a tour of new york.

Per usual, the past few weeks have been a blur of Indie Craft Parade applications, jurying and email writing. But in the middle of it all, I took a super fun trip with these two.

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We planned a girl’s weekend to New York, centered around visiting the mothership of modern craft: Renegade Craft Fair. You can see a full recap at the Indie Craft Parade blog, but here are a few of my personal favorites from the trip.

The shops we visited were particularly inspiring. I’ve always been a fan of businesses who do one thing well, and I saw that in NY like I’ve never seen it before. We found a giant store full of just zippers and buttons. Several selling ribbons and trims. A restaurant that only serves pie. We visited Best Made, Tattly, Etsy and Purl Soho, all companies I have long admired.

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Pie for breakfast is the right thing to do when on vacation.

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The zipper shop was truly unbelievable.

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We purchased a few fabrics at Mood to make things with.

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The best noodles I’ve ever tasted, at Momofuku.

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Best Made Axes, just a tiny part of their beautiful product line.

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Purl SoHo, maybe the most impactful stop of my trip. I left this place ready to make things.

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We took a detour across town for these waffles, and it was most definitely worth it.

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Artist tents as far as the eye could see, and then some.

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Met the lovely folks at Kollabora who helped us make a few things on the spot.

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Had a little photobooth fun.

The purpose of the trip was inspiration, specifically from Renegade Craft and how it applies to our own Indie Craft Parade, but the inspiration I took home came from so many places. I found the restaurants and the food, the shops and The Highline all so inspiring. It was a fantastic trip!

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Finding some quiet on The Highline, a project I first heard about when it was just a concept.