New Right Now at Chelsea: 7/2/2018

We’re so excited to have several of our favorite merchants return to Chelsea Market this July! From beachy jumpsuits to acrylic sunglasses, we’ve got your mid-summer essentials waiting for you this month.

 
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ISLYNYC  serves up laser cut acrylic jewelry and accessories made by hand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. These experimental statement pieces are refined and daring, walking the line between small-scale craftsmanship and the aesthetics of synthetic mass-production. ISLYNYC has worked with celebrities like Beyoncé, Madonna, Missy Elliot, and Sasha Velour.

 
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Pinky Pilots
These adorable hand illustrated prints were started by two friends (Megu & Mush) from Japan with a background in art, rock & roll and a love of animals and irony. We love seeing the world through a Pinky Pilots point of view (Megu describes her style as seeing the world through the eyes of an animal!). Their art will positively energize not only a space in your home, but also a space in your heart.  

 
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Julie Mollo
Julie Mollo is best known as the designer behind pop star Katy Perry's iconic fruit inspired ensembles and is the go-to stylist for rockstars and party girls looking to make a statement. Julie’s designs are made for those who are looking to stand out in a sea of similarity, so if you’re feeling bold or want some exciting accessories to add to your everyday looks, Julie has got you covered! Her designs are flirty and fun with a retro vibe, and it doesn’t get much better than that.

 
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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 been featured in Real Simple Magazine. Most recently, Vogue India highlighted her horn threader earrings! We’re in absolute love with her beachy, boho jumpsuits.

 
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Spooksvilla
Shahrzad Ghadjar is a New York native who's made her name as a coast-hopping illustrator, editor and creator of visual art. Her brain child, Spooksvilla, is a line of pins, lighters, greeting cards, prints and more emblazoned with her unique hand-drawn illustrations of mythical creatures, city scenes, and tattooed women. Self-described as “Metal-Eastern” her work spans some very esoteric subject matter, some of which is perfectly suited for the spookier season. We're totally in love with all of her creations, and with magical finds like the adult coloring book Dinosaurs Smoking Weed, who wouldn't be?

New Right Now at Chelsea: 6/18/2018

 
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YAH YAH Jewelry
We are excited to welcome YAH YAH Jewelry to Artists & Fleas Chelsea for the first time.  YAH YAH is a a minimalist jewelry line founded in 2014 by owner/designer, Andrea Zeuner. Her love for jewelry was inspired at an early age by the adornments of her world-traveling grandmother. When Andrea was very young, she was unable to pronounce her own name so she decided that her name would be "Yah-Yah" instead. Because of this, it only seemed fit to call her business YAH YAH as well. Their pieces are delicately handcrafted in our Brooklyn, NY studio using recycled brass, silver, and 14k gold. The collection draws inspiration from the marriage between simplistic geometry and the beauty of organic chaos. YAH YAH makes jewelry knowing it will be the treasure of another. It will transform into a memory to the wearer, a reminder of a loved one, or a mark of a special day. We make the jewelry, you create its story.

 
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Metrix Jewelry
Lisa Mignoli founded Metrix Jewelry in 2013. Growing up in New York City, and graduating from the prestigious Fashion Institute, Lisa is used to a constant state of motion. Therefore, she takes solace in the few things that remain constant. Geometric shapes are at the center of all of Metrix Jewelry’s collections. Lisa’s love of combining materials that aren’t usually put together defines her signature style - futuristic, funky, and always unique!

 
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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. You’re sure to find a new favorite to add to your collection!

New Right Now at Chelsea 6/4

 
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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 been featured in Real Simple Magazine. Most recently, Vogue India highlighted her horn threader earrings! Her grown-up take on friendship bracelets and more is worth checking out.

 
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Kate Koel creates jewelry that finds style in the details. Her original designs are simple and easy to coordinate, with their geometric shapes and sleek colors. Kate’s Galaxy collection seeks to embody the unique and vibrant energy that runs through the universe and each individual, encouraging wearers to embrace their authentic selves. Kate approaches her craft like the continuation of a story, connecting with each piece and customer as they add her jewelry to their journey.

 
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Min & Mon is a New York City-based handbag label dreamt up in 2015 by three friends, an artist, a musician and an architect, who were inspired by the idea that bags should be fun, changeable, and beautiful. Their bags and accessories are finely crafted in the artisan tradition of the Andes, and their signature prints and eye decals add personality to any outfit. Each piece is guaranteed to inject some creativity into your accessory game!

Merchant Highlight: Ariana Bohling

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Ethically sourced and produced by craftspeople in Peru, Ariana Bohling first arrived on the scene with her luxury Alpaca Slippers. Shortly thereafter, Ariana launched a second collection, "AoverA" composed of high quality leather and focuses on comfort and style. Together with her partner, Alyson, the two Brooklyn natives know exactly what the New York woman is looking for. We sat down with Ariana to chat business and inspiration. Check our her collections daily at our Chelsea Market location!

What inspired you to start your first line and how has your brand evolved since then? I wanted to design comfortable, good quality, genuine leather shoes with designs I would wear all over the city.  Shoes I could walk or bike in, but also look stylish in and be comfortable.  

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When you are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time?  Yoga, Bike riding, Prospect Park bird watching, Cooking delish food, and reading.

The one thing you wish you knew before you started your business:  Sales is everything, making yourself different will make your product stand out, it is important to fill gaps in the market with product that does not yet exist.

Any upcoming projects you're looking forward to? What's next in the pipeline?  Can't wait to produce and deliver AW18, lots of amazing new boots, clogs, and slippers coming!

A mantra that you live by: "OM"

Your absolute favorite place to eat/play/hang in NYC:  Prospect Park

Lastly, if you had to choose one song or color that captures the essence of your business/brand, what would that be?  Not sure about capturing the essence of the brand but the Beyonce song 7/11 pumps me up and she is a fierce role model that motivates other woman to achieve the way she has.

New Right Now in Chelsea: 5/21/2018

 

Nicole Rose Studio creates exactly what’s missing from your apartment decor and aromatherapy routine! NRS offers organic and fair trade textiles as well as aromatherapy goods such as incense, candles and lavender hot/cold masks to soothe your aches and sinuses.  All items are minimally processed, handcrafted and delivered ethically to you. Her pillows, throws and runners are a great fit for any room in your home, or apartment. Needless to say we’re thrilled to have Nicole Rose Studio with us!

 

Laser Eye - NoDa Design Studio is a Brooklyn based brand that are long term members of our A&F merchant community, with pop-up shops in our Soho and Brooklyn location- they're even sold with us out in LA! They create a range of laser cut and laser-engraved home accessories, greeting cards, wall art, table games, and other innovative gifts. Inspired by the natural elements wood and fire, NoDa Design Studio combines these forces using laser cutting technology to create their custom wood magic. Some of their favorite pieces to make are custom created for their customers’ dogs, how sweet is that?

 

Most Wanted USA was founded in 2015 by two sisters with the hopes to inspire travelers and dreamers. Their leather bags and accessories are constantly evolving, they listen to customer feedback and then redesign their bags to fit their customers wants.  Their bags combine rustic western elements with bohemian accents to create pieces designed for men and women who are constantly on the go.

Summer Saturdays in Venice Kicks off Next Weekend

 
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As Artists & Fleas celebrates 15 years of bringing creators, makers and collectors together with cool-hunters and trend-setters on both coasts, we're psyched to share the news – we're launching our first-ever Summer Saturdays series on Abbot Kinney in Venice!

We'll be open every Saturday this Summer from Memorial Day (May 26th) through Labor Day (September 1st).

Join us for the party! We'll have a live DJ, plenty of Food Trucks, a designated Picnic Area so you can shop and snack with ease, and featured Special Events every weekend to bring a little more zest to your Saturday shopping spree.

Summer Saturdays kicks off this weekend, Saturday May 26th, with a fresh line up of Art, Fashion, and Vintage. Click here for the full merchant list. 

Interested in selling with us? Contact california@artistsandfleas.com

Merchant Highlight: Peaches N Cream Vintage

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Fashion industry native, Johainess Suarez started her Vintage boutique out of a desire to step outside her comfort zone and into something that she could call her own. A favorite at our Brooklyn market, Johainess talks to us about how she got started, her best advice, and how she came up with the name “Peaches N Cream.”

What inspired you to start Peaches N Cream Vintage? And how did you come up with this fun name?

Peaches ’n’ Cream Vintage began as escape from the fashion industry. For about 15 years I worked so many different avenues in the fashion industry, from model to corporate, and yet never felt fully fulfilled. When I decided for a career change the universe made it more and more apparent that it was time to chase my passion and dream, owning my very own boutique focused vintage quality goods. I thought this would be something I pursued when I retired, but life had it planned out differently. 


The name comes from my high-school nickname, Peaches. I have always carried that name with me because it remained one of my alter-egos. Beyonce has Sasha Fierce, I have Peaches. With my love for RnB music what better name than 112’s unforgettable “Peaches ’n’ Cream” song had a better ring? Life should be Peaches ’n’ Cream anyway!

What attracted you to sell at Artists & Fleas? 
For a little over 2 years I worked as creative director’s assistant for a vendor at the Artist & Fleas Chelsea, which whom to date has one of the most impressive vintage jewlery collections I have ever seen! Throughout those years working there I was stunned at the fact that none of the "fashion influencers or tastemakers” I knew of were aware of this little gem right in front of them, literally milk studios is right across the street! That was a huge motivation. I felt Artist & Fleas was the best location to inspire young tastemakers in fashion and the creative arts to do the same as I did and go for your dreams.   

What advice might you have for anyone looking to get into a similar career?
My advice to anyone wanting to go into vintage is be prepared to work hard, know or find your customer, do a lot of research, work or volunteer for a thrift, consignment, and/or vintage shop before starting your own, know the difference, know what your talking about and what your selling! I feel too often people get into this business from it being a hobby and expect it to be the same. It is not: there is a major difference from being a collector and being a profitable dealer. 

What is your favorite vintage find that you own?
So I’m SUPER obsessed with Betty Boop, it’s pretty ridiculous! Right now my favorite vintage piece I tracked down all the way from Italy is a rare pair of: 1990’s Gianni Versace x Andy Warhol Collection: Marilyn Monroe & Betty Boop Pop Art Printed Jeans. DEAD!

Describe your style in a few words:
Very multi-faceted; I embrace diversity in the way I dress so I find my style to be defined by the way I feel. Often times I am inspired to create juxtaposition such as grunge mixed with dainty, streetwear yet business casual, androgynous clothing with a fem hairstyle and masculine shoes - I mean the list can go on and on.  So words to define: ever-evolving, diverse, juxtaposition, and ambiguous.

The best piece of advice you've ever received:
Love yourself and know your worth then add tax

Your all-time favorite restaurant in Williamsburg and why:
OK! So it's not a restaurant BUT they have food and drinks and always a great time. Union Pool, has the BEST taco in WillyB hands down! They are a bar that has a little taco truck El Diablo Taco in their outdoor backyard, where you can eat, smoke freely, listen to some good music and just have the greatest vibes even if you're there by yourself. Did I mention the Tacos?

A mantra that you live by:
Love thyself, be present and aware, create and spread positive energy.

New Right Now at Chelsea: 5/7/2018

 
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Argaman&Defiance (A&D) was founded by Lydia Crespo in Chicago, Illinois in 2010.  Each item is created with 100% silk and is naturally dyed by hand using natural dye extracts responsibly collected from tree bark, roots, and leaves. Then, each piece is hand painted or printed to create a unique design.  From scarves to crop tops, you are sure to fall in love with something (if not everything) at her Artists & Fleas pop up. 

 
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Flutter by Katie is back at Chelsea, just in time to ring in spring! 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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Oohlala Petite Boutique is a Brooklyn based line of all natural beauty products and candles created by Eni Xhori. Each of her candles are 100% soy wax and are housed in unique containers, like hand painted mason jars and antique teacups. Eni’s beauty products use natural ingredients and high quality essential oils, and her soaps are pure eye candy! You will definitely want to come by Chelsea to see and smell them for yourself. They’re perfect for treating yourself, or anyone else you know who could use some pampering.

 
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Patches & Pins is welcomed to our Chelsea Market location for the first time and we're so excited to house their playful products! One of their graphic designers describes their products as "born in New York and designed in Paradise." Their bright and colorful patterns combine creativity and wit - something we're big fans of here at A&F! Come visit their pop up and find your next favorite pair of socks and tote bag!

 

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. Each edgy and elegant piece is perfect for everyday wear, so you’re sure to find some beautiful new additions to your daily rotation.

Merchant Highlight: Melsy's Illustrations & The French Mermaid

At Artists & Fleas, we strive to create a community where ideas are shared, collaboration is encouraged, and entrepreneurs are able to showcase their brands in new and exciting ways. Jamel of Melsy's Illustrations and Arzu of The French Mermaid are great examples of that spirit. With an effortless friendship and complementary aesthetics, these two decided to collaborate and take their brands to another level by creating a combined concept space at Artists & Fleas. Since it's inception, Melsy's Illustrations has expanded to not only prints but to cards, phone cases, totes, t-shirts and more. Her one-of-a-kind fashion illustrations are super chic and stylish, and made for the girls who see themselves in her work. The French Mermaid is a vintage collection comprised of classic vintage finds reworked into unique statement pieces. We sat down with Jamel and Arzu to chat business, life advice, and their absolute favorite places to eat in NYC.

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Tell us a little bit about your friendship and why you decided to work together to sell at Artists & Fleas!

When the two of us met we knew it was a match made in heaven. Our aesthetic and business fundamentals aligned so well. After, we would notice that we would have the same customers, so we decided to combine forces.

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Arzu, what inspired you to start The French Mermaid and how has your brand evolved since then?

I love creating, making and styling. I was always the girl that would buy something and had to make adjustments/personalize it. So I decided to make a line out of that concept. I love things with history. It's fun to think, where or who owned these components from the re-purposed pieces or pre-owned accessories. I listen to my customers and try to constantly evolve and curate an assortment that entices them.  

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Jamel, you've worked with so many large-scale brands since launching your shop a few years ago, what advice might you have for someone interested in building similar relationships and collaborations?

Since starting Melsy's Illustrations I have had the opportunity to work with Bloomingdales, Reebok, Hallmark, TJX companies and more. For any creative/artist out there I HIGHLY suggest using social media platforms, such as Instagram, as tool to start your own little digital portfolio. Using social media as a tool to promote your business and creativity has definitely served as an advantage. I remember tagging Hallmark in a photo on Instagram a few years back and DM-ing them about collaborating. I thought it was a long-shot but it worked! They actually responded to my messages and we've been working together ever since!

When you both are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time? 

Arzu: I love to spend time with my sweet little girl, Essy and watch Netflix if I can manage to stay awake.
Jamel: I love illustrating and creating when I'm not fulfilling orders. I also love working out as an escape from the every day hustle.... it also sounds weird but I love watching other people's Instagram stories as well! I feel like it's replaced TV for me!

A mantra that you live by:

Arzu: "Hustle until you don't have to introduce yourself"
Jamel: "When you become a Diamond, you'll see why life had to pressure you."

Your absolute favorite place to eat in NYC:

Arzu: Serendipity...Humble Pie with a side of Frozen Hot Chocolate anyone? 
Jamel: I loveee Pietro's chicken and eggplant parm...also love while we were young and Pietro Nolita because it's pink inside!

Lastly, if you had to choose one song that captures the essence of your business/brand, what would that be?  

Hmmm... For both of us, we would choose "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Cyndi Lauper.. because that's all Arzu and I have when we are together - no drama... just FUN! It's so hard to find that. We are pretty blessed!

For more on Melsy and how she started her business, check out this video.

Merchant Highlight: Hudson and Kings

 
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A long-time Brooklyn resident and fashion industry veteran, Lan Park launched Hudson & Kings in 2015 out of a desire to create a new kind of NYC brand. Mainly inspired by her Brooklyn roots, she combines the edgy feel of the city with a modern and industrial look to create the one-of-a-kind home decor products. 

A staple at our Chelsea Market location, Hudson & Kings is joining us this week as we head to Osaka, Japan for the Hankyu World Fair. In anticipation of this brand new venture, we sat down with Lan to get a behind the scenes look at her brand, what attracted her to sell at A&F, and advice she has for young entrepreneurs.

Introduce yourself to the Artists & Fleas community via your favorite song:

"Feel so good" by Chuck Mangione.

What is one of your favorite pieces from your collection?

"NYC SEWER" manhole cover embossed cushion which is my first product.

What attracted you to sell at Artists & Fleas?

People who come to visit Artists & Fleas are looking for more than just "things". They are informed and aware of local artists and makers who are in tune with New York's art and design. This is exactly what Hudson and Kings is all about.

What advice might you have for anyone looking to get into a similar career?

Be prepared to do anything and everything it takes to get a business going. About 5% of the work is actually designing. Material research, sampling, production, marketing, retail. social media and all give you MANY hats to wear. And stay healthy to keep going and going and going...

When you are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time?

Too many things and interests. "Curiosity" is my current problem!

A mantra that you live by:

"I am not like the others" by Ralph Steadman.

Artists & Fleas is headed to Japan!

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We're going international!

Artists & Fleas is heading to Osaka, Japan to participate in Hankyu Department Store's Annual "New York Fair". The fair, which runs from May 9th - 15th, will feature a fantastic lineup of cutting edge New York makers, including the 13 Artists & Fleas brands listed below.

Check out this fun feature on us by Hankyu, and keep up with our international adventure via instagram by following @artistsandfleas and @HankyuWorldFair.

New Right Now in Chelsea: 4/23/2018

 
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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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Rooey Knots is a sustainable fashion brand that transforms neckties and menswear pieces into modern, unique fashion accessories. Inspired by a love of prints and pattern mixing and devoted to sustainability, each piece is hand sewn and made with upcycled materials sourced from vintage and thrift shops and Rooey Knots customers themselves!

 
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By Aris  Aris is a jewelry designer from Athens, Greece, now living in NYC. He founded Jewelry Designs By Aris in 2014, but his jewelry career didn’t start there. He first began learning the trade and working in the jewelry industry in Athens circa 1992. After he started his own jewelry business at 2001 in Athens, he expanded his business to wholesale production and built strong relationships with hundreds of customers from all over Greece. In the span of 15 years, his collections have been sold in many more stores throughout Greece, Europe, and the United States.

 
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Pinky Pilots These adorable hand illustrated prints were started by two friends (Megu & Mush) from Japan with a background in art, rock & roll and a love of animals and irony. We love seeing the world through a Pinky Pilots point of view (Megu describes her style as seeing the world through the eyes of an animal!). Their art will positively energize not only a space in your home, but also a space in your heart.  

 
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Ashley Carson Designs (ACD) is a true story of a passion turned business. What was merely a personal hobby quickly grew into something more after garnering attention from the jewelry she had designed for herself. Only two years since she’s launched, ACD has been featured in People, Style, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, as well as trunk shows throughout New York City.

Merchant Highlight: Made in Claremont

This husband and wife duo is proof that with a little collaboration and creativity, you can create beautiful things. A lover of arts and crafts, Debra started out making coasters for a local gift shop. Feeling inspired by her husband to take her work to the next level, they combined his love of music and design with her handmade coasters, creating unique coaster sets which they now call Made In Claremont. We sat down with Debra to get the inside scoop about her buzzing business, music, and family.

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Introduce yourself to the Artists & Fleas community via your favorite musician or band:

I’d have to say Prince without a doubt. The first time I saw him in my twenties was during the Purple Rain tour. Just an amazing performer all around but I really appreciate his musicianship. He wrote everything from music to lyrics and played 14 instruments proficiently. He really was a musical genius. 

What inspired you to start Made In Claremont?

My husband inspired me via his love and passion for collecting vinyl. It started as a fluke really because he is a graphic designer and was doing a lot of music re-interpretation prints. He would listen to a song that moved him over and over and then create a graphic interpretation of it. He asked me to make those into mini canvases via a coaster for a local hand made store and that's what started it all.

We also have a son with Cerebral Palsy and I needed a way to make a living and yet still have the flexibility to take him to his many doctors and therapy appointments.

What is one of your favorite coaster sets from your collection?

That is a hard question to answer. I might have to say the Derrick and The Domino’s cover. I also love the Cannonball Adderly in Chicago cover. Both are true works of art. Lastly, I am a fan of the Blue Note album covers and their use of typography.

What attracted you to sell at Artists & Fleas?

Our vendor neighbor from the Rose Bowl CA Crown was exhibiting and he suggested that A&F would be a good fit for our products, so here we are!

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What advice might you have for anyone looking to get into a similar career?

I think its important to find a craft that you are good at and that you enjoy doing. Additionally doing your homework on pricing and nailing down your target market is crucial. My sales and marketing background has been indispensable for growing and developing this business and it doesn’t hurt to be detailed oriented when it comes to production. I find that customers can always see the quality and time devoted to “Handmades” and are willing to pay for unique well made items.

When you are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time?

I try to exercise 4-5 times per week but when you have your own growing business its pretty much 24/7. Even when just relaxing hanging out at the pool; I’ll hear a song from a playlist and think "Hmm what does that album cover look like?" Or I will harass my husband and ask him to design some new themes for me!

A mantra that you live by:

Life is a journey with a series of adjustments so just roll with it and be happy!

Merchant Highlight: Paper Plane Coffee Co.

 
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What do you get when you combine a fifth-generation coffee connoisseur with a dash of edge, style, and entrepreneurial drive? Introducing: Paper Plane Coffee Co. This Pop-Up Coffee Shop has been a top feature at our Williamsburg location for almost a year now, caffeinating customers for a full day of Brooklyn shopping adventures. In addition to Paper Plane's unique brand vision, the addition of fun "mocktail" concoctions to their menu offering sets them apart from industry peers. Founder, head roaster (and one-man show!) Jon sat down with us to tell us more about his business, his go-to coffee order, and what he does when he's not on the (coffee) grind. 

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Introduce yourself to the Artists & Fleas community via your favorite musician or band:

Ufff! Why is this always the toughest question? I've always wondered if some people have a direct answer for this when asked like, "Kenny G! He's my go to in the morning, evening, and even when I dream. The soothing sax breathes wind into the sails of which my life flows" or something like that. Maybe I should have a go to musician as well. Bob Marley, or Cake maybe. My music taste is ever growing. I listen to everything, really.

What inspired you to start Paper Plane Coffee Co.?

Its in my blood... No, really! It's a condition. (laughs) Well, I'm a fifth-generation Colombian coffee grower. We've had our farm in my family for about 70 years, but my great great grandfather was one of the first people to bring coffee to the region where we're from in Colombia. Although my brothers and I were born here in the United States, we would spend our entire summers on our grandparent's farm. I remember waking up at 5am to help my grandfather milk the cows and then after he'd strap on my basket and I'd help collect coffee. On my mother's side, coffee trees literally saved their lives. During the great violence of the 50's and 60's in Colombia the town where they lived was a battleground. They would sometimes have to hide in the coffee fields at night under the coffee trees for safety. The name is a play on words. It comes from the fact that our second farm higher in the plains of the mountain grows eucalyptus for the national paper company. I used to joke and call them the Paper Plains. So underneath the paper plains is where we grow our coffee. All of that combined inspired me to start Paper Plane Coffee Co. I have a debt to pay to coffee.

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What attracted you to open up your coffee shop at Artists & Fleas?

I found Artists & Fleas to be so attractive. It was inviting and I loved the mantra. There's a really strong creative energy that emanates from it. It's inspiring. Couple that with the fact that, hell, people need coffee. It just seemed like a wonderful pairing.

What do you think sets you apart from other coffee shops in NYC?

Ummmm, well, it can tough to be innovative with coffee. Most people stick to their guns when it comes to their cup of joe. They're comfortable with what they're used to. Dark roasts, milk, sugar, flavored syrups. The run of the mill cafés just try and keep up with whatever the mermaid is doing, others are focused on the third wave of coffee which is lighter roasts, single origins, and a bit of purism. I like to operate in the limbo between the two. Giving people delicious, fresh roasted coffee, while also creating fun concoctions with the beverage to challenge the norms of how we view flavor pairings. One of our most popular drinks, the Rusky, is pretty much a Moscow mule made with espresso instead of vodka. How many other places are you going to get that?

What advice might you have for anyone looking to get into a similar career?

Love it. Love it 100%. Let it be your driving force. Let it excite you every day. Because it can tear you to pieces if you let it. Coffee is so much more than throwing raw beans into a hot skillet till its black, then pulverizing it and brewing it in water.

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What is your go-to coffee order?

It really all depends on my mood, and if I've eaten anything. I love a really good latte if I'm hungry, or a nice pour over if I've eaten. If I'm thirsty, my go-to is probably the Rusky (Gingerbeer, lime, espresso) my new Hattori Hanzo (jasmine tea, yuzu, and lime soda, with espresso) or the Juan Palmer (brown sugar limeade with espresso).

When you are not busy building your business, what are some things you love to do in your spare time?

Same thing we do every night Pinky, try and take over the world. (laughs) I try to always be creative in my spare time. I've been acting since I was 8, so I still audition for stuff. I primarily do voices now. You may have recently heard me as the voice of a Friskies cat. Other than that, I try and spend time with my girlfriend and her daughter. It gets me away from everything for a bit. It's nice.

A mantra that you live by:

Spread love, be happy. We are all fighting are own unique battles, and the truth is we're not getting out of this alive. So the less of a dick you can be, the better.

Lastly, if you had to choose one song that captures the essence of your business/brand, what would that be?

Probably "Under Pressure" by David Bowie and Queen.

New Right Now in Chelsea: 4/9/2018

 
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ISLYNYC (I Still Love You NYC, pronounced IZ-lee-en-why-see) serves up laser cut acrylic jewelry and accessories made by hand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. These experimental statement pieces are refined and daring, walking the line between small-scale craftsmanship and the aesthetics of synthetic mass-production. ISLYNYC has worked with celebrities like Beyoncé, Madonna, Missy Elliot, and Sasha Velour.

 
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Kate Koel creates jewelry that finds style in the details. Her original designs are simple and easy to coordinate, with their geometric shapes and sleek colors. Kate’s Galaxy collection seeks to embody the unique and vibrant energy that runs through the universe and each individual, encouraging wearers to embrace their authentic selves. Kate approaches her craft like the continuation of a story, connecting with each piece and customer as they add her jewelry to their journey.

 
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Rooey Knots is a sustainable fashion brand that transforms neckties and menswear pieces into modern, unique fashion accessories. Inspired by a love of prints and pattern mixing and devoted to sustainability, each piece is hand sewn and made with upcycled materials sourced from vintage and thrift shops and Rooey Knots customers themselves!

Merchant Highlight: Ashley Carson Designs

 
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Ashley Carson Designs (ACD) is a true story of a passion turned business. What was merely a personal hobby quickly grew into something more after garnering attention from the jewelry she had designed for herself. Only two years since she’s launched, ACD has been featured in People, Style, Esquire, and Cosmopolitan Magazine, as well as trunk shows throughout New York City. We are thrilled to have Ashley Carson Designs at Artists and Fleas for a 5-week residency: April 2nd-April 22nd in Soho, and April 23rd-May 6th in Chelsea. We sat down with Ashley for a Q&A to discuss music, jewelry, and everything in between.

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Introduce yourself to the Artists & Fleas community via your favorite musician or band:

It’s so hard to pick just one because I love them all so much! My favorites seem to come and go as much as the seasons. Last year, Santigold and Silversun Pickups were at the top of my playlists; but lately I’ve been throwing it back a bit and listening a lot to Led Zeppelin and Frank Sinatra!

What inspired you to start a jewelry line:

I really could not find what I was looking for on the market, and truthfully just wanted some unique, quality pieces to accessorize my wardrobe with.  Anything I'd find would always turn and tarnish on me, so my frustration is truly what catapulted me to where I am today. I used to make jewelry when I came home from work as an escape from a long day. That passion quickly led me to discovering gold-filled materials and from there my mission blossomed.

What is your favorite jewelry trend at the moment?

I'm really loving long necklaces that are actually designed to be worn both over or under the ensemble.  I love that this trend caters toward women with a busy or active lifestyle. I think a lot of times the reason we don’t wear jewelry is because we're worried it will snag, but layering it under a low cut chunky sweater or chic blazer totally omits this problem!

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What is your favorite way to style your body chains into everyday wear:

I’m all about the casual, effortless jeans and a t-shirt or sweater look.  I have a body chain complements my classically casual wardrobe because of the way I've tailored it.  I wear it almost every day, even in the winter, and I’ll layer it with 2 or 3 choker/collar necklaces.

A mantra that you live by:

The flower doesn't dream of the bee; the flower blossoms and the bee comes.  

What advice might you have for anyone looking to get into a similar career?

Well, first of all, and in any case, your mindset is everything.  But honestly, the best business advice I ever heard was, “what can you do for others that no one else can?”  I take this as, don’t copy what others are doing—you already have something unique to offer the world, and we need you to bring it; but it’s up to you to create it, build it, and show us how it can add value to our lives.  

What attracted you to sell at Artists & Fleas?

I love that Artists & Fleas highlights the culture of the city through featuring local independent artists, the network and it’s created, and how it gives local brands the opportunity to showcase their work.

We're so excited to have you in both our Soho and Chelsea locations, what are you looking forward to most during your residency?

Meeting people!  I love sharing what I’ve learned about the properties of the medium I’ve chosen to work with (14k gold filled), and how it’s really added value to my life since I can lead my active lifestyle without having to worry about tarnishing jewelry.  When I’m at my trunk shows or in my shop, I love that I can help my customer by getting to know her, working with her one on one, and by styling her in jewelry that best complements her lifestyle.

Lastly, if you had to choose one song that captures the essence of your business/brand, what would that be?

There is something about the song “She Sells Sanctuary.”  It’s by the band The Cult, however, I recently reconnected with it via Rogue Wave, who covered it, and I love their version of it too! And I actually got to see perform in NYC last week!  As a brand that encourages women to elegantly express their femininity, my take on this song is something that the men who wrote this song find sanctuary in just that.

New Right Now in Chelsea: 3/31/2018

 
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Scentual Aroma
Eman Tabara is a mother and former medical and public health professional with a passion for natural beauty and skincare. Her goal is to make a positive impact on people’s health by creating pure, natural and effective products that are free from harmful and toxic chemicals. Each Scentual Aroma product is handmade fresh in New York City with natural, wholesome ingredients. Eman carefully chooses ingredients that will provide most benefits to your skin and hair, ultimately improving your wellbeing and vitality!

 
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The BQE
Lissette Padilla is the photographer behind The BQE. Her photos show the beauty of all of New York City’s five boroughs and the surrounding areas. She also creates photo jewelry from the photographs she has taken, creating unique pieces of wearable art. Lisette wants those who view her work to be able to sense, feel, breathe and know the history of New York through her lens. It’s her favorite city and she wants to share it with the world with art that allows people to keep a piece of NYC with them wherever they go.

 
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Pinky Pilots
These adorable hand illustrated prints were started by two friends (Megu & Mush) from Japan with a background in art, rock & roll and a love of animals and irony. We love seeing the world through a Pinky Pilots point of view (Megu describes her style as seeing the world through the eyes of an animal!). Their art will positively energize not only a space in your home, but also a space in your heart.  

 
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Metrix Jewelry
Lisa Mignoli founded Metrix Jewelry in 2013. Growing up in New York City, and graduating from the prestigious Fashion Institute, Lisa is used to a constant state of motion. Therefore, she takes solace in the few things that remain constant. Geometric shapes are at the center of all of Metrix Jewelry’s collections. Lisa’s love of combining materials that aren’t usually put together defines her signature style - futuristic, funky, and always unique!

 
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Min & Mon
Min & Mon is a New York City-based handbag label dreamt up in 2015 by three friends, an artist, a musician and an architect, who were inspired by the idea that bags should be fun, changeable, and beautiful. Their bags and accessories are finely crafted in the artisan tradition of the Andes, and their signature prints and eye decals add personality to any outfit. Each piece is guaranteed to inject some creativity into your accessory game!

New Right Now in Chelsea: 3/12/2018

 
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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. You’re sure to find a new favorite to add to your collection!

 
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Min & Mon
Min & Mon is a New York City-based handbag label dreamt up in 2015 by three friends, an artist, a musician and an architect, who were inspired by the idea that bags should be fun, changeable, and beautiful. Their bags and accessories are finely crafted in the artisan tradition of the Andes, and their signature prints and eye decals add personality to any outfit. Each piece is guaranteed to inject some creativity into your accessory game!