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Williamsburg Brooklyn Weekend Roundup (Sept. 23 – 25)

From Clam Bake Soirees to Feasts for Bacon Lover, we have rounded up some of the best activties in Williamsburg this weekend.

Inspired by a fictional Southern town, Belle Shoals brings the soul of the South to Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Centered around its prized Wurlitzer jukebox, the vibe and ambiance is set by a specially curated collection of blues and soul 45’s. The tunes are paired with yet another masterful cocktail menu from Beverage Director Pamela Wiznitzer (Seamstress) and a menu of Southern comfort food.

Belle Shoals’ Clam Bake Ticket includes: Admission to Clambake at Belle Shoals on Saturday September 24, 2016 | Clambake platter with seafood, fresh biscuits, signature slaw, & potato salad. | 2 Drink tickets for cocktails from the garden menu or canned beers and Live music performance by Alarke (electronic wondercore/danceable gypsy jazz).

Date: Sept. 24th, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Location: Belle Shoals | 10 Hope St, Brooklyn, NY  | 718-218-6027
Cost: $30
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This year’s edition of VICE Magazine’s Photo Issue 2016 is filled with photos of Israeli female soldiersmembers of the National Women’s Soccer League, and the the town of Vallejo, the former capital of California, and so much more, from a veritable horde of incredible female photographers. As VICE’s photo editor, Elizabeth Renstrom, puts it in her introduction, “There is no such thing as an impatient photographer. Photography requires more than DMV-style endurance.” Indicative of a measured style and a willingness to wait around for photo development, the 186-page issue is coming to a quasi-gallery setting this weekend. The VICE magazine 2016 photo show arrives in Brooklyn for a proper showcase September 24th at Industria Super Studios.

Date: Sept. 24th, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: INDUSTRIA SUPERSTUDIOS: 39 S. 5th St., Brooklyn, NY

The Big Great Bacon Picnic returns to Williamsburg this weekend with over 100 chefs, restaurants, food trucks, brew masters, distillers, and culinary experts from all over NYC shower you with an unlimited supply of inspired bite-sized bacon dishes and the best in craft beers and spirits at this indoor/outdoor gourmet celebration of the most amazing food item ever created – bacon! 

Date: Saturday, September 24th (Brunch Session) 12:00pm – 2:30pm | Saturday, September 24th (Happy Hour Session) 5:30pm – 8:00pm | Sunday, September 25th
(Brunch Session) 1:00pm – 3:30pm
Location: The Old Pfizer Factory – 630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY
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Playa to the Pool at the new William Vale Hotel

While discovering Brooklyn’s newest oasis, Patzo will transport you back to the Black Rock Desert.

On Saturday, September 10, spend your day floating between two visions of paradise: a desert retreat inspired by Burning Man and Brooklyn’s most luxurious watering hole, the pool at The William Vale.

On the playa, indulge in a day of wellness followed by a night of celebration, including Yoga, Soundbath, Meditation, Drums, Massage, Healing, Giant Mirror Globe and Playa DJs.

By the pool, explore an aquatic sanctuary in the heart of Williamsburg, featuring Custom Cocktails, Poolside Snacks, Jewelry, Fashion, Body Painting, Floating Mirror Globes and Poolside DJs.

Join Patzo at The William Vale for a truly unique decompression party.

Partners & Performers:

Heart Beat Movement

The Heart Beat Movement combines live drumming with elements of yoga and meditation to make for a tribal experience, linking us to the steadiness of our own beating heart while also connecting us to one another.

Rockstar Shaman

Changes are occurring, I know you feel them! So welcome yourself to the ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE hour. In order to bring forth what we want in life we must get clear on our intention and then allow new space for it to arrive! This Rockstar Shaman session asks that you come with your intention set! What are you ready for in life? You’ll step into this magical land that supports you on entering into “your new” and minute by minute, we will activate your goal more and more with the most powerful & fun energy methods & techniques. Including dancing it all alive! Let this be the birthplace of your dream becoming a reality.


For the past 3 years Nash’s music and events came second to completing a Masters in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. Now that he is done, the word on the street is that he is coming back… strong!

Miss Behavior Music

Jamie started DJing while working in finance, as a way to experiment combining a variety of sounds and genres that could be used to enhance thoughts, behaviors and overall performance in everyday life. Not only does her taste and love for music bring her frequently to the dance floor, but also she frequently works with brands to strategically curate music for specific events and other various uses. Bottom line, Jamie believes music is one of the most powerful energy sources, and the right music creates powerful results and optimal outcomes. This is at the forefront of Jamie’s work and mission in the music world…and the best is yet to come!

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WHEN: Sat, Sep 10th, 12PM – 10 PM
WHERE: The William Vale. 110 North 13th Street, Brooklyn, NY

BEHIND BESPOKE: Boris Mateev of Kabo Leather

Last year he was the winner of the Independent Handbag Designer of the Year Award. Today Boris Mateev of Kabo Leather is a fashion editorial favorite giving new life and fresh vision to handbag design. In honor of this year’s September New York Fashion Week season, Mateev will be unveiling exclusive pieces from his new collection and giving a candid interview revealing his secrets to success and why he’s next up to become an industry leader.

Rsvp here


WHERE: Brooklyn Shoe Space – 224 Roebling Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 – View Map

Amarcord Vintage’s Owner on Leaving Soho and Setting Sights on Williamsburg

And another Soho store bites the dust. After 10 years, vintagemainstay Amarcord Vintage Fashion will shutter its Lafayette Street location, owner Patti Bordoni announced via email today, due to Soho’s ever-increasing rents.

“We’re not the only ones succumbing to what’s going on in Soho,” Bordoni told Racked Monday afternoon. “These beautiful stores just have to give up because of the crazy rent these people are asking. New York is becoming less intriguing and interesting…all of the cool, little stores are closing. It’s a pity.”

Luckily for Bordoni, she sees a little bit of Soho’s magic in Williamsburg, where she already has an existing outpost on Bedford Avenue. That location has closed its doors as of yesterday so that the space can be majorly overhauled. “The neighborhood has changed a lot, [and] I think the crowd is ready for higher-end vintage. We’ll mix the high-end merchandise that used to sell in Soho with the best of the funky, eclectic collection that Williamsburg offered.”

So you can expect a mashup of European designers the store has always focused on, now just integrated with the Americans designers that will go with its aesthetic. “Gucci, Versace, Prada, Missoni, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, and other not-so-popular designers like Max Mara, Ferragamo…” Bordoni rattled off brands shoppers can expect to find littered among the racks of eclectic pieces that aren’t necessarily from a major fashion house but still in style and inspirational (and less expensive, too).

“In a few blocks’ radius from our store, you have beautiful stores like Ralph Lauren, J.Crew, Sabon, Levi’s, Dr. Marten’s, Bird, and the anxiously awaited Apple Store, Whole Foods and Barneys’ Co-Op,” she said. “That’s why we are focusing on enhancing our presence there. Williamsburg is the new Soho.”

Bordoni sympathizes with store owners looking to build a business without a budget. “Real estate is making it really hard for up-and-comings or startups to find a location. Whatever’s affordable [in terms of rent], then you might not have the traffic, or you might not have the right exposure. It’s really hard to find a neighborhood now where you can start and thrive.”

Amarcord will remain open on Lafayette Street until mid-April, and when the Williamsburg store re-opens right around the same time, it will be with a completely fresh, never-before-seen collection. As for a moving sale of any sort, stay tuned — Bordoni hasn’t decided quite yet, but we’re crossing our fingers.


The Williamsburg Jeweler Marketing Natural Diamonds to Alt Brides

In a place like Williamsburg, the “alt bride” is perhaps more mainstream than the traditional one—she gets her dress at Stone Fox Bride or Mociun White instead of Kleinfeld and trades the Plaza Hotel for the Music Hall of Williamsburg. So then it makes sense that the Japanese-born jeweler Yasuko Azuma, who specializes in natural diamonds and delicate hammering techniques uncommon to traditional engagement rings, has managed to find a comfortable nook in the neighborhood.

Located on Wythe Avenue, Azuma’s studio-slash-store (it’s only open for shoppers on weekends) is full of these unique types of stones. “They’re very popular right now,” she explained to Racked on a recent visit. “A lot of people find the natural and uniqueness more valuable. 99% of people still select a white stone, but the other one percent is looking for something different.”

We spoke to Azuma on her move to the neighborhood (she owned a studio in Manhattan for a few years before setting up shop in Williamsburg five years ago), the Japanese jewelry techniques she learned at FIT, and how her grandmother’s garden back home in Sapporo influences each design.

“My studio was in Manhattan for a couple of years, and then we found this space five years ago. We had a door, so we opened a shop in this area for Saturdays and Sundays. On weekdays, we are very busy for wholesale business, so we’re only open two days a week.”

“My mother gave me a big sapphire ring and said, ‘Design it for yourself.’ And so I made one ring. This was my first design. It was much bigger than these stones, but I cut out the shapes like this to make it unique.”

“When I went to FIT, I learned more Japanese techniques from my professor. In seven years, I learned how to make texture on the metal using a hammer. Usually it’s used for bowls, not for jewelry, but I thought this would be very unique and different. This is a very simple necklace, but it has texture, so it’s more delicate. I actually make the hammer. Most of my pieces have this hammer technique. It’s very dangerous, because I have to set the stone.”

“The texture is very special—it’s called diamond dust texture. It’s important in my hometown of Sapporo. The temperature is very low and freezes the moisture in the air so that the ice, it sparkles. My design comes from my memories in Japan.”

“My grandmother is always there,” Azuma says of her influences. “She loves beautiful things—she has a beautiful garden. She loves roses. My mother also has a Japanese garden, and it has lanterns and cut-out work, and also stone steps.”

“This piece is Japanese-garden based. The design comes from my mother. It’s for my mother’s everyday jewelry—of course, she has gorgeous rings, but for everyday life, she needs something that’s simple, but different.”

“This is tourmaline. A lot of people have stopped using this stone because it’s very rare—it’s named after a small town in Brazil. But recently, it was found in Mozambique, Africa, because millions of years ago the continents were together. Copper plays a big role in the stone. It’s naturally kind of pink and dull, but with copper in it, it makes it more vivid. This is all we have left, because everything’s been sold. It’s a very unique bluish greenish color.”

“I like yellow gold, and sometimes platinum. I think yellow gold makes the stone more beautiful.”

“This is a natural black diamond. They’re very popular right now.”

“We call this antique rose, because of the color. It’s brown, but with pink in it. Natural diamond doesn’t show vivid color—it’s very subtle—but the luster is so nice. The harder the mineral is, when it’s polished, the better the luster.”

“I always see stones and say, ‘What should I do?’ And then I think, ‘Well, it should be shinier here or there.’ And it should be simple.”

“My jewelry is a little darker, so I use the candles for color in the space.”

“I always see some kind of small universe in each stone.”