A jewelry designer’s new SoHo shop, and an intimate gathering and more in this week’s roundup of web stories worth linking about.
SoHo’s New Gem: STORY favorite, jewelry designer Melissa Joy Manning has opened a new brick and mortar spot in SoHo (12 Wooster St.) Look forward to her free-form precious metal and stone pieces alongside jewels from Pamela Love and gifts from Cardtorial.
Getting Warmer: If heat-seeking is on your weekend agenda, stop by the Thompson Hotel on the LES for an intimate affair with the lingerie loving ladies of Flora Nuit. Discover racks of beautiful, hard to find bras, while sipping cocktails by Campari America’s Women & Whiskies.
Hat’s Off: Word is our friend, NYC milliner Satya Twena killed it on Kickstarter – nearly doubling her goal. But you haven’t missed out, she’s added some of the campaign’s favorite rewards to her shop – including our favorite, a cat eared cloche by PS I Made This.
Over the past few months we’ve met over 200 small businesses – from handbag designers to super-soft sock makers. Among the things they’ve taught us: small businesses can be a force for change in their communities. And that’s why B Corps - a network of small businesses who are voluntarily ascribing to higher standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency – matter in a big way.
Take Brooklyn pet accessories maker, Found My Animal. For starters the company uses only premium, all-weather materials and time-tested methods to craft each of their accessories – from dog leashes to collars and totes. But more importantly, this B Corp aims at promoting the rights of adopted animals and making choices that positively impact its community (both the two and four legged.)
If one of your resolutions is to connect to your community and “B the change” – this is an amazing resource for finding like-minded businesses that are out to redefine success.
Booth trolling at this year’s Spring/Summer accessories shows proved the more sparkle the better, it’s hip to be square (or rectangular,) and you should be proud to sport a weave. Here’s a look at the trends we spotted and the pieces we loved:
Bling Ring: Jewelry adops a more is more mantra with high-wattage sparkle taking over cascading necklaces and jewel-encrusted bracelets. Many designers were showing these blinged out baubles layered with less dramatic pieces for a balanced contrast.
Clear Winners: Lucite has been around since the 60s yet for spring/summer designers get a little carried away with box clutches and bigger is better bangles. A favorite of the shows: Ashlyn’ds out of the box bags – from one decked in Astroturf to a little something sandy.
Be-Weave Me: The bohemian will find much to love in the season’s vibrant, woven pieces – from layerable friendship bracelets and handmade Columbian satchels to sneakers. The vibe: crafty yet cool.
One of the things we’ve discovered at STORY: Inspiration is everywhere. It can be a 16-year old who walks through the door or a walk on the Highline. Case in point: designer Elle Luna. Known to the tech world for her work on Mailbox, a start-up acquired by Dropbox, earlier this year she dropped everything to start fresh – as an artist.
This week she released the first in a series of projects that explore the intersection of art and technology. Called The Bulan Project, the e-commerce concept is designed to offer a single cloth for every ‘edition.’ Sound familiar? It should. Luna told Tech Crunch that STORY was among the many things that inspired her concept, noting our ever changing approach and curated themes.
At STORY we find inspiration in those willing to take risks, make messes, and create something new – so to have helped that process along, well it’s pretty inspiring.
As we start the new year, a peek at our Instagram tells the STORY of our crazy (in a good way) year. Countless cool discoveries, a few celebrity run-ins, cute puppies, an in-store barbershop, and so much more happened. We took a cross-country trip, visited the art world, and had the big idea to think small. Although it was hard to choose, here are some of our favorite moments from our STORY Instagram (follow us for more insta-stories!)
Got a few things you want to accomplish in the New Year? So do these makers, designers, and artists. Discover their projects on Kickstarter and start crossing a few things off your 2014 to-do list:
Milkmade Ice Cream: Resolve to eat more ice-cream (tough we know) with this craft ice-creamer’s bid to expand its small batch business. Known for its super premium scoops and innovative flavors, its goal is to meet all the “I Screams,” and “You Screams” so we can all scream for its specialty ice cream.
Rooftop Films: Resolve to make more movie nights with Rooftop Film’s campaign to fund its uniquely NYC viewing experiences. Known for showcasing indie films in the open air, its mission is to bring the community together to experience great films in our great city.
Jene DeSpain Jewelry: Resolve to support making it in NYC with this Brooklyn designer’s campaign to bring her jewelry to NYC Fashion Week. Known for her Art-Deco vibe and meticulous approach, Jene’s goal is expand domestic production and realize the opportunity to show at fashion week.
Founders of craft bitters brand, Hella Bitter share recipes for getting into the holiday spirits…
Red Jacket Old Fashioned
Ingredients: 2 Oz Rye, .5 oz Boiled Cider*, 2 Dashes Hella Aromatic, 1 Dash Hella Citrus, Orange peel garnish
1.In rocks glass combine Rye, Boiled Cider and bitters. Stir gently. Add ice 3/4 up glass. Stir gently for about 8 seconds. Garnish with thick orange peel.
*Boiled cider is an old school New England recipe. It is a commitment to make but worth it if you have the time and it keeps indefinitely in the fridge. Basic recipe: Ingredients – 1 gallon Cider. In a heavy bottomed pot bring cider to boil – cook uncovered for 4-5 hours stirring occasionally. It will start to thicken in the last hour and at this point you’ll have to stir it a little more so it doesn’t burn. It’s done when it coats the back of a spoon. If you don’t have time to make it, you can order it online. Morris Kitchen makes a spiced apple syrup that’s an acceptable replacement.
Cider Mill Retirement
Ingredients: 2 oz Apple-Cinnamon Tea, 1.25 oz Tanqueray Gin, ,.5 oz Boiled Cider,.5 oz fresh lemon juice
1. In a shaker add ice, Tanqueray, boiled cider, fresh lemon and Hella Bitter Aromatic
2. Strain into a rocks glass over ice.
3. Top with tea and stir gently.
4. Garnish with apple slice.
With this STORY we’re out to support small businesses online and off, near and far, new to the game or well-established. In preparation for Small Business Saturday, we’ve rounded up a few in our Home for the Holidays with Big Apple digs. Get the goods at STORY and go local, with our NYC #ShopSmall itinerary.
The saying you’ve arrived holds true when you’ve got the right travel essentials – from headphones to hostess gifts. Here’s how to go home for the holidays…good stories travel fast.
Present Time Inflatable Travel Pillow:Long trips equal long naps with this tot-sized travel pillow.
Seletti Toiletry Kit: A built-in packing list ensures he’ll never again be forced to borrow the mother-in-law’s toothbrush.
Flight 001 F1 Cargo Carry-on: Because a gate change shouldn’t be a death sentence for shoulders, this convenient wheeled carry-on eases the stress.
Urban Ears X Pendelton Headphones: Urbanears’ puts a throwback spin on its Plattan headphones. The vibe: ready for takeoff.
Tracey Tanner Fatty Large Pouch: Save suitcase space with this double-duty-doing leather pouch: it handles makeup and can dress up as a clutch.
Prospector Co. All Purpose Dirt: Though you’ve graduated from “two in one shampoo,” this streamlined cleanser attends to all on-the-go body/hair/ face grooming needs.
Known for her creative energy – whether working behind the scenes at the creative director of Magnolia Bakery or putting the finishes touches on a DIY project, Linda Facci elevates hobby to art form with her whimsical, needle felted animals. Spinning the felted fibers into detail rich animals, her handcrafted mini-sculptures remind what’s possible with two hands and an imagination. Discover the multi talented maker’s passions and #ShopSmall to support Linda’s felted foray.
What is your business known for?
My hand-crafted products. Needle felted animals; graphic design & branding; papier mache flowers & planets, decorated egg interiors; fine silver jewelry; felt iphone/laptop cases, brooches, and scarves.
What small small business in your community inspires you?
I have a home in upstate, NY where there are so many great small businesses. I especially like this tiny, organic, fair trade chocolate company in Saugerties, NY called Lucky Chocolates, where everything is handmade on the premises. The vibe is so cool when you walk in and you instantly feel like a kid again.
What are you passionate about?
The before and after of projects: The ball of wool that becomes a hat, a felted mouse that will make a kid smile, newspaper that turns into a planet through paper mache.
What piece of advice would you give other small business owners?
Don’t give up, keep doing what you’re doing and if you have to find that 9-5 job to keep
your craft alive, find something that makes you happy.