Archive for November, 2012

You’re Invited to the Blogger Holiday Office Party

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Brooklyn Industries is throwing a holiday office party for some of our favorite bloggers and their staff… and you’re invited too! Come meet the tastemakers, photographers, and designers behind the blogs, and booze it up with them – Office Style!

RSVP to events@brooklynindustries.com

Let It Snow…

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

What have we been up to this week? Cutting snowflakes with scissors… lots and lots of them. This year, we’ve kept up with the tradition of upcycling office material and paper – from photo shoot backdrops to used printer paper to craft our 2012 holiday windows. Special shoutout to our window display artist, Koh Tomioka for constructing these great winter wonderlands.

The Winter 2012 Collection

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The Outtakes

Friday, November 16th, 2012

All work and no play would make Brooklyn Industries a dull company…

Neighborhood Spotlight: Nob Hill, Portland

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

Miles, our store manager in Nob Hill shares his favorite neighborhood spots in Portlandia.

Salt & Straw - 838 Northwest 23rd Avenue Portland, Oregon 97210

Salt and Straw is a new addition to NW 23rd Ave, and people literally line up around the block to get their mitts on these decadent ice cream creations. In particular, the Sea Salt Ice Cream w/ Caramel Ribbon is so ostentatiously tasty I had to write haiku: 

put the “Salt” in straw

caramel time is the best

the ooey gooey

Other flavorsome options include Cheddar Apple Pie, Honey Balsamic Strawberry with Cracked Pepper, and Pear with Blue Cheese. A must for any gastro-tour of Portland.

Cinema 21 - 616 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, Oregon 97209

Any time your local, independent theater brings Crispin Glover to town for a Q and A, you support that local, independent theater.

Muu-Muu’s - 612 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97209

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a muumuu as, “a loose often long dress having bright colors and patterns and adapted from the dresses originally distributed by missionaries to the native women of Hawaii.” Muu-Muu’s Restaurant and Bar on NW 21st Ave, however, can be defined using only one word: scrumptious. The friendly staff and romantic lighting, coupled with a decidedly eclectic menu makes Muu-Muu’s the non-Hawaiian themed Restaurant and Bar of the Nob Hill neighborhood.

One can’t really go wrong with the entire left side of the menu. From steak bites and seared wasabi tuna, to caprese salad and steak bites, to steak bites and steak bites, it can be difficult to decide what to order!  But fear not – at Muu-Muu’s, prices are so reasonable you won’t have to think twice about ordering all twenty items on the menu at once. I call that move “Muu-Muuing.” Do yourself a favor and drop by Muu-Muu’s late at night, the lovely staff and bespectacled barkeep will always treat you right. Also, sometimes they have a guy with huge dreadlocks who DJ’s, and by “DJ’s” I mean he selects songs from his laptop without crossfading them into one another. People come for the steak bites, but they stay for the steak bites.

Sammy’s Flowers - 2280 Northwest Glisan Street Portland, Oregon 97210

Sammy’s Flowers is a great local flower shop just up the street from Brooklyn Industries Portland that will always help you say just what you need to say, with flowers. The shop actually just moved into this new building with much more street visibility after extricating itself from the shadow of the local Trader Joe’s. They’re great for birthdays, anniversaries or let’s say, hypothetically, that you got yourself into a lovers quarrel and really need a big gesture to smooth things over. Well if that’s the case, then Sammy’s Flowers is the place!

And while you’re in Portland, come say “Hi!” to Miles and the gang at Brooklyn Industries Portland at 735 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210. 503-241-4898

Meet the Staff: Shanika

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Name: Shanika K. Wright

Current occupation at Brooklyn Industries: Store Manager of Brooklyn Industries Chelsea.

Hometown: Baltimore, Washington D.C.

Now living in: Harlem

Favorite place to eat: Pequena in Ft. Greene.

Favorite BKI Tee: For personal reasons, it’s a toss up between Ali and Golden Ratio.

Currently obsessed with: Black leather journals and Belgian street art.

If I had a super power, it woud be… The ability to stop time.

When I was 16, I was wearing: Over half of the exact clothes that I wear today! Docs, Creepers, a ratty band tee, leather moto jacket, and an oversized gaudy sweater.

Favorite book: Wild Seed by Octavia Butler.

Favorite word: Stellar!

On my iPod right now: Tom Waits, Moondog, Wu-Tang, Pit Er Pat, Dang Nasty, Niki & The Dove, Nina Simone, Mumford and Sons, and my friends from Belgium, Dynooo Crakk and Cupp Caves, to name a few.

Favorite blog: FashionGrunge.com. My friend Lauren B. is a Mastermind!

How I Live, Work, Create: I laugh a lot! I am constantly exploring ways to destroy clothing, then reconstructing into something wearable. Because I never learned how to properly do laundry, I’ve developed some amazing bleaching techniques that I like to experiment with on denim amongst other things. I’ve also become a wizard at being able to make almost garment age at least ten  years. I take photos and also write infrequently for Belgium zine called “Ride Bikes”

To meet and learn more about Shanika, stop by her Brooklyn Industries Chelsea store at 161 8th Avenue, New York, NY.

The Model Musician

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

If you recognize this Brooklyn musician, it’s because you’ve probably seen him in our Fall shoot in Redhook. We caught up with Sean Wood at his home which doubles as his studio in Bushwick, where the JMZ train roars along between takes right outside of his window.

What do you do? I am a musician – songwriter, singer, performer. I play the violin, piano, guitar and create programmed beats.

Tell us about your creative workspace and how you work in it? My workspace is in my bedroom in Bushwick. I have all of my instruments, mics, midi controllers, plug-ins, etc. in my personal space. It can be a little confusing at times knowing when to focus on sleep, and when to focus on “work”, but the intimacy and proximity to my own personal space I have found, can be a good thing in terms of efficiency :)

What are you inspired by? I’m inspired by a myriad of things. Love, loss, joy, sillyness, family, friends, cheaters, haters, lovers. I have way too many musical inspirations to name off.

How do you “Live, Work, Create?” When i think of this motto, I think about staying true to myself and my motivation in what I love to do, which is music. So I guess I “Live, Work, Create” everyday. I wake up thinking about music and my family and how to love people better, and how to be happier. I go throughout my day with this and I hustle, hustle, hustle. It’s the New York way. I will always be living, working, and creating music – for myself, my community, and for my sanity.

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Listen to Sean Wood’s music here, and check out the release party for his new record Sudden Love at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on November 18th, 9pm.