Archive for September, 2012

Live, Work, Create. A New Tumblr

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

One of our favorite new projects we’ve been working on here in our studio and around Brooklyn is our new Tumblr: Live, Work, Create. Unlike most other Tumblrs that pull from other websites (something we don’t mind at all), LWC is comprised of content 100% produced by our design team. So pardon us if we’re a bit excited.

The Fjord Long Down Coat – Functional & Flirty

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

During my first New York winter, my roommate at the time told me that I should just throw fashion out the window and dress for comfort. Eventually, I learned that things didn’t have to be so black and white. They could also be Teal, Gray Sparkle, and Anthracite.

Shop the Fjord Long Down Coat 

Neighborhood Spotlight: Wicker Park

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Our Chicago store managers Rachel and Nicole take you on a tour of their favorite spots around N. Milwaukee Ave. in Wicker Park.

The Wormhole1462 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Care for a shot of nostalgia with your coffee? This 80’s themed coffee shop is known for its awesome  Metropolis coffee creations, tasty treats and most of all… the tricked out DeLorean from Back to the Future!!!  I’m always impressed by their collection of metal lunch boxes featuring every show from the Muppets to Bill Cosby! My favorite thing about this kitsch coffee shop is by far the free bumper stickers! With catch phrases from movies, video games and pop culture, you’ll fall in love with “hermwoll”! Staff picks for drinks: Rocket Sauce, the Dragon Pearl Tea and the “dirty” Chai! -Rachel

 

Lomography Inc.-  1422 N. Milwaukee Ave. Before there was Instagram, there were Lomography cameras that kicked off the whole vintage-looking photo trend as far back as 2008. Until now in Chicago, you could only buy a Lomo camera at mostly specialty camera shops and some retail clothing locations. What is a Lomo camera? “Lomo” is the general word encompassing all toy film camera brands – Holga and Diana being the most widely-known of the group. This store offers different lens attachments such as fish-eye lenses, ring flashes, and an array of film types specifically for these cameras which mostly take wide, slightly-harder to find 120 film and can be rigged to use 35 mm film if you love the sprocket-hole look. Lomography Inc. boasts stores all over the world and we’re glad they’re finally in Chicago! Though it can be an expensive hobby, the warm and dreamy hues are worth it.  – Nicole  

 

Emporium Arcade Bar1366 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The name says it all! Booze + arcade games = adult dream come true! Boasting the largest pin ball machine collection in Chicago, this bar offers more than a “Tommy” good time. All the classic video games are here and are only a 25 cent token to play! Emporium offers a great selection of beer and whiskey, they don’t serve food but encourage you to BYO. Perfect place for a cheap date or just to hang out and feel like a kid again! Check it out on a weeknight cause Fridays and Saturdays this place is PACKED! (and that wasn’t a Pac-Man joke! Ok, maybe it was!) -Rachel

Antique Taco – 1360 N. Milwaukee

Husband and wife team started their snack-style taco restaurant as a marriage between their love of gourmet Mexican food and a place to display their antique collection. This is a place that immediately upon arriving, you take note of the décor and one might feel like they’re in a beautiful, albeit quaint small town with the country-style seating throughout and water with lemon served in Mason jars. My personal favorite on the menu is the Crispy Fish Tempura which has smoked cabbage, scallions, and Sriracha tartar sauce as toppings (2 tacos for $8). A must-visit before stopping into the new barcade right nearby, Emporium Arcade Bar. -Nicole

 While you’re in the neighborhood, visit Brooklyn Industries Chicago at 1426 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Snapshot – Introducing The Click Bag

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Kentucky Flood by Margaret Bourke-White

The initial interest in the design of Brooklyn Industries’ new Click Bag line stemmed from our CEO and photographer Lexy Funk’s interest in the historical position of women in photography. Since photography was considered more picture making than an artform in the early days, women were better represented in the field compared to other artforms. Working commercially as documentarians, images from photographers like Dorothea Lange and Margaret Bourke-White, the first female war correspondent are now considered artistic treasures.

Our bag designer was also inspired by the boxy camera bags these women carried that seemed timeless in style. The brown color was a nod to more classic, vintage camera bags, while the patent red and blue bags were more of a nod to mod.

The Click Bag - Made in NYC

 

Artist Series: Lauren Bahr

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Hailing from Houston Texas, Prop Stylist by day and all around Visual Artist Lauren Bahr  gives us a glimpse into her hectic schedule and how making Greenpoint, Brooklyn her home base has allowed her to Live, Work, Create.

“I’ve got a little studio room in my house, which I’m quite grateful for. My favorite way to work is to have people come over and do their projects while I do mine—sort of like an art collective vibe where I get to serve everybody tea or booze and we bounce ideas off of one another as we work.”

Aside from hosting her own informal artist salons, Lauren clues us in to her favorite down-time spot Troost. “It has top-notch coffee during the day, and at night it becomes this groovy, totally relaxed bar with great food until 11pm,” Bahr explained. Having a neighborhood go-to is a must when you’re building sets and propping shoots for the big names in print and fashion. With such a busy schedule, Lauren still finds the time to work on her own art and has landed two upcoming shows at Moma PS1 and Gallery/Project Space Envelope.

“This year I found myself transitioning from 2d to 3d; I’ve been really drawn to making sculptures that can exist on a wall. Without fail, it seems like I choose the long way of doing things; right now I’m hand making these 1/4” beads that will eventually combine to fill a very large tapestry. I could get my objects pre-made or order a custom fabrication; but I enjoy the hand-made process too immensely.”

Dalmation, 2012. Hand-dyed twine wrapped around a wooden frame

Above:

The Donna Belted Shirtdress

The Woodstock Anorak Coat

The Grand Snap Fleece

Photos 1&3 by Bess Adler 

See her work Sunday at the grand opening event of Gallery/Project Space Envelope, 164 Orchard Street, NYC, September 16th, 6-9pm. Lauren’s pieces will also be featured as part of the The Perfect Nothing Catalog and Andrés Jaque’s performance Ikea Disobedientsat P.S.1 MoMa, 22-24 Jackson Ave at 46th Ave, Long Island City, NY, Sundays September 16th and 23rd 2012, 3 – 5pm.

Get inspired by her awesome color coordinated inspired blog: http://sevendaysofshade.tumblr.com/

and purchase her rope sculptures at The Perfect Nothing Catalog

Behind the Design: The Atticus Parka

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

I wanted to create a heavy duty canvas parka for Fall that you wouldn’t be able to find anywhere else. The Atticus Parka is chock-full of style elements like a quilted pocket and yoke, genuine leather trimmed pockets, and double cuffed sleeves with thumbholes to keep the wind out and your hands free. I designed it for transitional weather with lasting style in mind. -Dale, Senior Designer

The Staff Makes Its Fall Picks

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Jenna, Graphic Designer:

Alma Sheer Utility Pocket Blouse

This blouse is the perfect mix of tough and sweet. I love that the fabric is sheer yet not completely revealing.

Brigade Utility Skinny Cargo Pant

These are a great pair of cargo pants that are also flattering to the female figure.

Out Fox Graphic Tee

One of my favorite graphic tees! I really like the looser cut of this shirt and the subtlety of the screenprint.

 

Helena, E-Commerce:

Twin Button Skirt

It’s fun but not cutesy and has pockets! It fits just below the waist and the A-line shape makes it extra easy to wear with tees and tops.

Charm Neck Tie Pullover Sweater

This sweater is unbelievably soft and playful! I love to tie a little bow on mine and the Acai color goes great with my fall skirts.

Travis, Buyer:

Lawrence Samson Plaid LS

Shirts like this seem to work themselves in as staples in my wardrobe due to their versatility. Wear it untucked with the sleeve rolled up to show off its rugged aspects or tuck it in with a pair of fitted black jeans for a clean look

Gowanus Swim Club

Nothing beats a black shirt with a white print for a bit of a hardcore vibe.  Reminds me of late Gowanus Canal crossings after a night at the Bell House.

 

Adventurist Hooded Jacket

I picked this piece for its great transitional weight and the way the Dachshund color fits seamlessly into my wardrobe. Extra plus for all of the pockets and the leather detailing.

Go See Cooper Hewitt’s “Graphic Design: Now In Production” on Governors Island

Tuesday, September 4th, 2012

One of the best graphic design exhibits in awhile is now showing just a $4 East River Ferrry ride away on Governor’s Island. While most of the work has developed iconic status on the web, the all-encompassing curation gives you a chance to see the work in its original form or in proper scale. Bring a bike or rent one there afterwards to unplug from civilization just five minutes from Lower Manhattan.

 

Christopher Doyle’s amusing Identity Guidelines for himself.

Albert Exergian Swiss-ifies American television shows in his Iconic TV poster series

Ink, a collection of wallcoverings designed by Abbott Miller at Pentagram

SALT, a cultural institution in Istanbul incorporates the missing type parts of the typeface KRALIÇE.