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This Built America- Episode 5: Brooklyn Industries

Friday, April 25th, 2014

This Built America and AOL highlights Brooklyn Industries as the featured New York company in their 50 state series on companies that are helping to build the manufacturing industry in the United States.

View the entire episode on Brooklyn Industries here.

Urban Camo

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014


This March, we’re blending into the city with The March Coat, available in camo and black. This versatile, lightweight, military-inspired jacket also features a funnel neck, full zip with covered snap placket, patch pockets at the chest and hips, and a slimming drawcord at the waist, and will take you from March through the start of next year’s winter.

Getting outside again also means strolling around BKI headquarter’s neighborhood, Dumbo, Brooklyn – and getting some shots of the amazing mural project, Dumbo Walls, installed last summer under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway. Walk beneath and along the BQE to find large murals from some giants of the design and art world, including Stefan Sagmeister, MOMO, Shepard Fairey, CAM, Yuko Shimizu and many, many more. So get out and visit Dumbo and see one of the most amazing and free open air galleries New York City has to offer.



Brooklyn Industries x Jean Paul Gaultier at the Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, October 27th, 2013


Jean Paul Gaultier – meet Brooklyn. We’ve been anticipating this exhibition around here for awhile now, and had a chance to get a sneak peek last Thurday at the museum for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier. Coming off the heels of The Met’s Alexander McQueen exhibit, Brooklyn now gets its chance to return volley with a retrospective on the ‘Enfent Terrible’ of French fashion.


For the exhibition, Brooklyn Industries co-designed a special limited edition graphic tee andcross body tote to celebrate the show. The tote features the iconic blue stripes commonly associated with Gaultier, and comes with a unique cross body strap. The stripes are also present on the graphic tee, along with Brooklyn Industries ‘Live, Work, Create’ motto with a Gaultier stamp over it.


Additionally, we’ll be unveiling the collaborative designs in person at Brooklyn Museum’sFirst Saturday Event on Saturday, November 2nd featuring talks, films, interactive spaces, and lots of live music, including Au Revoir Simone.

See The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier – From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at the Brooklyn Museum from October 25, 2013 – February 23, 2014.

Tee Tuesday – Mortal Instruments Edition

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013


The Mortal Instrument is coming out tomorrow in theaters, and you’ll spot not one, but TWO of our tees on the movie’s main characters – Clary Fray and Simon Lewis. Today only, receive 20% off these two tees - Insta BK and Tape Snack in stores and online with code TEETUESDAY.

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The coolest job in the world just might be Bob Partington’s. From elaborate Rube Goldberg machines for Google to large scale typographic sculptures, Partington’s dynamic, whimsical, and always awe-inspiring pieces are what every kid dreams of making for a living when they grow up.

Panera Bread from 1stAveMachine on Vimeo.

Today only, meet the Williamsburg resident as he unveils his newest invention at Brooklyn Industries on 100 Smith Street at 6pm. The first 15 people to show up will receive a free t-shirt! 

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.


Free Screening: Brooklyn Castle at Brooklyn Industries 1 Boerum Place

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Working in such a vibrant community, we often get sent music, movies, artwork, among other things in hopes that we can help share it with the world. When this disk landed on our desks, we weren’t sure what to make of it, so we popped it in the player. After a couple of hours and a few teardrops later, we had immediately made up our minds.

We had to do something to help.

Brooklyn Castle documents the after school chess club at I.S. 318 in Williamsburg through the personal stories of a handful of players and their committed instructors. I.S. 318 is a humble middle school in every sense of the word – including financial, yet their inner city chess program has developed into a national powerhouse, routinely capturing national titles – 26 to be exact. But more crucial than the awards, the documentary highlights the empowering effects the game has on the students’ lives, from academics, to their home lives, to the emotional maturation of the adolescents – in a sometimes ridiculously heartwarming fashion. With severe cuts to school budgets in the city, the chess club, among other after school programs, is facing extinction. We called up the Director, Katie Dellamaggiore shortly after, and decided to collaborate on a T-shirt design, with portions of proceeds from the shirt going to help fund the program. The design plays off the name of the county the school resides in – Kings County, and is fashioned after a varsity athletic feel because at I.S. 318, the chess players are the star athletes.

The film initially debuted at SXSW last March, and is scheduled to screen at Sundance in October, but a week before on Saturday, October 13th, Brooklyn Industries will put on a free Brooklyn screening at our 1 Boerum Place location. Come see this amazing film for the first time, help support the movie and chess club, and try your hand at defeating some of these young chess athletes for special prizes (warning – you probably won’t win). RSVP at

Shop the BK Castle Eco Tee. Portions of the proceeds to the I.S.318 chess program.

Go See Cooper Hewitt’s “Graphic Design: Now In Production” on Governors Island

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

One of the best graphic design exhibits in awhile is now showing just a $4 East River Ferrry ride away on Governor’s Island. While most of the work has developed iconic status on the web, the all-encompassing curation gives you a chance to see the work in its original form or in proper scale. Bring a bike or rent one there afterwards to unplug from civilization just five minutes from Lower Manhattan.


Christopher Doyle’s amusing Identity Guidelines for himself.

Albert Exergian Swiss-ifies American television shows in his Iconic TV poster series

Ink, a collection of wallcoverings designed by Abbott Miller at Pentagram

SALT, a cultural institution in Istanbul incorporates the missing type parts of the typeface KRALIÇE.

Lemmy, The Movie

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Our Senior Designer, Dale, reminisces about her life changing moment with Lemmy from Mötorhead, and the documentary about the rock icon.

I can’t help myself, I am a Mötorhead fan. I saw them in concert when I was 16 and I’ll never forget it!  I was one of approximately ten girls in an audience of bikers, metal dudes and skinheads. Lemmy yelled out “Denver show us your tits!” Yikes – I nearly fainted. I was 16, weighed 100 pounds and I wasn’t showing anyone anything!  After recovering, the rest of the show was nothin’ but rockin’. Upon reflection that comment came about due to the obvious lack of  ladies in the audience, which he loves so much, and after watching this documentary I realized that he is truly a lover of women.

I’ve revered Lemmy ever since then, so I had to see the new documentary about him. The best thing about the movie is… well Lemmy really. Everyone interviewed just gushes over the guy. He’s an obvious charmer that has lived the rock n’ roll dream for real but on the gritty side.

It’s entertaining to see him hang out with Dave Grohl and the guys from Metallica. He just makes all those dudes look like posers. They all try so hard to be what simply oozes out of Lemmy.  It’s hilarious. Obviously everyone has stolen from the guy but it’s great to see them admit it. Of course you get to learn a little about Lemmy’s complicated emotional side. You also get to hear about swapping girlfriends with his son, see his collection of WWI & WWII swords, and listen to stories about his days as a roadie for Jimi Hendrix. On top of that, it’s amazing to watch a man live on Jack Daniels and speed and see him get in an armored tank and fire it!

I recommend this documentary to anyone that loves to ROCK . Lemmy takes you down the essential history of music and helps you understand what makes someone an original. Lemmy doesn’t rock because he wants to – it’s in his blood and it’s his whole life. – Dale

How To Grow a Band – The Story of Punch Brothers

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Last Friday, we made it out to the premiere of How To Grow A Band, an intimate music documentary about the band, Punch Brothers, and the challenges of forming a new band playing a genre that few, if any demanded – experimental chamber bluegrass. Having been turned away from Lena Dunham’s much hyped Girls premiere earlier in the week at the Ace Hotel, we were feeling much more eager to take in a story about a band undertaking the daunting task of winning over new listeners with their challenging, uncompromising craft.

The story of how Punch Brothers came to be is as unusual as their music. Unlike most up and coming bands, the group sprung from the hugely successful bluegrass band, Nickel Creek, who rode the momentum of the success of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack to go on and sell millions of records themselves. The band was formed when Chris Thile, the mandolin player for Nickel Creek was eight years old – that’s right, eight years old, and there is some pretty hilarious footage of the kids in adorable cowboy wear playing shows with their smiling, supportive dad in the background on bass. Thile could have easily continued to put out similar bluegrass albums with the same traditional chord progressions and live a comfortable life, but instead pivoted to life in a van touring their first record, Punch, that included The Blind Leaving The Blind, a 40 minute song in four movements. After playing the piece live on their first tour of Europe in Glasgow, there’s a great, awkward scene of the crowd staring at the band in complete silence, unsure of whether to clap, dance, boo, or cry. Eventually, fans, critics, and press learn to appreciate the band’s demanding, yet cathartic music, leading the band to Lincoln Center, a Brooklyn studio, and a monthly New York City residency at The Living Room.

Unlike most music documentaries that lean on wild anecdotes and the chaos and drama of band member infighting to keep interest, Punch Brothers is more deliberate and suggestive – more Jim Jarmusch than Detroit Rock City. Riding along on the journey with the band, director Mark Meatto gracefully shoots the subtle dramas in warm, personal shots. Viewers of the movie are more likely to sense tension from close up shots of an anguished expression, or ten minute jams than from arguments or interviews. For most new bands that pass day after unglamourous day in a van, or years and years unsure about whether their music will be accepted, there’s not a better music documentary that captures that long, arduous, and uncertain journey of forming a new band.