Welcome to Open Studio, a Racked feature where we explore the workspaces and showrooms of some of the city's most talented, up-and-coming designers.
Photos by Driely S.
Bushwick resident and Missouri native Nina Berenato spends her days at Flux Studio, a shared workspace in Greenpoint where she creates all of the pieces from her line, Psyche Jewelry, by hand.
She named Psyche after the Greek Goddess of the Soul, and the names of her designs all hark back to that ethos: there's the Vibrations cuff, the Sacred Path earrings, a Shaman's Medallion, and the Vision necklace. Inspirations scattered throughout the studio include potted plants, arrows that are family heirlooms, an old photograph of her grandmother, and her fellow metalsmiths.
Okay, so there aren't too many samples sales worth shopping this weekend beyond the final days of the C. Wonder and Rachel Zoe/Bonobos/Bruno Magli sales—which have been going on for a few days now, so the selection's not at its prime. However, next week brings in a handful that you'll definitely want to swing by, such as Yigal Azrouël, Scotch & Soda, Lauren Merkin, Bulgari, and MiH Jeans.
Image via Bedford & Bowery
WILLIAMSBURG—Celebrate Sunday's other holiday at the newly relocated Feltraiger all day long, featuring PBR, fog machines and a special 4/20 tee collaboration with Vaporfection. Not sure what to wear for the occasion? Look no further.
SOHO—Japanese luxe label Pas de Calais is celebrating its Broome Street store's first birthday this Saturday with complimentary matcha tea for all customers and a free tote bag and Midori notebook with every purchase, while supplies last. The brand will also unveil its fifteenth anniversary capsule collection that day.
EAST VILLAGE, CHELSEA, WILLIAMSBURG, COBBLE HILL, ASTORIA—Stop by Buffalo Exchange in any of these neighborhoods to participate in the Dollar Day Sale, in which the proceeds for all $1 items sold benefit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. And in the spirit of Earth Day, remember that buying secondhand clothing is extremely environmentally friendly.
A recent window display at the bridal boutique; Image via Instagram/@rackedny
Summer brides can find the (discounted) dress of their dreams at Kleinfeld's latest one-day sample sale this coming Tuesday, but they should be ready to fake sick around lunchtime—the sale is only open from 3pm through 6pm, and no new shoppers will be let in after 5:30pm. And like previous sales, you'll have to grab a number in the morning.
Gowns from Dennis Basso, Mark Zunino, and more are starting at just $699, with discounts as high as 70% off. There will also be a selection of jewelry, accessories, and veils on sale.
And though the need for wedding dresses is rare, every woman could always use a great pair of shoes, and that's why we're thrilled that the boutique is also having its first sale dedicated to shoes and accessories coming up on Sunday, April 27, from 10am through 3pm. You'll get up to 20% off the likes of Badgley Mischka, Jimmy Choo, and Betsey Johnson, with both bridal and non-bridal (read: colorful and/or bling-y) styles available.
Jewelry and purses will also be available at this sale, though the site doesn't specify any designers in these categories. RSVP for the sale here to receive a free gift, and check out their website below for the full details on both sales.
· Kleinfeld Bridal [Official website]
· All Weddings Week 2013 Posts [Racked NY]
After venturing out into the the big city, the Fabergé eggs are now all nesting together. The Big Egg Hunt has ended and the two-and-a-half foot sculptures have been moved to Rockefeller Center, where they'll be on display for a week before being awarded to the highest auction bidder, either at Sotheby's or online at Paddle8, with proceeds going to charity.
If you want to get your hands on one, get your wallet ready—the bidding has already begun, with names from art and fashion already going for thousands.
As of a couple hours ago, the most expensive egg on the auction block was designed by contemporary artist Jeff Koons and was going for a whopping $360,000. The next design, from architect Zaha Hadid, is a relative bargain at only $31,000.
Other notable names from the art world include Julian Schnabel, whose red and white egg perched on a table is currently at $7,500, and Curtis Kulig, who created a yellow smiley face-inspired design that's priced at $3,400. And Brooklyn-based Jason Woodside, whose work is featured at the Adidas Originals pop-up shop in the basement of Space Ninety 8, has an egg with the same brightly-colored patchwork design that's going for $1,600.
There's also two photographers in the mix: Bruce Weber designed an egg that's covered, collage-style, in his Kate Moss photos over the years for $4,100, while Terry Richardson's creation featuring—well, himself—is now at $800.
On the fashion side, the highest bid currently belongs to Ralph Lauren—his Wild West meets Humpty Dumpty egg is priced at $6,500. Following the American icon is Tommy Hilfiger for $3,200, Carolina Herrera for $2,800, and Diane von Furstenberg for $2,000. Marchesa and Warby Parker are also in the mix at $1,100 and $800, respectively.
Check out a sampling of what's available in the gallery above, and see the rest of the designs at the egg hunt's official site—or take advantage of the gorgeous holiday weekend weather and go see them in person.
· The Big Egg Hunt [Official website]
· Today Kicks Off the Fabergé Egg Hunt, So Start Looking [Racked NY]
· This Is How You Do an Easter Egg Hunt: Fabergé Style [Racked NY]
Courtney Reed as Princess Jasmine and Adam Jacobs as Aladdin; Photo by Deen Van Meer, image courtesy of Disney
Ariel has the fiery red hair, Cinderella has the perfect topknot, but Disney princess Jasmine has the "lumpy ponytail" look on lock, and hair designer Josh Marquette was tasked to bringing it to life for the Broadway production of Aladdin. "Her loose, lumpy ponytail looks great in the movie, but its heaviness doesn't translate in real life," he explained. "It's apparently much easier to get shine and movement in animation!"
Marquette and production hair supervisor Gary Martori relied on Oribe products in pretty much every aspect of creating hair looks for the cast, especially to enhance the texture of hairpieces and wigs. "The hair has to move and dance beautifully," said Marquette. "The Oribe products we use to get the look have a lot of hold while still allowing movement."
· Aladdin the Musical [Official website]
· Oribe's Dry Texturing Spray, For Those Filthy Hair Days [Racked NY]
Image via Opening Ceremony
H&M;'s sister label COS has popped for the second time at Opening Ceremony with a selection of spring clothing for women, men and kids. Yesterday's launch was fairly quiet, so a lot of the collection is still available at the store. However, there was only one shipment of merchandise and judging by today's growing crowd, the collection may not make it through the weekend.
The clothing is set up on a light colored wooden rectangular display, with one side designated for women's and the other for men's. Standout pieces for women include the denim robe coat for $190, grey silk cropped trousers for $135, a black silk jumpsuit for $225, and a white suede backpack for $135.
For men (or women who enjoy a dose of menswear), there are a few really great pieces, like a color blocked sweatshirt for $90, a printed check shirt for $80, and a black leather mesh backpack for $135.
A lot of the collection is available on the Opening Ceremony website, but be advised that some key pieces are only at the store—like a sleeveless mesh waistcoat dress for $250 as well as those grey cropped silk trousers. COS super-fans should definitely make time to head to Opening Ceremony today, before everything is already been spoken for.
· All COS Coverage [Racked NY]
· Reminder: COS Comes to Opening Ceremony This Week! [Racked NY]
Our sister site just posted their thoughts on Dior and I, the documentary by director Frédéric Tcheng that follows the making of Raf Simons' first haute couture collection for the fashion house. Their advice: go see it. Rush tickets are still available for three of the upcoming screenings at the Tribeca Film Festival. [Racked]
Welcome to Perfect Saturday, a weekly Racked feature in which we outline the best places to shop and spend the afternoon in a particular neighborhood, starting with brunch and ending—who knows!
A Saturday afternoon in Williamsburg can get crowded, and for good reason: there's enough brunching and shopping to do here for months without getting bored. We picked some of the best, some of the newest, and some of the coolest that'll make you brave the throngs of spectators on Bedford Avenue. Since there's so much going on in the area, we're focusing on the North side. Stay tuned for a roundup of where to hang out on the South side later on.
· All Perfect Saturday Posts [Racked NY]
If you're getting out of work early today for Good Friday, consider zipping up to Woodbury Common for the start of the Céline sale. Shoes and ready-to-wear are discounted an additional 25% off the already-cheap(er) outlet prices. Sorry—bags are not included. [Mizhattan]
Here are the most recent markdowns at the C.Wonder sample sale: Decorative objects that were originally $50 are now $15, outerwear that was originally $70 is now $40, sweaters that were originally $45 are $20, and tops that were originally $35 are now $15. Most of the home good categories have also been reduced. [RackedWire]
Blue Cambaya Cosmetic Bag, $39 at Babel Fair
Warmer weather means less makeup, and this pom-pom pouch from Artisan Revival is big enough for just the essentials. Pick it up at Babel Fair in Nolita, or check out their Instagram for other options, like travel bags, clutches, wallets, and more that are handmade in countries like Mexico and Guatemala.
· See More Editor's Picks Here [Racked NY]
We scan the inbox so you don't have to. Today, three items of note:
Best Bets Daily: Kiehl's Rare Earth Cleansing Masque
Byrdie: Perfect skin, minimal effort
GiltCity NYC: $30 off Bobbi Brown
Into the Gloss: Liquid hand soaps
The New Potato: What to do with leftover Easter eggs
Pulsd: Yoga classes for a dollar
Refinery29: Three ways to wear a maxi skirt
Well+Good NYC: What you shouldn't compare with friends
WWWD: What Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is wearing
The Zoe Report: The season's best beach towels (pictured)
A casual trip to Francois Nars' private island in French Polynesia [Racked]
Are male crop tops on the rise? [Style.com]
Lula magazine got a makeover [Telegraph]
Roberto Cavalli to sell his company for $621 million [Reuters]
Karl Lagerfeld will show Chanel's cruise collection in Dubai [WWD]
This year's Earth Day windows at Anthropologie stores across the country pay tribute to the monarch butterfly, who's annual migration to warmer climates is in danger of disappearing. Anthro's artists used wood, fabric, and paper to depict the butterflies in the windows (like the ones above from the Rockefeller Center store), which will be up for silent auction. Proceeds of that will benefit the American Forests organization.
Image via WWD
Eleanor Langston has been the beauty editor at places like Cosmopolitan, Self, and Fitness magazine, but now she's venturing over to the other side. Her new nail salon Paintbox at 17 Crosby Street will open on May 3rd, with 18 manicure stations and a bar where you can sip coffee while your nails dry.
WWD reports that the salon will also include it's very own mani cam, or "a custom-built photo box for nails, which allows guests to capture their nails and share via the social media options programmed into the machine." More traditional services include a regular manicure (which'll cost you $35) and gel manicures for $50.
To cater to fashion folks, Langston will offer seasonal collections that are "reminiscent of runway and editorial trends."
· Paintbox Paints a Fresh Picture for Nails [WWD]
· All Nail Coverage [Racked NY]
Image via Yelp
PARK SLOPE—Brooklyn's Babeland is throwing an Easter Is For Lovers party tomorrow night starting at 7pm, featuring complimentary pastel manicures from the Polish Bar. One lucky guest will even win the famed Rabbit Habit Vibrator—that's a whole different kind of Easter bunny.
FLATIRON—But if you're looking for family-friendly holiday fun, stop by Marimekko on Saturday to participate in the store's Easter egg hunt. The earlier you get there, the better—the brightly colored eggs will lead you to candy and a mystery offer.
The LIC Flea & Food; Image via Village Voice
While the weather has been a bit finicky as of late (Exhibit A: 70 degrees one day, and snow the following night), there's no denying that spring has sprung, and it's way more enjoyable to be outside than it was a couple of months ago.
And with the gradually warming weather comes outdoor markets, with purveyors selling antiques, jewelry, food, and so much more. We've rounded up their opening dates to make sure you don't miss any treasure hunting.
First up is the Brooklyn Flea markets that opened on April 5, which includes locations in Park Slope at P.S. 321 and Fort Greene on Lafayette Avenue. As you may remember, the Williamsburg location was forced to move after a kerfuffle with locals—according to their website, it'll now be open at 50 Kent Avenue starting on May 4. That day also sees the return of the LIC Food & Flea.
Smorgasburg has remained at the East River Park, and has been running for the past two Saturdays. They've added a second location at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, which is currently operating on Sundays.
Last but not least is the Hester Street Fair, which opens next Saturday, April 26, and runs every weekend from 11am to 6pm through October. Expect to find goods from locals like Delicate Raymond and Le Petit Mort as well as a multitude of munchies.
A notable newbie to the market scene is Sugar Hill Market, which is coming to the Harlem Garage on May 4 after a test run this spring. Though they originally said that they'd be an outdoor market for the summer, they're still indoors for now.
Oh, and a friendly reminder: The outdoor Annex Markets in Hell's Kitchen and on West 25th Street, as well as the GreenFlea on the Upper West Side, are open year-round because they're just boss like that.
· Spring's Returned, As Will Brooklyn Flea's Outdoor Markets [Racked NY]
· The Brooklyn Flea Is Expanding to Park Slope, Via P.S. 321 [Racked NY]
· Long Island City Is Getting Its Very Own Flea Market [Racked NY]
Rag & Bone's new mural is up on the Houston Street store, and it might just be our favorite one yet. Artist Joe Hill specializes in portraits and 3D designs on pavement, and he's implemented his skills in the latter on the Elizabeth Street wall. We recommend walking by and checking it out in person.
· All Rag & Bone Mural Walll Coverage [Racked NY]
The Madewell store in Flatiron; Photo by Brian Harkin
If the J. Crew store coming to Cobble Hill gets your blood boiling, then you'd better be sitting down for this. WWD reports that the brand is planning to open shop in Williamsburg and Park Slope in August. And that's not all—"A lease for a Madewell in Williamsburg is also in the works."
This news was buried deep in a feature story on Bird owner Jennifer Mankins, who has been friends with J. Crew chairman and CEO Mickey Drexler since she started carrying Madewell in her stores.
"Jen's my Williamsburg connection. She's probably one of the reasons we're opening there," Drexler told the paper. Sounds like an independent boutique is inadvertently ushering in national chains. WWD adds: "The two still have lunch on the regular, when she brings the self-proclaimed 'Manhattan-centric' Drexler to the cool restaurants in Brooklyn."
Curiously, they failed to mention the Cobble Hill store opening, which is supposed to be the brand's first in the borough, and they did not specify the address of the Park Slope store. We wrote yesterday that the Williamsburg location is likely at 234-236 Wythe Avenue, just down the street from the forthcoming Whole Foods.
Update: The Commercial Observer is reporting that J. Crew paid $90 per square foot for the Wythe Avenue space—plus another $3.5 million for "significant improvements to the property."
· The Bird's Eye of Brooklyn [WWD]
· Is It or Isn't It? Talk of J. Crew Williamsburg Heating Up [Racked NY]
· Independent Brownstone Brooklyn Stores Aren't Afraid of J. Crew [Racked NY]