williamsburg flea: kika ny, nadia and me

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I’d heard stuff about Williamsburg. It’s in New York. It’s bulging with hipsters, alternatives, creatives. The amateur anthropologist in me had wanted to go for a while.

Nadia, who is also a mind reader (or we are actually two-halves of the same whole), said ‘I’ve got somewhere I want to take you.’ Bus down 34th street, ferry, Brooklyn, a perfect blue-sky Sunday.

It’s a riverbank market. The Manhattan skyline, still lonely for the Twin Towers, boasts its bunch of sky-scraping celebrities across the water.  My eyes are twisted away from the Empire State by vintage handbags and donuts and steaming cups of organic coffee.

Kika NY held my attention for longer than most. It’s because I love leather. And I was nostalgic. I had a canvas bag much like these when I was in high school back in Sydney (where I met Nadia – but that’s another story for a different day).

My satchel was made of yellow canvas. I bought it at an army disposal store. It said INXS on the top flap in uneven letters printed by my hand in black texta, but I was secretly in love with New Kids On the Block. I hope my musical tastes have improved.

Now for a proper sentence: Kika NY, which is run by a former documentary filmmaker and her partner, is a collection of beautifully handcrafted accessories made from European-sourced high-quality leather and recycled fabric. Simple. Beautiful. Coveted.

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and now for some other snaps…

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Kika NY have a website with loads more info + how to order.
If you do, I’ll be jealous. Just sayin’.

Get yourself to the Williamsburg Flea.
You’ve got some time to plan your trip. The market reopens on 8 April, 2012.

Nadia Ackerman is about to go global.
Her album, The Oceanmaster, is scheduled to be released early next year
by Spectra Records. Woohoo.

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