original writing and my favorite quotes, along with motifs inspired by my Indian heritage. I enjoy creating brightly colored, smile-inducing illustrations, hoping that smile will serve as a reminder of positivity in our daily lives, and bring joy to someone's day.
Jen Kossin is a multi-talented artist with a focus on body art. With a fine arts degree in theater, she has never been confined to a flat canvas and sees art as a moving, breathing energy.
In 2012, she took her body paint out of the dressing room and onto the streets of NYC, where painting for tips quickly escalated to professional events. Some time later, with the loving guidance of Humo (Sacred Ink Tattoos, NYC) she curiously picked up a tattoo machine for the first time and discovered an entirely new and thrilling realm of body art.
Now, working as both a tattooer and body painter, Jen dances on the line between permanence and impermanence with an open, grateful heart.
Natalia, aka Naty, is an Argentine-born, NYC native creative free spirit. She is a henna artist, fine artist, muralist, graphic designer & photographer. Naty has been practicing the art of henna since 2009. She has obtained a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design with a fine art focus. She has participated in events & parties in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Florida, Las Vegas, Denver, Mexico, Burning Man, California, Puerto Rico & Cuba!!
Her passion, expressed through all of her arts, is to build up & empower humanity through connection & unity. Much of her inspiration comes from the four elements of nature due to their reflected similarities within people. Human energy inspires her creativity & she intuitively designs based off what she feels from each uniquely special soul. She is working to bridge culture divides by embracing, educating & demonstrating that henna has a rich history & is for everyone.
As long as I remember I've always loved getting into things that involved art and nature. Most of my years I surround myself with amazing creative and adventurous individuals, who influence this passion I have for art, which opened me up into doing nail art, henna and anything pertaining to art. All started as hobbies now turned into careers I'm pursuing. I've been doing nails for roughly 8years and I just hit my 2 year mark of being a henna artist.
Local Color NYC is a pop up shop housed in a retrofitted delivery truck. The goal of the boutique is to feature and promote local arts, designers, and American Made apparel. We believe that shopping local should be fun, easy, and accessible. The Local Color Truck parks in various places around NYC including street fairs, flea markets, and curbside. Being mobile allows Local Color NYC to easily reach its customers, both local New Yorkers and visitors alike. Locals love supporting their neighbors and buying special merchandise they can’t find anywhere else. Visitors enjoy shopping for unique mementos that are actually made in New York City.
Christine Lynch, founder and operator of Local Color NYC, has been a "hands on" girl since childhood. At the age of 11, she joined the local 4-H sewing club, and her love of sewing, fashion, and crafting took off. Through junior high and high school, Christine kept busy with art and sewing, and continued to college to earn a degree in Fashion Design. Since earning her degree, Christine has spent many years working for a national retailer designing women’s apparel and freelancing all over the region. In 2009 Christine found herself wanting something more and started an independent tee shirt line that was sold on etsy.com, and in 2013 became a vendor at flea markets around NYC. Christine loved the community of artists and designers that came to vend together at the various markets and knew she did not want to return to being a corporate designer. Christine has become passionate about Shopping Local and quality products made in the USA. She hopes Local Color NYC will be more than just a boutique, but be part of a larger cause bringing independent businesses to the forefront of New York City.
Vagabondia was born out of an insatiable passion for travel, so it's no surprise that when it comes to style, I'm an obstinate believer that it should be centered around exploration. It should be about serendipitous encounters with pieces that exemplify your character in the most unexpected and most exhilarating of places, be it in your hometown thrift shop or in a bustling village market in a new country. It should be about gracefully stumbling out of your element and experimenting with shapes and colors and patterns and prints, just because you can. It should be about discovery, about connection, and about continually fostering your personal expression. Essentially, a no-holds-barred approach to wearing your creativity on your sleeve.
My goal at Vagabondia is simple: I strive to offer unique, accessible, and timeless pieces from places near and far that above all, tell a story. From colorful vintage clothing from the early 1900s to 1980s and repurposed art, to handcrafted stationary and accessories, to colorful textiles, traditional garb and folk pieces that I pick along my travels, I take pride that there is something for every style, budget and occassion in the traveling Vagabondia trove.
So abandon all inhibitions, at least for a short while, and let that explorative spirit wander.
Kelsey is a professional Palm reader who has practiced spiritual consultation for 8 years in Brooklyn, NY. She is self taught through books, experience, intuition and continuous enthusiasm from satisfied clients. She has a variety of experiences with spiritual readings in face to face sessions, events and Palm reading reports.
Kelsey focuses on the client's intuition to help guide them with goal oriented steps to change the life events on their palm. As a consultant, Kelsey has been able to provide empathetic guidance through both Palm readings, oracle card readings and Madam Lenormand tarot.
Modernized essentials for women who wear multiple hats. A beautiful blend of superior quality and functional designs.
Handmade in small batches with limited edition fabrics. Designed and created in USA in a fair labor, women operated facility.
For the doers and dreamers, the ones ever on-the-go. Thoughtfully crafted with you in mind.
GOLDHENN is a philosophy epitomizing a wellbalanced life. It juxtaposes simplicity with luxury, old with new and fun with serious. By blending unexpected materials, Goldhenn echoes your uniqueness and through this its aim is to empower and inspire you on your journey. Simply stated, Goldhenn provides accessory and lifestyle options that celebrate the luxury of imperfection. You're golden.
Danielle was the kid in the back of class who doodled in the margins of her notebooks. A Jill-of-all-trades, she dabbled in many mediums while attending Pratt Institute for Art and Design Education. Danielle has taught publicly, privately and all that's in between. She is a printmaker, watercolorist, sewer, embroidery artist, an overall maker. She encourages all that she meets to doodle in the margins of their notebooks and beyond. Danielle does commissions, private lessons, gifts, and can dole out a random fact or two if you ask.
rayo & honey combines black popular culture with a clean modern design aesthetic.
My intent is to create goods that not only add adornment to patrons personal spaces but also to craft:
Text that prompts emotion in a work space.
Words that conjure sentiment in a living space.
Phrases that inspires magic in a children’s space.
Bold crisp text reminiscent of pop art motifs while incorporating a modern element, my pennants are each cut, pieced and designed by my hands, in a Brooklyn NY studio, utilizing 100% organic cotton for pennants, black cotton bias tape for hang string, oak for hang rods and laser cut felt for letters.
where are the phrases from?
With rayo & honey, I dip into the crates for iconic hip hop lyrics, Black & Latino pop-culture references, inspirational mantras and wondrous quotes that are motivational to Me.
Each product combines cultural consciousness, subtle hand crafted details, and a mixture of textures.
Black & Latino popular culture is rarely seen in interior home decor.
The affirmations tucked into the frames of mirrors, taped on the inside of cabinet doors and hung on the walls of my childhood home were encouraging but it never felt like they were for me.
Those beautiful accolades did not “speak to me”.
It is my hope that rayo & honey decor will compliment patrons spaces as well as encourage and inspire one to surround themselves with things that speak to our collective past & socially conscious future.
how are pennants crafted?
Each pennant is cut from a pattern, a double seam is made by pressing, then sewing, and pressing again. Letters are die cut from felt, laid out, measured, then permanently affixed.
Oak dowels are cut and sanded into hang sticks.
Black cotton twill is measured, cut, and double knotted onto the hang stick.
Hand-Marbled Paper Goods
Paper marbling is a traditional printmaking method where paint gets floated on the surface of thickened water, then lifted off onto a sheet of paper (or fabric).
Marbling is a monoprint process, so each setup only produces one print and therefore every print is unique. I love the chance in it; you can only control the results to a certain extent, so each print is a new chance to play. Marbling is more or less instant gratification, since you can see the results immediately upon printing.
The name Stone & Vein comes from the traditional stone pattern in marbling, where the colors that are laid down first are constricted into 'veins,' while the final colors remain in round circles or 'stones.'
Marbled and made in Brooklyn, NY.
Up in Arms Jewelry designer Kara Lubsen is based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where she draws inspiration from traditional metal-smithing techniques, modern utility and the spirit of nature. Her collections offer distinctive, hand-crafted jewelry for women and men, with each piece designed to instill strength, confidence and vitality in the wearer.
Up In Arms jewelry is developed around the idea that each piece becomes more beautiful with time, the metals aging and gaining dimension with every wear. Kara places a strong emphasis on the comfort and versatility of her collections, designing from a place of simplicity and timelessness.
What is Modern Day Armor?
We believe jewelry is either the first or final layer we put on, possessing the power to complete a look and bring confidence to the wearer. As if we were heading into our everyday battles, it's jewelry that can shape how we feel, how we want to be perceived and conveys something bold or intimate. In this way, Up In Arms jewelry is meant to be your modern day armor, subtly embodying strength and individuality.
We are committed to providing all clients with hand-crafted, high quality, consciously made jewelry. UP IN ARMS makes a unique statement that reflects the heart and hard work imparted in each and every piece.
I started making pillows because I was trying to decorate and couldn't find anything that fit my style... I'm would say I'm mostly inspired by textures and fabrics but one of my pillows is inspired by one of my favorite mugs :)
Mawusi, inspired by a Ghanaian heritage and love of abstracts, makes available high quality handcrafted accessories, jewelry, and clothing. Playfully designed to encourage a lighthearted, self-expressive look on life.
Mawusi is for you, the conscientious individual, who value that which inspires within you a childlike confidence and excitement for daily living.
I taught myself to crochet up in my favorite tree when I was about nine years old growing up in Ghana, and I enthusiastically taught myself to knit recently. In grad school, I studied English literature (as I had done for my undergrad along with minors in photography and education). Apart from designing and creating for Mawusi, I am also an abstract photography artist, a writer (poetry & short stories), a lifestyle blogger, and an awkward social-introvert. Although I have no formal background in fashion design, I have always entertained a great passion for style——with emphasis on personal interpretations.
Mawusi is a one woman operated lifestyle brand and all pieces are carefully designed and painstakingly made by hands in a pet-free, smoke-free, laughter and (good!) music filled apartment in Queens, New York; where I live with my dearest Mother (whom my brand is named after). All Mawusi pieces come in small batches, lovingly and patiently crafted with every gratitude for life and love.
Katie Levinson (b. 1985) is a mixed media artist playing with shape, color, pattern, and line. Her work is minimal, calling on the stark space and sparse objects to communicate in as little gesture as possible. She uses accessible materials - like paper, pins, and thread - to create depth and add an element of tangibility. The small scale, framed compositions makes her work feel familiar and intimate.
Katie currently lives and work in New York City.
Owner + Designer + Maker
Amanda ‘Mana’ Paulsen is the owner, designer, and maker behind Mana Made Jewelry. Combining her love for art, fashion, and all things vintage, Mana started designing beaded and stone jewelry under a mentor and friend in San Diego, CA nearly a decade ago. A native East End Long Islander, she brought her jewelry practice back to New York and learned metal fabrication techniques at a local metal studio, which are currently being incorporated into her designs.
Mana Made Jewelry reflects and combines Mana's love of finding unique vintage beads, stones, and materials with metal techniques. Jewelry pieces are ever evolving to incorporate new materials and different fabrication techniques.
From a lover of the sea and all things art + vintage + jewelry + fashion to a jewelry designer…Mana Made Jewelry is an amalgamation of the things that I love, which are emulated in each design. The jewelry I create incorporates materials I find doing the things that I enjoy – from sea stones that catch my eye while hanging out on the beach to unique one-of-a-kind beads collected during a vintage shopping adventure.
Locally Sourced Materials + Handmade (in Brooklyn & Hampton Bays, NY)
Each piece of jewelry is an original design and handmade from locally sourced materials in NY. Chains, stones, and beads from local vintage purveyors are mixed with new and modern materials to give jewelry designs a classic and one-of-a-kind look.
Bead & stone pieces are designed and produced in Mana's home studios based in Brooklyn and Hampton Bays. Metalwork is fabricated at a local metalsmithing studio in Brooklyn.
Mana Made Jewelry is handcrafted, one-of-a-kind, and inspired by the environment – both man-made and natural. This has influenced each of the current collections 'City', 'Sea',' and 'Sones'.
Pieces in the City collection are made in Brooklyn using a mix of vintage and locally sourced metals, stones, and beads.
The Sea collection is inspired by /incorporates natural elements found along the beautiful shorelines of the East Coast.
AMiRA jewelry is handmade. Handmade with heart, with pain, with meditation, with exhaustion, with light. Each piece represents a wild passion for creating and exploring, and allowing the process of investigation and mess making its rightful place in our world.
AMiRA jewelry is a line of wearable art. Using traditional South American macrame techniques learned while traveling in Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Chile, and various metalwork practices, the collection literally and symbolically represents using the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.
AMiRA jewelry is now sold in various stores nationwide, as well as in Canada, Australia and France.
My name is Cheryl Perry - I am the ceramicist behind the work of C. Perry Ceramics. I'm a professional chef and baker by trade, who's trying to make the cross-over from working with food and flour to working with clay and glaze, full-time. I have a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and am a designer, a lover of alchemy, lover of color and shapes, a craftswoman, a maker. I love working with my hands and making something useful - hence home and tableware.
My work is rustic, useful, whimsical, simple and it's intended to bring a sense of ease to any table--to be a foil for the world of casted, symmetrical, and manufactured wares. C. Perry Ceramics is my inspiration towards being creative every day.
All of my pots are food safe, dishwasher safe, and with the exception of pots with luster (gold accents), microwave safe.
Our mission is to balance your health & well-being using holistic approaches. A Life Balanced will give you the knowledge & support you need to achieve your nutrition & health goals. No one diet works for everyone.
About Ceramics and Theory
The vision of Ceramics and Theory is that we express our identities and values by the things we surround ourselves with. Furniture, fashion, paint color, photographs, mementos, toys--we are meaning making creatures and building a comfortable home is a serious but playful sport. Ceramics is a very direct and unusual object for this. It is both incredibly intimate and unusually public—we cradle cups in our hands and bring them to our mouths, but also use china to celebrate special occasions and display to guests year-round. My work plays with the formality of porcelain and refined, modern shapes while reflecting a more casual sense of propriety and relationships. The raw energy of my surfaces and the integrity of the simple forms unite my work in three colorways.
About the Work
My work is made by hand in Brooklyn, on my pottery wheel. I use a clay called grolleg porcelain that fires to a bright white and is translucent when very thin. Each piece is fired to over 2300 degrees F, where the clay becomes water-tight itself. The interiors are all glazed, but the exteriors are unglazed--I like the fine satiny texture, and I polish each piece with diamond grit as a final step to make it extra smooth. They are, of course, food safe.
About the Artist
Dustin Yager is a ceramic artist whose installation and functional work deals with popular perceptions of pottery, taste, class, and all that goes along with it. His work has been exhibited nationally, including exhibitions in Chicago, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Kansas City, and he has given presentations about his work and research at Pecha Kucha Chicago, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts, The Soap Factory, The American Craft Council, and elsewhere. Yager earned a Master of Arts degree in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and holds a BA from Carleton College. Now living and working in Brooklyn, NY, he is originally from Wyoming.
Essential Rose Life is a reflection of my personal journey of healing. It is my passion, my baby, and a true testament to how I have learned to achieve mindbody balance.
Essential Rose products include one-of-a-kind herbal teas and beauty oils. Our six assorted lifestyle teas are meditative, fragrant, and flavorful medleys of nature that return you to your senses. Our beauty products are truly holistic, mood-enhancing gifts that nourish the skin and soul through their dynamic scent and texture. Together, these are coupled with rituals of mindful self-care that foster a sense of authentic self-love, which we believe is the foundation of true beauty.
I incorporated the company whenI was a Senior in College. The inspiration came from a former informal business I created called "Skidpothecary," which was an on-campus apothecary at Skidmore College. I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit and am completely passionate about holistic healing, the natural world, and anything New Agey. Every day I am inspired by the power of the Law of Attraction and the way the universe continues to unfold in the direction of my dreams. Things I can't live without including daily infusions of dark chocolate, dried sage smoke, Kundalini Yoga, and Essential Rose Gold Face Serum.