New York City has long been a fashion epicenter with an extensive history of made in the USA. The bustling Garment District has shrunk considerably due to overseas production and Manhattan’s rising real estate costs. However, there are still a few small production hold outs in the garment center, keeping the made in NYC legacy alive.
As local production is dwindling in Manhattan, something very different is happening across the river in the borough of Brooklyn. In recent years, creative entrepreneurial types have poured in, calling Brooklyn home. With masses of small independent businesses setting up shop, Brooklyn has become a maker’s destination.
Below are only a small selection of products that are made in NYC.
Corrente Handbags www.shopcorrente.com Corrente handcrafts leather handbags and accessories is found in the heart of the garment district. They have only a small team of 3, turning out their made in NYC handbags. The bags have a paired down classic style, with the quality and craft of high end designer bags at a much more accessible price.
Nature vs. Future www.naturevsfuture.com Clean line geometric aesthetics using beautiful quality organic materials, Nature vs. Future has created a stunning selection of coats and sweaters that endure and are loved season after season. We all know the seasons here, require made in NYC products to stand up to the test!
Active Wear, Restore http://shop.restoreclothing.com/ “mindful active style” is Restore’s tagline that transcends the focus only on great design. The founders, not only make stylish active wear, they make a firm commitment to exclusively produce made in NYC products with high quality materials. They feel good on your skin and make the world a better place.
Hammocks and High Tea www.hamocksandhightea.com Designer Karen Young, develops fabrics using bold patterns and vibrant colors, which are printed in the USA. The fabrics are then cut and stitched into an array home products, which are all made in NYC.
Judith Haas Jewelry www.judithhaas.com Inspired by abstract Moorish Patterns, Judith Haas creates pieces that have a textured unfinished style, but are accented with semi-precious stones refining each piece. Each one of her pieces are made by hand in her Brooklyn Studio.
Barbara Wilkinson Jewelry www.barbarawilkinsonjewelry.com The eponymous company is known for her great choices of gemstone strung with an eye for color. Having spent a great deal of time in South East Asia before starting her company, that experience translates a serene feel into each piece.
McClures Pickles http://www.mcclurespickles.com/ Old fashioned, spicy and delish- this family owned and operated company doesn’t just stop at pickles, but makes a wide range of mouthwatering snacks. Their Bloody Mary mixer is a definite brunch pleaser. Production sites are both in Brooklyn and Detroit.
NuNu chocolates http://www.nunuchocolates.com With the philosophy that the world is a better place with Chocolate, the founders started NuNu using a sustainable coco bean from Colombia. In their Brooklyn shop, you can watch them make all of their chocolates right on site.
Whimsey and Spice http://www.whimsyandspice.com/ Pastry chef and design duo Mark Sopchak and Jenna Park founded Whimsey and Spice getting their start at Brooklyn Flea. They now ship their Brooklyn Made cookies all over the world.
Rica Bath and Body http://www.ricabody.com/ Natural Bath and Body Products handcrafted in Brooklyn are truly comfort food for the skin. Trust me, your skin will thank you.
Corie Humble is the Creative Director at Corrente, source for handbags and accessories finely crafted in Brooklyn. Visit Corrente's blog for a interesting photo essay on Corie's quest for locally produced leather.