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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.

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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.


Shivam Punjya: Founder of Behno

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, from Zero Waste 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


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New York Through The Eyes Of The Tech Entrepreneur: Graham Mann

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann by P_Nali

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!

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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 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.lucalibrooklyn.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

Curiosities Insider Interviews Graham Mann Voyager HQ

“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!

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 in 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!


Photo Credits: Courtesy of The Associated Press for the Washington’s Top News, Mc_Gutty, P_Nali and the venues
*Last Update on April/2020.*

Tips By One Of The Top Hair Experts In NY, Rogerio Cavalcante

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Taking care of your hair in a city like New York can be a challenge in many ways. One of the top hair experts in NY, Rogerio Cavalcante, shared with us some great tips about the products he’s been using!

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The weather in New York City can go to extreme temperatures in the summer with long, humid days, and in the winter with the dry freezing air.

We all that taking care and keeping our hair healthy and strong can be quite hard.

So, we asked our friend and one of the top hair experts in NY, Rogerio Cavalcante to give us the secret to the perfect hair.

He told us everything about a fantastic brand called Oribe and pointed out his favorite picks.

Besides being dermatologist-tested, all products are formulated without parabens, sulfates or sodium chloride. It is color and keratin treatment safe. And still, it has UV protection for hair. The best? It’s vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free.

We simply love it! Take a look below!


To start, a bit about the brand:

Oribe was founded by the Cuban-born American hairstylist, Oribe Canales. He’s very well-known for having worked with the biggest top models like Cindy Crawford and Linda Evangelista. Moreover, he’s been the artist behind several Fashion Week high-end brands, like Chanel and Thierry Mugler.

They have a vast line of products for different hair and treatments, so you’ll definitely find the right one for you.

Collections are:

  • Gold Lust
  • Beautiful Color
  • Signature
  • Magnificent Volume
  • Brilliance & Shine
  • Moisture & Control
  • Bright Blonde

Rogerio’s top picks:

Today, a hair treatment starts before washing the hair, while in the recent past, you’d apply an intensive care mask after showering, remember? This pre-shampoo called Gold Lust Pre-Shampoo Intensive Treatment is a miracle worker.

Description: Bring damaged locks back to life. This rejuvenating pre-shampoo treatment balm melts into hair, deeply moisturizing and repairing while protecting against harsh aggressors such as washing, styling and pollution. Softness, shine and strength are restored.

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Benefits:

  • Protects hair from damage and moisture loss
  • Intensely hydrates and nourishes dry strands
  • Repairs existing damage while reducing future breakage and split ends
  • Revitalizes softness, shine, strength and elasticity
  • Restores moisture balance without weighing hair down
  • Helps to protect against free-radical and environmental damage

From the same Collection, called Gold Lust, he also recommends the Shampoo, Conditioner and Texturizing Spray. The Texturizing Spray to use after a day at the beach and swimming in the ocean, will be sure to restore your hair.

Now, if you’re looking for some amazing volume that leaves your hair light and natural, you can try the Volumista Mist Spray.

Or, you can try the Swept Up Volume Powder. It gives the hair volume and nice body. Just be careful not to use it all the time, since it leaves a bit of residue on the scalp. Use it for special occasions!

One of the coolest and most unique products, that definitely come in handy is the Airbrush. You use it to cover the small unwanted white hairs that shows up. They have it for all different hair colors.

For the very hot and humid NY summer days, you can try the Impermeable Anti-Humidity Spray. This spray will certainly keep your hair fresh and “in control”! Be sure to spray it arm distance away.

Two of the unique products are the Shampoo and Conditioner in a can, instead of in a plastic recipient. The texture some out like a kind of mousse and the perfume is very good.

The Bald d’Or Heat Styling Shield is great to protect the hair before blow drying it or using any type of curlers! Benefits are countless, like:

  • Shields fragile strands from thermal damage
  • Leaves hair looking ultra-sleek and shiny
  • Fights frizz, flyaways and wiry greys
  • Makes hair easier to style and manage
  • Age-defying formula restores hair’s strength and density

And still, the Gold Hair Nourishing Oil is a great one to have in handy. As they explain:

“This luxuriously light oil absorbs instantly to restore hair to its prime. Infused with a rich blend of jasmine, edelweiss flower, lychee, sandalwood, cassis, bergamot and argan extracts, each protective drop penetrates the hair to deeply condition, strengthen and smooth—imparting intense nourishment and incredible shine. Works wonders on dry, damaged and color-treated hair…Liquid gold.”

If you have curly hair, you might want to try out the Surfcomber Tousled Texture Mousse. Once again, their description is just perfect:

“Sexy, surfed-in hair is no longer the domain of beachgoers in their tropical climes. Texturize your locks with this hydrating mousse that creates perfectly imperfect separation for that effortlessly tousled look.”

Lastly, they have some super great Kits. Check out their Holiday Travel Essentials Bag and the Holiday Gold Lust Collection.

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In addition, besides Oribe – that is certainly one of Rogerio’s current favorite brands – he also recommends everyone to check out a brand called R+Co.

About R+Co:

“R+Co is a collective of some of the most forward-thinking, rule-bending hairstylists in the business. We are a think tank of top editorial and salon stylists and educators—with a combined century of hairdressing knowledge and experience—and we make sure that we have more than one viewpoint on everything we do.”

…and coolest part:

“Everything is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.”

Now, you can prepare yourself to face NYC’s harsh approaching winter, and keep in mind what to buy for the next summer!

Happy shopping!


You can find Rogerio, one of the top hair experts in NY at Maria Bonita Salon & Spa, in SoHo!

Location: 199 Mott Street

www.mariabonitany.com


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Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oribe and Poppy Delevingne for Meandher shoes (featured image).
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Pippin Vintage Jewelry: Antiquities And Curiosities

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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.

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Pippin Vintage Jewelry is owned by Stephen and Rachel Cooper, whose first date was to an auction! Before opening the shop, Stephen was a vendor at the Chelsea Flea Markets and Rachel, an antique collector and teacher.

In the summer of 2006, the Coopers and their friends and families renovated what was previously a hidden carriage house down an alley. Pippin opened its doors to vintage lovers across New York City ever since!

What sets Pippin apart from most jewelry stores is that while others specialize in certain kinds of jewelry, Pippin has a whole spectrum. Their jewelry selection ranges from five dollar charms to engagement rings that cost thousands of dollars; the jewelry come from as early as the 1800’s and as current as the 1980’s.

As well, while most stores guard their jewelry behind glass encasements, Pippin displays their jewelry in creative ways. They change them up often, allowing customers to interact with the pieces.

We asked the store manager, Tatianni, her advice for vintage jewelry lovers.

“First of all, come here,” she laughs. “But seriously, with vintage jewelry, you just have to find something that speaks to you because vintage has such a range of style through the decades. Buying vintage is great because it has a lesser impact on our planet, and most things were made here.”

“The type of jewelry that is trending right now are unique stones like agates. Druzies are also very in vogue right now.”

Besides the jewelry on display, Pippin also has drawers upon drawers of earrings and cufflinks. Tatianni let me play around with the jewelry, and even helped me pick out a pair of clip-on earrings from the 1970’s.

Fun fact: most vintage earrings from the 1970’s happen to be clip-ons. So, you do not have to worry about whether you or your intended recipients have pierced ears or not!

Behind Pippin Vintage Jewelry, through a whimsically lit alley, you will find its sister store, Pippin Home.

It specializes in furniture and antiques carefully curated and bought from estate auctions in Western Massachusetts and Vermont.

Manager Jack advises those looking to furnish their homes to never be too anxious. He says:

“Space fills up quickly, so you want to be well thought out on your pieces. The advantage of buying vintage over mass produced is that vintage always maintains integrity and value.”

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!

If you enjoy vintage stores, be sure to check these 30 vintage and thrift stores in New York.

Our Personaly Styling Services offers a fantastic personal shopper service where we take clients to the best vintage stores in New York. On the other hand, our Corporate Tours & Experiences experts organize curated study and delegation tours for companies that want to offer exquisite training and develop a strategy that aligns with your specific business objectives.

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

Location: 112 West 17th Street

https://pippinvintage.com


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

Top 3 Vintage Stores in Brooklyn That Will Upgrade Your Closet

Our very good friend, and now top Contributor, Vicky Toni, listed the 3 top vintage stores in Brooklyn! Vicky is one of the best stylists and fashion experts in NYC we know, so we definitely trust her tips!

Are you a vintage hunter? Always trying to find beautifully curated pieces with a good value equation?

If the answer is yes, then you have to check out these 3 vintage gems in Brooklyn that Vicky has uncovered! Share your thoughts with us at the end.


Narnia Vintage

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The other day I was walking around Williamsburg and ran into Fê Paronetto, BTSNYC’s Founder! We spent a lovely afternoon together hunting cool pieces at Narnia Vintage. She couldn’t believe that little door on Driggs Avenue would offer such an amazing selection of Boho garments and accessories.

On the racks you can find designer labels like Oscar de la Renta, YSL, Moschino, Celine, Missoni, Stella and much more. You are probably thinking, but what about prices? The majority of items will fall into the $75 to $250 range.

Fê actually bought a gorgeous black leather skirt for $95! The brand? Oscar de la Renta!!! To die for!

Go for it!

Location: 672 Driggs Avenue (between Fillmore Place and North 1st Street), Williamsburg

www.narniavintage.com


Awoke Vintage

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I only had awesome experiences at this Australian-born vintage store.

Novelty is the key word to best describe Awoke Vintage, since new and unique pieces arrive every day from different countries around the globe.

With 2 locations – one in Williamsburg and the other one in Greenpoint – they have an extensive collection in good conditions. Here you can find gently used floral dresses, cute button-downs, cool coats and jackets.

It’s the real deal, guys!

Location: 132 North 5th Street (between Berry Street and Bedford Avenue), Williamsburg; and  688 Manhattan Ave, Greenpoint

www.awokevintage.com


Stella Dallas Living

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If you dig vintage styles from the 70’s and 80’s this store is a must go.

Located in Williamsburg,  Stella Dallas Living has a wide range of well-curated vintage items from tees and denim to design labels.

The only watch out is you really have to be patient to peruse your take-away piece(s) through the store, ‘cause they have a lot to offer.

Next door you can also shop antiques and stunning homeware at Stella Dallas Living store.

Location: 285 North 6th Street (between Metropolitan Avenue and Havemeyer Street)

http://facebook.com/stelladallasnyc


If you really enjoy vintage stores, take a look at Antoinette Brooklyn and Pippin Vintage Jewelry. These vintage stores in Brooklyn and Chelsea will definitely upgrade your closet.

Or, take a look at our 30+ Vintage and Thrift store guide!


Photo Credit: Vicky Toni and Courtesy of the venues
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Josephinas Portugal: Proud To Be A Woman

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A shoe brand that believes that you don’t need high heels to feel amazing. Josefinas Portugal was founded in 2013 by Filipa Júlio and is a woman’s dream for women!

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We are all about women empowerment and the feel of “Proud to be a Woman”, after all, Behind the Scenes NYC was founded by the Brazilian entrepreneur and dreamer, Fê Paronetto. She wanted to show people what New York City is really about, away from the touristy scene.

Our Contributor, Laura Peruchi, interviewed Sofia Oliveira, from Josefinas Portugal!


Josefinas is a luxury shoes company from Portugal that started online in Europe. They’ve just opened last month their first flagship store in New York City.

The flats and the sneakers are handmade, which certainly makes the shoes undoubtedly special and unique. Plus, Josefinas’ story and trajectory is surely inspirational.

The quote ‘Never give up’ has always defined the brand’s path.

Filipa Júlio, the Founder, named the brand after her grandmother. She made Filipa’s life a special adventure, especially when she took her to ballet class as a kid.

We talked with Sofia Oliveira, one of the Co-Founders that joined Filipa in her journey. She graduated in Communications & Press Relations, but she always loved Fashion and Josefinas was a natural step in her career.

Along with Filipa and Maria Cunha, she’s part of the team that founded Josefinas.

She explains: “Josefinas was founded in 2013 from a woman’s dream – Filipa – and other women that joined her. Our shoes were created to inspire women to achieve their dreams. It’s a woman’s dream for women”.


How is the manufacturing process of Josefinas’ shoes?

We are obsessed with savoir-faire – a French expression that means “expertise”. That’s why each Josefinas’ pair of shoes is so special. They are all individually handmade by expert craftsmen based in Portugal.

Can you explain a little bit about Josefinas’ values and philosophy?

Josefinas has three main values.

First, is the savoir-faire. We work with the best Portuguese craftsmen to create Josefinas’ magic. The hands of these artists have years of history in the art of making shoes. They have passion and pride in creating. Naturally, they create pieces of art.

Our second value is women empowerment. We believe in women power. Our mission is inspiring women to believe in their dreams until they come true. Where can your Josefinas can take you? Wherever you want them to!

Last but not least, we have the Customer’s “WOW”. We believe that our Customers are the best in the world, that’s why we believe in always exceeding their expectations. We have a person focused on this: our Chief Officer of Customer Delight.

What about the Josefinas’ styles? What’s your favorite? 

Honestly, it’s impossible to have just one favorite. All styles are beautiful! Currently, I am obsessed with Josefinas’ Louise Green Tree, Cleopatra Classic Black and the Red Lisbon.

Josefinas believes in women empowerment and that it’s not necessary to wear high heels to be amazing, right? 

It’s important – and we believe – that women should feel good with themselves. They have to believe, feel and use their power. There is nothing stronger than women empowerment! We are a live example of that.

Why did you chose New York City to open the first Josefinas flagship? 

Why NOT New York City? The United States is an important market for Josefinas and it’s the perfect place to affirm us as luxury brand.

For you, in which way is Josefinas’ shoes and New York women related?

It’s excellent, not just for New York women, but also for women around the world. In addition to appreciating the quality and design of Josefinas’ shoes, they also connect with the brand’s values and purpose. This makes us extremely proud.

To finish, what are your favorites spots in New York?

I’m going to suggest three places to eat that I simply love: The Butcher’s Daughter – I can’t highlight anything specific, because I adore everything about them; Rubirosa has the most divine pizza and By Chloe because of it’s classic vegan burger.


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

Location: 252 Elizabeth Street

www.josefinas.com


Written by our Contributor Laura Peruchi
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Josefinas
*Last Update on March/2020.*

Dora Marra: A Time Machine Back To The 1920’s And 30’s

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Get your costume with Dora Marra and enter a time machine back to the 1920’s and 30’s! Experience the Jazz Age Lawn Party and feel the nostalgia.

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Yes!!! We are so glad that the 2nd Jazz Age Lawn Party of the year is finally almost here! And, we decided to share with you a place to get your costume ready: Dora Marra!

On August 13th and 14th, at Governos Island, you’ll be able to “discover and experience one of the most colorful and formative epochs in American history.”

What to expect? Amazing music, dances, great food & drinks and performances.

As a result, guests dress up with very creative clothes and props. It definitely gives you a nostalgic feeling of experiencing the 1920’s and 1930’s.

Not sure where to buy your hair accessories?! Well, we’ve got the p-e-r-f-e-c-t place.

Dora Marra is the responsible for the most exclusive and beautiful hair accessories in town. She dresses the coolest folks that always attend the event, so she’s the one you should go to if you’re attending the Jazz Age Lawn Party.

Her pieces are all hand made, plus she has the style and budget for everyone! So, don’t worry. You’ll find the perfect piece to match your style.

Dora works with fascinators, hair accessories, masks, crowns, bridal, halloween, flower pieces and 1920’s head wraps.

You’ll be able to find her every weekend at the street fair in Chinatown or take a look at her Etsy Store. For further information be sure to check her website. You’ll definitely fall in love with her work.

Take a look at 30 vintage and thrift shops, where you might be able to find the right attire to wear for the party.

www.doramarra.etsy.com
http://jazzagelawnparty.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dora Marra and Jazz Age Lawn Party
*Last Update on March/2020.*

CAP Beauty: The First 100% Natural Beauty Store in NYC

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Nestled between Hudson and Bleecker Street, in the West Village, lies what is our new favorite go-to health and beauty haven: CAP Beauty. They are the first 100% natural beauty store in NYC.

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One of our Contributors, Helenita Salom, visited her favorite all natural beauty store in the West Village.

I came across CAP Beauty a few weeks ago on my quest to dig deeper to find simple, yet effective, chemical free products that are healthy and clean.

There are so many different options out there, specially in NYC – from your local pharmacy to Sephora, that offer “natural” products. But, upon reading the labels I still found myself confused by many of the synthetic ingredients found in these products.

Eager to find a trusted source, I began doing a little research and, in no time, discovered CAP Beauty.

CAP Beauty first opened its doors in February 2015 by co-founders Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy DiPrima.

They realized they weren’t just “another beauty store in NYC” that carried all 100% natural, synthetic free beauty products. They were actually the first and only store in Manhattan to carry only products that are all completely natural! The space is also absolutely beautiful, both inside and out.

Having shopped here twice now, I have been blown away by the warmth and knowledge of the entire staff. They are friendly, readily available and extremely knowledgeable on each of the beauty lines they carry.

The first time I went into the store I was helped by Karrilynn Pamer herself, and was instantly at ease with the way she addressed my concerns and made suggestions according to what I was looking for.

One of my favorite products I purchased is the MUN No. 1 Aknari Brightening Youth Serum.  A serum I can apply with my moisturizer both day and night containing just three but very potent ingredients: Prickly Pear Seed, Argan Oil and Rose Essential Oil.

After just a few weeks of using the serum I notice a difference in the way my skin feels and can already tell it will become a staple in my beauty routine.

CAP Beauty also offers spa services as well as a variety of teas, adaptogens, honeys and much more!

Can’t wait to go there again! I loved this first 100% Natural Beauty Store in NYC.

Hours:
Monday – Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday: 9am – 9pm
Friday & Saturday: 10am – 7pm
Sunday: 10am – 6pm

Location: 238 West 10th Street

www.capbeauty.com


Photo Credits: Courtesy of CAP Beauty and Sasha Israel
*Last Update on March/2020.*

UMA | Raquel Davidowicz: The Feminine Force In a New Era

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“Androgyny is sensual, a timeless style is sophisticate, and a strong attitude is expressive.” UMA | Raquel Davidowicz is a renowned Brazilian brand that recently opened a store in the West Village.

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One of the most renowned Brazilian brands has finally landed in New York City: UMA | Raquel Davidowicz!

We all know how much the Brazilian fashion is gaining more and more exposure worldwide. Women and men from all the corners of the globe are hungry fascinated by it and the desire exponentially grows.

New York City is the world’s top fashion capital and as we all know that “if you make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.” That’s also true with fashion!

UMA | Raquel Davidowicz is a contemporary womenswear with an independent and timeless essence. Family owned and well established in Brazil for over 20 years, they are now present in New York City. So, get ready to go crazy inside the store!

UMA by Raquel Davidowicz opened its first international store in NYC’s West Village, on October of 2015. The Spring/Summer 2016 collection currently available is truly beautiful and fresh.

The Portuguese word UMA, translates to “one”, which relates to uniqueness and individuality.

Since its launch in 1996, the designer has been presenting sophisticated tailored pieces with a laid-lack appeal that translates the brands very solid DNA.

We are sure you’re going to enjoy it! And boys, this is a perfect place to purchase a gift your loved ones. Do consider passing by the store to check it out!

In addition, the West Village has a huge variety of brands for every style and budget. Therefore, contact us so we can have our fashion experts take care of you! There is nothing better than having a professional Personal Stylist with making sure you put together the perfect wardrobe for the upcoming season!

We’ve also worked with several Corporate groups that come into the city for work. Many are researching trends, while others desire benchmarking with specific companies and brands. We’ve delivered different projects where we organize Fashion Trend Researches and Study Tours for Delegations.

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

Location: 371 Bleecker Street

www.umaraqueldavidowicz.com


Photo Credit: Courtesy of UMA | Raquel Davidowicz
*Last Update on March/2020.*

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