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IF THERE WERE SUCH A MONIKER as “slow fashion” as the antithesis to the Forever 21s of the world, Joinery in South Williamsburg would fit the bill. Since 2011, founder Angela Silva has found success by putting in the time that an exceptional boutique deserves through heavy research of her designers, who tend to be the hardest kind to discover due to their independent- and startup-sized budgets. “We spend more time than we can...
JAMAICA-BORN DEBBIE HARDY moved to Brooklyn in the 1980s, and ever since she’s made it her mission to spread color throughout the borough. “Color and sunshine,” Hardy says. “Those are my inspirations.” Hardy designs pieces that reflect her travels around the world: floaty dresses in punchy pinks, greens, and yellows, and blanket-like woven scarves in electric hues. After years selling her creations at festivals and markets—Hardy remains a staple at the Brooklyn Flea—she bought...
Illustration by Thoka Maer DESIGNER TRACEY TANNER is not your typical Williamsburg artisan. For starters, her outlook is far less rosy and far more realist than the imagined life of a maker of small-batch, handcrafted goods like the beautiful handbags and leather accessories she designs. Instead, Tanner has a refreshingly honest, candid approach to the challenges that independent artists and entrepreneurs face in this city. “It’s something that I’m questioning everyday,” Tanner says when we...
IN THE COLD DEPTHS OF LAST WINTER, a rare spark: Alexander Wang had chosen the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard for his Fall/Winter 2014 show. On Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, everyone was scandalized; on our Fifth Avenue, we didn’t bat an eye. Two years ago, the Duggal Greenhouse was essentially a parking lot for cranes used at the 1 World Trade Center site. Now, it’s one of Brooklyn’s premiere event spaces, giving over its...

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