Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Astrid Brucker and Gesamtkunstwerk, New York

During my visit in New York, I had the pleasure to be invited for the first time in America at a local trunk show, by designer Astrid Brucker. Her label, astridland, is an eclectic cultural and social mix influenced by different time periods as the epitome of modern chic.

astridland, S/S 2012

The place holding the event, Gesamtkunstwerk is a very creative boutique, art gallery and workshop based on Clinton Street, in the LES. Entering the boutique I could instantly smell and see creativity, fashion, art and style. I very much enjoyed the cozy ambiance as well could feel like home, when Astrid and one of the shop owners, Allie were greeting me warmly and showed me around. I could admire accessories, handbags, dresses, jewelries, paintings and ceramic art, everything skillfully handmade.

Together with Astrid Brucker
astridland handbags

When entering the shop, I could notice the German name Gesamtkunstwerk and asked Allie a bit about the idea using it in New York:
"Werk represents a constantly changing selection of over twenty different working artists and designers, concentrating mainly on locally handmade goods, but also showcasing handmade work from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Paris and Barcelona. The products range from one-of-a-kind jewelry to quirky stationary, silk-screened T-shirts and paintings. Because the store focuses on designers working here in New York, the space becomes a permanent home for “werkers” that usually migrate between different craft and design fairs. The boutique also gives these designers a space to host events like trunk shows, pop-ups, release parties and “werkshops”. By featuring new independent designers, visitors are invited to come and discover new works and possibly even their own inspiration.” source cantspellit.com

Gesamtkunstwerk owners, Allie Kuzyk and Lucia Vera

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