Favorite Pick: Kaight x Shen Holiday Shopping
Thru Sun. 11/23 @ Shen Beauty | 351 Court St, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
The sustainable fashion store Kaight is partnering with their neighbor, natural beauty emporium Shen, to offer an exclusive opportunity to shop holiday party dresses and the perfect gloss to go with them. Beginning Thursday night through Sunday, enjoy an exclusive opportunity to shop a curated selection of ethical fashion--the exact right outfit to wow your boss at the office holiday party, or your future in-laws at Thanksgiving Dinner--along with the incredible selection of the best of the best in natural beauty, including Kjaer Weis, Ilia and RMS.
mYak Pop-Up Shop
Thru 12/5 | 10 am to 5 pm @ 132 Perry Street btw Greenwich and Washington Street, Manhattan
I've convinced you of the superiority of alpaca to cashmere. Now on to the shopping. mYak will be selling super-soft, baby alpaca clothing and accessories in this sustainable pop-up store, in connection with The Transcending Tibet Contemporary Art Exhibition. A portion of the proceeds will go to supporting Trace Foundation's work in developing the Tibetan community.
Erica Weiner x Carleen Launch Party
Fri. 11/21 | 5 to 8 pm @ Erica Weiner, 360 Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt and Bond, Brooklyn
The Carleen Fall 2014 collection is popping up at sustainable jewelry maker Erica Weiner's Brooklyn store for six weeks. Pass by the launch party, and enjoy 20% off the Erica Weiner Jewelry collection (antiques/1909 excluded) and all Carleen.
Young & Able Series
Thru 12/21 @ 345 Broome St., Lower East Side, Manhattan
This online store featuring emerging NYC designers is going brick-and-mortar for the holidays with its series. Not only can you shop independent makers and designers, you can attend a talk, check out one of the installations, or sign up for a class in things like beginner loom weaving, friendship bracelets, t-shirt making, and more.
Brooklyn Night Bazaar
Fri. and Sat. | 6 pm to midnight @ 165 Banker St. | Greenpoint, Brooklyn
This warehouse-turned-concert venue, shopping destination and night market brings together local makers and artists to create a carnival-like atmosphere around up-and-coming doers. Shop twee and cool local fashion and home goods, bounce to live artists, play mini golf, try your hand at an arcade game, and taste your way through bites from Ample Hills Creamery, Oaxaca Taqueria and more, all washed down with craft beers and maybe a frozen marg or two. Grab a taste pass for efficient and affordable sampling of food and alcohol.
More info at bkbazaar.com
Samantha Pleet Winter and Holiday Sale
Sat. 11/22 + Sun. 11/23 | Noon to 8 pm @ Horizons | 381 Metropolitan, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Check out this sustainable designer's fall season, plus get a peek at exclusive holiday pieces while you sip on hot drinks and nibble on snacks. Also expect to find deals on past season samples, perfect for the season, starting at $50.
Holiday Spirits Bazaar
Sat. 11/22 | 6:30 to 9:30 pm @ The Invisible Dog | 51 Bergen St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
Kick off the season of entertaining with some craft spirits and mixers at the 5th Annual Holiday Spirits Bazaar. Sip your way through an unlimited array of holiday cocktails and punches made by some of NYC’s best bartenders, each competing for the top title in a friendly Punch-Off. The event spreads over two floors--a Winter Whiskey Tavern and a Sparkling Spirited Parlor--and a Cocktail Lovers’ Pop-Up Shop will feature tasty treats and bartending gifts from local purveyors such as Cocktail Kingdom, Royal Rose Syrups, Tipsy Scoop, Brooklyn Baked ‘n’ Fried, Owl’s Brew, and more. A portion of proceeds benefits Children’s Aid Society, a non-profit supporting some of NYC’s neediest children. Guests are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots or non-perishable food items for Food Bank NYC.
Tickets are $50. Ticket-holders can enjoy unlimited libations as well as artisan bread from Scratchbread and cheese from Saxelby Cheesemongers.
Out to See
Sat. and Sun. | First four weekends in November | 11 am to 6 pm @ South Street Seaport, Fulton + Water Street, Manhattan
Formulated by several local residents and business owners as a way to showcase their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Out To See is a neighborhood-wide celebration of the South Street Seaport, featuring emerging talent in art, music, food and craft. Visit art galleries, duck into shops, grab a drink at happy hour, and pick up a treat or two from a local maker.
LAST WEEKEND: Smorgasburg
Thru 11/22 | Sat. 11 am to 6 pm @ East River State Park | Pier 5, Dumbo and Sun. 11 am to 6 pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park | Kent and North 7th, Williamsburg
Take in the good weather, the view of Manhattan, and sample from dozens of Brooklyn-based food artisans, from brisket to bulgogi and Burmese noodles, to phatty beet sliders, fish and chips and farm-fresh ice cream. Nearby at 40 Kent street, you'll find a huge selection of vintage and handmade clothing and home decor at the Brooklyn Flea.
Open rain or shine | More info
The Brooklyn Slur - Alice's Arbor
Mon. 11/24 | 7 to 9 pm @ Alice's Arbor | 549 Classon Ave between Fulton St. and Putnam Ave, Brooklyn
It's the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other "Slow" minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. Alice's Arbor, in Bed-Stuy serves local and organic food, wine, and liquor in a dining room featuring a wood-burning oven, skylights, and plenty of reclaimed wood,
Free and open to everyone.
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Breakthroughs in Sustainable Fashion: Strategies For Real Change
Thurs. 12/4 | 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Join this intimate and timely conversation between international fashion industry experts, Sass Brown, Marieke Eyskoot, and designer Tara St. James. Each will share from their vast experiences and focus on constructive strategies that have helped to bring about lasting and impactful change towards a more sustainable fashion industry. Learn more about the panelists.
This event is Free, but please RSVP HERE.
Capsule Market Square
12/5 thru 12/7 @ 548 West 22nd Street, Manhattan
Where do I go to find emerging designers? The semi-annual Capsule, where I can flip through next season's racks and meet designers in person. Now you can do the same. Market Square is Capsuale's annual, open-to-the-public holiday shopping event. If you want to get in on all the sale action early, get a ticket to their December 5th VIP Night, where you can meet the designers of some participating brands like Made by Voz, In God We Trust, and Le Petit Organic. Not all of the labels have a sustainable element, but this way, you can make them uncomfortable by asking them directly where they're manufactured! Score one for the team.
Finding a Winner in the Produce Aisle
Tues. 12/9 | 8:30 to 10 pm @ Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Feel like you're wasting a lot of produce when it wilts? Take a closer look at the life of a few tasty fruits and vegetables--out in the fields, on the truck, in the store or at the market--and learn how to spot the qualities of a winner. Taught by the produce manager at Greene Grape Provisions, who has worked on biodynamic farms, urban gardens, and farmers markets, You'll come away with agricultural, biochemical, nutritional, and culinary knowledge on fruits and vegetables that can be applied to produce situations everywhere. And you'll get to sample a couple of particularly tasting in-season things as well!
$10. Buy tickets.
If there's anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!