Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop

 to Brooklyn Grange Clinton Ave & Flushing Ave, Brooklyn

Macrame, believed to originate from 13th century,  is a technique crafted by sailors while traversing across the oceans for long lengths of time and therefore share the same knot terms.  In this workshop, students will learn to the basic knots that will enable them to create a fun macrame wall hanging and begin their voyage into the endless combinations with the only limit being own’s imagination.

Tickets are $85 and include all materials.

kaightValentine’s Party with Kaight, Babeland and Jimmyjane

Wednesday, Feb 1 | 7:00 pm @ Kaight – 382 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn

This Valentine’s Day get a makeover for your wardrobe and your sex life at this one-of-a-kind cocktail party. Babeland will share hot tips and sex toys from Jimmyjane while you browse Kaight’s winter collection of sustainable and organic essentials. Plus, get lucky: one guest will go home with a $300 gift bag from Kaight and Babeland, and everyone enjoys 20% off Kaight’s fashion and accessories. Sponsored by Jimmyjane, the design-centric brand founded on the belief that life is better with a sexy twist.

Free, register here.

cascianoSacred Beauty Collective

Thursday, February 2nd @ Follain

Sacred Beauty Collective is a live membership program by natural beauty expert Rebecca Casciano designed to help you deepen your self-love, connect with your purpose and find your community through shared life experiences and supportive face-to-face interaction. The Collective will hold space for women to open our minds and hearts to one another, allowing for sisterhood, inspiration and healing to take place. Learn more and experience a sample next Thursday night!

Free | Register here

s_manhattanvintageThe Manhattan Vintage Show

Friday, Feb 3rd | 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Saturday, Feb 4th – 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM @ Metropolitan Pavilion – 125 West 18th St. (Between 6th & 7th Aves), Manhattan

The largest vintage shopping event in the country, will be coming back to NYC, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, this show will feature a special exhibit entitled, “Jean-Paul Gaultier: Lingerie Through The Ages,” including archived, lingerie-inspired Gaultier pieces alongside the original vintage lingerie styles that inspired the designer’s groundbreaking work.  In addition to the show’s featured exhibit, 80+ vendors will be on hand, spanning the decades with their one-of-a-kind pieces.

More info and buy tickets.

The Trump Effect: Immigration, Apparel Manufacturing and the Environment

Tue, Feb 7 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ BF+DA = 630 Flushing Ave, Suite 704

Post-elections, the world is reeling from the possible repercussions of a president-elect that has voiced major changes in how the US will respond to immigrant populations, environmental issues and global manufacturing. Also included in all three areas is the impact on women and women’s rights moving forward in 2017 and beyond. Join us at our February edition of Rock, Paper, Scissors where we bring together respected experts to closely examine the potential consequences on the apparel industry. In addition to a panel, we’ll be featuring up to ten local organizations who will have tables at the event to offer individual involvement regarding NYC immigration, apparel manufacturing as well as the environment.

$10 | RSVP here

doandbrewDo & Brew

Sat, February 11, 2017 @ 2 to 8 pm @ 22-15 43rd Avenue, Queens

In partnership with the NYC Fair Trade Coalition, esa invites you to come celebrate Fashion Week at its DIY party! Bring all your unwanted (doomed for landfill) clothes back to life. Tranform your t-shirt into something new like a tank or tote bag at the t-vamp station, learn to embroider your name with New York’s first haute couture embroidery school, Ecole Broderies de Luxe, embellish away with beads and rhinestones, make it truly unique with paint by the help of amazing artist Illvision, plus distress those jeans you haven’t worn in years! Do it all while sipping on some brews and listening to music provided by Huntforgold. Bring some extra cash to purchase These Are Things patches and NYC Fair Trade Coalition accessories!

RSVP here.

bootsNative Fashion Now

February 17th – September 4 @ Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York

The traveling exhibit Native Fashion Now will arrive at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York during New York Fashion Week, serving as a welcome counterpoint to the designer clothing that “borrows” or “is inspired” by indigenous culture. This exhibit celebrates the visual range, creative expression, and political nuance of Native American fashion. Nearly 70 works spanning the last 50 years explore the vitality of Native fashion designers and artists from pioneering Native style-makers to maverick designers making their mark in today’s world of fashion. Featuring contemporary garments, accessories, and footwear spanning a variety of genres and materials, this exhibition features designers who traverse cross-cultural boundaries between creative expression and cultural borrowing.

slowfoodThe Food Almanac 2017: Are Good, Clean, and Fair Food and Farming Trumped?

Tuesday, February 28 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. @ Brooklyn Winery – 213 N 8th St., Brooklyn

Food and farming might seem like afterthoughts in the Trump administration but this week’s silencing of all public-facing USDA scientific research documents suggests otherwise. Next month, join Slow Food’s panel of experts to discuss food and farming under the new administration. Big questions include:

  • Will the historic Farm Bill alliance of farmers and anti-hunger advocates survive? (and what about SNAP?)
  • Will school lunch reforms and nutrition standards stand?
  • Will the administration compromise on undocumented farmworkers?
  • Which food safety and environmental regulations will go, and how fast? 

Our panel of experts will share their thoughts, speculations and ideas for how each of us can engage on the issues:

  • Mary Jo Dudley, Senior Extension Associate, Director, Cornell Farmworkers Program
  • Pam Koch, Executive Director/Associate Research Professor, Columbia Teachers’ College and Executive Director, Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food Education & Policy
  • Reana Kovalcik, Associate Director of Communications and Development, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition 
  • Margot Pollans, Assistant Professor of Law, Pace University, Faculty Director, Pace-NRDC Food Law Initiative
  • Moderator: Mary Cleaver, Snail of Approval Winning Restaurateur and Caterer and SFNYC SnailBlazer and Advisory Committee Member 

Attendees also will enjoy networking, local wine and beer, and delicious seasonal snacks. Event price includes reception. Proceeds from this unique, informative, and fun event will benefit Urban Harvest: the Slow Food NYC program of good food education for New York City children at 16 schools around the city and on a tuition-free, educational, urban farm in East New York, Brooklyn.

$50 ($45 for members) | Please purchase tickets by Tuesday, February 21 as they need to confirm audience size in advance

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!