Archive for the ‘Accessories’ Category

Would We? WeWood

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Our new favorite accessories in stores and online are these timepieces from WeWood. They’re made from 100% natural wood, are completely free of toxic chemicals, and adds a nice, woodsy touch to living in the city. As an added bonus, WeWood plants a tree for each watch sold. 

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New BKI Sunglasses on La Jetée

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

 

What’s our favorite accessory for the summer? Shades. While summertime in Brooklyn is legendary, the bright sun can be brutal – especially after the endless rooftop BBQs, Rockaway trips, and late night dance parties. When we’re feeling lethargic with our attire, sunglasses are always the easiest fixer upper for outfits. And with the protective case, they’re the perfect portable disguise – for whatever neighborhood you wake up in!

For our recent shoot in Greenpoint, we headed to the ferry landing with our cameras and shot a short movie inspired by the classic surrealist/post apocalyptic 60′s French film, La Jetée. On the vast expanse of the ferry landing, our models got to show off their thespian side, embracing and running down the pier in wedges and sunglasses, and dodging commuters with our photographer/CEO, Lexy Funk chasing after them with both hands on the camera – the perfect combination of hilarious, and dangerous.

 

 

The Seed Dress – Made in Brooklyn, Made to Bury

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still. – Henry David Thoreau

While we love designing garments and bags and making them available for people to purchase, sometimes it’s fun to do things just for the sake of doing it. A few months ago, a bunch of us were sitting around the studio when Aaron, our Women’s Designer told us about this great company called Greenaid in California that his friends run that makes Seedbombs, and how we should write about them on our blog. Our CEO, Lexy suggested that instead of just promoting them, we should use them to make something. It was then that the idea for the Seed Dress was sown.

Three dresses were then designed and handmade by Aaron and our design team to be put on display in our Union Square, Smith Street, and Park Slope store to celebrate Earth Day, after which a ceremonial burial will take place at a nearby park. All the components of the dresses are earth friendly, from the locally sourced organic cotton voile, to the seeds embedded in fabric cut into flower shapes. The beads themselves act as the enclosures eliminating any zippers or plastic buttons. Aaron’s inspirations for the design drew from spring, femininity, and environmentalism, and the look is slightly vintage, girlish, and light, with a modern fit and styling – a design that would look great both on a woman and underground.

For Seedsbombs you can purchase, check out our Seedbomb bracelets and vending machines available in stores at Union Square, Smith Street, and Park Slope.

Fashion Meets Guerilla Gardening with our new Seedbomb Bracelets

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

The Seedbomb Bracelet

Have you ever walked down the street, seen an unsightly empty or discarded lot, and felt helpless to do anything about it? Enter Seedbombs, gumball sized nuggets from Greenaid, that when incorporated into a bracelet, make portable weapons of mass beauty.

All month long, we’re celebrating Earth Day at BKI, and the Seedbomb Bracelet is our opening salvo. We reached out to our friends at Greenaid, who hand rolled the seedbombs in Culver City, CA, using local materials and sustainable packaging. Greenaid also works with Chrysalis, a local non-profit that provides employment opportunities for formerly homeless or economically disadvantaged men and women.

The Seedbomb bracelets were crafted in our DUMBO, Brooklyn design studio with 100% cotton cording. Currently, you can pick one up at our Union Square, Park Slope, and Smith Street stores, and vending machines are also set up there for individual Seedbombs for 50 cents a piece. The seedbombs are composed of a mixure of clay compost and seeds, and can be thrown anywhere in the city, yard, or neighborhood, transforming  barren spaces into beautiful miniature gardens with a little sun and water.

Seedbombers in action

Brooklyn Industries Tip Toes Back Into Manufacturing

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

How many design meetings can you sit in dreaming about ideas and projects that you just want to make tomorrow but have to wait.  The stream of proto and waiting time is often too long.  Our creative director stood up in one of these meetings and said, why don’t we make them ourselves?  Like when we started.  One sewer, one machine, one bag at a time.  Next thing we know, there is a sewing machine amongst our designer’s computers.  One of our sewers who repair bags for us, is working with our designer cutting out patterns, and sewing bags one at a time.  Just as we dreamed.

SUNNY SIDE UP is a very very limited series of hand-made leather bags.  The colored leather is hand chosen by our designer.  The straps are picked for their neon offset.  The leather is very smooth, beautiful.  The affect is stunningly simple- A leather tote with neon stitching and details handmade in Brooklyn.

They are now available only at the Dumbo and Union Square Store.

BRIGHT-BAG UP YOUR DAYS

Monday, April 11th, 2011

This spring, we’re bringing some color back into your lives with the Spring 2011 Messenger Bag and Backpack Collection. We’ve released your favorite Carrier Bullfrog Bag, Small Messenger Bag, Carrier Messenger Backpack, Conduit Backpack and Attache Messenger styles in the black and grey shades you already know and love - however, to change things up, we’ve decided to offer you apple red, olive green and shale blue shades as well. Go for it!