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Best. Holiday Tees. Ever.

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Graffiti Santa

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.

About 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


Skater Santa


BKI Presents Tudo/Fumo and the Chromapost Messenger Bag Release During the Dumbo Arts Festival

Monday, September 23rd, 2013


Join us at Brooklyn Industries Dumbo for an art event during the Dumbo Arts Festival featuring Artist Braulio Amado and the release of Artist Aleksandar Macasev’s and Artbridge’s new Chromapost Messenger Bag. Saturday, September 28th, 2-5pm. Click here to RSVP.

Chromapost Messenger Bag – An Art Installation Becomes a Bag

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Make messenger bags using an art installation – that’s what the non-profit arts organization Artbridge implored us to do. So naturally, we said yes. Having made messenger bags out of billboards before – it was the first product Brooklyn Industries produced, we were really excited to use material from a colorful art installation by artist Aleksandar Maćašev that we had walked by many times down the street from our HQ in Dumbo. We carefully cut up Maćašev’s visual color diary into 40 limited edition messenger bags, with each bag coming with a digital print of the unique colors of that bag signed by the artist. During the Dumbo Arts Festival, the bags will be on display and for sale in our Dumbo store and online, and an opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 28th from 2pm-5pm at Brooklyn Industries Dumbo.


Chromapost installation in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Photo by Collin Erickson

We asked Aleksandar a few questions about Chromapost and how the art installation evolved into a bag:

How did the idea of blogging your daily mood in colors start? 

I am very keen for diary-like art forms. Chromapost started as a basic blog where each entry was just a single color picked from your standard RGB color picker, and it represented my daily emotional experience in a compressed form. I was tired of all the influence on our color perception (color theory, harmonies, fashion trends, commerce, branding, culture, arts, visual communication…) and I wanted to establish a very personal and direct link between my own emotions and color.

I was also interested in the atomization and compression of information, to go beyond Twitter’s 140 characters micro-blogging. One way to achieve that was to abandon language and use purely visual information. So I like to call Chromapost a nano-blogging project.
After awhile, this colored emotional footprint got a proper web form and I started making art outgrowths out of the ever growing color archive.

How did Chromapost then become a giant, colorful installation in Dumbo, Brooklyn?

Chromapost outgrowths range from self-published posters, retrospective calendars to paintings and a social network where visitors can post their own colors and generate art based on them. The biggest physical outgrowth happened two years ago at Water Street in Dumbo. The Dumbo Arts Festival asked ArtBridge for an artist who could produce a 350 foot long art piece for the Empire Stores scaffolding. I had already submitted some outdoor art proposals to ArtBridge and they stumbled upon one of the Chromapost outgrowths in my book. It was a year long sequence of Chromapost colors and that type of format seemed to fit the bill perfectly. For the Dumbo installation, we used a two year sequence (730 colors, from April, 1 2009 to March 31, 2011). The final result had this pretty cinematic quality (a changing of colors without repeating as you walk by it) and it left a mark on the entire neighborhood during its year long life. There was a constant stream of Instagram photos and blog posts from visitors and passers-by.


What do you think about your visual diary being re-purposed into messenger bags?

I love the idea of someone else carrying ten days of my life on their shoulder. The vinyl of the dismantled installation simply cried to be recycled into something else. The design of the bag utilized that idea of playing with private/public. On the outside, the bags have a small strip with a three to four color sequence, but the inside of the bag is covered completely in colored strips from the installation. A discrete chunk of my emotional life is offered to the outside world, while the owner of the bag can have the full view. Each bag is completely unique because repeating colors or color sequences in Chromapost is practically impossible. To compliment the uniqueness I created a separate digital print for each bag based on each bag’s color combination and the visual language used in Chromapost Social Network for generating art.

RSVP to the opening reception here at Brooklyn Industries Dumbo. Saturday, September 28th, 2pm-5pm.

BKI X Animation Block Party

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013


Rawr! We’ve teamed with Animation Block Party’s 10th anniversary festival to create the shirt… and to throw some parties! RSVP at

Shoot: Photo Exhibition

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013


Join us on the evening of Thursday, July 11th at the Brooklyn Industries Greenpoint location where we will be showing some prints from our summer lookbook shot by Lauren Silberman. Come enjoy drinks and DJ set by Ben Steidel (Lemonade/Co-op 87).


Click here to RSVP.


Pride 2013 at Brooklyn Industries

Monday, June 24th, 2013


Aids Walk New York

Monday, May 6th, 2013


Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


Oh snap! It’s Brooklyn Industries Chicago’s 5th birthday! We’re celebrating with an analog photography competition in partnership with Lomography Chicago next door. Accepting submissions from everywhere. CLICK HERE TO ENTER for a chance to be exhibited in Chicago plus other prizes.


Meet The Artist: Pinkypunk’s Pachy Sarmiento

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

In her Bushwick studio in The Deduction Cowl Neck Top

From pixels to needles, multimedia artist Pachy Sarmiento has created a dizzying array of work across multiple mediums – from videos for Beach House to paintings and collages to her handmade PINKYPUNK doll line. We met the Venezuelan born artist at her studio to ask her about her creative process. 

What inspires you to move across so many different mediums? Not all mediums work the same for all ideas. Starting from this point and the everyday reality that you are “connected” all day – either in front of your computer, phone or tablet, when you give yourself the opportunity to “disconnect” from all that, what you’re doing is forcing yourself to find new ways – on many occasions more interesting ones, to address the problem. Then you come back and mix them all and you’ll get even better results.

Is there a common thread that inspires your creative process?
Going to a street fair with my PINKYPUNKs is for me like magic. At those events I get to see for myself how people (kids, teens, adults) interact with the product. They come and play with the dolls and tell you what they want, what they “need”. It’s like brainstorming all day long, so I come back with lots of new ideas and am somewhat clearer on the strengths and weaknesses of what I’m doing … Magic!

You moved to New York four years ago as a struggling artist. What advice would you give for young artists trying to succeed in their craft? At least once a year get involve in a project that doesn’t have anything to do with what you do. It gives you an opportunity to appreciate what you do (or think about it from a different perspective), and helps to get fresh ideas for future projects.

Make your own rules for your creative process …and then BREAK THEM, there is nothing more fun and satisfying than breaking rules.

So you’ve conquered motion graphics and stuffed dolls. What’s next? THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (jajajaja, – laughing in Spanish – ) I really would like to work more on my paintings and collages, which is really hard for me because they are the most personal and intimate part of my work, but the truth is that I don’t have a specific plan, so I’m curious and excited to know what will be my next adventure. 


Meet Pachy Sarmiento and her PINKYPUNK collection at Brooklyn Industries Handcrafted in Brooklyn event at SoHo on Friday, March 29th from 6:30pm – 9pm. Click here to RSVP. View more of her work at


Handmade in Brooklyn Event at SoHo

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013


We’re launching our new Made in Brooklyn Montague Leather Bags with a party in SoHo with some of our Brooklyn friends. Come enjoy drinks from The Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Gin, and bring home select Brooklyn products from Tatly, Anarchy in a Jar, Pinky Punk, The Good Batch, and Brooklyn Hard Candy with a purchase of a Made in Brooklyn bag. Friday, March 29th 6:30pm-9pm. RSVP here.