(NY)Now — Home, Happy + Here
Part 1, Pier 94

Call me crazy, but can you believe I came back early from my southern vacation just for the NYNow Show?!

Yep, I left the charming genteel gorgeousness of Charleston, SC, for “NYNow, the Market for Home+Lifestyle.” Meaning: I got to peruse aisle upon aisle of magical global artisanal, handmade, jewelry and home goods that transported me beyond the world I inhabit in NYC, even past the vacation spot I just vacated. Personally, I couldn’t have enjoyed myself more yesterday, what with all the richness of the goodies that served to soften my return.

Manifest Design by Manreet Deol

Manifest Design by Manreet Deol

The ginormous NYNow show, with vendors uptown at Pier 94 to four floors of the Javits Center, opened Saturday for the Handmade section and closes tomorrow, the 20th, for Home and Lifestyle. So with colleague and friend Mary Ellen in tow to help cover, we popped up to Pier 94 at 54th Street first. My mission was more of the fold up wooden stools I’d purchased from an Artisan Resource vendor last August. Sadly, the possibly-Peruvian product booth wasn’t to be found, but my pals with the pretty quilts at Saurashtra Jewels and Arts think they can help me with a contact. Fingers crossed. I need three more – two for myself, one for a friend. Any other takers out there?

What we did find was enlightening and inspiring. I’m going to break down the coverage in about three posts. First, at the Pier, things we absolutely fell in love with:

From the Artisan Resource and Impulse areas at the Pier –

The fair trade jewely from Fabiana Bezerra, who crafts pieces from a golden grass found only in Brasil for Art da Terra, and the pieces from Lula Mena, an El Salvadorian designer who works with low-income communities for recyled results. Sculptural hand cast accessories made in India by Manreet Deol for Manifest DesignRun by Rural, a company founded by Ibada Wadud, with fedoras made sustainably in Peru. Saurashtra’s brilliant-hued bed spreads and handbags made in India. Indian indigo wraps from Sudarshan. Lovely wool and cotton peshtamel blankets, towels and pillows from Etandart. Find from the Impulse section at the Pier: Matt Bowness for Overman‘s necklaces concocted of the iridescent wings of the jewel bug, turquoise and gold lockets from Soixante Neuf Jewels by Joie Jager and leather-accented industrial felt totes by Julia Hilbrandt.

Next post: more cool stuff from the Javits’ Handmade and Personal Accessories areas.

Fabiana Bezerra

Fabiana Bezerra

Lula Mena El Salvador

Lula Mena | El Salvador

Run by RuralRun by Rural

Saurashtra Jewels & Arts

Saurashtra Jewels & Arts

Saurashtra Jewels & Arts

Saurashtra

Sudarshan

Sudarshan

Etandart

Etandart

Overman

Overman

Soixante Neuf Jewels

Soixante Neuf Jewels

Julia Hilbrandt

Julia Hilbrandt

#NYNOW

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