New Right Now in Chelsea 10/9/2017

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The French Mermaid
The French Mermaid is a collection of one-of-a-kind jewelry and curated handbags. Their mix of timeless classic pieces and transformed creations showcases their passion for all things fashion.  The jewelry in their collection is made from repurposed belts, buttons, buckles, and designer hardware, which brings a new life and new aesthetic to the materials. Vintage and fashion lovers alike will be delighted with The French Mermaid’s statement pieces and the stories behind them.

 
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Paste
Paste is a collection of graphic t-shirts and prints designed by artist Jason Laurits. Each shirt is 100% cotton, made in the USA and is hand-silkscreened in Brooklyn. Jason taught himself how to silkscreen when he was a rock/electronica musician so he could make his own promotional posters. Drawing from his background as a musician and his love of the process of making things, each design is experimental and the collection is ever-evolving.

 
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Glitterlimes
Glitterlimes is a collection of  jewelry made from real fruit and candy! Each item is preserved and then coated in a durable and delightfully sparkly glitter resin. Designer Debbie Tuch creates colorful, cute and sparkly pieces for everyone – from gummy bears to swirly rainbow lollipops and perfectly preserved slices of strawberries and other delightful fruits. Debbie is always on the hunt for new and exotic pieces to preserve and add to her collection, so keep an eye out to see what she comes up with next!

 
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Lungta Handicraft
Lungta Handicraft, designed by Pema Rishing, makes beautiful handmade scarves that will fit every style and occasion. Using luxurious materials like cashmere, silk, and 100% wool, each well crafted scarf is sure to delight its wearer. The wide array of colors and patterns is a feast for the eyes, so come by and peruse the collection to find some cozy wearable art.

The Confetti Project is back - this time at Artists & Fleas in Soho!

The Confetti Project

If you joined in for the first round of confetti photo fun at Artists & Fleas in Williamsburg, then you know just how amazing it feels to strike a pose with confetti raining down on you. This picture perfect portrait experience, brought to you by The Confetti Project is back with us again this fall.

Join us from October 16-22 at Artists & Fleas in Soho, for a bigger and even more sparkly experience than before!

The Confetti Project is a photography experience dedicated to dousing you with confetti while exploring: what do you celebrate in your life? It is our pleasure to present a picture-perfect interactive installation, multi-colored confetti and a private confetti photo shoot with the creator herself as you explore the new world of Artists & Fleas this new season.

Together we're creating a place that brings back the divine art of play, surrendering to the present moment and celebrating yourself amidst every moment of your precious life.

Reserve your spot for your confetti filled professional shots now, or stop by any time that week to douse yourself in the DIY station!

To get you psyched for what's in store, check out this awesome video by Ashley Spedale:

New Right Now at Chelsea: 9/25/17

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Flutter by Katie
We’re excited to welcome Flutter by Katie to Artists & Fleas Chelsea for the very first time! Katie’s objets d’art featuring gorgeous butterflies are stunning conversation pieces that you’ll want to spend hours staring at. Each handmade sculpture is a piece of nature frozen in time, and a testament to enduring delicacy. Katie’s work is a great way to bring some nature into your home (especially for those who have trouble keeping plants alive).  Whether for gifts or wedding centerpieces, these sculptures are sure to capture everyone’s attention.

 
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Hudson and Kings
Hudson and Kings was created in 2015 by fashion industry veteran and long-time Brooklyn resident, Lan Park. Park’s collection of embossed pillows, soaps, and other goods for your home celebrates Brooklyn’s unique charm in their vintage feel and architectural look. His designs capture the qualities associated with New Yorkers: tough, fearless, and original. Each piece is handmade by artisans from soft yet durable materials and embossed in Hudson and King’s signature styles. Scope out your favorite and stop by to take home your own piece of Brooklyn!

 
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Dani and the Rings
Dani and the Rings was born as a collaboration between mother and daughter in celebration of the bond between mother and child, between family members, or lifelong friends. Founder Luchiya Vavouliotis crafts her pieces with the goal to redefine what fine jewelry can be, and how it should be worn. Her past experience working for brands like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Bottega Veneta, and Hermès has helped her develop detailed craftsmanship and mastery of traditional jewelry techniques. Her pieces are intimate and meaningful, evoking a sense of timeless and effortless luxury. You’re sure to find something perfect for someone special to you, and for yourself of course!

 
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Mercato
Mercato was founded in New York 2009, by Chika who was born in Japan. Chika has a degree and work experience in photography, and she has lived in Tokyo, Paris and Rouen in France. Her line originally started with just one headscarf, but now she makes everything from summer headbands to winter hats and tote bags. Chika’s head accessory designs are fresh, fun, and colorful, you won’t be able to resist trying them on! Mercato’s tote bags and pouches feature Chika’s original photography, and her collections continue to grow as she finds more inspiration from nature.

 
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Chacana
Chacana’s accessories collection brings a splash of color to Chelsea with their hats, shoes and bags handcrafted in South America. Natural and raw materials are a key design element of their pieces, with wood taking a starring role. Chacana combines ethnic patterns and details with natural materials to combine traditions with new trends. You’ll definitely want to try on a pair (or two, or three…) of their unique sunglasses, and take home some colorful discoveries, because nature never goes out of style!

 
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MoYou
London-based MoYou brings the best in nail art to Chelsea with their colorful patterns and innovative stamping process, where engraved image plates and a stamp transfer designs to your nails within minutes. With over 700 image plates and 10,000 patterns, they stand by their motto “You dream it, we stamp it.” They currently have the largest range of stamping nail art designs in the industry, and they come out with new collections every month, so you’ll never need to have a boring mani ever again!

Last Chance to Shop!

Two long-time Artists & Fleas merchants at will be moving on from Chelsea soon. Catch them before they’re gone!

Churoncalla - here 'til 9/24
Chess and Fredy of Churoncalla have been designing their jewelry and art for over three decades. When asked how long they had been with Artists & Fleas, they couldn’t remember exactly how many years it had been. But we remember! Churoncalla has been with Artists & Fleas since the early days at our original Williamsburg location on N6th St. Frequent visitors of Artists & Fleas have grown accustomed to seeing Churoncalla’s display overflowing with ephemera like old signs, vintage books and typewriters. Their unique jewelry is made from recycled typewriter keys, license plates, and vintage forks and spoons. Recycling is a key element of their artistic process and it is very important to them. Each piece brings the recycled materials to life in a new way and gives customers something to smile about.

Selling at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market has allowed them to meet people from all over the world, often gaining repeat customers who would find them whenever they were in NYC. Interacting with these customers has been one of their favorite parts of being at the market. For Churoncalla, Artists & Fleas has been an amazing place to share their creativity and unique one-of-a-kind designs.

While Chess and Fredy will miss their longtime market home, they will gain some free time which will allow them to work on bigger projects and focus on their store in Nyack.

So, before they go, come by to shop their treasure trove of eclectic jewelry or find a piece of one-of-a-kind art to take home!  

Stern Design Works - here 'til 10/8
Cameron and Rebecca Stern founded Stern Design Works in 2007. Their jewelry is made through a collaborative process utilizing traditional metalsmithing, 3D printing, resin, and other alternative materials.  The displays they have built over the years in Artists & Fleas Chelsea have always incorporated elements reminiscent of theatre sets and museum dioramas. Trees made of paper sprouting from their tabletops, hand carved landscapes, and even a hanging space shuttle have all accompanied their jewelry collection and made their booth hard to miss!

Stern Design Works’ jewelry has captured the imagination of people from all walks of life, from children enamored with their glow-in-the-dark earrings to NASA employees fawning over their extensive collection of aerospace inspired pendants. The inspiration for their collections comes from the STEM fields, museums, history, and the natural world. Dinosaurs, spaceships, unicorns, microscopes, and many many more can be found amongst their miniature pendants. Their process has allowed them to customize pieces and really delve into people’s obsessions to create jewelry that is meaningful.

Selling at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea has allowed them to share their work with a worldwide audience and offer up the story behind each piece to our customers in-person every day. This passion for storytelling is reflected in their jewelry and is a quality that truly sets them apart. We will miss having their 3D printer hard at work in our Chelsea window each day, as it proved to be a real crowd pleaser, offering customers entertainment and education on the art of 3D printing.

Check them out before they leave, you just might fall in love with one of their delightful creations.

New Right Now at Chelsea: 9/11/2017

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Crystalyn Kae
Since 2001, Crystalyn Kae’s mission has been to design and create bags and accessories made from carefully curated and sustainably sourced materials. Both stylish and functional (adjustable straps and inner pockets anyone?), her bags are unique and feature vintage fabrics and rich color palettes. Rain or shine, these bags have got your back.

 
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Baré Alchemy
Named after Jeanne Baré (master botanist and the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, dressed as a man!), Baré Alchemy creates skincare products in limited batches of bespoke creations. Each serum uses advanced bio-chemistry and molecular biology that benefits your skin all the way down to the cellular level. Their products are also infused with the precious Kakadu Plum, an Australian fruit that has the highest natural antioxidants on the planet.

 
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Ariana Bohling
Ariana Bohling is a Brooklyn-based handmade shoe collection created from 100% leather and produced in Peru by local artisans in small workshops, maintaining the tradition and quality of handcrafted shoes. Founders Ariana Bohling and Alyson Kurtz believe in fair trade practices and travel to Peru to oversee the production and development process of each collection.

 
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Melsy’s Illustrations
Jamel Saliba, the artist behind Melsy’s Illustrations, has always had a passion for art. After being gifted a fashion illustration for her birthday in 2013, she was inspired to start creating her own and quickly found herself absorbed into a new-found passion for art and illustrating. Her stylish and fun pieces quickly gained a large following on social media, which led to her leaving her 9 to 5 and starting her own company. Her illustrations are perfect gifts for fashionistas, friends, and family (or yourself!).

 
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Yania Creations
Yania was introduced to her first set of jewelry pliers by a family member in 2007. What started as a hobby – wire wrapping and working with semi precious stones – turned into a full-fledged passion. In 2008, Yania transitioned from her career as a television producer to focus her energies full-time into Yania Creations. Her beautiful designs are created with healing gemstones which are also sure to add a dose of sparkle to your ensemble.

 
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MoYou
London-based MoYou brings the best in nail art to Chelsea with their colorful patterns and innovative stamping process, where engraved image plates and a stamp transfer designs to your nails within minutes. With over 700 image plates and 10,000 patterns, they stand by their motto “You dream it, we stamp it.” They currently have the largest range of stamping nail art designs in the industry, and they come out with new collections every month, so you’ll never need to have a boring mani ever again!






 

Make Up or Break Up - Part II

The music duo @Miziwab is back with Part II of the Make Up or Break Up series and this time they didn't forget the fellas. As Autumn approaches and these dog days of summer slink away with their tails tucked, preparatory deep breaths and meaningful reflections are in order. 

Our advice on Making Up or Breaking Up: 

1. Grow a beard @RealBeardedMen can help you with all your grooming needs.

2. Pick up some new wardrobe statements from @CuratedBasics to have you looking and feeling like a million bucks. 

3. Discover a new find from @Strand as the perfect solution for expanding you mind or getting lost in a great fictional story. 

4. Dial into miziwab's "Blue Flame Playlist".

Blue Flame Playlist

The blue flame occurs when the oxygen supply is increased in a fire, making it the hottest part. These playlist finds are blue flames indeed. Stand out tracks are Son & Thief, "Repair" a perfect mix of indie rock and a melodic melody with pushing lyrics while Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis' duet "Get You" will likely stop you in your tracks with it's sultry production (courtesy of BADBADNOTGOOD) and honeyed vocals. #AFinsoho and @Miziwab (@kevinanthony3000 / @djrajasick) agree that with summer ending and Autumn on the horizon the Blue Flame playlist is essential listening. 

New Right Now at Chelsea: 8/28

Rooey Knots began out of a love for prints, patterns, vintage, and thrift shopping. Sustainable style meets luxury in this collection of headbands, bracelets, and clutches made from vintage mens ties. Even the leather and suede details are up-cycled from secondhand jackets! Each piece is hand sewn with careful attention to detail to guarantee that that you’ll love their products.

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Vesper Rose jewelry is designed in New York and lovingly crafted by master artisans in New York and Bali. Every piece of Vesper Rose jewelry comes with a unique story and is the incarnation of a passion for beauty and originality.

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Yania Jewelry Yania was introduced to her first set of jewelry pliers by a family member in 2007. What started as a hobby – wire wrapping and working with semi precious stones – turned into a full-fledged passion. In 2008, Yania transitioned from her career as a television producer to focus her energies full-time into Yania Creations. Her beautiful designs are created with healing gemstones which are also sure to add a dose of sparkle to your ensemble.

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Chains by Lauren Lauren Noon--designer behind Chains by Lauren--fantasized about opening a friendship bracelet shop. A native Californian heavily influenced by her beach town roots, her line of braided bracelets, delicate chokers, and textured bangles have already been featured in Real Simple Magazine. Her grown-up take on friendship bracelets and more is worth checking out!

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Verrier Handcrafted features original illustrations by Parsons grad Ashleigh Verrier on greeting cards, prints, totebags, and other accessories. Each card is hand embellished with glitter and paint to create custom whimsical art that makes for cherished gifts and vibrant collectibles.

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Selah Vie Jewelry is designed and handcrafted by Certified Gemologist and Goldsmith, Selah Michelle. Her modern bohemian jewelry blends the spirit of her California upbringing, her travels around the world, and the vibrant fashions of NYC

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Makeup or Breakup Playlist by Kevin Anthony

Something about the slow and steamy days of summer are prime for making up or breaking up.  So whether you're single & ready to mingle, in the middle of a summer fling or recently heartbroken - we created the perfect playlist to help ignite that new beginning (or help ease the heartache)!  In either state, we think some perfect #marketfinds and chill soulful songs are a perfect salvation to get you through this summer full of feels. 

#AFinsoho has teamed up with music duo Miziwab (@kevinanthony3000/@djrajasick) and selected their makeup or breakup 'Wide Eyed Lovers' playlist for our go to summer tracks. For every tune about falling in love, there's a sultry counterpart. The playlist standouts are jazzy/new soul Southern Cal trio Moonchild with tracks like “All The Joy” and “Cure” to help put you in a euphoric state of mind. The counterpart is the powerful break up Anthem “Where Did I Go?” by U.K jazzy and soulful vocals goddess Jorja Smith.

Stayed tuned for more collabs with Miziwab to curate more playlists, album reviews and selections from our vinyl guru Eat Records. Give a listen to Wide Eyed Lovers- we're sure you'll agree that this is the soundtrack to your summer.

Wide Eyed Lovers Playlist

 

 

 

Strand Sip & Shop: Book Nerds & DIY Lovers Unite!

Attention book lovers!  Starting this September, the Strand will be adding 4 new genres of boxes to their highly addictive Book Hook Up subscription box program!  Haven't signed up yet?  Think Birch Box for book addicts.  They'll be previewing the new line up at our August 17th & 24th Soho Sip & Shop parties from 6-9pm.  Grab a drink and get a sneak peak at what's in store!

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At this week's party, August 17th, I Am Here Brooklyn will be leading a DIY wall hanging workshop where you can design & create your own one of a kind piece! Make any purchase during the party and you're entered to win a raffle including a gift card to Strand, a necklace from Cynthia Rybakoff and Artists & Fleas merchandise. See you Thursday!