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The BKI 2013 Fall Preview Collection

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013



In the spirit of barter, Brooklyn Industries is launching in conjunction with the 2013 Fall Preview Campaign, The Postcard Trade. Anyone can pick up a postcard featuring a photograph by The Pixel Trade in any of our store locations to participate in The Postcard Trade. Suggest a trade to a friend, family member, stranger – whomever. Take a pic of your postcard (example below), follow brooklynindustries on Instagram, and hashtag #brooklynindustries and #postcardtrade by Aug. 25, 2013.


On Sept. 4th, 2013, the three postcard trade photos with the most likes on Instagram will win a fall jacket featured in the 2013 Fall Preview Collection.


Thursday, May 2nd, 2013


Oh snap! It’s Brooklyn Industries Chicago’s 5th birthday! We’re celebrating with an analog photography competition in partnership with Lomography Chicago next door. Accepting submissions from everywhere. CLICK HERE TO ENTER for a chance to be exhibited in Chicago plus other prizes.


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 2012 T-Shirt Design Competition Honorable Mentions

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

view the slideshow here.

What a Free Trip to Ecuador Looks Like

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

Would you like to be here?

Or here?

Have you ever seen a toucan from 10 feet away?

Enter to win… and have this be your rooftop view.

Get Your Design Out In The World

Monday, March 26th, 2012

T-Shirt weather means it’s time again for our annual T-Shirt Design Contest. Enter for a chance to win a gift card, see your design on T-shirts all over town, and invite friends to a party thown in your honor! Check out the winners from last year’s contest below - BK Neon and the runner up design, Tape Pop.

America the Beautiful

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

For the first time ever, the LGBT community in New York will be allowed to celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day as legally married couples. While tremendous progress has been made and the landscape is shifting to a more optimistic outcome, our designer illustrated this graphic for our Valentine’s day t-shirt to show just how much more work needs to be done. Here at BKI, the issue of gay marriage equality is very close to our hearts, and we stand firmly on the side of civil rights, equality, and love. For each shirt sold, we’ll be donating 10% of proceeds off the sale to our friends at the Ali Forney Center, who do a commendable job of providing homeless LGBT youth in the NYC area with housing and help.

We want to hear your voice. Visit our Facebook page to let us know how you are going to make America Beautiful in 2012, and enter for a chance to win an America the Beautiful t-shirt.

Below is a picture in front of our West Village store of the 2011 Gay Pride celebration, 2 days after gay marriage became legal in New York.

Portlandia Storms NYC

Monday, January 16th, 2012

(Left: Season 2 Premiere of Portlandia. Right: Fred Armisen sporting BKI gear on the show)

References to the I.F.C. show Portlandia have been popping up around the office a lot lately, so we were thrilled to be able to attend the Season 2 premiere here in New York at the Natural History Museum two weeks ago.  Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein were in attendance to introduce the season to a packed theater that included Andy Samberg, Krisen Wiig, and Jeff Goldblum, all of which make cameos in the second season.  We’re happy to report that after the success of the first season, with more support and momentum, the second season is even funnier.

Season two resurrects some of the first season’s characters, including the über-sensitive clerks from the feminist bookstore who are indignant to any word with phallic connotations, and the neurotic, upper middle class, city dweller couple who are clearly out of place in nature. One of the best cameos of season two is Samberg’s suave, yet corny mixologist, whose signature cocktail (a ginger-based bourbon drink infused with honey lemon, charred ice, cherry tomato, lime zest, homemade bitters, egg whites, eggshell, egg yellow, a rotton banana, and a little bit of love) inspires Brownstein to make him a mix tape. The show also pokes fun at the artisanal craze, with Goldblum cast as an artisanal knot maker, and featuring another light bulb maker whose lightbulbs are so ridiculously expensive and laborious to make that it take weeks to make a single lightbulb, leaving his customers literally in the dark.  What makes Portlandia so great is its ability to poke fun at its core audience – particularly those that are encapsulated in hip/progressive enclaves – Portland, Williamsburg, Wicker Park, Austin, the Bay Area, and its ability to get the audience to laugh at themselves. One particularly revealing sketch at the end of the second episode involves a writer from Pitchfork, who after writing a perfect 10 review of a band that promotes its uniqueness by having a cat and a kidnapper in the band, drives the music site to completely shut down. That sequence drew a roar of applause from the theater audience, demonstrating Pitchfork readers disdain towards the oftentimes pretentious site, yet for the joke to work, Portlandias’ writers had to realize that as much as their audience is annoyed by Pitchfork’s reviews, they still loyally read them. Which they do. In a world where it’s more commonplace to laugh at others, Portlandia demonstrates that sometimes, it’s just as fulfilling to laugh at ourselves.

In tribute to our love for the show, enter here for a chance to win two “I Like PDX” T-shirts from our Portland store, and a DVD of  Season 1 of Portlandia.


Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

From June 16th – June 19th, more than 150 bands, musicians, artists, filmmakers and more will take Williamsburg and Greenpoint, Brooklyn, by storm during the Northside Festival. Northside is a four-day showcase “at the center of the universe,” as the Northside Festival’s organizers (our friends at L Magazine) describe it, of the local and national indie music & creative scene. Bands are being added to the lineup every day, but so far we know you can see Guided by Voices, Wavves, Surfer Blood and The Babies play at McCarren Park on June 18; Atlas Sound, White Rainbow and the Lichens play at St. Cecilia’s Church on June 16; and so much more: just click here for full festival details.

Tickets can be purchased to individual shows, or limited access all-event badges (giving you first come, first served admission to all events, plus dozens of other perks) are available as well. OR you can enter for a chance to win two badges here or in any Brooklyn or Union Square Brooklyn Industries store location through June 12. BKI has also co-designed the Northside Festival’s official t-shirt! Stay tuned for more details on how you can get the shirt later this week.


Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Brooklyn Industries is excited to announce the kickoff of the 2011 BKI T-Shirt Design Contest! This year, we are calling for designs from anyone and everyone (18 years of age or older) to see the best of the best t-shirt designs. At least one winning design will be printed and sold in Brooklyn Industries stores and online at by fall 2011.

The Grand Prize winner will also receive a $500 BKI Gift Card, and at least two Honorable Mention winners will be selected, winning $150 gift cards each. In early fall, there will be a Brooklyn Industries event to unveil the grand prize winner’s t-shirt, and to honor the contest’s best designs, as voted by a BKI panel of judges. Design entries will be accepted through May 30, 2011. Official rules and entry instructions can be found here.  

BKI most recently showcased t-shirt design talent in Chicago and Boston. Last year’s Grand Prize winner in Boston, Bartow, created customer favorite “Handlebar Moustache” to claim his honor. 

He has since designed a “Bartow Artist Series” of Brooklyn Industries t-shirts, the first of which “Pizza Wheel” hit stores last month.

Other contest winners include Carey Givens’ “Ye Olde Fixie” design, and Chicago contest winner’s best-selling “Lobsta” design.