Happy small business Saturday! In honor of the day, Corey and I went out and about shopping for holiday gifts. I vow to only give gifts that are bought here by New York artists or other small companies that I stumble across. Keeping it local! It makes for a great time shopping. Time to get out and explore. We went about Williamsburg today, even in this chilly weather. Stopped by Artists & Fleas in their great location and their new stable hours of operation! Met some new people and saw some great designs... and shoes that I'll be dreaming about tonight. Anyway- because of my schedule at work, I only have Saturdays off. To keep the creative thoughts flowing, I've decided to feature an artists or local business every week (specifically every saturday). So today, for the first Saturday Spotlight... meet Nomad.
The highlight of my day was stopping by Nomad's holiday pop-up shop in Williamsburg. If I haven't already talked your ear off about the most incredible girl and her incredible story, then sit back and prepare to hear the tale of Nomad, the wandering fashion boutique.
I first ran into Jessie Goldenberg outside of the Hester Street Fair this past fall. I was on my way home when I first saw her retrofitted delivery truck parked with it's back door wide open and wooden steps covered in ivy placed to guide your way inside the boutique. Not only has Jessie found a way to comfortably display an incredible number of products (including sweaters, scarfs, blouses, pants, jewelry and accessories), she added a cashier's desk and even a fitting room! And there's still room to drive. Legally. All products are locally sourced and the jewelry is handcrafted by hardworking artists in the area. She's been on the road since April, giving local artisans a voice and a place to call home. She was sitting on the steps when I first approached the truck and she greeted me with a smile and kind words. I was eager to get inside and I've been following her journey every since!
Today I stopped by her incredible holiday pop-up shop. This girl's got guts. She's renting a little spot in an enclosed walkthrough shopping area (which reminded me a lot of home, shops on the beach and off St George Street in St. Augustine). The store was warm and smelled like rich candles. The entire shop was fitted with reclaimed wood pieces, almost like pallets designed specifically for Nomad. Industrialized exposed piping held rows and rows of comfy sweaters, christmas lights emitted the warm light that filled that store and antlers held handmade bags and belts and the most beautiful jewelry. I was so excited to stop by her place I couldn't contain myself... I bought some Christmas presents for others and I broke down and got myself an early present too. We'll call it a Chanukah gift.
I was lucky to spend the better part of an hour just photographing the store and talking with Jessie about future endeavors and the beauty found in handcrafted products. She's an inspiration and such a good soul, it was a pleasure speaking with her and bouncing ideas off each other. She's given herself completely to this idea of a traveling boutique and she's excited to see it paying off. The word is spreading and now Jessie and the famous truck are available for public and private events! She's eager to get her online shop up and running and hopefully her and I will be combining forced in the near future. Until then, indulge in her shop through the images here, check out her website and be sure to stop by her holiday pop-up shop at 240 Kent Ave. Brooklyn, NY.