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are you a fonts enthusiast? a typophile?
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find the beauty on your daily walk! take time to notice the details of your landscape.
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there is nothing like seeing a great handbag in action.
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plastics are our future. how can you resist plastic? it is so shiny and pleasing. I have a penchant for plastics.
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chronicling my quest for the one true
Greek Cup
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have you ever noticed the similarity between nyc fire call boxes and benevolent Kannon, goddess of mercy?
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every design, fashion and art magazine I read lately features some important directional artist making big contributions to their genre. and where do they live? brooklyn!
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who says there are no more 'new ideas' in art and design? the newness is in the juxtaposition.
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this is how I really get things done. with my little green co-worker/task-master.
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my clothing & accessories design
east-meets-west minimalism

my site

the look
dressy utilitarian

my concept
useful, economical, modular pieces that can be mix-matched in numerous ways (because why can't fashion be useful and lasting? I think it can!) So I say Maximize your Minimalism!

Satin Karate Belt featured in Dec 06 Real Simple

Voted Best Designer 2006 Style Bakery
'On the Rise'

Daily Buss Feature

Luckymag.com Feature

in the blog press
midtown lunch
the girl who ate everything
queens eats
(into) the fray
funky finds
style document
gowanus lounge
far too cute
ethereal bliss
couture in the city
independent luxe
decor 8
funky finds
urban socialite
lady licorice
high fashion girl

more press...

furniture (especially chairs from the 50s and 60s), uniforms, repeating patterns, menswear, Oscar Niemeyer, traditional Japanese architecture, the Rimpa School and Ogata Korin's 8-Point Bridge, Matisse, bromeliads, succulents and other waxy flora

particular loves
bamboo, coral, moss, woodgrain, silhouettes & other cut-outs, plastic, low-resolution images, the photo copier, off-registration prints, Max Ernst's Lunar Asparagus, NYC fire call boxes that look like Kannon, Fauvist color sense, the Noguchi Museum, pretty much all of Abstract Expressionism

magazines of current interest
Domino, Elle Decor (British), ARTnews, Art in America, Wallpaper

favorite heel style
the wedge, but a sleek modern interpretation

second favorite
the stiletto

current shoe obsession
alas, the sneaker. (because I live in nyc and walk a ton!) but not too sneakery of a sneaker. more of a sneaker disguised as a shoe, like a mary jane style or a high-tech looking black one with a metallic accent. how about Royal Elastics? I must go try some on. I really like the non-sneakeryness of their styles.





shopping on franklin

Shopping On Franklin: 1. Word, 2. TBA, 3. TBA, 4. PA Grocery,
5. Alter, 6. Dalaga, 7. Pencil Factory, 8. The Queen's Hideaway,
9. Greenpoint Coffee House, 10. Franklin Corner Store,
11. Brooklyn Label, 12. Casa Mon Amour, 13. Hayden-Harnett

With a flurry of recent retail activity, Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn* (see map) is developing into a new shopping destination. Just a year ago, Franklin Street was entirely dusty and dug up by road crews, and looked more like the urban frontier. The only retail activity happening during the weekday afternoon was at the corner bodegas, laundromats and the seemingly single 'outpost of cool' Greenpoint Coffee House (#9).

There were also some hidden gems though, like Rudy's, where I would get the best egg sandwich with the tastiest hot sauce and delicious coffee (now sadly gone and changed hands to Brooklyn Label, #11) and the Franklin Corner Store (#10; still in business, thankfully), with an extensive menu of creative sandwiches at great prices, from $2.50-$7. I recommend the "New Mexico" with black bean dip, eggplant, tomatoes, hold the lettuce, pepper, jack cheese, avocado, jalapeno and pressed for $5.50. Delicious. But I digress.

I thought it necessary at this point in Franklin Street's retail development to create a new feature for the blog, Shopping on Franklin. For the past weeks, I have been out taking photos** and gathering field notes about this new retail culture. I will be bringing you individual portraits of four new stores***, which I think you will enjoy.

  • Dalaga. Opened June 2006. Designer-owned boutique featuring the Dalaga label and other hot women's and men's clothing collections, jeans, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Very affordable. Nice surprises. (#6 above)
  • Hayden-Harnett. Opened March 2007. Designer-owned boutique featuring the complete Hayden-Harnett luxury leather goods collections including handbags and small accessories (also carried at Barneys Coop!) and showcasing their complete clothing line, which is not to be missed. (#13 above)
  • Alter. Opened February 2007. Designer-owned shop featuring the deconstructed/reconstructed Alter label, jewelry, denim, and affordable men's and women's clothing. (#5 above)
  • Word. Opened March 2007. A bookstore featuring the latest fiction and non-fiction, stationery, gifts, tees by Modern Planet and a dedicated children's section. (#1 above)

Stay tuned!

*Greenpoint is my neighborhood and Franklin is my street. I can give you the day-to-day blow-by-blow.
**How do you like my Franklin Street storefront collage?
***Four new stores at the time of this post. As more stores open, I will bring you the news.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in greenpoint and just wandered down to Franklin on saturday afternoon to see what new pieces were at Dalaga. She has such a fantastic and reasonably priced store.

Where is the Hayden-Harnett store? I am shocked there is one there because I wandered up and down and didn't see it! I love their bags.

I went to Queens' Hideaway on friday and was rather disappointed? what do you think?

8:49 PM  
Blogger sulu-design said...

Franklin got crazy all of a sudden, no? Several of my recent blog posts have pictures taken on the sidestreets off of Franklin - I've been spending a fair deal of time there recently with all there is to see (and buy).

7:09 PM  

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