Archive for the ‘Office Space’ Category

Sneak Peek at our Holiday Windows

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Much like those industrious elves up north, our designers have all been pitching in to get our windows ready for the holiday season.  Over the past couple of months, we’ve been gathering used materials like plastic bottles, newspapers, old twigs, and bottle caps, and finding discarded material around Brooklyn to build an “upcycled” set for our winter forest photoshoot. The set ultimately will be transported to our store windows in time for the holidays.

Plastic bottles turn into falling snow, and their caps into deer skin.

Found carboard pipes turn into spooky forest ground covering.

Recently, we got our hands on the documentary Wasteland, about the Brazilian and Brooklyn-based, modern artist Vik Muniz, and the scavengers collecting recyclable goods from a massive 321-acre landfill near Rio de Janeiro. Working with the collectors, Muniz repurposed scavenged landfill trash into large-scale mosaic pieces and photographs.

Watching the documentary while we’ve been finishing up the set has served as great inspiration to find more ways to creatively use discarded goods. As Muniz once said, “The really magical things are the ones that happen right in front of you. A lot of the time you keep looking for beauty, but it is already there. And if you look with a bit more intention, you see it.”


Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Yesterday afternoon, we snapped this picture of the view from our deck at BKI Headquarters. We are especially admiring the skyline – and the city – this week.


Thursday, April 16th, 2009

9 – Water towers visible from the office windows
22,000 – Square feet of office space
1,750 – Windows in the office
50 – Number of BKI t-shirts owned by Sarah, our t-shirt buyer
15 – Minutes it takes to walk from the G train at Clinton/Washington
3 – Number of dogs that come to work
63 – Number of times we’ve ordered from Bergen Bagels on Myrtle so far this year
8 – Average number of minutes late the local buses run
6 – Number of new graphic t-shirts in stores and on the website each month
4 – Number of people who ride their bikes to work
50 – Feet to Steiner Studios, one of the largest studios outside of Hollywood
3 – Minutes new visitors spend figuring out that you have to push the down button on the elevator to go up and the up button to go down
8 – Number of people that squeeze into our building’s elevator at 8:56
35 + 88 = Dedicated office and store employees who promote the BKI motto of “LIVE,WORK,CREATE”


Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Last month, I volunteered at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Being that I worked all through college to finance my education, I never had the opportunity to give back without the reward of a paycheck. With those days behind me, I thought it’d be easier to pick my choice of volunteer work and do something good – something rewarding that would make a difference in the lives of others. As it turns out, life got in the way. There was always something keeping me from giving. If it wasn’t deadlines or social obligations it was errands or sleeping.

Knowing that I’d never find that time (I would have to make it), I sat down to think about what would be the right work for me. Did I want to clean up parks? Would volunteering at a food kitchen be something I always wanted to do?

It wasn’t until Brooklyn Industries collaborated with Brooklyn Botanic Garden that I found a volunteering opportunity that inspired me greatly. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a variety of volunteer opportunities, such as working beside a horticulturist, assisting gardeners with planting, watering and weeding or leading tours and assisting with classroom workshops.

Knowing that Brooklyn Botanic Garden would just get lovelier by the day (and knowing that if I weren’t in Marketing I’d most likely be teaching), I decided to spend a sunny Sunday afternoon volunteering at the Weekend Discovery Workshop. This free drop-in workshop is filled with hands-on, interactive adventures for children. We sent them on scavenger hunts in the beautiful Steinhardt Conservatory and showed them how to plant banana plants, which they happily took home. I left with such excitement to come back, and plan to volunteer every month for as long as I can.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden is in bloom (with Cherry Blossoms!). If you’re in the area maybe there’s something for you.