12/10/13 11:00am

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 contact@marlowgoods.com.

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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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