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Julia Seregina: From Moscow to New York

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Julia Seregina, a Russian fashion designer, moved from Moscow to officially land in New York in 2016. Since then, she’s been creating her journey is a fantastic way!

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New York is an incubator for emerging fashion designers from all over the world. It’s beautiful to see their journey and how they mature along the way.

It’s also quite interesting to see their own particular characteristics, experiences, inspirations and understand why the city of New York was the chosen one to create their roots.

We spoke to the talented and beautiful, Julia Seregina. She’s originally from Moscow and is officially living in New York since 2016. Before that, she was developing her line in Moscow, since 2010.


1. How did your passion for fashion arise?

I was born in Moscow, in a family with multi-national roots. The atmosphere of culture diversity predetermined my creative mindset and originality.

I inherited my passion for drawing and modeling garments from granny, who in that distant time of goods deficit managed to turn rags into stylish wear. My favorite pastime was sketching and the most precious toy was a trunk with pieces of beautiful fabrics, yarn balls and books on sewing, knitting and embroidering. I preferred knitting most of all, and years later that hobby resulted in creation of my own knitwear label.

Luckily, I had chance to travel and live for a while in Europe, and see outfits of elegant European women. This versatile high streets “runway” strengthened my desire to dedicate my talent to fashion, to embody my own vision of a modern woman outfit. Many of my current ideas are inspired by my mother’s wardrobe from ‘80s.

2. You had a NYC experience before actually moving, back in 2010, right? How was that experience?

Years ago, being a passionate knitter and an holding an idea of own line, I first came to New York to participate in the “Vogue Knitting Live” – a big event where knitters gather from all over the world. I instantly fell in love with the City, and was impressed by Americans’ attitude to crafts, and entrepreneurship.

Here, I first learned what sustainable fashion is. The US is the first in everything. I had no doubt I would come again, but could not imagine that after a few more visits as a tourist, I would eventually move here to start my own venture.

3. How did you start your brand and move to NYC?

It was a long journey to become a designer. At first, my passion was not supported by my family. They convinced me the career of economist would ensure stable living in future. I got my MS degree in International Economy and Marketing.

That was not something that I really enjoyed, but years later I realized that having worked in multinational corporations for several years, I learned how to be an entrepreneur. I also honed my understanding of a working woman’s style preferences. Willing to embody my ideas into contemporary modern garments design, I eventually decided to redirect my career towards my childhood dream.

After months of intensive self-education and research I launched my own label in 2012. I did not have enough budget to finance my start up, so I decided to raise funds applying for fashion competitions. I won several awards – Premium Young Designer Award in Berlin, Young Creative Entrepreneur Award by British Counsel, and was shortlisted in a number of contests and events.

Following sustainable fashion values, my collection was selected as “Fashion Innovation” at Source Award arranged by Ethical Fashion Forum. All that provided me opportunities to showcase at fashion weeks in Berlin, Copenhagen, London and Milan. My garments started selling from the very first collection.

In 2015 I applied for O1 (Extraordinary Ability) Visa. And I got it!

In September of 2016 I moved in New York to re-launch my line from scratch under the name JULIA SEREGINA NEW YORK. That was a real challenge! I had no friends or any contacts here. And my first year I spent in Manhattan, searching for suppliers, retailers and anyone who could be interested in collaborating with my venture.

I soon gathered a dream team of professionals who worked with the most prominent brands: pattern-makers, graphic designers, photographers. Our collection of reinvented everyday wear for powerful women is now presented in 2 showrooms in NYC. And there is still a lot of work ahead before I can call my entity a well established business.

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4. Tell us about your collection?

In my collections I blend the elegance of well-made, classic pieces with the artistry of unconventional details, with emphasis on experimental knits. Transforming and reinventing space into new forms through knitting, crafts and fabric manipulations, I aim to create clean, simple and easy to wear silhouettes.

I often hear from my clients that my collection is different, and that my garments are “relaxing for the eyes”. This comment is extremely valuable for me.

5. Which are your biggest inspirations?

Talented people, with their passion, authenticity and free spirit. My collections celebrate creative powerful women. Before approving a new outfit I always imagine when, how and where they would wear JULIA SEREGINA.

As for the shapes and colors, the inspiration comes to me randomly, as a weird blend of simple but very personal things I experienced through my life. The rare art from places I have been to, crafts from my childhood. Plus, I love making surprising blends of classic and avant-garde with arty and sporty notes.

Another important source for of inspiration for me is the eclecticism of New York architecture, and the awesome nature it is surrounded by.

6. Why NYC?

I just love this city: its artistic vibes, challenges, and multiple opportunities for self expression.

7. What would be your advice for someone staring in the fashion industry in NYC that you’d love to  have known earlier in your career?

Having plenty of opportunities for emerging talents, NYC fashion industry has become quite a competitive field. If you want to start your own line, you should get prepared very well before you begin to invest time, energy and money.

So, learn the industry, the market, your customers, define what you expect to achieve in fashion, and your possible trajectories of how you are going to make it.

Bear your dream in mind, and take small steps to achieve it. For example, if you have limited budget to make a capsule collection, start as a mono brand with your strongest category, like sweaters or skirts or suits, and become really good at it.

Building your own brand is like constructing a multiple rooms house. Each element needs taking care of: product development, marketing, sales and many other things. To succeed in New-York every detail should be done perfectly at the highest level.

And, you cannot do it alone. Gather your dream-team, search for like-minded people who would support you. Also, meet industry professionals, search for advise, ask for help.

Moreover, the good news is that the new opportunities now arise in various aspects of fashion: styling, video production, art direction, content marketing management, etc. I mean, it is not necessary to be a designer to build lucrative career in fashion.

8. Do you have any exciting upcoming projects you can share with us?

Thank you for the question. I am excited to share with you that we are developing a concept of “Identity driven fashion”, representing it through our campaigns. The Heroines of all our lookbooks are women with extraordinary background.

For example, one of the models was an editor from with a ballet background. For our latest shoot we invited a Jazz singer who had recently graduated from the Harvard Astrophysics faculty. Our new collection is coming soon!

9. Where can we find JULIA SEREGINA?

We have been in a relaunch phase till now, and currently starting with a new business partner. So, we reviewed our strategy.

In addition, we plan to open our upgraded online store soon. And, we start selling in boutiques. Please follow our Instagram Page for updates.

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So, as we said, NY truly an incubator for emerging fashion designers from all over the world.

Be sure to read about other amazing New York fashion brands like Scanlan Theodore, Figura and so many others.


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Yulia Levit and Maria Savelieva
Art Director: Natasha Mileshina
Make Up Artist: Aisha Campbell
Model: Talea
Stylist: Julia Seregina

Figura: Shopping Less But Better

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New York is not only one of the fashion’s capitals of the world, but it’s the birth place of countless innovative brands. Figura clothes will give your close a twist and make you a true New Yorker!

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It’s super common not only to walk on the streets and see new stores, but it’s easy to find new emerging brands launching their online presence and fighting for their space.

That said, we recently interviewed Elena Zaharova, founder of Figura, a clothes line that enhances the different beauties in women, working with gorgeous, everyday wardrobe pieces.

Take a look at her fantastic journey from west-central Russia to New York!


1. Tell us a bit about you, where you’re from, your background, what you worked with?

I was born in a very small town in west-central Russia. It was remarkably boring, and it took me 10 years of urban life to appreciate my rural childhood — the ability to play outside till dusk, run barefoot, spend most summer camping and hanging out with friends unsupervised.

My mom is very crafty and creative. As far as I remember myself, she’s been sewing, painting, playing with different media and techniques. I was that kid whose parents built ketchup-soda volcano with them and enjoyed it no less.

When I was 17, I moved to Moscow to study journalism. In a big city, I was surrounded by more creative people, and I started questioning myself about what I want to do. Journalism wasn’t that answer, and after two years I left the school.

Eventually, I realized that my passion for art and craft wasn’t as childish and silly as it appeared, and could become a profession and even pay the bill. I started working as a decorator and a window display designer full-time. At 25, I led a chain of 18 stores as a creative director, changed windows seasonally and developed their visual identity.

2. How did Figura start? How did your childhood in Moscow, playing and sewing clothes impact your business?

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I’ve been sewing and playing with clothes since my early childhood. I joke sometimes that most women from post-soviet countries are born to be a fashion designer. Fashion choice was very limited, and they had to create all their clothes. In my childhood, it was more of a routine to turn an old granny’s t-shirt into a dress than go shopping. I learned how to use a sewing machine when I was about 9, and my first very own piece was a belt bag made out of curtains leftover.

I’ve always designed for myself, but business-wise it wasn’t in the air until 2015. Figura started randomly. There were a few things I couldn’t find at stores, like a bathroom-friendly jumpsuit with no hassle to get it off and on.

One day I put a few pieces together into my first collection. The result overcame my expectations, and, as I see it now, part of the reason was my low-key approach. I noticed that women can relate to non-professional models better. And, if I want a dress to have decent size pockets, so do other women. Since then, I devoted myself to explore the comfort and practicality of women’s wardrobe.

3. Being an outsider entrepreneur, how has your journey in NYC been so far and what are the biggest challenges you find?

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I moved to New York 3 years ago, so did my brand. New York is very competitive, but it also makes the atmosphere creative and risk-friendly.

By the moment I started Figura, I’d been blogging for a few years, so most of my audience became my customers.

Moving to New York made me change the way I marketed my brand. I had to learn how to build the audience from scratch. It’s an ongoing process, and I’m still far from saying “Good job!” to myself.

4. How do you see Figura fit into NYC’s fashion scene and into the powerful New Yorker women’s closet?

I think of my customers as very sophisticated women who support the mantra of shopping less but better. As a designer, I’m into creating better quality pieces rather than selling more.

New York apartments can be small, but our closets are big. Let’s be smart to load them with pieces we really need.

5. What are your top 3 styling tips to feel like a true New Yorker?

  • Mix & match. A real New Yorker is like the city itself, diverse and vibrant;
  • Buy less but better;
  • Shop independent designers, at least sometimes. Besides supporting them, it gives your wardrobe that twist.

6. Which item is your bestseller?

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Wide black pants. They don’t look baggy and have it all: elastic waist and deep pockets. When I sold the first pair, I left the second for myself.

I’ve used this cut for my other models (jumpsuits, for example), but the original wool version is still my best hit.

7. Where can people find Figura, besides online?

Figura attends local markets and pop-up projects. On October 29th, you can spot Figura’s costume at the dancing performance Slice & Dice, as part of our collaboration with The Lovelies, a local group of artists. Get updated by following Figura on Instagram.

8. Is there any upcoming collaboration, collection, or interesting info you’d like to share? How does it currently involve the local community, being an independently owned brand?

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For most of my editorials, I feature real women, as opposed to professional models, from different fields and backgrounds, ranging from a barista at a Parisian Cafe to an emerging DJ in Brooklyn. New York taught me how to approach people and share ideas. Beauty only works with passion and collaboration behind it.

My first New York projected was called “All About Us Not Clothing”. The name speaks for itself: the line was presented by my long-time Instagram muses. Six girls from around the world received the clothes and styled them the way they wanted, creating a lookbook for Figura’s new collection.

I’m grateful to Etsy Community and Handmade Collective for the opportunity to shape my vision and blog about Figura’s aesthetic. Raw Artist New York became my first runway. I’m always open to collaboration with local brands. Just recently I had a chance to work with Zunta Shop and Zhuorui Fu Collection.

Recently I’ve teamed up with The Lovelies, a group of local artists, to challenge fashion to the point of being comfortable for dancers. It feels good to see Figura’s clothes fit easily everywhere, from a red carpet walk to a dance performance.

Figura’s last collection was dedicated to New York’s ubiquitous corner store delis. Delis are as visually noisy and as busy as urban life, and Figura’s minimal designs are sure to help one find balance in the city. Right now I’m working on my new collection, inspired by natural textures of volcanic Iceland. Being in contrast with the urban story, it keeps exploring the meaning of clothing and serving the practicality.

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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 spots 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.

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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 said before: “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 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

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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 them 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

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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 our 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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BeautyLeila Soldeira
Styling:
 Camilla Adão

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

Zhuorui Fu Collection: 100% Handmade And Hand-Stitched In France

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Zhuorui Fu Collection 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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We talked to Zhuorui Fu, founder of ZF Collection 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 travelling, 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 ZFC about? How do you apply sustainability to your brand and your mission?

Zhuorui Fu Collection 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?

Colourful 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 Zhuorui Fu Collection 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 Zhuorui Fu Collection, 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.

www.zhuoruifucollection.com


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Top 8 Spots In NYC By Andrew Chen, An Experience Curator

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This week we talked to the handsome Andrew Chen from My Inspire Project. He told us a little about his fantastic career, his adventures across the globe and, of course, his top 8 spots in NYC!

Andrew Y. Chen was born in Taipei, Taiwan. He has lived and studied in major international cities between Taipei, Shanghai, Paris, London, before moving to New York.

He has built a solid background in luxury and fashion throughout his career in LVMH, Bergdorf Goodman, Gilt Groupe and Issey Miyake before he founded “My Inspire Project”, a platform specialized in Experiential Marketing, Digital Strategy and Content Generation, in February 2017.

Known as the trendsetter, living expert and unique character among his circles, Andrew started sharing his discovery across fashion, art, entertainment, design, travel, hospitality and real estate categories on his platform and has established a network and community of global elites, celebrities, press/editors, travel enthusiast and creative minds across North America, Asia and Western Europe.

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He also partners with renowned organizations and businesses to curate special events and create one-of-a-kind experience throughout exclusive venues in the world. He believes Authenticity, Exclusivity and Individuality are the core values of the new luxurious experience.

This summer, Andrew and his team are preparing to launch their online lifestyle channel and take their story and journey into the next level.

That said, take a look below and see his Top 8 Spots in NYC:


Favorite Restaurants: La Mercerie and Agern

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La Mercerie is my favorite new hotspot by Chef Marie-Aude Rose, the wife of renown chef and my dear friend, Daniel Rose from Spring & Le Coucou. It is a perfect place with incredible and curated decor – inside the beautiful new Roman & Williams Guild, also my favorite furniture store – that brings French cuisine into an everyday experience. I love the buckwheat crepe and the amazing dessert selections there.”

Yes, this place is the talk of the town! All foodies, influencers, food connoisseurs, travel experts and curious folks are stopping by to check the place out!

Besides the restaurant, if you’re passing by for a quick bit or you’re in a rush, they have a grab-and-go counter with delicious pastries and coffee!

Hours:
Open every day!
Breakfast Menu: 9am – 12pm
All Day Menu: 12pm – 10pm

Location: 53 Howard Street

www.lamerceriecafe.com


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Agern is a Michelin starred delight hidden in the business Grand Central Terminal. It is quite an experience just to discover this beautiful place for the first time visitor. It is by far my favorite Nordic cuisine in town and I loved their focus on pairing the season driven menu with local American wine.”

We love it too! Our experience there has been certainly priceless. Service is fantastic, food is to-die-for and ambiance is very comforting and dim lighting.

The price is a bit high, but worth every dollar, especially if you’re looking for a special night out with your loved one or with friends & family.

Hours:
Lunch: Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 10pm
Closed Sundays

Location: 89 East 42nd Street

http://agernrestaurant.com


Favorite Bars: The UES and The Office

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The UES is a new speakeasy bar behind the ice cream shop storage, you would need the right dress code and people in order to enter and enjoy the swanky cocktails. The concept is unique for the uptight neighborhood. Since we live in the area, this is our new go-to spot for a chic but casual night.”

Yes, we are lovers of all speakeasies around the city and this is a place you should certainly visit! Oh yes, and the dress code! They ask to:

“Kindly refrain from wearing t-shirts, collarless shirts, torn or baggy jeans, flip flops, sandals, tennis shoes or athletic wear of any kind.”

Hours: Storage open Monday – Saturday: 5pm

Location: 1707 2nd Avenue

www.theuesnyc.com


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The Office is probably the most fabulous and luxurious speakeasy bar in NYC, and possibly around the world. Inside the Mandarin Oriental at Time Warner Center, this reservation only bar is only accessible through a hidden passageway. It is my favorite place to take my special guests, celebs and visitors for meetings and drinks. Their truffle cocktail and truffle pairing menu is surely a different level.”

New York is certainly the home of some of the most luxurious spots on Earth. If you’re into art, they feature some amazing collectors’ art and artefacts.

In addition, if you enjoy learning and tasting spirits, they have an “extinction” collection of some of the rarest spirits in the world! So, it’ would be obvious to say that their signature cocktail list is fantastic, right!?

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday: 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Thursday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 12:30am

Location: 80 Columbus Circle at 60th Street

www.mandarinoriental.com


Favorite Club: Jia Lounge

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“I would go to LES, not for the vibrant bar scene, but the beautiful 1930’s Shanghai-themed lounge club, Jia Lounge. Hidden in the back of Rivington Hotel, Jia Lounge is a new nightlife experience in New York City with curate cocktail, music and selective crowd. It has the best deep house night in town and caters to the many tastemakers and international jetsetters in the city.”

This place is really something! Besides what Andrew mentioned about cocktails, music and a great crowd…the décor is certainly a highlight.

Everything was meticulously cared for and details are everywhere to be noticed! Plus, if you love being part of the super late-night New York Scene, this is the place for you! It’s open until 4am!

In the video, we talked a bit about Café Medi, also inside the Rivington Hotel – great spot for brunch!

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 11pm – 4pm

Location: 105 Rivington Street

www.hotelonrivington.com


Favorite Gallery: David Lewis Gallery

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David Lewis Gallery, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, is one of my favorite contemporary art galleries in NYC that presents most promising upcoming artists and their works. Their unique vision and direction has drawn attention from major international art collectors, art fairs and museums including Whitney Museum in New York and Tate Modern in London.”

If you love art, but don’t really enjoy going alone, since your not necessarily a super savvy about it, let our fantastic art expert lead the way!

After all, there is nothing like having a specialist with you!

Hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm

Location: 88 Eldridge Street

http://davidlewisgallery.com


Favorite Store: The Apartment by The Line

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When the retail industry is upside down, the well-curated boutique The Apartment by The Line, offers a new way of shopping. Hiding in the loft space in SoHo, The Apartment offers a full lifestyle selection that you could enjoy and shop from. It constantly brings in different designers and objects for the customers to learn and explore.”

They offer everything from fashion and home, to beauty. So, expect to find some of the most amazing brands like Kiki de Montparnasse, Lemaire, Eres, Marni, Le Labo, The Nue, Rodin Olio Lusso, Esker, and even Taschen Books, Atelier De Troupe lamps, Harlow Henry throws and Skagerak furnishing.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm

Location: 76 Greene Street, 3rd Floor

https://theline.com


Favorite Park: Fort Tyron Park

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Fort Tyron Park is indeed quite a ride from the heart of Manhattan, but it would never disappoint you. Once you arrive at the Remnants of Billings Estate and the massively arched structure known as the Billings Arcade, you feel like you are in Europe already. This park is surely one of the city’s most beautiful outdoor pieces of art.”

We love it too! Previously owned by no one less than John D. Rockefeller, Jr., in the year of 1931, he gifted the property to the City of New York. What a gift, right?

Construction started and 4 years later, in 1935, Rockefeller and Robert Moses – the “master builder” of mid-20th century, officialized the park as a public space for everyone to be able to visit! Lucky us!

Location: Riverside Drive to Broadway, W 192 Street to Dyckman Street

https://www.nycgovparks.org


Thank you,  Andrew, for this fantastic interview and sharing all these true NY gems!

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Scanlan Theodore: Directly from Australia, to New York City

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Founded in Melbourne, Australia, Scanlan Theodore made it’s New York City debute in the Spring of 2017. With 2 beautiful boutiques, the brand is gaining more recognition and space within the New Yorker women’s wardrobe!

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Hidden between 5th and Broadway on 19th street in Manhattan’s Flatiron district, Scanlan Theodore is a brand you want to make sure you discover!

Offering a range of women’s fashion and accessories, you’ll realize why Scanlan Theodore is Australia’s best kept secret as soon as you enter the store.

In addition to dressing Australian women for 30 years, Scanlan Theodore is known for its high quality European fabrics. And, its devotion to well-crafted, timeless designs. Plus, it is impossible to leave this store without finding something new to love.

But, while you are in the change rooms, don’t forget to spend a moment appreciating the artwork on the walls. The work of Australian artist, Darren McDonald, pays homage to Scanlan Theodore’s origins – Melbourne, Australia.

“We are excited and honored to bring this beloved and iconic Australia brand to women here in the US. Our goal is to help build confidence and empower women with comfortable, well-crafted designs and high quality fabrics.” Sarah Blank, Co-CEO Scanlan Theodore US.


More about the brand:

Scanlan Theodore is a luxury women’s fashion and accessories brand offering seasonal collections of ready-to-wear, handbags and footwear.

Founded in Melbourne, Australia in 1987, the brand is known for its devotion to creating simple, clean, modern clothing that flatters and fits well. For years, women have embraced the label’s independent spirit, modern elegance and femininity.

Furthermore, the brand sources the very best in European fabrics. It works tirelessly to ensure each design is timeless and of memorable quality. Over the past three decades, Scanlan Theodore has grown to become the global company it is today with a passionate international following. And now, a growing celebrity fan base within the United States.

Beyond its significant presence in Australia, the label launched in the U.S. in Spring of 2017, with the debut of its e-commerce platform.


While your in SoHo, you might want to check out Nili Lotan or walk to Nolita (just a few blocks away), to Josephina’s Portugal.

Lastly, stop for a drink at a secret basement restaurant that resembles a ship! Pretty awesome, right?

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

Locations:
7 East 19th Street, Flatiron District
117 Prince Street, SoHO

https://us.scanlantheodore.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of Scanlan Theodore

A Fashion Revolution Week Event In Brooklyn

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If you’re into Fashion and/or Sustainability, you cannot miss this event! Get The People and Balanced Fashion Present: A Fashion Revolution Week event.

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Get The People and Balanced Fashion Present: A Fashion Revolution Week event.

An immersive evening of networking, conscious fashion pop-ups, compelling conversation, all-star panelists, cocktails and did we say afterparty?!

The Fashion Revolution week happens from April 23rd through the 26th, and this event will happen on the last day: April 26th, starting at 6:30pm!

They’ll be talking about “Sustainable Fashion: How brand storytelling can help reshape the future of sustainable fashion“.

For tickets: click here!


What exactly to expect from these conversations?

We’ll explore how the power of brand storytelling and how it can empower sustainable brands to connect with a broader audience of conscious mainstream consumers.

We’ll dive into rich discussion with an all-star panel of industry experts and founders of top sustainable brands to discover how they approach building a tribe of loyal consumers, the challenges they face, and take a look at the road ahead for sustainable fashion.”

A wide range of topics will be discussed by some of the top industry professionals:

  • Why your ethical story isn’t necessarily your brand story.
  • Why it’s important to have a strong storytelling and design for any brand.
  • Can brand position routed in lifestyle and culture win new mainstream consumers over at the higher sustainable / ethical price point.
  • Why aren’t more people putting their money where their heart is.
  • What are the ways (if any) your brand “gives back” on a social level and how is it intervened into the brand’s story?
  • How in-store activations and showrooms can build community and tribe.
  • What positive and negative impact do influencers and celebrities have on the issue of consumption.

For tickets: click here!


Fashion Revolution Week Freehold Brooklyn Panel Discussion

Who you’ll listen to and learn from?

Dana Davis: Director of Sustainability at Mara Hoffman

Dana Davis graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City in 2003, and immediately co-founded a design label and retail store in Brooklyn. After several years, her passion in production and design led to her to work across the apparel industries at various companies such as Urban Outfitters, Macy’s and Carlisle Group.

In 2010, she was recruited by Mara Hoffman to lead and grow the company’s Production Department and in 2012, became the Director of Production & Design and was integral in the company’s transformation into the recognizable and widely distributed brand that it is today.

In 2015, Founder and President Mara Hoffman appointed Davis to spearhead the company’s transition towards sustainability.

Read more…


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Zero Waste Daniel: Transforming Scraps Into Fashion

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Have you heard of Zero Waste Daniel? If not, you should really see what these guys are doing in Brooklyn! They are a “the first line of zero waste clothing, made from reroll, the fabric of the future!”

The first time I met Daniel, I thought: “What a kind, sweet and intelligent guy!” Well, it didn’t take much to validate my first impression.

After talking to him for a few minutes, I learned and was already completely in love with what he was working on.

Daniel started a sustainable fashion brand called Zero Waste Daniel (ZWD) and the idea behind it is literally phenomenal. ZWD is the “first line of zero waste clothing, made from reroll, the fabric of the future. It is composed of 100% scrap material.”

As a young boy, Daniel knew that he wanted to start making clothes and as he says, experimenting with fabric. So, his mom took him every now and then to a fabric store which he could get scraps of fabric and just start creating different pieces by sewing everything together.

Of course, he decided to study fashion. Daniel went to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and got a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts (BFA) Fashion/Apparel Design. This also gave him the opportunity of spending 1 year in Milan, also studying Fashion/Apparel Design.

While working in the fashion industry, Daniel noticed that every company – big or small, high-end to mass market – had the same problem.

They all had tons and tons of waste material that was thrown out after fabrication.

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That’s when the idea came to life! Why throw all this material out and not reuse it in a smart way, reducing waste and creating beautiful, unique clothes?

It’s amazing how much material is thrown away and how much we can actually do with it. And, how we can take this material that is free or has very little cost and do things like create job for New Yorkers, instead of off-shoring and making more waste overseas.

Daniel saw the opportunity of transforming this into a sustainable business!

While talking to him, I asked what he’d say to kids that are almost of our college and dream about starting their own fashion business. His first recommendation was:

One thing that always works and that is one of the reasons why my Operations Manager, Julia, found me and stayed with me for all these years, as we got this business going, was that: business that are actually solving a problem or answering a question are statistically most likely to succeed.

And we agree 10000%! When you’re addressing bigger issues that resonate with people worldwide, you’ll most certainly be able to grow your business, because people will back up your idea.

His collection is not only beautiful, but gives you the chance of having one of a kind pieces that only YOU will own.

In a world where the fast-fashion is growing so rapidly and that everyone is looking the same on the streets, Dan is going back to basics and bringing back the concept of “being YOUnique”.

One of the coolest things in the store, is that his atelier is there too! You can see his team working on the upcoming pieces on-sight. It’s certainly an experience!

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All his pieces are unisex, which is one of the other beauties in his work. You’ll find everything from t-shirts, sweaters, coats, jackets, hoodies, tank tops, joggers, shorts and even a few accessories.

If you really want to have the most exclusive pieces, check out his one of a kind collection, currently with designs of Frida Kahlo and David Bowie – both of which we’re huge fans!

We love it all and certainly became huge fans of Daniel, his team and his brand!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 11am – 7pm
Saturday: 12pm – 8pm
Sunday: 12pm – 7pm

Location: 369 Hooper Street

https://zerowastedaniel.com


Videography: Renata Meirelles
Photo Credits: Renata Meirelles 
and courtesy of ZWD
Beauty
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Fê is our Founder & CEO! She’s Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC!
She lives in Brooklyn since April of ’15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

The NYC Rock’n’Roll World Of The Wanderlust Girls

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Come explore the NYC rock’n’roll world of Emily and Abigail, creators of Wanderlust Girls! Enjoy their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

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Emily and Abigail met in middle school many eons ago (18 years to be exact), in a small town just outside of Boston.

They grew up sharing a love for fashion, rock’n’roll and adventure. These shared interested morphed into a blog, WanderLust Girls back in 2010, which has since grown into the fashion, lifestyle, travel brand they run today.

The girls recently expanded their business down in Nashville, which you will be seeing more of on their social media soon.

If they are not in Nashville hanging with rock stars or repping their black clad closets on the New York City streets, they are likely in the air jetting to a new location for their next travel piece.

Take a look below to see their 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City:


I NEED MORE

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I NEED MORE is a clothing store with all the spikes and studs you can dream of. (Yes, we dream about spikes and studs.) The owner, Jimmy Webb is a rock’n’roll legend in the city who we are lucky enough to call a friend. Every piece in the shop is unique, bold, and badass.”

As they say, this is literally a “A Rock’N’Roll clothing store for everybody”! The store is true a labor of love and dedication. You’ll certainly love it all: from the goo goo muck chandelier to the hand pained zebra stripe dressing rooms and painting on the walls!

They are a multi-label store in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and always have big names coming by! A few famous friends in their list are: the one and only Ewan McGregor, Slash, Alice Cooper and Duff McKagan!

Pass by to see what they are up to!

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Friday & Saturday: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday: 1pm – 7pm

Location: 75A Orchard Street

http://ixneedxmore.com


Duff’s Brooklyn

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“If you ever wanted to sit in an electric chair, look no further! Duff’s Brooklyn has it’s very own, as well as some of the creepiest, yet amazing decor we’ve ever seen. Enjoy some metal music and don’t forget to spin the wheel to win various prizes. Keep spinning until you get the Jesus juice.”

Founded in 1999 back in the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen, in Manhattan, this metal mecca finally moved into Brooklyn in 2004 and is the place to go if you a heavy metal lover. If you’re not part of this lifestyle, it’s still a fantastic place to go explore and broaden your horizons.

The spot, now located in South Williamsburg, is certainly a true metal place. Names like Pantera, Iron Maiden, Kerry King of Slayer, Exodus, Machine Head, The Sword, and many others have visited it.

Let’s rock!

Hours: Monday – Sunday: 6pm – 4am

Location: 168 Marcy Avenue

www.duffsbrooklyn.com/home.shtml


Jane Motorcycles

Jane Motorcycles is our favorite place to go scope for beautiful bearded motorcycle riding men… I mean they have great coffee, that’s why we go. This beautifully curated moto gear shop surrounds the actually really great coffee shop. It’s amazing in the nice weather when they open the garage style door and you can enjoy your latté will gazing at all the motorcycles lined up outside.”

This is the ultimate NYC’s custom motorcycles, apparel, gear, art, books, and espresso shop, and we love it too! Alexander DiMattio and Adam Kallen started Jane with the objective of putting a new take on a motorcycle shop. And…they did it flawlessly!

These guys are from Brooklyn and everything in their store translates the vibe of the neighborhood and the lifestyle they personally enjoy.

They literally created this store out of scratch – actually it’s not their original location, since they were forced to move out of their other place. But, a blessing in disguise, for sure. At this spot, they were able to transform into reality all their dreams of what their store should looks like, such as the huge coffee counter and the garage door roll-up.

We are also huge coffee lovers, and their coffee partner is delicious, with ethically source coffee from all over the world – totally up our alley, since we work with and support sustainable traveling!

Definitely a must-go spot!

Hours:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 7pm
Saturday: 8am – 7pm
Sunday: 9am – 7pm

Location: 396 Wythe Avenue

https://janemotorcycles.com


Pinks

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Pinks a fun hot rod style bar with motorcycle chain chandeliers and random car parts throughout the watering hole. Make sure you stop by for rock n’ roll bingo. Lots of fun prizes and great tunes!”

This is also a place we enjoy a lot!

Pink, in the Lower East Side, is a great spot to go for drinks, good music, a great crowd and even to celebrate your birthday.

They have a pretty cool private room in the back, if you prefer having your guests all together and more comfortable.

As they explain: “Pinks is what happens when a musician & a motorcycle enthusiast come together & build a bar around their love of Kustom Kulture.”

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 5pm – 2am
Thursday – Friday: 5pm – 4am
Saturday: 12pm – 4am
Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Location: 242 East 10th Street

http://pinks.nyc


Grit N Glory

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Grit N Glory is a rock’n’roll one-stop-shop, located in the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Whether you are looking for a shirt with a satanic cat on it, some new ink (they have their own tattoo shop) or a tea cup for your vodka, they have it!”

The store offers a full collection for men, women and even a collection for the cool kids, besides accessories and housewares!

You’ll also be able to see some pretty crazy shots signed by Mark Weiss where he featured Alice Cooper, Boy George, Metallica, Guns’N’Roses, Mick Jagger and Ozzy in the 1980’s.

Hours: Daily from 12pm – 8pm

Location: 186 Orchard Street

www.gritnglory.com


Three of Cups

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Three of Cups, if you’re are in the mood for a delicious Italian meal and some light death metal you are in the right spot. On street level Three of Cups is a beautiful restaurant with drool-worthy pizzas and pasta dishes. Meanwhile, the basement has pretty heavy metal music playing, leopard print poles, and a badass crowd.”

Who doesn’t love Italian food made from these old family recipes and pizzas, right?

Located in the East Village, Three of Cups was founded back in 1992 and they really know the essence in making good pizza.

If you’re not that into pizza – if this even exists, lol – their food menu comes from recipes from the Southern Italian regions like Sicily, Naples and Bari.

And still, if you’re into pizza and pasta but keep track of all the calories you eat, don’t worry…they have delicious gluten-free options on the menu.

Hours:
Happy Hour EVERYDAY!!
Restaurant Bar: 5pm – 8pm
Lounge: 7pm – 9pm
Saturday & Sunday Brunch w/ 2 hour Bottomless – 11am – 5pm

Location: 83 1st Avenue

www.threeofcupsnyc.com


Gutter Bar

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Our Founder, Fê, with her friends at The Gutter, in Williamsburg.

Gutter Bar Brooklyn, has great cheap whiskey and a retro style bowling alley in the back. Equipped with 8 lanes to show off your skills. They also have a pool table. It’s a really great place to go with a group of friends on a cold winter day.”

We were soooo excited to see the Gutter Bar as part of Emily’s and Abigail’s list! This is a spot that we go a lot to and always have a great time!

Now, don’t expect a super fancy bowling alley because, as the girls mentioned, it’s a retro style one. But, then again, who need fancy to have fun, right?

They have a full bar, a pool table (be sure to place your Quarter on the table to get in line) and the bowling alley. Oh! And after passing by the restrooms, you’ll see another room! Walk in! They have a stage with live music and a dance floor!

It can be a while – a few hours – until you play, so you can arrive early, or just get your number and enjoy the bar until your time comes.

Hours Williamsburg:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am
Friday: 2pm – 4am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4am

Hours Long Island City:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday: 2pm – 2am
Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 2am

Locations:
200 North 14th Street, Williamsburg
10-22 46th Avenue, Long Island City

www.thegutterbrooklyn.com/williamsburg


Enchantments

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Enchantments is the oldest occult store in NYC. This space is filled with wonderfully witchy items from candles to bring love into your life, herbs and oils to rid yourself of ex boyfriends, books like ‘The Witches Bible’ and of course, tarot cards. Literally all you could ever need.”

The store is located in the East Village and opened back in 1982! Their mission is: Our mission is to help people empower themselves, heal and grow through spiritual practice. We believe in the principle “harm none,” and do not endorse items that hurt others.

Their Apothecary has over 100 recipes and can be mixed and matched according to what you are looking for.

Their incenses, oils, baths and other products are hand-made. They still have numerous other products like hand-carved candles, holders, statues, books, jewelry, talismans, cards and so many other super cool magical tools!

Be sure to go with time, since you’ll certainly be drawn to many different products!

Hours:
Wednesday – Monday: 1pm – 8:45pm
Closed Tuesday

Location: 424 East 9th Street

www.enchantmentsincnyc.com


Obscura Antiques

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Obscura Antiques, a small antique and oddities shop located in the East Village. We once got a bat skeleton there! So, if you’re in the market for bones, taxidermy, or even a Romanian AK-47 Bayonet, you hit the jackpot! Give yourself at least an hour to look through everything. You’ll find some gems for sure.”

Looking through these old antiques and oddities is certainly a journey into the past and can be quite amusing if you let your mind fly.

They are the oldest shop in this category in NYC and they ‘carry medical, scientific, natural history, fraternal, circus/sideshow, and all things unusual’.

Plus, as they mentioned, we also believe it’s a great place to find a unique gift. Well, it will certainly be a gift your loved one will remember forever!

Enjoy your exploration!

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

Location: 207 Avenue A

http://www.obscuraantiques.com


Thank you Emily and Abigail, for sharing with us your 9 best behind the scenes spots in New York City!

If you enjoy rock’n’roll, you will also enjoy Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint. They’ve already hosted small, unexpected gigs with Nirvana!

Also, take a look at this interview with Andre Vasconcellos, one of the most amazing NY-based guitarists we know!

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of all the venues

New York Through The Eyes of the Tech Entrepreneur: Graham Mann

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New York-based Tech Entrepreneur, Graham Mann, shared with us his 7 top tips in New York! Check out where the cool tech crowd hangs out!

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann by P_Nali

Graham Mann is cofounder of Lean Systems, a logistics startup with offices in New York and Montreal, a graduate of Techstars NYC, and recipient of the 2017 Startup Canada Young Entrepreneur award. He grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, and did his undergrad degree in engineering at McGill University in Montreal.

He still leads the non-profit organization he founded, called Sail All, which provides sailing opportunities for youth in his home province of Nova Scotia, and mentors new entrepreneurs whenever he can, particularly for Founder Institute Montreal and Startup Weekend.

In his spare time you can usually find him on or near the water, sailing, windsurfing, or attempting surfing and kiteboarding, or out taking photos.

He writes regularly on his blog, and just launched a podcast called Starting Stories, where he interviews entrepreneurs, creatives, and more to talk about how they got started, and the habits and tools that led to their success.

Take a look at his 7 top tips in New York:


For Pizza: Lucali

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“I discovered Lucali through a cousin living nearby, and it’s known to locals for good reason: their pizza is delicious. They only serve pizza and calzones, and have different ingredients every day. It’s also BYOB – go to Henry Street Wine and Liquors down the street for some super-friendly advice on which wines to get. Go early as there’s no reservations, and it’s cash only.”

Their first and only location in New York is Carroll Gardens, in Brooklyn. The restaurant is specialized in pizzas and calzones, but also offers appetizer salads and fresh sides. Their thin-crusted pizzas and home-made sauces are loved not only by their neighbors, but by guests that come from all over NYC. Hence, the house is always full, as Graham mentioned above.

If you’re into craft draft and bottled beers, they have a good selection, as well as a wine menu with low production Italian wines.

Who’s the mind behind this all? The pizzaiolo Mark Iacono and he also has a location in Miami.

Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 12am
Friday – Sunday: 1pm – 12am

Location: 575 Henry Street

www.lucali.com


For Cocktails: Brooklyn Social Bar

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“After pizza and wine at Lucali, you can stop by Brooklyn Social Bar on your way back to the subway. The atmosphere is great, cocktails are delicious, and the bartenders are super friendly. Go on an off-night and get to know the bartenders.”

Located in Carroll Gardens, this spot was the former Society Riposto, a private member’s Sicilian Club. This group started back in the early 1900’s, and only in 1967 they actually rented out this spot.

They had private gatherings and parties led by Isidoro Parisi and his group of Italian friends.

After the memberships slowly dissolving throughout the years, 3 30-year old Brooklyn residents decided to purchase and renovate the place.

Many of the decorations are still the original ones with amazing, vintage pictures and ornaments, allowing it to keep its original vibe.

It’s surely a place that will take you back to the past, as in you entered another place on Earth.

Hours:
Sunday – Thursday: 5pm – 2am
Friday – Saturday: 5pm – 4am

Location: 335 Smith Street

http://brooklynsocialbar.com


For Those Interested In Travel: Voyager HQ

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“For anyone interested in, working in, or looking for a job in travel, you should be hanging out at Voyager HQ. It’s where we work in New York, the staff are super friendly, and they hold lots of great events. If you’re interested in travel, you should be there.”

We have to agree! We love everything that VoyagerHQ does and we are there quite often!

The place is great and the crowd is perfect for networking. They say they are “A Club for Travel Innovators”, so if this at all calls your attention, you should pass by.

In addition, they host some pretty cool events from breakfasts with industry professionals, to pitch nights with fantastic start-ups urging to change the world!

Location: 137 West 25th Street

www.voyagerhq.com


To Escape the City (sort of): Roosevelt Island

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“One of my college roommates grew up here, and I’ve spent quite a bit of time in Roosevelt Island. It’s right next to Manhattan, yet you’d never know it when you’re there, given how peaceful and quiet it is. Take the tram or subway there, go for a run, grab a coffee, or check out the beautiful new Cornell Tech campus.”

Yup, Roosevelt Island is a “life apart”, even though it’s nestled in the middle of the East River.

It’s a great place to go explore during the weekends!

If you have to pick a way to get there, we do recommend the tram. The journey will start with a spectacular view of Manhattan Island, Queens and the East River.

You’ll most certainly capture breathtaking Instagrammable shots!

The island has only one main street, called Main Street, ha, and a few additional side roads! But you can always walk towards the water through the path – that’s there the best views are.

If you’re the adventurous type, be sure to explore the Smallpox Hospital, also known as the Renwick Smallpox Hospital, in the Southern tip of the island.


Place to Take a Canadian: New York Islanders game

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“For Canadians, there’s no better way to spend an evening than at a hockey game, but given how popular it is in Canada, you’re lucky to get seats for a reasonable price. Take them to an Islanders game and they’ll love it, and for bonus points take them when they’re playing their favorite team.”

Canadians do love Hockey, but his is literally an activity for anyone that enjoys sports.

Moreover, if you or your friends have never been to a hockey game, we have to agreed you HAVE TO go to one.

Live hockey is definitely a thrilling experience and it’ll be a night of fun!

https://www.nhl.com/islanders 


For Whisky: Caledonia Bar

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“I got more of a taste for scotch after spending two weeks traveling Scotland last spring, and Caledonia Bar has the best selection I’ve found in New York. The atmosphere is as good as the whisky selection, and it’s a great place to take a date.”

Caledonia Bar has two locations in Manhattan. One is at the Upper East Side and the other at the Upper West Side, of Manhattan.

They have a great drink list, a few food options that vary a bit in each location and, a fantastic list of House Rules!

Wanna know some of them?

  • Five percent off for Tinder dates, you need to prove it by showing us your initial awkward messages
  • No credit card minimum, but if you keep swiping your card all night you are wasting paper, killing trees and in the long run killing all of humanity you selfish bastard. Start a Tab!
  • Gentlemen, this is a lady friendly bar, if it’s clear that they are not interested in you then stop talking to them. Obviously this rule does not apply to me.

Ha! So fun! Anyway, enjoy your scotch night out!

Hours:
Upper West Side: Monday – Sunday: 4pm – 4am
Upper East Side: Monday – Thursday: 5pm – 4am and Friday – Sunday: 4pm – 4am

Locations:
424 Amsterdam Avenue, Upper West Side
1609 2nd Avenue, Upper East Side

www.caledoniabar.com


For Shopping: Everlane

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“I generally try to avoid shopping in person as much as possible, but Everlane makes the experience enjoyable. I love that their simple, classic lines don’t overwhelm you with choice, and their commitment to ethical factories and transparent pricing make them a brand you can get behind. They currently only have two brick-and-mortar locations, and one is in New York.”

Located in the super cool neighborhood of Nolita, in Manhattan, Everlane believes in “Exceptional quality.
Ethical factories. Radical Transparency.” Totally up our alley!

Plus, their collections and products are timeless pieces that will be part of your wardrobe for a long time. How? Well, they source the finest materials and aren’t too focused on trends.

Oh! And still, they let the customer know exactly the true cost of materials, labor, transportation, taxes, etc…for the item they are purchasing. We love it!

They offer a complete line of products for men and women that believe, like them, that “we can all make a difference”.

Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 11am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 5pm

Location: 28 Prince Street

www.everlane.com


Thank you, Graham, for sharing these 7 top tips in New York! We are sure you will enjoy them all!

Finally, if you enjoyed this interview, we are positive you loved all the places that David Yarus, the Founder of the app JSwipe, shared with us! He listed 5 NYC spots that you’ve probably never been to! They are all surely worth the visit, so check them out!

 

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