Our 3rd Annual Cutest Pup in the Pool Contest is This Weekend in Venice!

Puppies and pools: a classic combination. So classic and dear to us, in fact, that we're hosting our 3rd Annual Cutest Pup in the Pool Contest! 

This upcoming weekend in Venice, pups and their humans will gather not only to have an amazing time, but also sniff and peruse treats and #marketfinds for humans and their pups. Take a peek below at which pup-friendly merchants will be joining us!

On Cloud Canine What started as a personal project quickly turned into a passionate business endeavor. All products from On Cloud Canine are designed by founder Beth in her home, where she gathers inspiration from her preppy, East Coast background and her current laid-back, West Coast lifestyle. Their items are proudly made in Los Angeles, California.

The founder of Wag City Clothing loves her Best Furend and creates clothing that is unique, punny and that speaks to all of us dog lovers. She's a one women show: designing, sourcing, cuting and screeprinting everything

Adopt and Shop The Catty Wagon brings adoptable kittens to you! As the first custom-built, mobile adoption vehicle created just for kittens, the Catty Wagon makes it possible for thousands of shelter kittens to find forever homes.

New Right Now at Chelsea: 6/19 – 7/2

Meet our newest merchants here at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market, starting June 19.

Metrix Jewelry

Metrix Jewelry was founded by Lisa Mignoli, a New Yorker who takes inspiration from geometric shapes - one of the few things that will always remain constant in a city that’s in a constant state of motion.

 
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. 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.

 
Most Wanted USA

Most Wanted USA was founded in 2015 by two sisters with the hopes to inspire travelers and dreamers. Their leather bags and accessories combine rustic western elements with bohemian accents to create pieces designed for men and women who are constantly on the go.

 

 
Selah Vie

Certified Gemologist and Goldsmith Selah Michelle blends the spirit of her California upbringing and her travels around the world with the vibrant fashions of NYC to create Selah Vie Jewelry.

Father's Day Picks for the Stylish Dude

Father's Day is sneaking up fast, and if you're anything like us, you're starting to think about what to get for your father figure... sort of. Dads are hard to shop for! We asked our very own jack-of-all-trades Kevin, longtime Artists & Fleas DJ extraordinaire and assistant manager at #AFinSoho, to tell us what stylish goods he's got his eye on for Father's Day shopping picks:

If your father is anything like mine, he would much rather give than receive. I remember going to the mess hall at Davis Monthan AFB to eat with his troops on Thanksgiving in lieu of having a family dinner at home. Let's stop the trend of last minute gifting to that special guy we call Dad, and honor acts of selflessness like these with a little advanced gift planning! 

Most Wanted USA

First step?  Take a minute to understand who he is and what he enjoys. Is he a businessman constantly on the go? Help make his stay away from home a little easier with a beautiful business or travel bag by MostWanted Usa. Their leather bags and accessories combine rustic western elements with bohemian accents to create the perfect piece for fathers on the go.  

The French Mermaid

Does he prefer French cuffs over an old college t shirt? Then these cuffs by The French Mermaid will have all his friends and colleagues in awe with these vintage repurposed Chanel button cuff links. 

Is your father up with the times? Compliment his already curated wardrobe with a wallet/tie pin combo from Curated Basics.

Real Bearded Men

Your father may not have a burly beard like our guys at Real Bearded Men but maintenance and grooming are a necessity and we see no stopping of the beard trend. Get his beard in top top order and his mustache looking like a million bucks with these all natural products. 

Whether it’s your dad, step dad, granddad or father figure- surprise him with a unique and thoughtful gift that will make him the envy of all his friends and colleagues!  

Kevin, Soho Assistant Manager

It's Feeling A Lot Like Summer Time in Venice

Spring is fading hot & fast into Summer, and you know what that means – the LA sun will be shining full-time. Artist & Fleas is back for another Venice market this Saturday, June 10th. Come hang with us as we enjoy our last Venice spring weekend of the year, and celebrate what the summer weekends have in store! 

Crazy Heart India  is joining us all the way from Jaipur, India. With garments made of 100% organic banana & bamboo fabrics, Crazy Heart India has a shade and print for everyone. The biggest problem you’ll have is deciding between a dress or a 2 piece, and in that case you should get both. These hand died light weight garments could be a perfect addition to your summer wardrobe. 

Vamvas & Rx candles will also be back with us for another great (and great-smelling) weekend!

Vamvas and their colorful soles have been walking the aisles of our market over the last few weeks, and we love them! Vamvas aren't just colorful tennis shoes – they're comfortable. There’s a color to match all of your summer goods all while supporting your feet.

Come help us say goodbye to Spring and HELLOOOO to all of our new merchants. We're open from 11am - 5pm and, as we do, will be giving out free totes to the first 100 customers!

5 Places We Love on Abbot Kinney

Abbot Kinney is one of the most acclaimed areas to border the rim of LA County. But with tons of amazing things to do, it's difficult to get the full West Side experience. Since our Venice market takes place on Abbot Kinney every 2nd and 4th Saturday, we often make the journey down to meet our wonderful neighbors – the shops and restaurants who bring every-day flavor to the neighborhood. Check out our top 5 places to hit up on the Abbot Kinney strip!

Salt and Straw

Salt & Straw
Screaming for ice cream? If so, Salt & Straw is definitely the place to get it. Feast on freshly-made ice cream in flavors including Wild Flower Honey & Lemon Grand Poppy stuffed into a hot, crispy waffle cone. On a hot California day, Salt & Straw is the place to cool down in the most delicious way. 

The Butcher's Daughter

The Butcher's Daughter
Contrary to the name, everything at The Butcher's Daughter is plant-based - the butcher's only slicing and dicing fruits and veggies! This 100% vegetarian cafe is not only a place to eat, it's also a juice bar. Swing by and pick up a fresh, refreshing juice before you roam the boardwalk.

Shinola

Shinola
Bags, bikes, watches, jewelry... You name it, they've got it! Shinola Is the definition of a one-stop shop. It's the perfect place to pick up a nice gift (especially with Father's Day coming up), or find great leather goods for any occasion – with accessories to match. You just can't go wrong at this store!

Intelligentsia

Intelligentsia
California is infamous for impromptu “wanna grab a coffee?” meetings. But if you haven't been to Intelligentsia, have you really had a true coffee-grabbing experience? Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea House is the perfect example of fresh, organic coffee. Intelligentsia cuts out the middle man by building relationships with the coffee bean famers themselves. Not only is the coffee good, but the overall ambiance is a great environment for a casual meeting. 

huset-shop

Huset-Shop
With the incredible decor and fashions at Huset-Shop, it's impossible for passers by not to stop and check it out. Huset-Shop has that special pin to match that pink dress you just bought, and that doormat to match the new paint you just added onto the door. Bonus: it's a kid friendly place that has toys, games, and clothes for little fashionistas as well. Huset-Shop is a fun and fresh place the whole family will enjoy shopping. 

It's Getting Funkadelic in Venice This Saturday

With only a few weeks left of spring, Artist & Fleas is back and bringing you another Venice market this Memorial Day Weekend. What better way to start the long weekend than with a little start-of-summer holiday shopping? Here on the Westside, we'll be hosting your old faves and some amazing new merchants you do not want to miss. 

Come get jiggy with us and enjoy the disco vibes! Venice-based shops Flower Boy and Babes on Legs will be on the lot bringing goods only seasoned time travelers could dig up. Flower Boy's disco planters are a guaranteed hit that'll not only bring your room to shimmering, 1970's life but will also keep your plants (and you) in a Funkadelic mood. No home could say no to that! Babes on Legs is back and will also be making this Saturdays event live by bringing the flyest vintage even Travolta (in Grease! of course...) couldn't deny. 

We also have Hawaiian Honey Cones and California Cowboy returning this week with a tropical taste we could all enjoy. Enjoying Hawaiian Honey Cones' ice cream is the best way to cool down on a hot, sunny Saturday. With tropical flavors that made of 100% organic corn canes and also happen to be deliciously gluten free, you wont be disappointed! California Cowboys will be selling tropical garments that are great for all types of occasions, especially for the beach. You can find great flannels, t-shirts, and sweaters that'll keep great company all year long. 

With so much happening this weekend we’re looking forward to seeing everyone for another spectacular weekend in Venice. Bring a friend, come shop, and of course: grab your free tote bag at the entrance. See you soon!

New Right Now At Chelsea: 5/22 - 6/4

What do tree-climbing burglars, leather goods, mystic symbolism, and pillows embossed with manhole covers have in common?

Beginning Monday, May 22nd, you can find them all at Artists & Fleas in the Chelsea Market.

Meet our newest merchants -- Most Wanted USA, a leather and accessories brand inspired by rustic western pieces and intended for the dreamer and traveler; Tamara Garvey, a whimsical illustrator whose works feature animals, food, and plenty of absurdism; Myrra, jewelry intended to enhance the wearer’s mind-body-soul connection through mystic symbolism and precious metals; and Hudson and Kings, a lifestyle brand that brings the originality, edginess, and creativity of Brooklyn into your home with their collection of embossed goods.

Most Wanted USA

Most Wanted USA was founded in 2015 by two sisters with the hopes of inspiring travelers and dreamers. Their leather bags and accessories combine rustic western elements with bohemian accents to create pieces designed for men and women who are constantly on the on the go. Follow their journey on their instagram and check out their products here in Chelsea!

Tamara Garvey Illustration

Tamara Garvey is an illustrator based in Brooklyn who creates colorful works in pen and ink because she “loves having ink-stained fingers!” Her whimsical original pieces vary from featuring landscapes and animals to Nutella jars spewing rainbows and old fashioned burglars climbing trees. Take a peek at her prints and come pick out your favorite here at Artists & Fleas in the Chelsea Market.

Cup of Curiosity

Myrra is a collection of jewelry that aims to infuse mystic symbolism into the daily life of the wearer. Each intricate piece marries old-world complexity with modern sophistication and hopes to enhance the wearer’s mind-body-soul connection. Take a look and come mix and match your favorite pieces here in Chelsea.

Hudson and Kings

Hudson and Kings was created in 2015 by 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. 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!

Mother's Day in Soho – Mother Daughter Maker Moment!

We currently have two mother/daughter businesses at Soho, and we couldn’t be feeling the love more! We spoke with the daughters of Verrier Handcrafted and Belle Bar Organic and found out why mothers are the best business partners around.

You know those long, late night conversations with your mom? The type where you seek her friendship AND advice? A five hour conversation between Tianna and her mom Annette Bell in October of 2016 sparked an idea for a business that has allowed this family to let their creative passions become their full time livelihood. Tianna and her sister, Solange Bell, remember when their mother, Annette, used to make body scrubs out of all natural ingredients. Annette would experiment to find the perfect recipe using the best ingredients, and to this day the three describe themselves as “ingredient junkies” rather than “product junkies.” The heart of their business is creating customized skin & hair care products based on their customers needs. In these women’s homes, they are always finding natural cures and solutions with Mom's advice. Solange herself is a mother of three and often has mother/son face mask nights! Their values in the home are based on honesty, kindness and the saying, “to have family, you have to be family.” Solange and Tianna say their mother taught them to give, be kind and always take care of others. These values carry over into their business and we couldn’t be more happy to have Belle Bar Organics set up in our new Soho Artists & Fleas location!

Mothers are an endless system of support, strength and inspiration to their children.  Ashleigh Verrier can’t imagine running Verrier Handcrafted without the support of her business partner and mom, Jude Verrier. After 10 years of running a successful fashion line, Ashleigh and Jude shifted their focus to paper fashion by crafting handmade cards and prints of fashion illustrations. Their products are colorful, feminine and full of love. Growing up, Ashleigh remembers how her mom always nurtured her love for art and dance. Today, she's inspired by her mother’s endless amount of willpower to never, ever give up on her dreams. Ashleigh describes Jude as an entrepreneur who is always finding a way to make it work. Ashleigh is excited to raise her daughter, Colette, in a creative environment, surrounded by female artists with a drive to pursue their dreams. Come see their fun and unique handmade cards now at Soho.

This Weekend in the Pop Out: Flakiki x Kelly B Stylist

Because imitation is the sincerest form of flattery – nothing says Mother's Day like some fly clothing and accessories for your mini me! And of course your little ones need to stay just as stylin' as you do... We love these cute lil dope tee's and DIY time-capsule shoes. Stop by #AFinBK this weekend to see what Flakiki has stocked in the Pop Out and what else Kelly B Stylist has up her highly-curated sleeve:

Soho So Soon: Meet the Merchants

Established in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in 2003, Artists & Fleas has hosted thousands of artists and designers over years. We create and curate markets to showcase independent artists, designers and vintage collectors, allowing them to sell and connect with the community.

Over the course of 14 years, we've hosted a lot of merchants! Some, like Nodá Design Studio and Aliens of Brooklyn, started in our Williamsburg location on weekends and have expanded their businesses to all three of our New York markets. Others, including Jaima Artparel, are just starting out but ready to make their retail debut to the Soho crowd.

Meet just a few of the merchants who make your shopping experience with Artists & Fleas extraordinary (for the full list, visit our Soho Merchants page):

 

Soho So Soon: Find Us at Prince & Broadway May 12!

There are a lot of exciting things happening in New York that are keeping all of us at Artists & Fleas busy (we miss you, Venice!). We're just days away from the grand opening of our brand-new Soho location, and you know what that means – new location, new merchants, new fashion and new art – new #marketfinds. Come May 12, you'll finally be able to feast your eyes and fill your totes at the new location that everyone in the Artists & Fleas community has fallen in love with.

So mark your calendars! We'll be cutting the ribbon in no time and are gearing up to celebrate the opening of our second daily market.

You can expect to find many of your favorite merchants from all of our other locations (both coasts!) as well as new artists, designers and vintage dealers that will be arriving weekly, making Soho the newest place to discover your favorite market finds.

As featured in Bedford + Bowery, check out some of the merchants who will debut in Soho with us:

 

 

 

This Weekend in the Pop Out: Nylon Bee

There are many things we at Artists & Fleas love: fabulous market finds, makers with passion for their craft, dogs... the list goes on. If you couldn't tell from our Pedals & Petals event, we also have a passion for fitness and fashion. It's only fitting that we're welcoming athleisure curators Nylon Bee to the pop out in Williamsburg this upcoming weekend!

Tired of grabbing that same grubby t-shirt you got 4 years ago when it's time to head to the gym? Nylon Bee has everything from yoga leggings, strappy bras, sports tanks and hoodies in addition to beauty products & accessories. Stocking both well known and emerging brands, Nylon Bee makes a point to select products of superior quality and design. 

We picked out a few favorites to share with you before the weekend - take a look!