After my recent posts about the Chelsea Market and Artists & Fleas at Chelsea Market, the people associated with ID Pop Shop invited me to visit their pop-up shop at Chelsea Market this week. I’m always looking for local artists and artisans–you never know what you might discover for yourself or as gifts for others. And the best part is supporting the creative and business efforts of fellow New Yorkers!
ID Pop Shop is short for Independent Designer Pop Shop. Founders Barbara Wilkinson and Raoul Calleja have carefully curated the ID Pop Shop to offer a variety of options to shoppers. Some artists and artisans routinely show their collections in the ID Pop Shop’s events, but new ones are added each time. The ID Pop Shop regularly sets up in the special event space on the first floor of the Chelsea Market (in fact, it’s been there more than 30 times since 2011), but it also utilizes other spaces.
Today, I thought I would focus on some of my favorite discoveries from my visit. I was immediately drawn to the wearable art of Pauletta Brooks. Pauletta’s jewelry is innovative and beautiful. Some pieces have a very strong presence, taking their cues from the gemstones and minerals that are her raw materials, but there are still delicate elements as well. I snapped a few photos of some of my favorite pieces:
One thing I don’t often see at shows like this is millinery. Well-made hats have a functional purpose, but they can also be works of art! This ID Pop Shop featured the work of milliner Karema Deodato. As you can see from these photos, her hats are beautifully designed from high-quality materials. They would make a unique gift for someone special or a stylish finishing touch for a special outfit.
ID Pop Shop co-founder Raoul Calleja’s booth, vernakular photo designs, was fun. Vernakular showcases independent photographers’ photographs in unique ways, by imposing the photos on other useful objects. My favorite items are the round manhole cover rugs, which come in a variety of patterns. (Funny story–I was told that a child who saw these rugs thought that a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle might be hidden underneath!)
Barbara Wilkinson, the other co-founder of ID Pop Shop, has a booth displaying her delicate and beautiful jewelry designs. Barbara combines semi-precious gemstones from India with handcrafted pendants and charms from Indonesia and Thailand. I saw some necklaces that would make thoughtful holiday gifts:
There were multiple artisans selling beautiful purses and bags. One of my favorites was Viva Zapata! These colorful bags are designed by Brooklyn resident Tania, and they have a great story. The vinyl used in these bags are leftover scraps from companies that manufacture the vividly-colored seat covers for buses in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bags are then made by Argentinian tailors. These bags are delightful, with their thoughtful combinations of colors–even the zippers and linings are colorful, and each bag has several internal and external zippered compartments. Viva Zapata! bags are also vegan.
I also loved Susannah Thompson‘s bags, which are made from denim, burlap, and canvas and are very durable. These bags would make a great tote bag to take towels, sunscreen, etc. to the beach, but you could also use one as an easy carry-on bag or daily work bag. The backpack bags in the second photograph are cute and stylish, with leather straps.
Clothing designer Nina Valenti’s collection, naturevsfuture, is innovative, with unique details that catch the eye. I particularly loved this top’s design, as well as a number of her coats and jackets. The cut and seams create interesting angles in Nina’s designs, and the fabric feels comfortable and warm.
Finally, I met Katya Slepak, the founder of Malaya Organics. Malaya Organics is a line of natural and organic beauty products, handcrafted in Brooklyn. I tried samples of the moisturizing body oil, rejuvenating face serum, and hair oil. It was raining the day of my visit, and my hair was wild and frizzy–I was impressed by how the hair oil smoothed my hair, and it smelled great as well! Malaya Organics also makes some lovely bath products, including soaps and bath salts.
There were other great artists and artisans as well–these are just the ones that I had time to get to know during my visit. Because there are new people joining the ID Pop Shop for each event, it’s possible to find new treasures each time.
Although ID Pop Shop will be ending this particular event on November 1, you will be able to find them December 1-21 at a special pop-up shop space in the Meatpacking District: 446 West 14th Street, at the foot of the High Line. Maybe I’ll see you there! They also provide updates about upcoming events on their Facebook page.