shopping 08.12.15

Better than Jam

Karin Persan started her Better than Jam 123 Knickerbocker Ave. [Thames/ Flushing] 631.377.2500, line of clothing in 2007. She silk screens her textiles by hand and then transforms them into sweet dresses and scarves, though you can buy just the BTJ fabric, too.

Three years later she opened a shop that features her designs and a wide array of handmade goods from local artisans.

Other clothing designers include Ministry of Culture and Melissa Bell. There is jewelry by Hand of Fatima, striking pieces from Lingua Nigra, Faune Yerby collages bath and Romi Ceramics.

"I was tired of hauling my work around with me to sell at fairs and indie markets," says Ms. Piersan. "While selling my things, I met an amazing bunch of artists and designers who hand-made their own work as well, and really wanted the store to be a showcase of their talents, along with my own. I love all the work I carry, because it is so personal and heartfelt."

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