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Window Intrigue

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

We found this video on YouTube from a fan of our entrancing store window currently on display. Our Window Designer Koh Tomioka and our Creative Director Vahap Avsar alway try to have a little fun with our windows – you can check out some of our past ones here.

Special Delivery From a Mail Escort

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

BKI’s Mail Escort Tee, as seen in the March 2012 issue of Nylon

With the mild winter this year, we’re excited about T-shirts already, and our new arrival, the Mail Escort tee. The shirt, while providing us comfort that our mail will arrive safely, also reminds us of one of our favorite New York classics – Midnight Cowboy. Here is some interesting trivia you may not know about the film:

-Midnight Cowboy is the only X-rated film ever to win the Academy Award for Best Picture.

-Sylvia Miles was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, despite appearing in the film for less than four minutes.

-Contrary to conventional wisdom promoting otherwise, the cab that almost runs over Dustin Hoffman during his famous line, ‘I’m walkin’ here!’ was planned.

-Jon Voight’s role was originally offered to Elvis Presley, but he refused, wanting to be taken ‘seriously’ as an actor.

-In order to have a convincing limp, Dustin Hoffman kept pebbles in his shoes.

Behind the Scenes-City Resurrection Photo-shoot at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
Serena in her bunned glory

Serena in her bunned glory

8:00 am The team worked really well on this photo shoot.  The designers got involved from the concept and helped Eugene style.  Dale, one of our designers, came in early to do this cool bun hair-do on Serena the model which featured a round plastic object.  The lipstick was this perfect fluorescent orange that I am obsessed with and will not stop till I own one.

10:00am We left for the Navy Yard, and as we were only going about half a mile we got there quickly.  The guy at the security gate kept refusing to let us in, and sending us over to Steiner Studios, despite having a permit.  So it took us about a half hour of calling, and backing up and calling our contact before we reaching our first shoot location.

Outside the Greenhouse Hanger at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Outside the Greenhouse Hanger at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

11:00 am One of the piers has a giant orange greenhouse structure behind which is a loading site for cement.  A constant train of semi-trucks slowly ambled by us to drop off their loads.  I wrote the two models name on my hand as I have a horrible tendency to forget names, which ends up becoming moments of tyrannical gestures- “you over there move to the left”

11:30am Josh, yes it’s on my palm, was slightly boyish, perhaps even too so, but looked good in the dressed up meets industrial look we were going for.  We had him run, sit on the pier, walk around an awesome bunker like structure.

11:45am Serena had perfect bangs, red hair and strange eyes that looked both ordinary and beautiful.  She didn’t have too many model-ly poses which was a relief.  She walked down the yellow line in front of the trucks, she sat on the rope and we made fun of the rope to make her laugh.

Outside one of the buildings near the old Navy Hospital

Outside one of the buildings near the old Navy Hospital

12:30 We left the cement area to drive to the Navy hospital which was a dream as a photo shoot location- run down houses in and amongst trees and over-run fields.  However, our last photo shoot was in the woods so we wanted to get away from all the vegetation.  Still I couldn’t help taking a picture of Josh in the grass with the old monuments; it was so Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst (which you should read as it is really good).

1:00 Photographed them both in front of the large bureaucratic building (nice, OK)

Serena outside of a Victorian Era Home

Serena outside of a Victorian Era Home

1:30  Shot Serena in the school outfit on the doorstep of the ivy covered building.  I wanted to move there, clean up, cook and have babies.  It just reeked of domestic haven from the Victorian era, of course, with all the repressive suicidal tendencies’ as well.

1:45 Thai lunch on Mrytle right where our warehouse is, and then back to the Navy Yard to the afternoon of texture.

2:00 Grab a couple of pictures of the cranes while the models are changing by the car next to the water.  Do you know the architect/theorist Anthony Vidler?  He wrote a really good book, the Architectural Uncanny which I seem to remember talked about cranes as walking architect or puppets.  I was obsessed with the book when I was 24, and interested in doing a group exhibit in mid-air.  Anyway, back to work.

3:00 A beautiful warehouse with nothing in it except two large pallets being moved around by two workers and a man standing with a new Suburu.  He was strangely very nicely dressed with a woven check shirt.  We played with the models, in front of the grey wall, in front of the brick wall.

3:30 Serena next to an abandoned stand-up washing machine, the photo was very white.  We passed the printing house for Duggal, hi said the guy on a cigarette break.  The architect was so varied, a Weimer German stone house next to a metal shell next to a fish house.  The tug boat guys waved their hands to take a picture and laughed.  I laughed and looked at my palm to keep directing.

Serena & Josh in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tees

Serena & Josh in the Brooklyn Navy Yard Tees

4:00 Found the museum they are making of the Yard but the anchor was wrapped as were the bicycle round things (what are they called?).  They looked like white snakes in the material.  T-shirt shots in a strange courtyard with newly planted trees, brownstone steps with no pavement, small plants amongst pebbles and a bordered up sidewalk.

4:30 The team is getting punchy, t-shirts are flying quickly.  Serena and Josh are working hard.  Josh lies patiently in a gravel pit but it’s not sexy so we move on.  Serena hangs on a pole, kind of sexy.

5:00 We are done.  Wow that was fast.  The Navy Yard was more like an abandoned film lot than an industrial park, with remnants of architectural layers and industries morphing onto each other.  Quite inspiring.  We could shoot there every month and not bore of the location.

-Lexy Funk

HOW WE STYLED IT: ATLAS PONTE BLAZER & ANTLER JACKET

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Throughout the launch of our Fall Collection, we will be featuring our behind-the-scenes stylist planning pics. Here is how we styled the Atlas Ponte Blazer and the Antler Jacket.

Atlas Ponte Blazer

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A NEW VIEW

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

It’s been several weeks since our headquarters expanded to our new loft office space in DUMBO. Moving from an industrial area near the Brooklyn Navy Yard to DUMBO’s art-infused neighborhood has been refreshing for many reasons. For one, we could no longer fit in our old space. Our expanding staff needed more room. So, our design, marketing, production, buying, store operations and finance teams made the transition to DUMBO while our warehouse and inventory remains in Fort Greene. After 10 years we were also eager for a new view. DUMBO, which is an acronym for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” lends us an office where on one side we see the wonderful view of the Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan skyline and on the other the buildings that make up Brooklyn Heights. Our new space is bright and open, and we’re looking forward to building our brand here for the next 10 years.

We’ve settled in, but still have much furnishing to do. The walls are still coated with paint from its previous tenants, and our store designer is still on the hunt for the furniture that will adorn our waiting area and conference rooms. We’re especially looking forward to using our rooftop patio space for lunches and meetings (that is, when the temperature settles somewhere below 90 degrees.)

Here’s a peek at our progress.

LEXY WINS!

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

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We have a lot of catching up to do! BKI has had a busy last couple of weeks and very exciting news to share: our amazing CEO, Lexy Funk, has been named the Metro New York Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® 2010 in the retail, distribution and manufacturing category. This award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses. Of course, what better dynamic and growing business is there than Brooklyn Industries?! Lexy was presented her award at a gala event in Times Square, New York on Tuesday, June 15. 

Lexy is very proud to receive this honor: “Brooklyn Industries is what it is today because of our creative and entrepreneurial spirit. I am honored to be recognized as the recipient of this prestigious award.”

As a Metro New York award winner, Lexy is now eligible for consideration for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2010 national award. This winner will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, Cali on November 13, 2010. Take it all the way, Lexy!

THE NEW BOARD ON AOL SMALL BUSINESS

Friday, May 14th, 2010

AOL has relaunched its small business page and it’s better than ever. The new platform now has a Board of Directors, all recruited from the entrepreneurial community to discuss a variety of issues, offer business advice and engage in smart conversation. BKI’s CEO Lexy Funk was one of the 23 to be recruited. Alongside her on the board are powerful business minds like Sir Richard Branson, founder and President of Virgin Group, Bob Parsons, Founder and CEO of Go Daddy Group and Rob Dyrdek, professional skateboarder and President of Dyrdek Enterprises.

No doubt to the liking of Steve Jobs, one of the first topics for discussion was, “Will the iPad change the World?” While others were doubtful of its longevity and impact in the business market, Lexy begged to differ. Here’s what she said:

“I would like to see the iPad get rid of the cash register in store. The cash wrap, as we call it, takes up too much space and is really redundant. What if we could just have iPads that could accept payment, plus show our customer images, collections and the website? It could be a walking checkout/advertising/interactive center that could roam with the customer.”

No that’s an idea worth exploring.

Be sure to visit AOL Small Business new conversations.

BKI’S SUMMER 2010 COLLECTION IS (HAPPY) AND HERE!

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Our Summer 2010 Collection has arrived, with lively super-imposed photographic imagery from the 1960′s! Our new campaign was inspired by vintage travel and features BKI employees. Throughout the month of April we’ll be profiling employees in the campaign on the blog and in the BKI Community section of our site!

The women’s collection is lush with color-blocked knit sweaters, fashion fleece, relaxed fit pleated pants, trench coats, two-way dresses, and comfortable cotton skirts. The men’s collection is complete with lightweight super soft hoodies, blazers, casual and dress shorts, slub cotton polos and custom plaid shirts.

Don’t be shy. Tell us what you think!

SNEAK PEEK: BOSTON!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Construction for our Boston location is in its final stretch! Upcycling is in full gear and there’s a lot “in store” for our Boston fans. Please email PR@brooklynindustries and put BOSTON in the headline if you’d like to hear about upcoming events.

SNEAK PEEK: NEW CAMPAIGN FEATURES BKI STAFF!

Friday, March 12th, 2010

We’re photographing our new summer 2010 campaign today. It’s raining outside, but inside it’s all smiles. The new campaign, which is being photographed by Lexy, will feature BKI employees! In our sneak peak photo below Pattra, our women’s wear designer, is being photographed by Lexy with the help of our stylist Allison. Pattra is wearing our Nightlife Dress and a necklace from our cool new jewelry line. Both will be available soon!