shopping 10.21.14

Foxy & Winston
Every Person in New York

Red Hook is one of the city's most atmospheric neighborhoods, where geography has long been destiny. It was a busy port for freight but in recent decades its isolation (no nearby subways) and crime rate made it an undesirable place to live. In 1988, LIFE magazine named it one of the worst neighborhoods in the nation, calling it the country's crack capital. Charming.

In recent years, spurred in general by Brooklyn's renaissance as well as the 2008 opening of an IKEA there, Red Hook has been energized (in its hardscrabble, idiosyncratic way). Knocked back on its heels by Hurricane Sandy, it continues to rebuild.

Foxy & Winston, 392 Van Brunt St. [Dikeman/Coffey] 718.928.4855, brings a warm swath to the neighborhood. British-born illustrator Jane Buck creates whimsical depictions of brightly-colored animals letterpressed onto greeting cards, printed onto pillows, dresses, napkins, bags, plus toys and baby items. In the mix are candles, jewelry and adorable stuffed animals by Dorthe Mailil of Maileg, including a baby mouse in a cozy matchbox.

There's a studio and print shop behind the store where Ms. Buck uses recycled paper and nontoxic pigments in her creations. She also does custom work.

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Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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