On a visit to the Brooklyn Flea last summer, artist Kate Durkin’s whimsical and decorative soft-goods caught my eye. I bought the brown case above, hand-embroidered with a road bike and lined with a sweetly patterned, soft fabric that’s especially kind to my iPhone.
Kate is among the vendors currently showing hand-crafted creations that include bike motifs at the Brooklyn Flea’s Gifted Holiday Market, which runs through December 23 at One Hanson Place in Fort Greene. I stopped in on the mellow opening day this week to wander among more than 100 purveyors of vintage and modern wares, plus tempting artisanal foods. Even more fun than the shopping was chatting with so many talented artisans about their craft. Some of my favorite bike-friendly finds:
1. Hand-embroidered smart phone case, $20, Kate Durkin
2. Knuckle tattoo convertible mitten-gloves (may be customized with your message), $28, Father Panik Industries
3. Photo card case, $35, Citibitz
4. Set of five bicycle note cards, $12, Taliah Lempert
5. Necklace, money clip and key fob with vintage charms, prices start at $48, Bonbon Oiseau
6. Denim twill backpack, $129, LAYERxlayer
If you’re a first-time visitor to One Hanson Place, as I was, pause before storming the booths (I know it’s hard to hold back!) to feast your eyes on the architectural details, including limestone and marble, mosaics and tinted windows, that decorate this soaring former banking hall built in 1927. To the right as you enter, you’ll find a vendor directory as well as coffee to fuel your search for treasures. Don’t forget to explore the downstairs vault, as well as the mezzanine. Gift wrapping availble, too. Happy holiday hunting!