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Greenpoint Terminal Market is back!!!

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Have you been to the Greenpoint Terminal Market, in Brooklyn?! Well, they are back and with so many amazing vendors and a special attraction for families!

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One of the best ways of exploring New York’s local scene is attending the street markets throughout the city! Today, we’re going to share with you about the Greenpoint Terminal Market!

We just love spending hours in these markets since the variety of vendors is always incredible.

So, let’s just start by telling you what the Greenpoint Terminal Market is and why it’s a MUST GO spot!


A COMMUNITY MARKET

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is a one-of-a-kind marketplace featuring creatives, food vendors & local shops. Cool right?

They offer a safe and Covid-mindful outdoor environment for you to discover your new favorite local vendors.

The Greenpoint Terminal Market is open rain or shine, and we encourage you to come, whether sunny or rainy (though if it’s pouring out not all vendors may be there).


THE VENDORS

There are dozens of vendors, and some of the most amazing local brands in New York.

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Through-out the following months, you’ll be able to meet them. They do change, new brands showcase their products every weekend, so you’ll always be able to explore new vendors as well!

Some of the vendors you’ll meet are:

The New York Cottage Industry: Created by Melanie, The New York Cottage industry is an eclectic lifestyle brand. They restore and upcycle vintage furniture and home decor. Their philosophy is based on the idea of bricolage, the art of creating from a diverse range of available things.

Mottive Inc: Handmade sustainable creations. A find jewelry brand that was born in the beautiful city Tbilisi in Georgia, a grandfather’s cellar slash workshop where silver and gold craftsmanship was valued and practiced on a whole other level.

Joyeria Angelica Maria: A crystal shop with spiritual handmade jewelry using natural stones made with love.

LuLu Tresors: Vintage store with beautiful and colorful pieces, as well as special accessories and home décor. And outstanding curating of item that will highlight your wardrobe.

Gaucho Burger: Imagine a unique but simple Latino burger joint with a diverse Latino fusion. Be sure to order yours!

Rosie’s Empanadas: Family-owned business which specializes in delicious homemade empanadas with a variety of fillings.

Gaia’s Crystal Garden: New small business owner just because they love all things crystal. Finder of loving homes for beautiful crystals and their counterparts!


BRAND NEW KIDS ZONE!

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Now, the market built and amazing and a brand-new kids zone for your child to enjoy!

Let them enjoy an extra fun bounce house, exhilarating bouncy slides, and even miniature pedal cars to drive around in!


COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

They are working diligently to ensure that they’re doing everything possible to keep their guests and their vendors safe during this time of extreme uncertainty.

They ask that all guests follow 1-way path markers as well as spacing markers they’ve implemented in the aisles between the vendor booths.

Please maintain social distancing when possible and wear a mask or other face-covering if not.

Lastly, if you’re a local brand and would like to become a vendor, be sure to contact them and sure your spot!


Date: Open every Saturday & Sunday

Time: 10am – 6pm

Location: Right on the East River at 2 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn

https://greenpointterminalmarket.com


5 Effective Ways to Keep Updated with the Latest NYC Fashion Trends

5 Effective Ways to Keep Updated with the Latest NYC Fashion Trends

We all know that NYC is one of the worlds fashion capitals, right? So, check out 5 effective ways to keep updated with the latest NYC fashion trends!

5 Effective Ways to Keep Updated with the Latest NYC Fashion Trends

The official language of New York is fashion! So, we will help you always keep updated with the lastest NYC fashion trends!

One of the greatest joys of visiting this amazing city for fashion-forward people is to stay updated with the latest trends in the world of fashion.

People in New York communicate through fashion, emphasizing their individuality with a variety of impressive styles.

If you are that person who dreams about visiting this wonderful city to stay tuned for the latest NYC fashion trends, these simple and effective tips are exactly for you!


#1 Visit Fashion Week

If you visit New York City this February, there is a great chance for you to discover the latest fashion trends.

The upcoming NY Fashion Week runs February 10-13, 2022, with core presentations at the super stylish Spring Studios at 50 Varick Street.

But even if you are not planning to visit NYC so soon, don’t be upset – you can do it in the second week of September because Fashion Weeks happen twice a year.

 

#2 Do not miss the Coterie 2022

This is a leading global event that brings together designers of apparel, accessories, jewelry, and footwear with international retailers.

This exhibition happens twice a year, and the upcoming event will begin on February 27, 2022, at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

This is a great chance to stay updated with the latest fashion trends for those people who pay a lot of attention to their style and wardrobe.

 

#3 Have a successful day of shopping

Any fashion-forward person gets crazy about spending a whole day in New York shops.

We recommend the intersection of 7th Avenue and 34th Street.  There, you can find cozy and small Herald Square Park with tables and street food, and the Empire State Building located just nearby!

And, there are a huge number of stores for serious shopping, including Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Victoria’s Secret, Sephora, H&M, and many others.

Spend a day or even more to update your wardrobe following the latest trends.

But, what we really enjoy recommending are the off-the-beaten-path stores, in addition to antique, vintage, and thrift shops like Madame Matovu, Pippin Vintage and some hidden gems in Brooklyn.

Oh! Not forgetting some ultra-chic high fashion stores like Fivestory.

 

#4 Shop high-quality accessories

When you are searching for a trendy look, it’s important to get matching accessories, including stylish eyewear.

We suggest visiting EuroOptica store at 280 Columbus Avenue (corner on West 73rd Street), in Manhattan.

Experienced specialists will help to choose a trendy pair of eyeglasses or sunglasses from the leading European brands, including ic! berlin, Mykita, GUCCI, Maui Jim, Barton Perreira, and many others.

So, find a perfect accessory to complete your fashionable look with a high-quality and unique frame crafted from lightweight and sturdy materials by the world-known eyewear designers!

Tip: All true and cool New Yorkers have an amazing and stylish eyewear on!

 

#5 Visit some major shopping centers

Westfield World Trade Center is a huge shopping mall in Manhattan and opened in 2016. This is the largest shopping complex in the city where you can find stores of luxury designers, including Dior, Chanel, Aesop, John Varvatos, UGG, Tumi, & Other Stories, and many others.

Visit this amazing center to renew your style in the latest traditions of modern fashion!

In addition, another one to consider visiting is The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards.

Hudson Yards, New York’s newest neighborhood, near Chelsea and is attracting a huge ​​curious crowd of locals and tourists.

The area has become a paradise for shop-a-holics and those looking for a full dining experience. Plus, of course, the opportunity of seeing Manhattan’s for high up!

Now, a moment of “awe”: this development had an investment of 25-billion-dollars. Check it out!


Undoubtedly, New York can be called the capital of fashion, since many styles appeared there to influence the whole world.

So, visit this city to feel its special atmosphere and stay updated with all NYC fashion trends!


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4 Proudly New York Designer Brands You Be Aware Of

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It’s no news that New York city is one of the world’s fashion capitals. So today, we’re going to share with you 4 proudly New York designer brands you should get to know!

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New York cultivates some of the best creatives around the world and today you’ll get to know 4 New York designer brands.

Being a melting pot of various cultures, philosophies, and races, New York City is incredibly diverse. It provides a lot of inspiration for those who want to let their creativity run wild.

In addition, New Yorkers only tend to care about what goes on in their own personal creative bubble, making the whole city a judgment-free zone.  This also allows individuals to express themselves freely through their fashion and style.

In this post, we are going to talk about some of the emerging designer brands that are led by stylish, innovative, and forward-thinking New Yorkers.

Take a look at 4 New York designer brands you should get to know!


Telfar

Established in 2004 by the New-York based designer Telfar Clemens, Telfar was designed to be the next “unisex, universal, and democratic,” fashion brand.

Its solid and socially aware artistic direction has allowed the brand to become one of the hippest brands in today’s fashion lineup.

In addition, the brand is known for producing high-quality yet highly affordable pieces.

Their iconic shopping bag, which has been named by Vogue as the definite It bag of 2020, can be purchased for around $145 for the small tote and $232 for the larger ones.

Christopher John Rogers

Womenswear designer Christopher John Rogers is adored by powerful and influential women like Michelle Obama, Cardi B, and Rihanna.

Known for his use of bright colors and graphic patterns, CJR has attracted a lot of attention from fashion lovers all over the globe.

The Brooklyn-based designer also has a ton of awards under his belt. From winning the 2019’s Vogue Fashion Fund Award to being CFDA’s American Emerging Designer of the Year in 2020.

While his runway and boutique pieces can set you back a few hundred dollars, CJR recently released a Target collection, allowing folks to get a dress designed by him for less than $60.

Rosie Assoulin ⁠

Winning the CFDA Emerging Womenswear Designer in 2015, Rosie Assoulin is one of New York’s go-to brands for luxury womenswear.

She’s been able to get Karlie Kloss, Rihanna, and Beyoncé to wear her creations on the red carpet. In addition, she has also launched a stunning jewelry collaboration with Swarovski.

If you want to experience the Rosie Assoulin glam, you can find her whimsical, but refined, creations on online luxury fashion retailers like Moda Operandi and Net-a-Porter.

Pyer Moss

Kerby Jean-Raymond is the Haitian-American designer behind New York-based label Pyer Moss.

Taking inspiration from the Black American experience, Pyer Moss collections often provide a nod to Black culture. He expertly relays this narrative through high-quality clothing and masterful designs.

Jean-Raymond is able to showcase his innate talent for art and tailoring as he freelanced under industry legends such as Marc Jacobs, Kenneth Cole, and Theory before starting Pyer Moss in 2013.

Aside from him putting out fabulous pieces for Pyer Moss, Jean-Raymond also works for Reebok as their Global Creative Director and was included in this article on Black-owned designers to look out for.


New York brings out the cream of the crop when it comes to fashion and design.

If you want a full and authentic New York fashion experience, be sure to visit some of the best vintage and thrift stores in the Big Apple.

How to Look Impossibly Chic in NYC at All Times

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We all know that New York City is known for being one of the top fashion capitals in the world. Ladies (and gents) from countless countries try to replicate the NYC style. So, we’ve decided to share how to you can look amazingly chic in NYC at all times!

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Although the New York City look is well documented, defining it is still hard. New York women are known as some of the most stylish and sleek in the world. And, they always look impossibly chic in NYC day and night!

Their signature mark is being able to look fashionable and effortless at the same time.

Series like Sex and the City and Gossip Girl were shot in New York and shared priceless insights into the fashion scene and style!

If your goal is to look chic and polished, you are in the right place! With a couple of tips and tricks, it’s possible to pull off the NYC look without too much hassle.

This quick guide is designed to help you look impossibly chic in NYC at all times!


1. Invest in Wardrobe Classics and Pick Your Trend

NYC girls are not slaves to fashion trends. They would rather spend money on good quality basics and investment pieces and go with a high-low mix.

They manage to combine timeless, well-made coats, shoes, and bags with items from Topshop or H&M brands.

So, to start, you need to know what suits you and your body type and work the latest trend around that.

Load up on classics like fitted jackets, a great pair of jeans, cashmere sweaters, a couple of dresses, and a perfect pair of pumps.

These wardrobe staples will allow you to mix and match the garments and look fabulous in minutes. We love the Israeli designer, Nili Lotan, with all her simple sophistication or try exploring the vintage and thrift shops in NYC!

For instance, a leather jacket with some skinny jeans and a beanie will keep you looking chic while giving your outfit a certain edge.


2. Embrace a More Undone Look

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The key to looking effortlessly chic is in mastering the undone look.

This look is cool, classy, and relaxed at the same time. Dressing for comfort is what New Yorkers do, but they add a twist to it with a couple of nice touches.

For instance, relaxed clothing should be balanced with more structured pieces. Try combining slouchy trousers with a structured sweatshirt and a cocoon coat. UMA | Raquel Davidowicz has a timeless style and some truly amazing items.

When done right, a messy bun and smudged eyeliner will up your overall aesthetics level, with just a little bit of effort. Oh! By the way, find mini and cute skirts here. They are great to put together an effortlessly chic look.


3. Add Statement Accessories to Elevate Your Style

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The key to a show-stopping look is in the specific details.

When you need something a little more unique, turn to statement pieces. They are perfect for dressing up a minimalistic outfit or elevating an already glamorous look.

You can easily take any look to the next level by simply adding statement earrings, oversized sunglasses, or a bejeweled bag to your ensemble.

If you are interested in learning more about jewelry, like how to determine whether your sterling silver pieces are genuine, take a look at Moon Magic’s blog for Inspiration.


4. Having the Right Shoes is a Must

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The right pair of shoes will add the perfect amount of flair to any outfit.

When it comes to New York, try to strike a fine balance between practical but unstylish and stylish yet ultra-uncomfortable.

Don’t worry; it’s possible to be comfortable and chic.

Try mid-heeled booties, ankle boots, oxford lace-ups, smoking loafers, or low-heel sandals for summertime. They are versatile and comfortable enough to navigate the constant motion required in NYC.

A cool pair of sneakers can also do the trick, especially if you pair them with a graphic Tee and jeans, a printed wrap top, denim cutoff, or a feminine dress.

Also, keep in mind that people mostly walk and commute through the subways in NYC. Many times, it’s much faster than grabbing an Uber, specially during rush hours. If you’re exploring the New York City’s top attractions, be sure to get your comfortable shoes.

There are countless amazing brands, but you can start looking at some like Schutz, Alexander Birman or Josefina Portugal. Their sneakers are super trendy and extremely comfortable for walking.


5. Keep Your Grooming Habits on Point

New Yorkers are religious about their maintenance, so you need to nail it too.

Starting with the right foundation is the surefire way to look stylish at all times. Again, there is an infinity of brands at different price points, so you might want to swing by Sephora, for example, to see what suits you best!

In addition, regular visits to your hairdresser, neat brows, and a regular manicure will help you enhance your appearance and upgrade your look.

Not sure where to go to get your hair and nails done? Well, we love the Brazilian-born hair expert Rogerio Cavalcante and if you’re blond, or like to go blond, he’s the guy! Also, the duo behind Olivia Palermo’s amazing hair is another great option!

Don’t forget about your skin!

Quality skin products, along with enough sleep and a well-balanced diet, will keep it healthy and revitalized.


6. Hat Always Works in New York

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A hat is the type of accessory that can take your outfit up a notch.

Whatever the gender or the season, covering your head in NYC is always in.

In the sun, go with fedoras and straw hats, and in the wintertime, beanies are an excellent choice. If you want to add a bit of chic French touch to your outfit, try a beret.

Whether you choose a fancier hat or a plain one, it gives off an urban city girl’s vibe.

To help you out, we love these two talented hat designers: Teressa Foglia and Satya Twena. If you want something exclusive, ask about their custom-made pieces!

In the end, it’s not that hard to look impossibly chic in NYC at all times. Whatever you choose to put on, make sure to wear it with confidence, ‘cause that’s what New York is all about!


Photo Credits: Black 3 Agency and courtesy of Courtney Cook, Crystal Jo, Chris Murray, Dusan Jovic on Unsplash
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Feed Projects: Feeding Children Around The Globe

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FEED is not a common accessories brand. With a beautiful store inside Empire Stores in Dumbo, their charitable mission certainly impresses and have provided over 110 million meals to date!

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The mission at FEED is simple: “We create good products that help feed children around the world.

With the start of every new day, we see people questioning everything that’s going on, from climate change and natural disasters, to the undeniable help that underprivileged communities need.

“It’s hard to believe that hunger is a daily reality for 795 million people around the world—limiting human flourishing, health and potential in far too many communities. The most vulnerable are often children, whose mental and physical growth, and ultimately potential to create a better future, is dependent on this most basic human need.”

It seems that world we once knew is now becoming a difficult place to live, but what gives us hope are the thousands of people spread across the planet spreading the good!

New York is one of the busiest cities in the world, but even so, we have special people working to improve the lives of others

FEED is a project idealized and led by Lauren Bush, niece of ex-President George W. Bush and Ellen Gustafson, who started her career working with Communication at the United Nations (UN).

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Lauren was a model for Tommy Hilfiger for two years in her yearly years in college, but shortly after that she became a spokesperson for the UN World Food Program (WFP). This was the trigger for changing her career and her view on the world

After her first trip, where she faced the harsh reality of children on the verge of death in Guatemala, Lauren decided to do more than just be a “spokesperson”.

It was there that she joined Ellen, who was also looking to do something bigger.

Lauren’s passion for fashion and design and Ellen’s desire to do something different had finally merged. The project is simple: a reusable bag, only with the project’s logo, where all income collected is directed directly to the UN World Food Program.

In a short time, the logistics and procedures for the United Nations to sell this bag became so complex and bureaucratic that Lauren and Ellen decided to leave the WFP.

Voilá! FEED Projects was founded!

FEED Projects currently works with numerous organizations such as WFP, of course, and others like UNICEF. Sales are mostly made online, where you will see how your purchase will help these children.

You can literally buy a $60 scholarship and feed a child for an entire year! How incredible is that, right!?

In addition, FEED Shop & Café is their first physical location in New York, located inside the majestic Empire Stores in DUMBO, Brooklyn.

“The shop features an assortment of our newest products, special in-store exclusives and a rotating curation of other socially conscious finds. Our cafe serves the FEED Heritage coffee blend, roasted in partnership with La Colombe, and a delicious selection of pastries and nibbles.”

Most of the bags are made in China, but the most expensive leather items are produced by hand in Kenya and Guatemala.

The models are as diverse as backpacks, classic totes and some duffle bags. And yet, the girls made a line called “Feed NYC” in 2010, with more elaborate bags made by the local clothing industry (of course, to incentivize the local economy) and were sold at Bergdorf Goodman. Oh! Shop the new FEED arrivals!

The project has grown so much that now several brands have become FEED partners. Companies like: Target, Disney, Pottery Barn, Clarins, Whole Foods Market, Gap, Tory Burch, Rachel Roy, DKNY, Links of London, Godiva, TOMS and Nordstrom are part of it.

And also, you can do more!

You can host your own Feed Supper! Here is how it works:


Let’s come together to help our neighbors!

Today, in neighborhoods across the United States, there are over 40 million people who aren’t sure where they will find their next meal. By hosting a FEED Supper, you will join a community helping to change that.

Host a dinner party that provides meals for more than just your friends

Your FEED Supper can be as simple as a pizza party or as formal as a seated dinner. Just ask your guests to make a donation to help fight hunger in advance of the gathering. It’s that simple.

The money you raise will help provide much-needed meals to families across America, through our giving partner, Feeding America. Learn more about their work to end hunger.


Let’s collaborate as well?

Finally, if you live in New York and you’d like to actively volunteer in a feeding program, our Founder Fernanda coordinates one called Friend’s in Need that happens every Saturday morning, at Tompkins Square Park in the East Village.

We would love to have you there helping us!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 8am – 6pm

Location: 55 Water Street

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The Better Shop: Sustainable Store In Williamsburg

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.We had a great experience at a relatively new and sustainable store in Williamsburg called The Better Shop! We had heard from countless friends how great their product curation was amazing. Plus, we were told about how they were working with sustainability, so we had to check it out.

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As soon as we walked into, The Better Shop, a sustainable store in Williamsburg, Casey (the founder) approached.

We immediately started taking about the store, why she decided to open it, her shoe brand called Sylven New York, we learned about her background and specially her passions regarding sustainable fashion.

“Recycled, regenerated, and bio-based vegan and leather footwear, handcrafted in Italy.” ~ Sylven New York

“The Better Shop is an ethical and sustainable destination for mission-driven brands to share their products and stories. Never on a quest for perfection, we aim to spark conversations about finding ways to be ‘better’ about our fashion choices. Whether through better treatment of workers through fair wages, better materials and development techniques that consider product life cycle and end-life, better community engagement through service projects and giving back, and overall better quality goods that promote longevity and spark joy.” ~ The Better Shop

The entire story is amazing and the product curation too. And, when you mix this with the sustainable factor, it’s unbeatable.

Take a look at the interview with Casey Dworkin, the Founder of The Better Shop and Sylven New York:


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Tell us a bit about you! Where you were born, what you studied, what brought you to NYC, etc.

My name is Casey Dworkin and I was born in Cherry Hill, NJ just ten miles outside of Philadelphia.

As a teen, I become enamored with shoes and boots. I ended up going to school to study product design mixed with fashion merchandising.

I had my sights set on becoming a shoe designer. While I was still finishing my degree in Philly, I moved to New York City to pursue my first internship at Michael Kors in their footwear design department.

It was the first time I got to see the process of shoe design happening in real context, and I ended up finishing my degree, while still on my internship and made the move to NYC permanently.

That was almost eight years ago, and I haven’t stopped pursuing new roles in the footwear industry since.

How did Sylven New York come to life?

After tenure with a few small independent shoe brands learning about the landscape of the industry and helping to build, grow, and launch other peoples’ concepts and ideas, I ended up experiencing a few things in my personal life that made me stop in tracks and think – “what is it that I want to do with my life every day, what’s going to get me out of bed and excited to create?”

I am so passionate about shoes, but I hadn’t found a company that I felt really cared – about values, ethics, the environment, and putting out a truly beautiful and considered product.

And then I realized that I wanted to start something of my own rooted in all the things I cared about the most. And since I had that realization, not a day has gone by that I haven’t been working towards that goal in some way.

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Can you share a bit more about the ethical and sustainable aspects of the brand?

Sustainability is such a buzzword right now, but to us, sustainability is a way of thinking through the environmental impact of everything we do. I’m super passionate about materials, so that’s a huge sustainable focus of the brand, and the one that’s probably the most visible.

When it comes to shoemaking, you can have upwards of 64 components for a single shoe – that’s a lot of room to innovate for materials! In standard shoe production, a lot of those components can be made from virgin plastics and harmful chemical products.

From heels to insoles, outer soles, vegan leathers, glues, and even the form used to make the shoe pattern called a ‘last’. I look at each of these components individually, and source some of the most cutting-edge technology available.

This season, I really wanted to focus on creating vegan shoes, but struggled to find vegan leathers that met my sustainable standards. I ended up sourcing a brand new material made of apples! We also use recycled plastics and fibers, natural rubbers, water-based glues, chrome-free leathers, natural wood, and components made from organic and renewable resources.

It’s all an ongoing process, but the goal is to make the world’s most sustainable luxury footwear.

Aside from our materials, we consider sustainability throughout our entire production process – how we ship our product, our packaging, the end life of our product, our carbon footprint and the emissions we produce, and how we give back.

As for ethics, we focus on how to carry our values through every aspect of what we do and to the people that we work with. Currently, we have a partnership with a community of fair-trade artisans in Kenya that we work with directly to create one of a kind custom hardware pieces for our shoes.

In addition to our direct contributions to the artisans and their families, it was important to us to setup a scholarship program. The purpose is to further develop the creative industries in the regions we work within. At the end of the day, we want to conduct business with integrity and mindfulness.

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Why Brooklyn? What are the challenges of starting a sustainable store in Williamsburg and business in a city like New York?

After a few initial years in Manhattan, I moved to Brooklyn and it just felt like home. I have been able to develop a true sense of community and carve out a little space that feels filled with inspiration, creativity, and support.

New York in general is a fantastic and difficult place full of opportunity – there are so many resources here! I think the mindset of New Yorkers is one of productivity. People are here for a reason, and whether it be to pursue their creative dreams, or work towards their given industry, the collective mindset of New York seems to be one that follows a current.

The difficult thing about it all is that there is so much saturation here. People are working and they’re working hard. There is always someone who is going to be harder working, more talented, ‘luckier’, or further along than you, and it breeds this sense of competition.

Sometimes it’s healthy, and other times it feels detrimental. But New York has this amazing energy, and I don’t think I would have been able to get to where I am if I started this anywhere else.

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What are the top selling products? What are the most unique ones that people always enjoy? What’s the price range of products?

Currently, our Cassidy boot is our top-seller. It’s at that magic heel two-inch heel height and is available in both genuine vegetable-tanned leather and vegan options. It’s one of those every day go-to boots that is so versatile, you’re hard pressed to find something you can’t wear them with!

As far as uniqueness, people have been loving anything made out of our apple leather. It’s such a unique and new vegan material. And, the fact that we can make shoes out of apples is pretty astounding.

As for our price range, our fall/winter collection ranges from $395 for a bootie up to $595 for a knee-high boot.

We try to stay competitive but are selling a premium product made in the same factories as some of the world’s most expensive designer brands.

Do you have brand collaborations, if so, please tell us more!

My biggest collaboration to date is probably my multi-brand retail space in Williamsburg called The Better Shop.

It brings in a collective of about twenty brands all focused on sustainable and ethical values. All with amazing products spanning apparel, accessories, jewelry, skincare, candles, and vintage!

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Is there any new, exclusive collaboration about to come “out of the oven” that you can share first-hand?

I absolutely love to collaborate and have a really exciting collaboration dropping for Spring/Summer of 2020.

I can’t share too much. But, I can say that it involves using an amazing recycled and handmade textile blended with our current materials.

You offer custom items at The Better Shop? Tell us about this.

I wish I could offer custom items at The Better Shop!

Unfortunately, with the lead times it takes to create shoes and with my production all happening oversees in Italy, we just can’t create one off piece.

What’s your advice for anyone that dreams about starting a business in NYC?

I think you need to be equal parts passionate, focused, determined, patient and crazy!

There are a lot of long, hard days where you’re spending countless hours working towards something that may not feel tangible, and it can be extremely challenging.

It will also be incredibly rewarding. But, if you’re not working on something that you absolutely love, it will be that much harder. Also take breaks!!

I cannot stress the importance of listening to your body and taking care of yourself. While, of course, you focus on building something.

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Now, it’s your turn to visit The Better Shop. Take a closer look at Sylven New York and the other wonderful brands curated to make this space unique!

Let us know what you though on the comments below!

If you enjoy sustainable stores and places, you might enjoy the kids brand The Little Red Planet, another sustainable store in Williamsburg. If you’re into sustainable traveling, check out what the 1Hotels are all about. Or, watch the super cool video we shot with Daniel, from Zero Waste Daniel.

Hours: Open 7 days: 11am – 7pm

Location: 155 Grand Street, Williamsburg

https://bettershopbk.com
https://sylvennewyork.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Casey Dworkin and Andrea Zalkin (portrait)
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Spark Pretty: A Fashion Journey Back In Time

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This store, in the East Village is a must-see! Spark Pretty will take you on a fashion journey back in time! If you’re a colorful vintage lover, this is the place for you!

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Forget about Gucci and Chanel bags. Classic dresses? Not in here. Spark Pretty is not a regular vintage store.

With pink and lilac walls and ceilings filled with hearts and polka dots, you’ll find yourself surrounded with tons of colorful, crazy, shiny products dating back to the 80’s, 90’s and 2000’s

Spark Pretty is owned the by artist and stylist Amanda Dolan. She’s got a vast experience in fashion from working as a stylist for Betsey Johnson. Yes, you can find Betsey Johnson dresses here too.

The store “has been a longtime secret weapon for entertainment’s top wardrobe stylists seeking authentic and unique retro looks for their cast.” And, I can tell you it’s really a one of a kind spot.

Do you know that vintage tee with your favorite actors/singers? Or even, an idol from the past? If you’re looking for it, you are in the right place! That’s not your kind of vintage? Well, they also offer leopard prints and polka dots clothing, fringe jackets, sequins…and many neon pieces.

If you want to be dressed like that from head-to-toe, you can also find extravagant spike boots, funky socks, eccentric shades and wigs.

Maybe it’s time for you to feel like Madonna in “Desperately seeking Susan” or even, a modern version of Betty Boop!

Moreover, the decor is also a must-see: bean bags, string lights, a pink TV airing the old blockbuster movies…a perfect match!

Oh! There’s one more thing. The cherry on the cake: They also sell toys! You’ll come across so many troll dolls that you can finally get the chance to complete your collection! Baby Sinclair is also there waiting for you to remember the famous phrase: “not the mama”.

Amanda and her staff are dressed in the same mood to host you! And, if you need, they are ready to help you with personal styling and designer shopping consulting.

So, schedule an appointment with Amanda at contact@sparkpretty.com. Go find your colors and sparks, or purchase online!

Lastly, if you enjoy vintage store, take a look at the Insider’s Guide to 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York, the 3 top vintage stores in Brooklyn and Pippin Vintage for the vintage jewelry lovers!

Location: 333 East 9th Street

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

www.sparkpretty.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Spark Pretty
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Hudson Yards: The Newest Neighborhood In NYC

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I’m an international contributor for Glamour Brazil magazine and I recently wrote a post about the newest neighborhood in Manhattan that has become a must-see spot: Hudson Yards!

You can see the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

During the last couple of years, people who live in New York have seen the daily growth of a mega-development along the Hudson River.

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Hudson Yards, New York’s newest neighborhood, opened on March 15, near Chelsea and is attracting a huge ​​curious crowd of locals and tourists.

The area has become a paradise for shop-a-holics and those looking for a full dining experience. Plus, of course, the opportunity of seeing Manhattan’s for high up! Now, a moment of “awe”: this development had an investment of 25-billion-dollars.

The various towers were divided into residential and commercial developments. The two main towers facing the river are the residential ones. Lucky future residents, right? They will certainly have one of the best views of the city and of the sunset.

Now, anyone who knows New York knows that the city does not have shopping centers. Until recently The Shops at Columbus Circle was the only one in town. But The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards became the newest destination.

With over 100 stores and 20 restaurants, my suggestion is to visit the place with time. There’s plenty to see from delicious shops like Dylan’s Candy Store, Dallas’s Forty Five Ten, the 2-story Greek restaurant Estiatorio Milos and Little Spain Market with several different vendors, the immersive art space called Snark Park, the big fast fashion shops like Zara, H&M, and the  sweethearts of the luxury world like Cartier, Kenzo, Dior, Louis Vuitton and Patek Philippe, amongst others.

And still, you’ll find other stores that are worth visiting like: The Conservatory with an incredible curation of fashion brands, wellness, décor and a delicious tea room, 3den that offers a space to relax, work, have a coffee and even sleep a bit on their famous pods and Atelier Cologne where you can customize your own fragrance!

Phiuf! I can stay here forever telling you all the novelties!

In addition, be sure to visit the spaces with popup art exhibitions, art works by renowned names such as Roy Lichtenstein and Alexander Calder scattered throughout the place and a giant interactive sequin wall where you can play with.

If you would like to find an accommodation in this area, the Equinox Hotel will open in June with 200 rooms, a gym, spa and numerous other amenities.

Finally, to finish in grand style, The Vessel is probably the greatest attraction of the place created by Thomas Heatherwick and Heatherwick Studio.

This hive-shaped steel structure, with 2,500 steps, 154 flights of stairs, and 45 meters of height, became the newest tourist spot of the city that is now registered throughout all social networks.

To walk up, you can get your Vessel ticket online, or risk getting a ticket on spot. You can visit from Monday to Sunday from 10am to 9pm. Oh, and it’s free!

If you want a few other ideas of the top touristy must see spots in New York, take a look at our 1st Cheap NYC Guide, with top 40 attractions, and the 2nd Cheap NYC Guide, with another 30 other spots!

For corporate groups experiences, contact our experts!

Have fun!

Location: 10 Hudson Yards
Subway: 7 line is literally steps away, but the A/C/E or 1/2/3 lines are also walking distance

www.hudsonyardsnewyork.com


Photo Credits: ©Behind the Scenes NYC and Courtesy of Forbes Massie Heatherwick Studio, Related Oxford and VisualHouse Nelson Byrd-Woltz
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Insider’s Guide To 30 Vintage And Thrift Stores In New York

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In the spirit of the New York Fashion Week, we decided to shoot this video for the fashion-lovers! We shot at 3 vintage stores and listed another 27 for our insider’s guide to 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York.

New Yorkers are known for loving thrift shops and spend hours browsing for the most unique pieces!

Today, I will show you 3 of my favorite vintage and thrift stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with a huge variety of brands, styles and prices. Plus, I I’ve listed below another 27 stores you should add too you list! So, get read to explore our insider’s guide to 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York.

Oh! And before I forget, like our video and subscribe to our YouTube channel!


Madame Matovu

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Madame Matove is definitely one of the best kept secrets in the West Village. It’s even hard to spot it, since it’s hidden behind a tiny door and small façade.

The owner, Rosemary Wettenhall, is originally from Uganda and travels the world curating some of the most amazing pieces you’ll ever see. Her keen eye is surely what makes her store so special.

Many of her favorite spots to scout new findings are in France and Italy. And, some pieces have even been found here, in New York City.

As she says, you only have to have your eyes open.

On this day, I actually found a fantastic 1980’s embroidered dress, that had a 1920’s vibe, and costed $300.

Oh, and the selection of accessories – from jewelry items, to bags and eyewear are also incredible. So, as I mentioned, take your time to explore this tiny store, that will change your close!

Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday: 12pm – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5:30pm

Location: 240 West 10th Street, Manhattan

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Pippin Vintage

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As we’ve written before about Pippin Vintage: “Walking into the quaint jewelry shop feels just like being transported to a different age. From classic and timeless diamonds in the Roaring Twenties, to bright and colorful stones in the Swinging Sixties, Pippin Vintage Jewelry is sure to satisfy your curiosity for every decade.”

Their jewelry selection ranges from $5 charms to engagement rings that cost thousands of dollars. They do have the widest range of products. The jewelry come from as early as the 1800’s and as current as the 1980’s.

So, you’ll be able to find pieces from the Mexican Renaissance from the 1940’s and 1950’s, item from the Georgian Period and still, Native American jewelry.

In addition, in the back of the store, through a long mirrored corridor, you can find Pippin home. There, you’ll find countless vintage furniture and décor items, to vintage clothing.

So the next time you’re in Chelsea or New York City, be sure to visit this treasure box of vintage jewelry and home goods!

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday & Holidays: 12pm – 6pm

Location: 112 West 17th Street, Manhattan

https://pippinvintage.com


Narnia

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After the 1st time I pass by Narnia, walked in and left the store with a beauty Oscar de la Renta black leather skirt for $95, I became obsessed with them. Every now and then I pass by and go crazy with all the new pieces they carefully curated.

We’ve written about Naria before and we continue begins surprised by their fantastic work.

As we’ve mentioned, their prices range from $75 – $250, but of course you can find some lower priced goodies, as well as more expensive and special items.

During this last visit, I bumped into a few very special finding and it was hard to control myself! I found a beautiful Missoni dress, a Marni shorts, a flowered Dries Van Noten skirt and a to-die-for Lanvin trench coat that almost brought tears to my eyes! Hahaha!

In addition, they have some beautiful accessories and if you’re into the boho style, this is the place you should go to! And, do go with time, because vintage stores should not be visited if you in a rush!

Hours: Open daily, 11am – 7pm

Location: 672 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

http://narniavintage.com


Finally, as I mentioned, there are countless vintage and thrift stores in New York.

I’ve selected a few others that I really enjoy, so that you can also add to your list to visit while you’re in New York. If you live here, well, then you have time to enjoy them with no rush!

Manhattan Stores:

Brooklyn Stores:

I hope you enjoyed our insider’s guide to 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York and had a great time exploring them with me.

So, subscribe to YouTube channel, like our video below and send us suggestions of what you’d like to see next, to continue uncovering NY with me! See you on my next episode!



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 Camilla Adão

ZHU: 100% Handmade And Hand-Stitched In France

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ZHU is a simple and classy style curation. It’s a haute-couture house whose elegant traditions married millennial attitude. They fit bespoke designs 100% handmade and hand-stitched in France.

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UNFORTUNATELY THIS BRAND IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED!

We talked to Zhuorui Fu, founder of ZHU to learn more about her entrepreneurial journey, her continuously growing collection based on sustainability and her short and long term plans!

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Tell us a bit about you, where you’re from, your back ground, what you worked with? How you ended up in NYC?

My name is Zhu. I am a Chinese girl born and raised in Shenzhen, a young mega metropole of my age and the technological hub of the East, until I was 17. Before that, I exchanged to California, New York, and Finland.

From 17 onwards, I went to school at St. Andrews, which is the alma mater of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Because my Bachelor’s Degree was a joint-degree, I went to William & Mary in Virginia for two years. I got two diplomas from two schools within four years.

After that, I also went to UPenn for a Master’s Program. In between, I studied in France and went traveling, volunteering, studying in many countries for quite a bit.

I technically came to NYC before I went to University. Not the typical obedient student and born an urbanite, I was never into coursework and was always in the mega cities, London, New York, and Paris, when I was in school in Scotland, Virginia, and Philadelphia.

Being an ‘outsider’ entrepreneur, how has your journey in NYC been and what are the biggest challenges you find?

Since I came to NYC a while ago, NYC scenes were not unfamiliar to me. The entirety of my life is spent in the mega cities, so I am used to the fast-pace, sharpness, internationality, pollution, rudeness, in New York. It helped refine my edges and that coolness as a millennial working in a creative environment. Nevertheless, since I studied in Europe and was soaked in an intelligentsia environment, my taste tends to be more diverse.

NYC has been a blessing. In NY, I was always connecting with people I met from my schools, projects, people in the cafés, etc. Not all of my projects work out and many of them died, but whenever I want to work on something, NYC gives me hopes and resources.

The biggest challenge is surely the price. When I was in school, I had family’s supports. That was one of the major reasons I could afford a good education. After school, I had to rely on myself. NYC price is abnormal for a graduate unless he or she is working on a corporate job. For penniless entrepreneur, it is very difficult to afford anything in NY.

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What’s ZHU about? How do you apply sustainability to your brand and your mission?

ZHU is a simple and classy style curation. It’s a haute-couture house whose elegant traditions married millennial attitude. We fit bespoke designs, 100% handmade and hand-stitched in France. It’s haute-couture, with products created by customization and small batches each cycle and never again, using vachette, the calfskin, from Italy.

ZFC is an ethical slow fashion brand. I do not feel comfortable using alligator skin or something. It champions a good style and taste, not necessarily fashion, by doing and having good investment pieces, to create that millennial timeless being.

I am a vegetarian and practice yoga since I was 14. Mother Nature, fair treating to people, are all very important to me and the brand.

Specifically, how ZFC carries out the mission, it came from below pillars.

First, ZFC only uses recyclable and perishable materials, with exceptions of collaborations with Zero Waste Daniel, who has already recycled parts of the synthetic wastes. I am not a big fan of plastics despite transparent plastics have been quite fashionable lately. We use leathers called vachette, which is the calfskin of cattle that is slaughtered as meat. Leather, paper boxes, cottons are the majority of the materials we. They are long-lasting, but they are naturally perishable if buried in soils.

Second, I knew my maker partner Roberto when I was studying French, in Nice. In fact, I lived right above his atelier. He dyed everything with homemade natural coloring. There are no chemical dyes that go into water and contaminate water, like many suppliers do when they make mass-produced garments.

Third, Roberto makes everything and he is well paid.

Lastly, fashion fades, style does not, as Yves Saint Laurent said: “Having a distinctive and cultivated style is already remarkably sustainable”.

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How do you see ZFC fit into NYC’s fashion scene?

It fills in the haute-couture for young people, and does not chase the ever-changing trend.

NY’s fashion is very diverse. You can find all range of fashion because this is the ultimate fashion heaven. Nevertheless, NY’s fashion scene came to prominence only after war, when the American apparels gradually took European style to the mass, with the help of big department stores’ orders. In another word, NYC’s fashion can be very modern and street-culture inspired. NYC is a young city with almost 70% of the population under 45.

My line is a classic haute-couture line that calls for multidimensional awareness of style, through reading, traveling, and loving. It is not necessarily luxurious, but it is heavier in value. It fits with NY’s history of high fashion and dense art scene. They are also sustainable pieces that New Yorkers like. It does not fit into the wasteful part, superficial aspect, and the pursuit of forever new, of NYC culture and NYC fashion.

For me, cherishing what we carefully purchased, created, and loved is important. If this goes in another route from the NY mainstream, I am fine to not follow the crowd.

Nevertheless, the line combines my taste, the one of a globally educated millennial, and the Franco-Italian traditions of Roberto. My take on the styling and details of ZFC comes from our current epoch. They are classy and traditional by looks, but inherently cool.

What are your top 3 styling tips for New Yorkers?

Colorful and simple accessories to suit the permanent black garments.

Wear the worldly cultures proudly on ourselves. New Yorkers tend to have history and roots besides NY. Those pieces from elsewhere are great additions to the big NY style and they are what make us different!

Work less, chase less, enjoy life, read a book, listen to music, appreciate arts, cherish the finiteness of life in the material cornucopia. Manners and passions are the ultimate fashion.

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Which is your bestseller item?

Val. This is a small cross-body coming in a very irreplaceable cute shape. Female customers like this bag a lot. It can host a book or a water bottle.

Vincent the wallet, Arcobaleno bracelets, and L’Animal, the endangered animals-inspired keychains are also popular for the lower price points, easy look, and cute stories.

Where can people find ZFC, besides online? You mentioned about a few pop-up stores in NY – which/where are they?

We do more among acquaintance circle, for many customers want certain parts to be customized. In addition, we also do online, but definitely trying to do more. We put on events that are, for now, seasonal. For example, we had partnership with Camaraderie in NYC and Persian Women in Tech.

We do high-profile events, which are in talks and will be updated momentarily. We look to do more collaborations and be taken into concept stores, businesses, or even retailers at small batches.

What are your upcoming plans for the brand? Collaborations?

First, I want more people to know about the brand and our sales need to come up. We look to more collaborations with local businesses that have physical stores and great concepts.

Second, I do look to do more lines for the brand. Now we focus on accessories, but ZHU is a millennial curation about elegance and style, not a bag brand. I want to introduce maybe ready-to-wear, maybe contemporary lines, that fit into the pronounced aesthetics and ethical believes. Or books, or classes, or yoga, or something that compliment customers’ taste and make them happy. I may also want to explore more topics that have always perplexed me, life, death, balance, etc.

Third, I would love to have pieces that challenge the status quo. For example, the Made in China image. I have seen great designer and makers in China. Made in China has a bad connotation because many products are massively produced at a high environment cost. However, it does not mean for all the products. I know amazing haute-couture designs that have supplied the emperors or have been handmade the same way for hundreds of years with passions and a supreme quality. I would want to do that.

Lastly, I want to contribute to gender parity. Most of the fashion lines, whether womenswear or menswear, are led and owned by men, while most of the entry jobs in fashion are filled by women. I will be very happy to do menswear and figure out ways to bring sustainability into this.

Can you tell about the collaboration with Zero Waste Daniel? We are huge fans and did a great interview with him a while back.

Yes, Daniel is great. There was a point I lived in Williamsburg right next to Daniel’s store. I walked pass his store multiple times and had always been inspired by the mysteriously awesome designs from the outside. One day I decided to walk in and was immediately greeted by warm reception of the staff beside the sewing machine. Fewer things at a sustainable way have always been a belief of mine. He makes clothes from scraps, which is just a good innovation itself. The pieces look very Brooklyn chic.

I approached him and asked him if he would want to collaborate. We sat down and he told me his story, of how he started at fairs selling a few pieces. He said it was “very hard” at the beginning. After years, he now made it into a beautiful store.

In New York, you can always find overnight success stories of some hotshot designers, but most of the people don’t have their businesses like this. In fact, doing business from scratch when you have limited resources is very difficult. People just don’t really care about you or your products. I was just beginning my business and my business looked very dodgy when I met him. He was very happy to help and designed our brand three exclusively fitted pieces in red, blue, and grey, for the passions, sorrows, and neutrality of a typical start-up story, I guess.

No need to say, Daniel is a super sweetheart and has great smile.


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Zhu is the founder of ZHU a simple and classy style curation based in New York, London, and Paris. ZFC makes bespoke, sustainable, and chic haute-couture pieces 100% handmade in France and USA.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of ZHU
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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