11/07/13 9:17am

The craftsmanship of Kika NY's hand-cut leather bags, like its signature Postal BackPack No. 1, sells itself, but having a shirtless model show them off never hurts. Photo: Kika NY

The craftsmanship of Kika NY’s hand-cut leather bags, like its signature Postal BackPack No. 1, sells itself, but having a shirtless model show them off never hurts. Photo: Kika NY

The best part about a handmade bag, besides being an attractive carryall, is the story behind its making. These three designers of coveted leather bags—a Dutch couple who works as a team, a woman who lets no piece of hide go to waste, and a man who learned to stitch from his costume designer girlfriend—all bring their own sensibilities to the trade, in fascinating and gorgeous ways. (more…)

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11/06/13 2:00pm
Local designer Ryan Greer likes to create one-of-a-kind leather goods, which he sells weekly at the Brooklyn Flea. Photo: Jordan Galloway

Local designer Ryan Greer likes to create one-of-a-kind leather goods, which he sells weekly at the Brooklyn Flea, in addition to signature styles sold at local boutiques like Adeline Adeline and Thomas Sires. Photo: BB

With their riveted side closures and structured shapes, Flux Productions’ bags are easy to recognize amongst the offerings at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene–though their designer, Ryan Greer, says spotting one on the street sometimes requires a double take.

“I don’t really recognize them at first,” he says. “There’s this moment when somebody’s had it for a couple of years and the colors have changed and what they carry has changed the shape and you feel like you’re part of this collaborative process.” (more…)

07/23/13 4:00pm
Sat July 27, 2013
West Elm Etsy Dumbo

DayGlo paper goods, cutting boards shaped like continents, ceramic planters, accessories, knitting and needlepoint are among the offerings of 13 Brooklyn artists being featured in an Etsy pop-up shop at West Elm in Dumbo this Saturday. Photo: West Elm

Over the past few years, the DUMBO-based designer Tina Roth Eisenberg has launched enough successful side projects–everything from temporary tattoos to an international lecture series for creative types–to exchange her day job for her dream one. She regularly updates her blog, swissmiss, with new objects from other designers she admires, which might explain why it gets a million unique visitors a month. This Saturday, July 27, she’s curated a pop-up shop with West Elm for which she’s selected 13 Brooklyn Etsy artists to sell their wares at both West Elm on Front Street and West Elm Market on Washington. Expect everything from home goods to stationary to jewelry and more, plus a chance to talk to the designers offline and in the flesh. You can find a full list of local artists here.