Pratt Institute and the The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) have partnered with 360 Wellness for “Wear the Future Here – Conscious Fashion for a Better Life.” They have curated a showcase at The Shops at Columbus Circle to tell the stories of 7 apparel brands at the BF+DA, which we are proud to be part of! Each designer has a different story and business model that promotes sustainability and ethical practices in the apparel industry.
While visiting one of my stores in Seattle recently, the shopowner mentioned that it's hard to navigate New York's wholesale market week, because there isn't a map of their favorite brands in one place. So we took it upon ourselves to help do exactly that!
Here's a peek at our favorite independent fashion designers showing this week in New York:
The guiding light of Crystalyn Kae Accessories is to create useful designs with luxurious materials that will stand the test of time.
In the spirit of my first collection of bags beginning 17 years ago, that were made from vintage plaid wool pants, this Fall I have added rescued leather to my collection. I see this as the next step in reducing waste and taking advantage of rare high-grade Italian leather in a responsible manner.
In New York City, the heart of American fashion manufacturing, I have access to a plentiful supply of exceptionally rare swatches, mill-end rolls, and even production leftovers from major designers and manufacturers. I have had the pleasure to collaborate with a local non-profit, Fab Scrap, to obtain my leather (and textiles) for my current collection.
Watch a video of Crystalyn creating a pleated clutch from 100% reclaimed leather scrap here. . .and read the backstory of how it all began.
What do you think about using reclaimed leather in our collection? What other materials would you like to see us design with?