Archive for April, 2011


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.


Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Aaron, our wonderful women’s designer, talks more about how Brooklyn Industries’ new Fadeaway Dress was made.


Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Stop by the Flux Factory, a non-profit art space, through May 1st and you’ll find artwork by Brooklyn Industries‘ Creative Director and co-founder Vahap Avsar. Vahap is among select contributing artists whose work is now being featured at the Flux Factory exhibition, The Typhoon Continues and So Do You. The exhibition features works that contemplate the transformation of four specific artifacts of war after their integration into larger society. The show conveys how these artifacts exist today in slightly altered contexts, alluding to how societies understand and process conflict over time.

Vahap’s “Operation Freedom” – a neon installation – is currently on display.

(Photos below: courtesy of Christina Vassallo.)


Other artists’ responses include a video featuring a repentant Milosevic, a floor installation to illustrate America’s involvement in armed conflicts around the world, and more.

Vahap remains a prolific artist, while still creatively directing Brooklyn Industries on a daily basis. He most recently held his first solo art exhibition in Istanbul, December 25, 2010 through February 5, 2011. His New York solo exhibition at the Lower East Side’s Charles Bank Gallery and his first published book of art are both scheduled to premiere in May 2011. Stay tuned for more updates and events!

Other participating artists in the Flux Factory exhibition include Hector Canonge, Joseph DeLappe, Patrick Dintino, Nick Fevelo, Yevgeniy Fiks, Gregory Green, Harvey Loves Harvey, Pablo Helguera & Colectivo Mishima, Yael Kanarek, Kristian Kozul, Julia Kul, Elizabeth Larison, Brian Leo, Paolo Pedercini, Public Studio, Ryan Roa, Christopher Robbins, Sayeh Sarfaraz, Aida Sehovic, and Matthew Sleeth.

The exhibition was curated by Elizabeth Larison, Douglas Paulson, Chen Tamir, Ginger Shulick, and Christina Vassallo.

All The Typhoon Continues and So Do You events are free and take place at the Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, in Long Island City, Queens. The exhibit is open weekends through May 1, 2011, 12PM – 6PM, except for Sunday, April 24th. Special presentations will also take place Friday, April 29, 2PM – 10PM and Sunday, May 1 at 3:30PM.  

For full details, visit


Monday, April 11th, 2011

This spring, we’re bringing some color back into your lives with the Spring 2011 Messenger Bag and Backpack Collection. We’ve released your favorite Carrier Bullfrog Bag, Small Messenger Bag, Carrier Messenger Backpack, Conduit Backpack and Attache Messenger styles in the black and grey shades you already know and love - however, to change things up, we’ve decided to offer you apple red, olive green and shale blue shades as well. Go for it!


Monday, April 4th, 2011

This April, Brooklyn Industries is excited to present the limited edition ECO CONSCIOUS Collection. The collection features women’s styles made from 65% recycled scrap cotton – fabric that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The scrap fabrics are spun together, processed through a pure water garment wash and lightly dyed to create a heathered look. ECO CONSCIOUS women’s styles includes the Gaia Eco Dress, a blue drawstring shirtdress flattering to any silhouette; the Eco Theodora Dress, a grey heather dress with a sweetheart neckline and ruching at the natural waist; the Eco Scoop Tee, a scoop neck tank with swirl detailing and a drawstring at the natural waist (available in two colors); and the Eco Flora Maxi Skirt, a long versatile cotton maxi skirt, available in heather grey and a rosey pink.