Marlow Goods is one of our favorite stores in Brooklyn for a few reasons. For one, their farm-to-fashion approach ensures that sure that no piece of the animals served at the Tarlow family restaurants goes to waste–their gorgeous leather goods are all made from the skins of the pigs, cows and goats on the menus at Diner, Marlow & Sons, Romans and Reynard. The designs, many of which are originals by owner Kate Huling, speak to an ethos we’re always trying to embrace–owner fewer, finer things. Replace a half dozen Chinatown handbags and a shelf full of acrylic sweaters you toss after one season with one perfect bag and an exquisitely simple pullover made from local wool. What’s more, shopping the Marlow Goods showroom, located above Marlow & Sons in South Williamsburg, feels like a secret you’re in on–you have to walk through a production kitchen to get to the handcrafted goods. Marlow Goods, located on the second floor, above Marlow and Sons at 81 Broadway, is open Monday, 10am-3pm, Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday and Sunday from noon-6pm., Or, make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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…)
The craftsmanship of Kika’s hand-cut leather bags, like its signature Postal BackPack No. 1, sells itself, though having a shirtless model show them off never hurts. Photo: Kika NY
When Kika Vliegenthart and her partner Sabine Spanjer started their own leather goods company a few years ago, they were hand-cutting and stitching bags together in their Clinton Hill kitchen. Today, the couple, who designs under the label Kika NY, are about to outgrow their third studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as their collection of handmade leather and canvas bags, small leather goods, shoes and accessories has finally hit its growth spurt.
“We started out at the beginning of the hall in a very, very, tiny, tiny space, but we keep on growing. Work keeps getting bigger and bigger,” says Spanjer.
Partners in life and in work, both women moved to New York from the Netherlands–Spanjer arrived in the city just five years ago, but Vliegenthart has been here for over 20 years. A former documentary filmmaker, Vliegenthart got her start making leather goods by apprenticing for Barbara Shaum, whose East Village leather goods shop is the stuff of legend. How does a Dutch documentary filmmaker convince a master craftsman like Shaum, an industry icon with over 50 years experience, to show them the tricks of her trade? (more…)