Lately its been a mix of long nights and rainy days. I think I’ve been stuck in a rut creativity-wise, feeling uninspired by my new surroundings. I love Brooklyn and all the artsy, creative people (and pretend artsy creative people), but recently it has been feeling a little stark and cold to me. I think I’ve been living in a dreamy fog that I’m slowly starting to get the fuck up from and snap out of.
Surprisingly, The Knife, and hot blonde models, aren’t the only good things to come out of Sweden. Meet Sweden-born jewelry designer and founder of By Boe, Annika Salame. Salame studied fashion design at Parson’s. Shortly after she graduated, she became interested in jewelry-making, and opened up shop in the Upper East Side. Her jewelry is featured in stores throughout the U.S, and she also has a quaint little stand-alone shop on Prince Street.
…..After researching a few of these young NY based designers, I’ve noticed a trend….
None of them are bad to look at.
For as much time as I spend in Manhattan, I usually never get to see what the city truly is made of. So the other night I decided to throw myself in the midst of Prince Street‘s designer boutiques and just walk, observe, and really take a look at what I was surrounded by. Aside from the homeless people yelling paranoid words, the crazy woman fighting someone for a cab, and the normal city chaos, I saw the creativity that existed inside these tiny boutique storefronts that I never pay attention to on my mission to a bar, cafe, or class. For the first time in a long time, I realized how lucky I was to be living in New York, and just how many talented designers are based in my backyard.
Love Pamela Love. If I had a sugar daddy (which I never would but that’s besides the point) or a really awesome limit on my credit card, I’d probably be decked out in this New York based designer’s strange yet gorgeous jewelry. The high price point is well worth the beautiful treasure you get in return. And come on, who doesn’t want to wear a 10-30,00 year old Siberian whooly mammoth tusk on their wrist?
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot of Christmas. Probably because I want to get this disgusting semester over with, have winter break, and can drink unhealthy amounts of eggnog. This notion got me thinking about how fortunate you are when you’re five and you can go see the Christmas Carol, get spoiled, and act like an annoying troll without any consequences. Those were the days.
The thought of a Christmas Carol inspired me to do a zainy little photoshoot with my new jewelry. With help from photographer Matt Clark, and model Brittany Slaper, it came out pretty snazzy.
This weekend, Brooklyn was out-of-control freezing. Despite the hot toddy drinking weather, a bunch of awesome vendors (including myself) came out to North 7th and Wythe to sell their little hearts out at the Artist’s and Fleas Holiday Bazaar. Though it was a bit quiet and very new, the space and products were definitely something to check out.
While hopping around the Bazaar, I came across sweatshirts and tees by Brooklyn based menswear designer, Alexander Campaz. Sweatshirts were super cozy, colorful, and great to hibernate in during this shitty, windy weather. And, the fact that they’re mens didn’t stop me from trying them on (the small fit basically like a women’s medium).
Naturally, the only money I made went to these things.
Now for news on some other broad.
I have a great appreciation for other people making, loving, conceptualizing and creating awesome shit. I attended an art show at Mass Transit Skate Shop in Valley Stream, NY this weekend and saw some lovely Long Island Talent. Miss Jamie Schwartz’s vintage, handmade, jewelry collection- using turn of the century watch parts-“Through the Loupe” was featured…
and it’s kind of amazing.
I’ll be donating some fancy pieces @ the Give Life Event @ Fashion Institute of Technology to be raffled off November 8th (today)! If you’re in the area, come and support the NY Organ Donor Network and sign up to save a life.