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.

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.  


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.

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

Merchant Highlight: Peaches N Cream Vintage


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: 5/22 - 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!

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!

Festival Queens Rejoice

We have the PERFECT accessory you!

LOSCHY is a line of hand-stitched costume jewelry made by designer Melissa Loschy. Made up of hand-crafted items such as crowns, necklaces, earrings, and more, LOSCHY is guaranteed to elevate your festival threads to the next level.

Interested in shopping these looks? Check out Loschy and 80+ of LA's hottest designer vendors at this weekend's Artists & Fleas taking place Saturday and Sunday in the Arts District. Can't swing it this weekend? Then visit us in Venice on April 23rd at our new location off Abbot Kinney.