Hint, it’s not from human beings.
Long lines of crying kids at Macy’s? Fuhgeddaboutit. This year, we’re celebrating the release of our two new limited edition Santa tees with a chance for you to get your holiday card pics with Nick, The Brooklyn Santa in our photobooth at Brooklyn Industries SoHo on Saturday, December 7th from 1pm-4pm. Get free photo strips, and have cookies and milk (or Brooklyn Brewery beer) with Nick.
Occupation: Graphic Designer / Gift giver (Winters)
Residence: North Pole (Winters), South Williamsburg (Summers)
Hobbies: baking/skating/tagging/fixing bikes and sleds
Favorite restaurant: Momofuku Milk Bar
Favorite bar: Rolf’s in Gramercy
Favorite band: Sleigh Bells
Last month, we received a letter on our Facebook page from Kate, a longtime customer from Brooklyn who had been traveling the world for the last four years with the same Brooklyn Industries jacket and backpack. She had just landed back in Brooklyn, so naturally, we invited her to our HQ in Dumbo to regale us with tales from her adventures, and to take a few snaps of her in her BKI gear.
Below is the letter Kate had sent us:
I was just thinking about you today, Brooklyn Industries, and I wanted to say thank you. Although a Brooklynite (and religious BI patron) at heart, I have been a global nomad for the past 4 years. I have travelled in four continents, and lived on a remote tropical island, a throbbing Korean urban hub, a British port city, and in a tent for several months in America’s Wild West. I pack light, and acquire and relinquish things as I go. This is part of the discipline of nomadic travel. From one destination to the next, almost everything about my daily existence changes. With two cherished exceptions:
1. A military-green cargo jacket with several generously-sized pockets and a retractable waterproof hood, which sounds like a purely functional clothing item but is actually quite flattering and stylish; and
2. A similarly-colored backpack, made from water-resistant and quick-drying material, also with numerous pockets and wonderfully comfortable straps.
I bought these two items at Brooklyn Industries on my last day in New York before I fledged the nest and began my journey. Despite having been used exceedingly regularly, and somewhat aggressively at times, both of these items are still in excellent condition, and continue to serve me every bit as well as the day I acquired them. Irreplaceable and layered with the memories of four continents, they have become a sort of symbolic core to my traveling self. Using them gives me comfort and reminds me of the pleasure of wandering.
Today I am packing my green backpack to return to Brooklyn for the first time in four years. I will definitely be making a stop in your store. Thanks for the journey. – Kate
Neato! We made Buzzfeed’s list of why 1998 was so great right between Air and The Big Lebowski.
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Kentucky Flood by Margaret Bourke-White
The initial interest in the design of Brooklyn Industries’ new Click Bag line stemmed from our CEO and photographer Lexy Funk’s interest in the historical position of women in photography. Since photography was considered more picture making than an artform in the early days, women were better represented in the field compared to other artforms. Working commercially as documentarians, images from photographers like Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White, the first female war correspondent are now considered artistic treasures.
Our bag designer was also inspired by the boxy camera bags these women carried that seemed timeless in style. The brown color was a nod to more classic, vintage camera bags, while the patent red and blue bags were more of a nod to mod.
The Click Bag - Made in NYC