Archive for December, 2011

Guest Blogger: Eugene Delmundo, from InTheHive, Styles NYE for Brooklyn Industries

Monday, December 26th, 2011

With only 5 days left until New Years Eve, everybody is hustling to get their last minute party outfits together in time for the weekend. This year, Janine and I incorporated greens and reds from Xmas to transition from mistletoe to Moët. Whether it’s green or red, tartan plaids, all black, or bedazzled, we all need a festive holiday party outfit – ASAP!

I turned to my friends over at Brooklyn Industries to search for something dressy and festive, but not too dressy and festive. Janine and I wanted slight variations on red and green so we went with a subtle variance in the two tones, opting for a rich burgundy and a lime/yellowish green. We then built the rest of the outfits around those colors, Janine’s being more focused on the color, and mine more complimentary, using subtle accents here and there and accessories like my fair isle infinity scarf and a bow headband for Janine.

Can you count how many paterns I have in the above pic? There are four, to be exact – fair isle infinity scarf, marled sweater, plaid shirt and striped socks! Pattern mixing is definitely an art form – the right scale and proportion is always key.

Pile on the hand and arm wear for the party, and layer them like you’re layering up for the January weather.

What’s just as cool as mixing patterns? Mixing textures! I’m starting the weekend with this great speckled tweed blazer. It’s unstructured so it’s transitional and versatile enough for dressed up or dress down parties. I paired it with the Iron Marled V-Neck Sweater, another heavy texture and broke it up with a vintage denim vest to give it a little edge. The right mix of patterns and textures can make or break an outfit. In this case, I’ll go with MAKE!

With Janine, we complimented the sheen of her patterned dress with a ruffled corduroy jacket and added an element of coziness – a soft sweater snuggled around her waist. A little bit of shine and leather from her accessories further accentuates the prints and textures. As an added secret bonus, the Camelia Cord Ruffle Jacket also has a cool striped lining on the inside.

Janine’s latest craze are knitted headbands – she already has about 20! Mine are chain wallets, and tying shirts around my waste.

Preppy kicks are a nice contrast to a funky ensemble, or vice versa. I love the chocolate brown with yellow stripes.

For the final touches I added the no maintenance Eddie Scarf, clear frames, skull rings, glow-in-the-dark watches and tie bars on the lapel. Now everything else for a good time is up to you! Happy holidays everyone!

Shop the outfit:

Eugene: Unstructured Jacket, Iron Marled V-Neck Sweater, Lawrence Bridge Plaid, Eddie Scarf, Mavi Denim Daniel Black Skinny.

Janine: Nadia Shirt Dress, Camelia Cord Ruffled Jacket, Artistic Azalia Cardigan.

About Eugene: Raised in Hawaii and now based in Brooklyn, Eugene Delmundo is a stylist, blogger, and photograper for InTheHive, and a frequent stylist for BKI’s photo shoots.

The National and Wye Oak at the Beacon Theater

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

We made it up to the venerable Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side last Thursday to catch The National on their final set of shows after a year and half of touring in support of 2010’s release, High Violet, an album still on heavy rotation here in the office.  The venue’s impeccable acoustics were ideal for lead singer Matt Beringer’s unique brand of indie-croon, supplemented by a string quartet, a trio of horns, and at times, Jenn Wasner, from openers Wye Oak. For a band with humble beginnings playing small clubs, it was apparent that they were thrilled at the opportunity to fully realize their artistic vision in an exceptional venue. At one point, Beringer shared a story of the band trying to make it big during a 2002 South by Southwest show, only to all accidentally play different songs at the same time.

With a giant projection screen behind them playing videos of abstract designs, snowstorms and Night of the Living Dead, the band ran through most of High Violet, a couple of songs from their two previous releases, Boxer and Alligator, and the beautiful piano ballad, Exile Villify. At the end of the encore, the band put their instruments down and beckoned the crowd to join in on a hushed sing-along to the song Vanderlyle Cry Geeks. The National have always served as a pleasant reminder that when everything around you is so loud, a subtle murmur can be the most alluring song.

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

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Aaron Shares His Design Process Behind the Paintbrush Shift Dress

Friday, December 16th, 2011

A simple shift body is the perfect canvas for a bold and playful print inspired by the 1960′s. I’m very attracted to the fashion from this era, especially British Mod and La Nouvelle Vague (French New Wave cinema).

Collectively, our design team gathers ideas for a seasonal theme, sorting through a large amount of images, fabrics, colors, and prints for inspiration. I always begin with a hand sketch, and use our inspiration to guide my styling and detailing. When planning the silhouette I keep in mind how the fabric I have chosen shapes on the body.

A classic shift is very simple – they usually come printed, color blocked, or with some kind of contrast embellishment. I wanted to design a more contemporary version of this 60’s retro styling to create a custom print using acidic neon against deep and bright blues – fun colors to ward off the darker winter mood. For prints, I work closely with our in-house graphic designer, to make one-of-a-kind special prints like this one.

Since this dress has such a colorful print, it doesn’t need much more than a really great fit. Seams and darting give the garment fit to mold around the body.  I chose to expose the darting (usually not seen on the exterior) and added tonal, decorative trapunto topstitching at the waist and collar – a subtle touch to further excite this traditional and flattering silhouette.

When I design, I try to make each piece special so that our customer has something unique in their wardrobe. –Aaron, Women’s Designer

Meet Our Staff: Josh

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Name: Joshua Marty

Current occupation at BKI: Store Manager of Williamsburg

Hometown: Holland, Michigan

Favorite BKI Tee: Periodic BK Table. I catch people on the train reading my tee all the time. Some have even gone as far as asking where their part of Brooklyn is on the tee.

Favorite BKI item (new or old): The Great Northern Parka is my favorite item.  It’s fashionable and will keep me warm during those cold winter times!

Currently obsessed with: A series of books by George R.R. Martin called A Song of Fire and Ice.  There is a television series of the first book called Game of Thrones.  The books are very addictive and nearly impossible to put down!

How I Live, Work, Create: I have no real artistic ability so there isn’t much for me to create.  I pride myself on creating an eclectic web of friends, most of which I have created at work! Williamsburg has a vast array of shoppers with similar tastes and styles that I have which has been conducive to meeting some outstanding people in the community!

Favorite place to eat:  The Commodore in Williamsburg.  It’s basically the same food as Pies and Thighs, but with a bar!

Best burger in Brooklyn: That’s a tie between The Commodore and Dumont Burger.

Favorite dive bar: B.C.C. (a.k.a. Bushwick Country Club).  Cheap beer and mixed drinks coupled with a tiny miniature golf course in the back makes it hard for me to avoid!

Favorite word: caveat

Favorite Blog: The Sartorialist

On my iPod right now: Camera Obscura

Wear Your Water Bottle

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

We  didn’t believe it either when we first heard that plastic bottles could be recycled into fabric. Enter RETH¿NK, a Seattle company that creates clothes and accessories made exclusively from post-consumer plastic waste. For each T-shirt, 14 plastic bottles are first cleaned, then chopped and reformulated (melted), and finally spun into fiber. The polyester fabric used in the tees not only requires 90% less water usage than virgin polyester, but also leaves a 50% lower carbon footprint than organic cotton.

The hand drawn graphic showcases the environmentally-friendly aspect of the tee, while a series of icons demonstrates the ways in which people can live sustainably, The double infinity around the icons represents both the recyclable nature of the plastic bottles and the T-shirts.

Check-in to the New Hotel Williamsburg and Check-out their BKI Attire

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Did you expect a Days Inn to open in Williamsburg?

Befitting the hip neighborhood it resides in, the newly opened Hotel Williamsburg exudes style and cool, from Crosley record players in each room accompanied by a complimentary record library, to artfully displayed black and white videos above the check-in counter. If the staffs’ uniforms look familiar, that’s because Brooklyn Industries collaborated with the hotel to outfit everyone, from doormen, to bellhops, to waitresses in assorted, limited edition pieces, including blazers, shirts, pea coats and dresses. Opening soon is a rooftop bar, but if you can’t wait that long, have a drink at the reception desk – yes, the check-in is actually a bar, and they serve the best Manhattan this side of Brooklyn. “Brooklyn Industries’ first store location is in Williamsburg on North 8th and Bedford, and we remain committed to the Williamsburg community. Hotel Williamsburg is working with the local community as well, making this collaboration a natural fit,” said Brooklyn Industries CEO, Lexy Funk.

photo courtesy of Hotel Williamsburg

BKI’s Annual Coat Drive and Holiday Shopping Event

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Is your closet getting full with thick, unused coats? Then stop by Brooklyn Industries on December 6th from 7-9pm. We’ll be out at all of our stores toasting to the holidays, gift wrapping, and most importantly donating coats to New York Cares in NYC, Impact NW in Portland, SOS Chicago in Bucktown, and The Heart of Kensington in Philadelphia and donate that coat to those in need of some warmth this winter. We’ll also have limited edition designs available while supplies last. So bring a coat for donation, or just join us for cocktails and some holiday shopping.