What's New

This week we’re sharing our favorite gallery shows on view now, highlighting a new BK wine bar & cafe, and introducing you to a cool new friend: Mollie Miller of Zest Dressed.

Culture Corner

Okay, so Winona's, a new wine bar and cafe on the Bed-Stuy / East Williamsburg border has been open for a few months, but you know we are ALWAYS trying to bring you new small places to have some olives and vino! A beautiful space, an un-fussy menu, and a back patio? What more could we ask for...check out their website for reservations. 

OMG! One of our readers, Madoka Engawa, surprised us with a hand-tufted rug feat. the coolstuff logo. Her tufted rug pieces are available at Our Little Sky and she’s taking custom orders now !! Head here to see more of Madoka’s work and shop her fun fuzzy creations. 

We've been hearing that some of the best new pizza in Brooklyn is from @thezareport’s pizza speakeasy & pop-ups in Brooklyn. This Saturday Miriam is popping up with her Neapolitan-ish pies at Old Stone House in Park Slope (using the OG brick oven!). Looks like she’s already sold out for this week...but there will be walk-up pies avail after 5:30p. Stay tuned on IG for more pop-up dates, and ways to snag one of her pies at No.7 in Fort Greene Mon-Tues or in Park Slope on Fridays. All pizza is available for pre-order Wednesdays on her site!


We had a very successful gallery hopping day in Chelsea last weekend and feel it is our duty to share these findings with you. Here are 3 gallery shows you should 100% go to this weekend after a long lunch at Chamma Mamma:

Everyone’s favorite BK designer, Dusen Dusen, is having a sample at her Clinton Hill store (1017 Fulton St) this Saturday from 12-6p. Stop by to get your fix of clothing samples, bathrobes, pillow covers, bedding & MOREEEE.

Resource Library is a wonderful project by Alison Beshai that aims to make design publications available to a wider and more diverse audience. After starting in 2018 as a popup in DC, Resource Library is now lending books out of Lichen in East Williamsburg. Read more about the project here.

Cool Friends:
Mollie Miller of Zest Dressed

Meet Mollie, the brains behind sustainable fashion line, Zest Dressed. We love her fun take on locally-made and upcycled pieces, which will be available to shop this weekend and next at Regeneration market in Williamsburg’s Artists & Fleas.

How did you start your sustainable fashion label, Zest Dressed? 
Before lock down I had multiple freelance gigs going, so I was used to working like crazy. The pandemic, like it did for a lot of other people, forced me to think of ways to keep busy and make money without my day job.  I started offering my personal styling services to help friends and family edit their closets, give them tips on what to give away and how to consign.  When I started to suggest ethical ways to shop for outfit updates, I realized how little people close to me knew about the pitfalls of fast-fashion, or even thought about where their clothes were made, etc... and also how passionate I was about connecting people with the idea of thrifting and shopping small.  I also noticed the challenges people were having finding vintage online, and the lack of small designers really focusing on sustainability and local production.  That's how Zest Dressed was born! The monthly vintage edit is a curation of the best second-hand options we can find on the market organized by trend, so you don't have to spend hours searching. The collection is a mix of upcycled and locally made pieces I designed specifically so you can add them into your current wardrobe for an instant update.  I'm always of the mindset you don't necessarily need a major overhaul to feel completely "madeover" - just that one accent piece to brighten up your mood and bring a cool factor to the classics in your closet.  

What's your favorite part about the New York creative community?
Local production is more sustainable but also more difficult to manage because there's no real one-stop-shop; You have to find all the pieces of the puzzle and bring them together yourself.  I find that each time I choose to invest my time and resources into finding a local production partner, I build a new relationship that changes the way I design, and raises my standard of quality. I love spotlighting and promoting the artists and artisans I work with to make my collection. What people don't necessarily realize is that no designer works alone. Whether it's showing you how we source our remnant materials, introducing you to the natural dye artist we work with, or tagging local factories and vendors around the city, I think it's important to shed light on the people and the process.  When people purchase something from my shop, I want them to know where their money is really going!  

What's inspiring you right now?
The 70's! I think I'm normally an 80's girl, but the 70's are really taking over my mood boards. I've been loving prints with a tonal vibration or swirly movement to them. Also really feeling the fringe and the flare!   

We need to make things thoughtfully and support local artists, but also be transparent that the most sustainable way to shop is second hand. And luckily for us, trends are always being recycled, referencing what has already been done. This is why it's totally possible to look on trend in head-to-toe vintage! And why it's part of the mission of my brand to make second hand shopping more accessible. In addition to the vintage edits, I recently started hosting #thriftythursday live IG sales at my favorite local vintage shops around the city to help bridge the gap between my followers and small shop owners and collectors. All profits go to local shops! 

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@zestdressed on Instagram

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