Looking back (and Forward)

It has been such an interesting year. It was Gift Shop Brooklyn’s most successful year (because you guys are SO awesome!! Thank you!!) but the success lead to burn out, and instead of hiring help or figuring out how to fix it, I closed my shop for the majority of the summer. It was almost definitely a mistake; but a mistake I have learned from. Even though I feel like I am still recovering from burnout, I am planning new things for 2015! Taking steps to avoid making the same mistakes, and to keep Gift Shop Brooklyn exciting for you and me!  Thank you so much for being along for the ride, and for your constant support of American Made!! Here’s to a fantastic 2015! (and please feel free to let me know if there’s any items you would like to see offered this year!). xo

Here is a really great article
on burnout I came across, Im sure I’m not the only one who can relate.

Last Minute Gift Guide


Ok guys, its the last day to place an order for US Christmas delivery! Pick out something lovely for your friend, sister, mother, (or yourself!) in our ready to ship section.  All these items plus more are ready to go!

Katie Petite Clutch in Golden
Grace Fold Clutch in Blush
Essential Mini Makeup Pouch
White Out Bleached Denim Tote
Leather & Brass Key Fob
Katie Petite Clutch in Arizona Dyed Canvas
Carolina Zip Tote in Black
Leather & Horn Key Fob
Mae Wallet in Foil Silver
Coziest Scarf in Black/ Cream

*Fyi – You can order on Friday & Saturday also, but please make sure to choose Priority shipping for faster delivery.
Use code gsbfriends for 10% off your purchase

Holiday Wish List!

So basically if I had a disposable income… (all of these would already be mine)

*Click on title of each image for link

Follow my Wish List pinterest board for new additions to the list!

cyber sale


Cyber Monday! Last day to save 15% on your entire order. And as always free domestic shipping. Use code: STAYHOME2014 good through 12.1.2014cyber mondayWHITE OUT SCARFNew additions! :
hand dyedcoziest scarf

New Collection & Lookbook

So excited to share with you, a new collection and lookbook!
These shots were taken at the beautiful New England home of my grandparents. They designed and built it in the 1970’s. As soon as I finalized this collection, I could only picture doing the lookbook in this house. The colors and vibe were perfect.  All the paintings seen throughout were done by my talented grandmother, Patricia Olean.
(see below to read about my design process for this collection)

See magazine version here.












I created this collection by really doing a long, intense study on almost everything I’ve previously created.  Sizes, texture, colors, functions; it can all be so overwhelming.  Im at a point now where I know a lot of people who own several of my products. I spoke with many of them asking their opinion; which styles they use the most, and what they are used for. I found out some interesting information! I also did a complete rummage of all my materials, and past samples, re-examining old prototypes and ideas.  If I had tons of space I would definitely be a hoarder of supplies, and keep every item I’ve ever made, but I can only store so much in my Brooklyn apartment. So, I got rid of almost everything; it was tough, but I feel like it really cleared my head to start fresh, keeping the ideas and moving forward with them.
*Take advantage of current coupon code: gsbfriends for a 10% discount

Style Photography – Lindsay Totolo Fullam
Product Photography – Alex Bukhman
Art Direction / Model – Annie Olean Bukhman


Fall Mood & Design Process

Hey guys! Yes, I know its been an infinity since I’ve done a blog post. My sister (of Lemon Press Blog) was my  amazing ‘virtual assistant’ for a while; she would set up the blog posts for me (it was so awesome to just give her the ideas, and she would execute it). She has since gone back to school; and although Im so sad to not have such a fantastic assistant anymore, I’m so glad she’s doing what makes her happy!!

So I’m back at the blog, this time with the inspiration board from my new collection. My fall / winter 2014 collection will be available very shortly; to get you in the mood I’d like to share the images I continually look at throughout, and a little bit about my design process each season.

Each season I create a simple board via pinterest with the overall mood, colors, textures, or patterns of how I want the collection to feel. I pretty much keep it open on my screen for months and months while designing, I find it helps to keep me (somewhat) focused to design a tight collection. It’s so easy while designing to try every new idea that pops into my head, and to want to offer a million different items; editing down to the most important items I find SO difficult! I usually end up cutting at least 50% of where I started.

Some of you may know this about me; my ‘sketch book’ is also on my computer. I start with a clean artboard in Adobe Illustrator, and just draw out any and all ideas I have for a while. Then I slowly edit and refine it down to the final collection; (fyi- it changes ALOT before its finalized). I like organizing everything on my computer so its all in one place, and I know exactly where it is; Im not good at keeping track of notebooks or loose tear sheets.

Here is an example of a final line sheet, from the spring ’14 collection:
SPRING14 line plan
So finally, here are some of the images off my fall / winter inspiration board: See the full board here on Pinterest. All previous season’s inspiration boards can also be found on my Pinterest profile here 
fall14-inspiration-board for Gift Shop Brooklyn
What is your design process, and how do you stay organized??



Summer Mini Collection & Giveaway!

New items added to our Summer 2014 collection! Mid summer heat is the best excuse to do some online air conditioned shopping, right??

(Click on item name below image to go to item page, scroll to bottom for Honey Kennedy giveaway info)

Pony hair clutches, now in 2 sizes small – $64 | large- $78


Honey Kennedy is doing a Gift Shop Brooklyn giveaway today through August 5! Click here for details and to get a 10% off coupon to use here at giftshopbrooklyn.com or our etsy shop!

Good Finds – Currently Coveting

There are so many good things on Etsy, (obviously you have to search to find the good stuff). I made it easy for you by sharing some of my favorite recent finds.
You can see more, and follow my Etsy favorites here

Find them here:
1. Silver Square Ring 2. Pygmy Owl Crop Top 3. Upholstered Copper Bench 4. Poet Ring 5. 70s Mermaid Dress 6. Iris Pendant Light 7. Summer Kaftan 8. Open Back Sandals 9. 1960s Neiman Marcus Dress 10. Portrait by Maarten Schroder 11. Johnny Depp Tee 12. Wooden Salad Bowl 13. Vintage Brass Swans 14. Jerk Balloons 15. Killer Queen Cross Earrings 16. Stacking Gold Modern Bracelet 17. Aquamarine Polaris Ring 18. Stripey Kitten Print 19. Vintage Chocolate Suede Booties 20. Porcelain Horse Figurine 21. Mother of Pearl Bird Pin