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December 2016

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NYC Christmas Market’s Part Two

Christmas Cards in NYC

Christmas may be over but are you really ready for it to be over? No me neither! I’m not ready for all the Christmas decorations to be put away. I don’t want the Christmas markets to disappear. Here a few more great companies I discovered while walking around the NYC Christmas markets.

Verrier Handcrafted at Union Square & Grand Central Station Holiday Fair

Cards with a fashionable NYC touch these unique cards are sure to be memorable for any occasion. Created by a mother-daughter duo Ashleigh and Jude Verrier twelve years ago.  Thoughtful cards are glamorized with glitter, paint and embellishments all developed by Ashleigh. Produced by artisans the brand creates all their cards in a Union Square studio. Verrier Handcrafted can be found in stores around the globe including Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods of London, Isetan in Tokyo and their boutique in Union Square and Christmas popups. These cities and more from around the globe are also themes for their vibrant cards. Cards named “a bad day in new york city is still better than a good day anywhere else”, ” Paris is always a good idea” and ” Take me to Venice” pay homage to iconic cities around the world.

Christmas Cards in NYC

Verrier Handcrafted

 

Verrier Cards

Verrier Cards

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These miniature art pieces are a great way to  celebrate  every kind of occasion like weddings and birthdays with cards “eat, drink, be married” and ” wishing you a fabulously chic birthday”. While simple affirmation cards are a great way to get a feeling across with cards like “more issues than Vogue” or “yes you can can”.  Kids can also recieve or give cards embellished with colorful animals and ice cream cones. Phone cases, notepads, prints and boxed sets can also be found with painted beautiful colors and embellishments.  I found these at the Union Square Christmas Market and the Grand Central Holiday Fair. Cards are $9.00 each,see more of Verrier’s cards here.

Christmas Markets NYC

Verrier Cards.

 

 

NYC Christmas markets

Verrier phone cases

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Nolan at Union Square

Julie Nolan Jewelry based in Massachusetts has been making jewelry since the age of six. After nine months at New York’s Studio Jewelers a trade school in Jewelry making she created Julie Nolan Jewelry. Her first collection was showcased in the Catbird Boutique in Brooklyn and Anthropoligie stores. The resources for her jewelry are unusually man-made, organic, discarded or natural materials sourced in the USA. Julie’s jewelry is also made through unique processes like ancient cold forging that gives pieces a textured look.

Jewlery at NYC Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Gifts found at an nyc Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

The process of lost wax casted jewelry includes a duplicate piece of metal jewelry made from a wax sculpture. This unique process like that of cold forging is an ancient technique dating back to West African sculptors in the 1400’s. The Zodiac collection  is made through the process of making dents into gold and silver using constellations found in the turn of the century Swiss calendar. Julie’s husband and a  team of four other artisans help with the production of the jewelry. Prices starting at $26.00 are comparable for 14 carat rings while unique mobile’s for crib’s made of driftwood and brass are $500.00. Find out more about Julie Nolan here.

Jewelry found at an NYC Christmas market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Jewlery found at a NYC Christmas Market

Julie Nolan Jewelry

Cup of Curiosity at The 5th Avenue Shopping Court

Cup of Curiosity is a jewelry line that I found intriguing. Beautiful feminine pieces  in their Myra collection could be found as well as unique ones in their Rune Collection. The Myra collection consist of  four sub-divisions. The Eternity line is minimalistic consisting of simple gold, rose gold and silver jewelry. Their Mystere collection is inspired by the Middle East and the spiritual symbol, the evil eye. The Soulful Allure group includes circular pieces inspired by ancient silver and gold coins. While the Eye of M. Y.R.R.A  assortment are statement pieces with gold, sapphires and diamonds resembling the evil eye. Myra

Jewlery found at an NYC christmas market

Myrra Collection

Jelwery found at and NYC Christmas Market

Myrra Jewelry

Found at and NYC Christmas Market

Myrra Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rune collection is inspired by the Scandinavian Runes, also known as the alphabet throughout Europe, Scandinavia and Britain in the 100 B.C.E.- 1600 C.E. time period. Runes were known to be used in magic and only by the higher archery of the time. Their rune collection of necklaces, bracelets and rings all have a symbolic meaning dating back to this society and belief. Their Alchemy ring is believed to have healing powers, while their ANSUZ charm is symbolic for knowledge, communication and inspiration. Meanings of wealth, generosity, creativity and many more have their own charm throughout the collection. The Ether line of the Rune collection consisting of silver and delicate gems symbolizes the fifth element known in philosophy as sky and spirit. Cup of Curiosity

Jewlery Collection at NYC Christmas Market

Nordic Rune Collection

 

Jewlery found at an NYC Christmas Market

Cup of Curiosity Rune Collection

I really enjoyed finding all these great companies and unique pieces in the Christmas markets around the City. The holiday season has passed way to quickly in my opinion! Let me know how your Christmas was. What markets, sights and sounds were your favorite?

T.S.

 

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Christmas Market: Union Square

Gifts. found at an NYC Christams Market

There are a few things I try to do every year during the holiday season before the extra rush of tourist come in. One of those traditions is to visit the Christmas markets around the city. I love seeing all the unique items sold at these events. Whether they were made on the other side of the globe or right in Brooklyn. Its great to see the craftsmanship in these markets.

For the socially conscious shopper The Artisan Pledge lets buyers know  the products are not mass produced . Most items are hand made by artisans in the  NY or the USA. Many goods sold in the Union Square market are made from recycled, reused or vintage materials. While some are fair trade certified or from a local store or farmer.

MPR Jewelry

Meghan Patrice Riley Jewelry is made in Brooklyn and hand made my artisans and metal smiths. Unconventional materials such as bridge cabling, industrial ball chain, electrical wire and safety pins are all used in these pieces. Once I heard this I thought the pieces would weigh a ton, but this is not the case. The unorthodox materials combined with fabrication and textile techniques make the pieces delicate and light. The semiprecious stones and metals used in the jewelry add luxury and a feminine touch to each piece.

Particularly unique are their head, shoulder and body pieces some of which can be found at Free People.The sculptural designs incorporate fashion, art and functionality into one. MPR is sold in Free People and in museums around the U.S. including the Guggenheim in NYC. MPR has been featured in magazine’s, reality TV and in New York and China Fashion Weeks. Prices range from $45.00 to $625.00.MPR

NYC Christmas Market

MPR Jewelry Found at and NYC Christmas Market

NYC Christmas Market

Jewelry found at an NYC Christmas Market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Article 22 Peacebomb

New Yorker Elizabeth Suda began Article 22 while searching for the answer to “how and by whom the goods we consume are made?” She found herself in Laos and without a plan began collaborating with local women who had textile businesses. This collaboration and finding artisans who were melting bombs into spoons  lead to the creation of Article 22. Made in Laos the jewelry sold by Peacebomb are made from bombs thrown during the  lesser known Secret War in Laos. Not much coverage of the war can be found due to the fact that it occurred at the same time as the Vietnam War from 1963-1974. A jewelry company with heart, proceeds from each sale are returned to the farmer-artisan in Laos.

Peacebomb gives the artisans and their families a chance to clean the fields of Laos and earn income. During the war 80 million bombs failed to detonate, leaving the farm lands of Laos full of bombs and scrape metal. Peacebomb and the artisans of Laos help clear over 65,000 square meters of bomb. The clearing of bombs not only helps individual farmers but the whole country as 80% of the population are farmers.

The transformation of bombs into everyday items originated when the farmers of Laos began melting bombs into spoons in the 1970’s. Today a total of 15 families make a living creating Peacebomb jewelry and making 5x the minimum wage in Laos. Named after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 22 is as fashionable as it is socially conscious with shows in both New York and Paris Fashion Week. You can learn more about this Fair Trade company here Article 22 .

Gifts found at NYC christmas market

Jewelry Made in Laos

Gifts. found at an NYC Christams Market

Peace bomb: Jewelry made in Laos

Union Square Christmas Market

Peacebomb Spoon and Jewlery

 

 

 

 

 

Gifts found at NYC Christams markets

Jewelry made in Laos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nomi Network

Co-Founded by Diana Mao Nomi Network’s purpose is to fight modern day slavery and human trafficking. After a trip to Cambodia where human trafficking is still a factor in their society Diana along with Alissa Moore and Supei Liu were inspired to create Nomi Network. When the trio visited a shelter for youth survivors of human trafficking and sexual assaulted they met 8 year old Nomi. A survivor of sex trafficking Nomi’s story and resilience inspired them to name the company after her.

Nomi Network provides training, jobs and community development services for survivors and woman at high risk of trafficking and abuse. The network trains the women with skills such as sewing and manufacturing that can be retaught throughout their communities. The goal of Nomi Network is to empower them to change their local economy and social structures. Not only do they teach them how to make the products they teach them basic literacy and mathematics that help equip them for everyday life. All of which they use to find jobs in fashion manufacturing, small businesses and entrepreneurships. The women creating the products sold by Nomi Network learn micro-lending skills and can eventually become financially independent. The network also provides legal services and scholarships for the woman and their families.

Christmas gifts in nyc markets

Nomi accessories

The local entrepreneurs Nomi Network partners with gain manufacturing skills like trend forecasting, product pricing and product development to help further their business. These skills allow them the ability to sell their goods, create business relationship’s and become a part of the global economy.

Buying Nomi Network products is not the only way to contribute to the end of human trafficking. Nomi Network collaborates with volunteers, companies and corporations that want to contribute in anyway they feel fit. Individuals can also contribute to the cause by hosting Nomi Network Fair Fashion Parties where you sell products to your family and friends. Nomi Network products range from $8.50- $78.00 and consist of clothing, housewares and accessories. Learn more about Nomi Network and how to get involved  with this free trade brand.Nomi Network

Gifts found in an NYC christmas Market

Accessories made by Nomi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know if you’ve visited any Christmas markets in your part of the world and what unique items you find in them.

T.S.