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Fashion is a notoriously fickle, ever-evolving industry; the only way to stay current is through constant change. But that’s a lot harder than it sounds, which is why most designers rise and fall with alarming frequency, coming and going with the season’s latest trends. So it’s all the more impressive when someone manages not only to sustain a career, but to grow something of an empire from the ground up. Such is the case...
Erica Weiner--Brooklyn-based designer of gorgeous, antique- and costume-leaning jewelry (and very funny person, we found out on the phone this morning)--wants to bring the original meaning of the word "sample" back to the words "sample sale." "Sample sales today just mean markdown, and everyone is marking things down in bigger letters," says Weiner. "We really do have sample productions from every time we design a piece of jewelry; we make ten pieces that don't make the...
Skateboards tend to have short lifespans -- heavy use guarantees they'll eventually splinter or split in half. Brooklyn-based designer Megan Carli specializes in giving destroyed decks second lives: She repurposes broken skateboards into sculptures and jewelry, carving their decks and resin wheels into rough-hewn bangles, silver-lined pendants, stackable rings glazed in colorful resin, and dangly earrings. Now, she's using her craft to help raise funds for the underrepresented lady skater community in Brooklyn.  Wearskate, the jewelry line Carli launched in November, is...
We are not the kind of people who do anything early, and that generally includes holiday shopping. Maybe you're not like us, though, and are already itching to buy the perfect gifts for your various loved ones and acquaintances? Or maybe you are like us and don't have the energy to even contemplate leaving the house for any reason other than, uh, we can't really think of any reason to leave the house right now....

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