GIVE THE GIFT OF “MADE IN NYC” THIS HOLIDAY SEASON
Shopping locally and supporting the local economy is important any time of year. However, during this particular 2012 Holiday season, many local businesses and manufacturers are still feeling the effects of Hurricane Sandy and may face underwhelming sales as a result. We can help by supporting all things Made in NYC, a project by the Pratt Center for Community Development to draw attention to the countless number of creative, talented and artistic entrepreneurs who design and make their goods in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
Their online Holiday pop-up shop features more than a few noteworthy items, here are our top picks:
For the fashion maven in your life, you can get one (or a few…) original frocks from NYC based designer Lauren Moffatt who’s clothing and accessories have been featured in every glossy mag a designer could dream of. Noted as one to watch in 2012 by fashion bible Vogue and trend-watcher WWD, her swimwear has garnered a lot of buzz, so a swoon-worthy bathing suit to take on that upcoming winter getaway is the perfect gift to give this holiday season.
Dog lovers can spoil their pooch with uber cool clothing from Cool Blue Dog, produced exclusively in Manhattan’s Garment District. They cater especially to hard to fit breeds like English and French Bulldogs and Pugs who are broad-chested –yet still deserve to be dressed as stylishly as their miniature canine peers. Their “Mellow-Yellow Raincoat” is an ideal gift for the wintertime.
The interior decorator on your gift list will adore Ortolan Organic products for the home. Based in NYC, the two sisters behind the brand produce luxurious, eco-friendly and organic products that are inspired largely by the classic nautical trend, and relics of small, country towns. Featured in magazines like House & Garden, Food and Wine Magazine and Marie Claire, we recommend mixing and matching a few of their items like their signature anchor and whale pillows.
Foodies and purveyors of anything just plain delicious will appreciate something from NYC based chocolatier, Roni-Sue’s Chocolate Shoppe. On any day you can find one of the famous homemade creations at their shop in the historic Essex Street Market on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. Acclaimed for their chocolate covered bacon, (if at first you wince at the sound of this, one taste of their rendition and you’ll be a devout fan) their “Pig-Candy” (pictured above) will make anyone smile upon unwrapping the sweet and salty gift.
Discover more items from local designers and artists at the Made in NYC online holiday pop-up store.