Etsy NY Street Team now becomes NY Handmade Collective

NY Handmade Collective

Some of you may know I belong to the local Etsy group which is called the Etsy NY Street Team. This consists of the makers who sell on Etsy who live in New York City.  Our group is amazing and we have over 250 members! I volunteer with this group and I sell at the Etsy NY markets. As I was reading the press release I was reminded of something.   "...organizing local artisans to connect and educate the wider world on the positive impacts and overall human value in promoting and buying handmade".  The human value.  I have been taking a class at Fashion Institute of Technology called Ethical Fashion.  And this is one of the things we discuss in the class.  I worked in mass market. I worked with factories overseas.  I sat behind a computer and designed, sent the tech pack to a factory somewhere in China or India.  A few weeks later an article of clothing came back.  Seeing the same thing made over and over again with no uniqueness is what drove me to start my own company.  But also when you buy something from your local shop  instead of a large corporation you support your neighborhood, the lifestyle you live in and the people who own the business. I live in a cute section of Brooklyn called Park Slope.  Many mom and pop shops are closing because rents go up.  What opens in place of them are nail salons or the space remains empty for years.  We moved here because we like all of the little shops. People don't seem to connect the two. It's important that we all support local farms, local makers, local businesses.  Make the effort. 

Click here for the press release.



Aprons, Market

Holiday Market this weekend

Holiday season is here and market season as well as shopping season is in full swing. This past week we saw Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. I'm exhausted just repeating those.  This weekend is the Etsy NY Handmade Holiday Cavalcade being held at Chelsea Market. 

I will be there selling aprons, tea towels, napkins and runners.  Of course there will be some festive table linens as well. 

Elf gnomes are happy to hop around table in this reversible runner with pom poms.


I will also be debuting a new apron, the Bekko Vendor Apron.  Of course anyone can use it but I did design it with a craft vendor in mind. Pockets for pens, scissors, iPad, hammer loop for the jewelry designer or towel loop for the chef. and a itty bitty coin pocket.

The Bekko is made is a nice medium weight cotton and the pockets are double lined with a pop fabric.

The Cavalcade will be held this weekend December 5th and 6th at Chelsea Market.  The first 100 people will receive an awesome Goody Bag!  The doors open at 10.  You can find more info here!

Upcoming Markets, Shop Local

Hi friends,

I will be doing only one market this holiday season.  With baby being 18 months old, things are still quite hectic.

Come see me and 61 other New York independent designers at Chelsea Market for the annual Handmade Holiday Cavalcade.

Saturday and Sunday Dec 13th and 14th

Time: 10 am to 8 pm

Chelsea Market 75 9th Ave New York, NY

across from Amy's Breads.

Some of the items I will be selling this year: aprons, new styles and fabrics, holiday runners, napkins for the holiday and everyday, tea towels and wine bags that can also be used for shoes, snacks and other stash when you travel!

I've been very inspired by the woodland theme.  My latest new fabric is the above dark chocolate napkin with gold metallic trees and foxes, deer and other woody creatures. A festive and modern take on the winter season.

Hope to see you there! If you do stop by, mention you saw this blog post for an extra treat!