Archive for the ‘Made In Brooklyn’ Category

Where We Create, Where We Make

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

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From our bag factory in Brooklyn to cotton mills in Peru to old school screenprinters in Jersey, meet the designers, craftspeople and factories that help bring Brooklyn Industries’ ideas to life >

Brooklyn Industries began making vinyl messenger bags in 1998 out of our factory on North 11th St. and Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg. However, we faced the tough decision to close it in 2000 as we started opening up stores. We didn’t really have a choice as prices out of Asia at the time were considerably less, and our customers didn’t want simple bags for the price of a sophisticated bag they could buy for the same price. Thirteen years later, this has changed. First, foreign factory prices have skyrocketed, and secondly, awareness and desire for artisanal, local product has grown.

Now, Brooklyn Industries is once again planting manufacturing roots in Brooklyn. We began a resurgence of making products locally in 2011, with the reopening of our bag factory at our headquarters in Dumbo (later moving the factory to our warehouse near the Brooklyn Navy Yard). This process of moving as much of our manufacturing back to the New York area as possible continues.

But how do we make clothes and bags here when the costs are still significantly higher? We have been grappling with this issue for several years, doing tests with local factories and searching all over Brooklyn and Manhattan to find manufacturers to work with us. Along with bag production in Brooklyn, garment production in NYC, and t-shirt printing in Queens, I am proud to say that as of mid-2014, we are making 50% of our T-shirts within 150 miles of Brooklyn. We are knitting yarn in Clifton, NJ, dying the yarn in Shoemakersville, PA (no, there are no shoe factories there) and then sewing in small shops in Allentown, PA and Brooklyn. In addition to the local approach, we are using organic, recycled and bamboo yarns almost exclusively. It is a micro, small lot approach to making t-shirts, but we think it will work! -Lexy Funk, CEO

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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

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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.

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The 2014 Spring Collection: Dressing-Up Creative Workspaces

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

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We here at Brooklyn Industries’ Dumbo-based headquarters and design studio feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many creative people each and every day – from the moment we step off our bikes or come above ground from the F train, to grabbing a cup of coffee at Brooklyn Roasting Company to riding the slow elevator up to our floor. So we thought what better place to shoot the Spring Collection than in the middle of where all of these creative-minded people do some of their best work? Our Spring 2014 shoot, “Dressing Up Creative Workspaces” is a tribute to the creative energy and forward thinking that runs rampant in imaginative office spaces such as those you’ll find in Dumbo, Brooklyn. The campaign was photographed inside three offices in our building – (1) at our headquarters and design studio, (2) at the branding and design firm Red Antler, and (3) at the digital agency Space 150‘s NYC office. We hope that our newest collection will inspire you just as much as working in Dumbo continues to fuel our imagination.

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We finally had a chance to see what a photocopy of a donut looks like.

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In our Brooklyn design studio, you’ll see T-shirt ideas… LOTS of T-shirt ideas.

Taken on top of Space 150’s breakfast table (next to their impressive liquor collection).

Taken on top of Space 150’s breakfast table (next to their impressive liquor collection).

Shot inside Space 150’s meeting room while they were working on these amazing Valentine’s cards

Shot inside Space 150’s meeting room while they were working on these amazing Valentine’s cards

Julia modeling with Nuria, our bag designer (left) at her workspace.

Julia modeling with Nuria, our bag designer (left) at her workspace.

Meetings, conference calls, donuts, inflatable orcas…

Meetings, conference calls, donuts, inflatable orcas…

Inside Brooklyn Industries’ photo studio.

Inside Brooklyn Industries’ photo studio.

View the entire lookbook here.

The Chromapost – 2nd Edition Just Released

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

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When we released the first edition of the Chromapost bag collaboration between Brooklyn Industries and Artbridge, it quickly sold out, prompting a second (and final) release of these bags. Available online or in select stores, give the Chromapost bags as a gift… or keep it for yourself ; )

The Chromapost bags are messenger bags made out of billboard material from an art installation in Dumbo, Brooklyn by artist Aleksandar Maćašev and the non-profit arts organization Artbridge. We carefully cut up Maćašev’s visual color diary into 80 limited edition messenger bags, with each bag coming with a digital print of the unique colors of the bag signed by the artist.

No Sleep Till Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

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An oral history of the iconic video ‘No Sleep Till Brooklyn’ with director Adam Dubin sporting our ‘No Sleep Till” tee.

Handmade in Brooklyn Event at SoHo

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

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We’re launching our new Made in Brooklyn Montague Leather Bags with a party in SoHo with some of our Brooklyn friends. Come enjoy drinks from The Brooklyn Brewery and Brooklyn Gin, and bring home select Brooklyn products from Tatly, Anarchy in a Jar, Pinky Punk, The Good Batch, and Brooklyn Hard Candy with a purchase of a Made in Brooklyn bag. Friday, March 29th 6:30pm-9pm. RSVP here.

Special Delivery

Friday, March 15th, 2013

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Introducing the new Made in Brooklyn Dumbo Mailbags.

Carry On…

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Like superheroes, all companies have their origin story. For Brooklyn Industries, it began with two young artists – Vahap Avsar and Lexy Funk in a Chelsea apartment in 1996. Staring out the window, Avsar often found his gaze landing on an old Marlboro billboard that had been weathered from months and months in the New York weather.

Sifer-Chyper, 1991, Vahap Avsar

Drawing inspiration from his large body of work that mostly concentrated on the semiotics of visual language, 3rd world bricolage, and upcycling art from common objects, Avsar began sewing the bags in their apartment, and when demand outgrew their tiny quarters, the partners moved to a warehouse in the then gritty Williamsburg where they worked and lived without heat or air conditioning. When the amount of knocks on their warehouse door became untenable, Funk and Avsar opened a retail space that was to become the genesis for Brooklyn Industries.

Last year, the company began re-establishing production in Brooklyn with one craftsman and one sewing machine making one bag at a time. One year later, we’ve set up a small production facility at our current headquarters in Brooklyn called Factory, and are celebrating it with the re-release of the Crypto Billboard Bag. Prior to the re-release of the original line, we’ve released a number of new designs made in house this past year, including the Sunnyside Bag, the Java Tote, and the Corlear Bag. As an added bonus, each bag comes with a limited edition, numbered screen printed poster commemorating the re-release.

Each custom-made, waterproof messenger bag is completely unique with its own different cuts and decontextualized designs. With digital advertisements dominating the visual landscape, Avsar sought to bring back a sense of nostalgia towards tactile messaging. The Crypto bag line is the latest in Brooklyn Industries’ new releases that is helping the company establish a greater local manufacturing presence.

The New Pop Leather iPad Case/Carryall

Friday, August 17th, 2012

We’ve been on a sugar high all week because of our new Made in Brooklyn iPad clutches in 5 different colors.

And yes, we ate all the candy after the shoot.