Archive for the ‘DUMBO’ Category

And the Winners Are…

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

Last Thursday, Brooklyn Industries T-shirt enthusiasts met up at our DUMBO store to fete the new winners of our 2012 T-shirt Design Contest. Though the winners T-shirts were already prominently displayed in the store, the crowd still anxiously waited for the announcement of the winners by downing Sixpoints and kim chi ribeye tacos from Korilla BBQ. Congrats to Simon Winheld (who had never had a party thrown for him before) for taking home first place with his beautifully detailed Rooster Tower design, and runners up Nik Neves’ Geo Bikes and Rosario Scimeca’s BK Boxer.

The BKI Staff Takes a Hike in Support of AIDS Walk 2012

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Above: Ajay Bedi

For the first time, Brooklyn Industries will be participating in the world’s largest AIDS fundraising campaign, AIDS Walk New York on May 20th. Now in its 27th year, the walk was originally organized by Gay Men’s Health Crisis which was started with only six men operating an AIDS hotline in 1981 – long before the epidemic entered the national consciousness. BKI’s involvement in the walk arose from the initiative Ajay Bedi, of one of our employees at our Dumbo store. Besides his retail work, Bedi is also a Production Associate and Fundraising Specialist for AIDS Walk. Not only did Bedi see an opportunity to fuse two of his loves – fashion and fundraising, he also saw a great opportunity to work for an event that he views as a Ghostbusters moment – an opportunity for all New Yorkers to come together.

Last year’s walk raised 6.7 million, and many of the top fundraising teams were retailers. As a company with multiple stores and employees, BKI is harnessing the idea of power in numbers in order to raise a significant amount. To donate to the BKI team, click here.

Other resources

Gay Men’s Health Crisis

AIDS Walk New York

Neighborhood Spotlight: DUMBO

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Since relocating our headquarters to the old waterfront neighborhood of DUMBO – home to a large number of design studios and creative businesses, we’ve discovered numerous gems hidden in this often overlooked part of Brooklyn. Our team shares some of our favorite finds.

Jane’s Carousel , Brooklyn Bridge Park

Along the East River where the DUMBO and the Manhattan skyline almost kiss is the Brooklyn Bridge Park and Jane’s Carousel, a glass encased, refurbished carousel. This riverside stretch is a great spot for me and my fellow BK Industrialists to have impromptu open-air lunches and afternoon strolls. The scenic vista of the city seems within arm’s reach, framed by both the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges. Having a ride on this historic landmark gives me a feeling of naïve whimsy, a feeling important to my personal creative process. A perfect day should ideally come to end with a spin around this magical merry-go-round. –Aaron

Zacca, 155 Plymouth Street

Be forewarned design nerds, this place will eat you up alive, and leave you with empty pockets. This Japanese-based boutique carries a wonderfully curated collection of graphic design, fashion, illustration, and architecture books and magazines, and an eclectic array of Japanese toys and art. The shop also doubles as an events space for art exhibitions and experimental showcases. It’s always a great space for me to visit when I need some added design inspiration. – Teddy

Modern Anthology, 68 Jay Street

Modern Anthology is a cleverly curated “man cave” that the owner describes as “less beer keg, more scotch”. Male or female, this is a great little shop catering to those with a creative sensibility. You can find everything from vintage Chesterfield couches, to taxidermy jackalopes, to old school umbrellas with wooden duck handles. It’s a perfect place for presents or a gift for yourself – or you might just want to move into this nicely decorated shop! – Nikki

Brooklyn Roasting Company, 25 Jay Street

Live, Work, Create is impossible for me without the fuel of coffee. It used to be hard to find a non Starbucks cup in the neighborhood, until Brooklyn Roasting Company moved across the street. HOORAY! They roast small batches from around the world, in house. The smell of roasting has greatly enhanced the neighborhood and my mood. If you’re on a budget just buy a ten dollar a pound bag and make it in the office. –Dale

St. Ann’s Warehouse, 38 Water Street

St Ann’s Warehouse is one of the most innovative venues in existence for live performance art and international theater, and their home has been right here in DUMBO for the past 30 years. My first St Ann’s experience was in 2006, when I saw Lou Reed perform his Berlin album on a set designed by Julian Schabel. The stunning visuals, combined with the nearly once in a lifetime opportunity to hear Berlin performed live, left a remarkable on me. I’ve since had many more memorable experiences, from a Polish production of Macbeth with crazy special effects in the open-air setting of the ruins of the DUMBO tobacco warehouse, to Karen O’s psycho opera Stop the Virgens, where each element, from costumes, to set design, to music, could have stood alone as its own individual and stunning work of art.  Up next is Daniel Kitson. Can’t wait! -Nancy

68 Jay Street Bar, 68 Jay Street

What’s work without after work happy hour! 68 Jay Street is our favorite end of the workday spot, where you can pull up a stool (or table to sit on when it’s busy during happy hour) and enjoy good conversation with coworkers, locals, or the friendly bartenders. Spend some dollars on the rotating art, or just three dollars for a happy hour Brooklyn Lager.

While you’re in the neighborhood, stop by our DUMBO store and say hello.

Our Bag Designer, Nancy Phan, Discusses the Making of the Sunnyside Bag.

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

NOTES FROM LEXY-CREATOR’S PROJECT IN DUMBO

Sunday, October 16th, 2011

Worked on Saturday morning in our Dumbo office on spreadsheets in the morning.  The office was very still and calm, and work flowed quickly.  The boys came and we checked out Creator’s Project.  Definitely some interesting pieces, and a huge influx of people checking out the technological art wonders.  A cathedral ceiling with light that sunbathed the viewer, a snowboarding video with pounding music, an app to record the distance you throw your iphone, and renaissance painting folding into video crumbled paper.  Today’s the last day, so get there early.

NEW YORK CITY SKYLINE LOVE

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.

‘CHASING AUTUMN’

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

It will thrill you. It will surprise you. Secrets will be exposed.

This week, we bring to you Brooklyn Industries‘ new campaign “CHASING AUTUMN” and the Fall Preview Collection, abundant with creative work-wear designs and transitional pieces inspired by styles seen in the 1954 Alfred Hitchcock suspense film “Rear Window.” The collection, photographed by Brooklyn Industries’ CEO Lexy Funk in DUMBO, Brooklyn, includes utilitarian pieces, mod and plaid prints, as well as 50s-inspired silhouettes.

The “CHASING AUTUMN” campaign launches with a video short inspired by 1950s American suspense film movie trailers – the movie can be watched here or view below. See it!

Photo Credit: desktopnexus.com

SIPPIN’ ON LEMONADE

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries DUMBO store was packed last Thursday, July 7, with fans excited to see THE MOUTH band perform live. The band certainly did not disappoint! Nor did our friends at Brooklyn Gin, who provided refreshing “Brooklyn Lemonade” cocktails on the warm summer’s night.

Photo Credit: Kenny Janosick

THE MOUTH: FROM ST. JAMES TO DUMBO

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Tonight, Brooklyn Industries’ DUMBO store will be hosting an exclusive in-store performance by new band, The Mouth.

The Mouth got its start – just nine months ago – from a longtime passion for making music. Lead singer Joey Puleio wrote and recorded the first five demos in his basement, later contacting his old friends John Cirrone and Nick Comito. With Joey singing and playing bass, John playing guitar and Nick playing drums, the trio chose their 10 best songs for their first CD – “Feel Free.” After practicing hours on end in an empty church in St. James, Long Island, they recorded the album in their friend Cole Verderber’s basement, and soon after Cole joined the group as the bassist. The band was finally complete with the addition of Gina Tomitz, who joined full-time after singing on the CD.

Here is The Mouth’s take on music, inspiration and stage fright.

BKI: How would you describe your music?

The Mouth: Our music is fun, feel-good and groovy. You can dance to it, sing along and have a great time.

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BKI: Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics behind most of your songs?

The Mouth: Joey writes all of the lyrics but we bring the band together for everyone to give their input. Themes of our songs vary from lust and betrayal to love and happiness. There are not any set themes – it’s all about what we’re feeling.

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BKI: Do you ever get stage fright? What’s your favorite thing about performing?

The Mouth: Never! Playing shows is one of our favorite things to do! We also love when the audience sings along. It’s the best feeling in the world to know someone enjoys what we do.

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BKI: If you could direct people to one of your songs, which one would it be and why?

The Mouth: We are opening our set at the DUMBO show with our song “I Wanna Feel.” It’s a good look into the direction that our band is heading.

Check out www.themouth.me to hear two songs on The Mouth’s new album!

BKI DUMBO: NOW OPEN!

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries DUMBO – located at 70 Front Street, Brooklyn - is open as of today! Please be sure to stop by if you are in the neighborhood. The store’s design is intended to make visitors feel as if they are in an art gallery. The white walls, high ceilings, sculptures and general airy feel make for a pleasant shopping experience and a great backdrop for BKI’s Spring 2011 Collection