Meet our Merchant: Lythe Leather, Winner of the Weebly "Makers to Merchants" Competition

The Wild West takes on NYC! Meet Blythe of Lythe Leather, the winner of Weebly’s Portland Makers to Merchants competition – we sat down with Blythe to talk growing up in the back country, craftsmanship, and the importance of shopping small. Find her beautiful products in our Soho Marketplace December 10th through the 16th.

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A&F: What inspired you to start your own company, Lythe Leather?

Blythe: In a disposable age where products are made to last a season of use, Lythe Leather goods pay tribute to a time when craftsmanship mattered. Meticulously hand crafted for strength and durability, they reflect functional elegance and old-world beauty. Our products defy the status quo, and endure to tell the story of their use. Slow fashion, time-tested craft methods, and conscious consumerism are what inspired the genesis of Lythe Leather.

Growing up in the back county of the Pacific Northwest, having quality everyday tools and equipment was of great import. With little access to urban amenities or store-bought fixes, hand-craftsmanship was a way of life. Hunting season brought a bounty of deer and elk hides, and so I began my journey in leather craft, making custom pouches, bags, and holsters. As my craft has evolved into a business, I am continually reminded of the value in a hand-sewn product. I believe that integrity marks the difference between success or failure. It is in this spirit that I continue to make products that bring beauty and ease into daily life. 

A&F: Why should shoppers consider shopping small this holiday season? What do you think makes Artists & Fleas a great place to do that?

Blythe: There is nothing quite like gifting a one-of-a-kind special item to those you love during the holidays. Instead of purchasing a mass-produced ‘department store’ product (most likely assembled and manufactured in China) why not actually meet the creator and learn how your gifts are made? Artists & Fleas offers a thoughtfully curated shopping experience. It stands out for shoppers in its variety of artisan products, and guarantees a personalized touch you can find no where else. Shopping ‘small’ for gifts at A&F SOHO is the best was to finding something truly unique, that stands out beyond the mainstream.

A&F: Can you tell us a little more about your leather-making process?

Blythe: First, I hand-select every leather hide for grain, texture, and desired weight. I use only the highest quality European vegetable tanned cowhides, and source my leather from only reputable tanneries in the US, Italy, and Belgium. Every Lythe Leather goods is constructed, cut, and saddle stitched by hand. Heritage leather-craft tradition is the hallmark of a Lythe Leather product, and because of it each product is guaranteed for life.

A&F: What types of products can shoppers discover at Lythe Leather? 

Blythe: I sell a well-curated collection of small and large goods designed for both men and women. Products range from leather key lanyards, coasters, bracelets, uni-sex wallets, clutches, and tote bags.

A&F: What excites you most about your residency at Artists & Fleas Soho?

Blythe: I’m most excited to share my rugged yet refined products to a the New York market. I’m introducing a piece of the slowed down Wild West to one of the the fastest-paced fashion capitals of the world.

A&F: Anything else you'd like to share with our community?

Blythe: I believe the future trend in fashion is a movement back in time to our heritage & roots. Slow fashion, conscious consumerism, and buying from your own back yard is exactly what you’ll find at Lythe Leather.

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

Dave Godowsky is Filling the Pop Out With Art This Weekend

Brooklyn-based abstract artist Dave Godowsky is bringing his contemplative, ethereal chalk creations to our Williamsburg market this weekend. Depicting both familiar scenes, such as the view of the city from Fort Tilden, and some more abstract renderings, Godowsky infuses local flare to his chalk meditations. Read Godowsky's statement about what inspired him below:

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"Tilden w city" 2017

"America was already at the height of click-happy surface-level culture in November 2016 when the government shifted. I found myself (like many others) slipping further and further into an anxious abyss. Envisioning these calming images somehow helped. These chalk pieces are my attempt to manifest those images on paper."

Dave Godowsky Art will turn out Pop Out space into an art gallery over the weekend of July 22-23. Stop by to meditate, contemplate, and pick up some original artwork for yourself.

 

 

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!

Thank You for Making our Grand Opening a Success!

To everyone that made it out to our Grand Opening Event last Saturday in Venice, a massive applause is due.

And we're not talking about one of those slow clap situations either. We're talking about a round of applause featuring confetti canons and an over the top fireworks show display lasting at least 5 minutes!

So thank you.

Thank you to our community, thank you to our vendors, and thank you to our shoppers!

Your support on this incredible day was seen and felt on so many levels and we look forward to continued success!

Please check out some highlights including but not limited to lines wrapping around the block, scavenger hunts, free ice cream cones, and BALLOONS!

Can't wait to see you all at our Arts District market, March 19-20, and in Venice, March 26th!