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The Leftovers: Two days, 10 zero-waste products

My inspiration has always come from the materials.   Back in 2001, I started making clothing out of vintage floral pillowcases and eclectic trim and selling them at Pike Place Market.  A vintage wholesaler noticed my designs and told me that he had an entire warehouse of vintage clothing I should take a look at.  During my visit, I fell in love with a batch of men’s wool golf pants.  I had been wanting to try making a batch of bags and this thick yet colorful plaid material would be the perfect texture. And so that first batch of bags interestingly came to life from men’s pant legs, and I’ve been incorporating new and reclaimed materials into all of my designs. ...

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Our special collaboration with Fab Scrap will debut November 17!

Did you know... *NYC residents throw out 200,000 tons of clothing, shoes, accessories, and linens every year. It's 6% of NYC total waste stream. That's 14x the weight of the Brooklyn Bridge and 2x it's suspension capacity. *Nationwide, 12.65 million tons are thrown out, which is 35x the weight of the Empire State Building. Every year! Currently, only about 15% is recovered for reuse or recycling, a little more than 5 Empire State Buildings. *For commercial waste, the best estimation that I can find is from Annie Leonard in "The Story of Stuff". For every pound of residential waste created, 40 pounds of waste are created upstream. Using just NYC's textile numbers, and assuming commercial and residential streams have similar...

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Lightweight Companion: The Amélie

Last summer, I spent nearly two months in London and Paris, wandering flea markets and searching for inspiration. I learned quickly how nice it would be to have a stylish day pack that would fit my essentials, allowing me to weave between crowds, duck into narrow booth stalls or bend down to inspect a gorgeous piece of velvet fabric at the very bottom of a shelf.  I had my trusty Metier tote with me and realized with a few tweaks, it would make the perfect backpack. Customers have been asking for a few years for a backpack, but most packs as I know them are sporty & utilitarian, covered in nylon strapping, and awkward in crowded places. I knew I wanted...

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Easy Essentials: Our Limited-Edition Crossbody Bags

Fall is a boundlessly hectic time for everyone. The holidays keep rolling in, the seasons change in an instant, and there’s a very particular energy that sweeps over each day. Our team has been growing and the ideas flowing forth have been exhilarating.  Building on that energy, we at Crystalyn Kae are very excited to present a new, limited- edition collection just in time for all the festive parties and holiday gift-giving coming your way. Our newest assortment has been a bit of a long time coming.  With the ever-present march of fashion always looking and moving forward, it can be overwhelming at times. We decided it was a great time to take a step back and reevaluate our core...

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Learning to Unplan: A Rainy Photoshoot in the City

Filled with the excitement of new bags, it was time at last for our Fall/Winter lookbook photoshoot! We at Crystalyn Kae wanted to get everything just right. Photoshoot preparations can be a lot of work. The location planning, the outfit steaming, the logistics of exactly who, what and where... We carefully borrowed clothes and accessories from other Venture Fellows at Brooklyn Fashion +Design Accelerator: Study NY, Mujus, Spratters & Jayne, Kordal and hats from our favorite milliner, Artikal. Emily, our photographer, flew in from Arizona just for the shoot. It was her first time in NYC and she had countless ideas about the mood she wanted to capture. She brought along her friend Elisa to help move everything along. We were all...

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