Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hooligan Studios Holiday Bazaar and Shopping Local in NYC/Brooklyn With Ariel Clay

Ariel Clay looking holiday festive in a design by H Fredriksson 

I was thrilled to attend the Hooligan Studios Holiday Bazaar this past Sunday afternoon in the very hip neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The whole experience reminded me just how fun holiday shopping can be when you are supporting local designers and artisans.

Recycled vintage chain jewelry by DLC Brooklyn

The 'Hooligan' is a collaborative Brooklyn studio space that currently houses the studios of DLC Brooklyn (recycled vintage/chain jewelry with a whole lot of artful bling), H Fredriksson (beautiful eco silk tops), Ecco*Eco favorite, Titania Inglis, and Tirana Jewelry. For the bazaar this weekend, the studio also featured designs by Study New York and Cheek-ie (colorful fabric necklaces and rings). I loved the spirit of this community-based event and the chance to meet some of the designers behind these great labels.

inspiration courtesy of Study New York

All of the clothing and accessory designs showcased were genuinely state-of-the-art and representative of a fusion of craft and fashion sensibilities. I particularly fell in love with Study New York, though. With a commitment to local production and a Fair Trade ethos, their look book statement is something that I now have pinned it to my office wall as a reminder of how to accurately talk about Fair Trade with anyone who might not be familiar with the term or understand it.

I also really loved this hang tag by H Fredriksson 

Shopping local looks and feels good

I encourage you to shop at local craft fairs, holiday pop-up shops, Christmas bazaars and holiday markets this season. So many popping up here in New York City and Brooklyn. I still plan to attend the December 13th NYC Fair Trade Coalition Holiday Party & Pop-Up Shop, and I hope to make it to the December 7th Mary Meyer Holiday Pop-Up Shop. It is also worth visiting the shops at Union Square Holiday Market, where surprisingly, I noticed quite a few eco-friendly and Fair Trade vendors.

Shopping local and knowing who makes your gifts and how adds a whole new dimension to the holidays and one's personal shopping experience.

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