DUMBO, Brooklyn has long been the home of painters, craftsman, and artisans of all kinds. It makes perfect sense that the latest addition to the "new TRIBECA" of NYC delivers a killer brew of coffee. Be it by the shot, the latte, or a giant iced cold brew, the hottest new business Down Under Manhattan Overpass is Brooklyn Roasting Company. Brooklyn Roasting opened it's doors a few months ago and just one visit on any given afternoon proves the adage- If you roast it, they will come! The line out the door speaks volumes about the sweeping change that has occured in DUMBO. Just three or four years ago there was St. Ann's Warehouse, Grimaldi's Pizza, & The River Cafe - that's it! This area was once forgotten space between Brooklyn Heights and The Navy Yard. Today, luxury condo buildings, and designer shops selling everything from candy to coffee line the streets of this petite ten block neighborhood.
Brooklyn Roasting sources beans from all over the world. They are committed to offering New Yorkers best quality Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and Organic certified coffees. Beans go through a taste test before being purchased, and then again after roasting to ensure customers a great tasting product. The roasting is done in small batches in a Loring Kestrel 1/2 bag roaster - the most advanced small-scale commercial roaster on the market.
It shows! The smooth taste of their cold brewed iced coffee is about as addictive as java can be. If I'm headed to DUMBO, I'm thinking about Brooklyn Roasting Company long before I arrive.
Visit DUMBO for the afternoon and be sure to hit BRC for the best coffee around. Have a gourmet lunch at Forager's Market, and for the sweet tooths out there - don't miss Dewey's Candy Shop! (You'll thank me for this one). If you're not headed to Brooklyn anytime soon, get in touch via the website or phone and order your beans today. Of course they will ship them to you! Shop Brooklyn Roasting Company
New York based fashion designer John Bartlett loves dogs. Bartlett often hosts adoption days in his West Village boutique. All are welcome to stop by and visit with shelter dogs that need a permanent home. John's own dogs are a huge part of his life. Tiny Tim was the name of his beautiful mascot that became the image of Bartlett's fashion logo. Tim had three legs, but that never slowed him down. Unfortunately, Tim passed away last year after a painful battle with lymphoma. That's when John had the inspiration to create a collection of really cool t-shirts, hoodies, and casual wear items that could benefit shelter dogs just like Tim.
The Tiny Tim Collection is made from the softest cotton and cut into the most comfortable shapes and styles. Any guy or girl in your life will love one -or two! Also, don't forget the kids!
Shop the collection today. You can feel good about buying these well priced wardrobe staples, and also helping a great cause. Click TINY TIM to shop.
John Bartlett's collection for the Bon Ton Stores is available nationwide in stores and also at Bon Ton.com
With the Fall weather getting closer day by day, I'm fondly thinking about a magical afternoon this Spring that was the official kick off to Summer in NYC. Fashion designer Stella McCartney stayed true to her British roots and staged the ultimate garden party in New York's West Village. McCartney is known for her understated style and laid back attitude on-and-off the runway. While most fashion events are stuffy and uptight, team McCartney is able to create an easy atmosphere that comes off cool and chic. When Stella has a party, you know you are going to have a good time! Who else could make shaved ice, ping pong, and scrabble a backdrop for a runway collection?
There is an authenticity to these events, that just can't be staged. Partly due to the fact that the parties are always full of Stella's own friends. And when your friends and family are rock legends and movie stars, there is hardly room (or reason) for getting a big head.
For Spring 2012, Stella gave us bright colors and intricate prints styled in the signature mix & match combinations that first made McCartney famous. It was her re-launch of the sleeping French classic Chloe collection in the late 90's that made headlines. Stella set the fashion world on fire with a mix of fine tailoring and fluid soft shapes. For Spring 2012, we find bright horizontal stripes worn back to exotic Hawaiian prints. The collection is full of items that can truly be worn back to pieces shoppers already own. *This has always been one of the secrets to Stella's success*. She knows how women shop and never loses sight that the coolest customers build their wardrobe piece by piece.
The party at St. Luke's in the Field was a breath of fresh air. Models played croquet, guests drank Guinness, and Stella's friends were able to relax in the private garden setting. Liv Tyler, Naomi Watts, & Bono (to name a few!) all stopped by to show their support. The garden was decorated with small displays of accessories and shoes that became part of the beautiful garden of St. Luke's in the Field. (This famous garden, open to the public, was featured in the motion picture Doubt with Meryl Streep).
Guests of the party were given a living rose bush on the way out the door via a flower cart, a subtle nod to Stella's passion for sustainable fashion and her effort to make the world a Greener place. This devout vegan is the only designer working with a major fashion comglomerate (PPR) that does not use leather in any part of her collections. Bravo Stella!
** Stella McCartney NYC moves to Soho this Fall **
Special thanks to team Stella and the very talented photographer- Pamela Berkovic.
New York based fashion designer John Bartlett celebrated the 4th of July this year in a way he has never done before. As the fireworks were bursting in air - Barlett's collections for The Bon Ton Stores were heading to a department store near you. With over 250 locations in 23 states in the U.S, this is a major development for any fashion designer. John Bartlett Statements and John Bartlett Consensus will be in stores in August, and the collections will be the largest distribution deal of Barlett's career. The addition of John Bartlett is a huge bolster to The Bon Ton Men's Department. While the company will be offering a more designer product, the price points will be in line with what Bon Ton core customers are used to.
Bartlett fans that might have only dreamed of owning looks from his "Made in Italy" main collection will rejoice when they see the price points that this distribution has afforded. Most items range from $30 to $100, with some outerwear pieces approaching $200. As fashion fans know, a typical runway collection would have an extra 0 on the end of those prices. Make no mistake, this is classic Bartlett, giving Men what they want to wear. Masculine, wearable, and fun, this collection makes sense for the guys in your life. Bartlett says the fit is "trim, but relaxed" and the collection in general is not "over detailed" - those are important points to make as most men don't want to to feel like a fashionista when they get dressed.
I know I'll be planning a visit to the nearest Bon Ton store - we don't have one in New York City- YET, but there are many options. The group is known by several different brand names depending of what part of the country you live in. Look for Carson Pirie Scott, Bon Ton, The Parisian, Bergner's, or Boston Stores. Make life easier and visit the web-site now. Click John Bartlett at Bon Ton to see more.