Top of the Shop: Hanky Blanky
This is the tenth installment of our feature called “Top of the Shop”. It’s a biweekly (well, sometimes!) look at a shop in Brooklyn and its 2 top selling items and then our favorite 2 top items. I hope that you see some new shops to visit or old shops that you might have forgotten about. Amazing photographer, Justine Cooper, is in charge of this feature, even though she is mainly known for her family portrait work (See her “Spotted” work for us). I think you will appreciate getting to see Brooklyn stores through her elegant photography. Let us know what you think.
From Justine about her newest find:
I’ve got no issues putting my children in hand me downs but every once in a while I can’t resist buying them something singular. Something I might keep for when my kids have kids. Last winter I bought my youngest a vintage inspired wool bonnet and mittens at a local craft market. Many compliments, and two seasons later, I ran across the maker, Rosi “Rouge” Zingales, again at the Smith Street Fair. Her street boutique, Hanky Blanky, was filled with treasures she had created from her deep collection of vintage patterns, fabrics and of course hankies.
A costume designer by training, Rosi made her first blanket out of hankies for her godchild, and so began what would evolve into her top seller the Animal Wrapper blanket. She explains, “ANIMAL WRAPPER is a version of my best friend’s blanky she had as a baby, handmade by her grandmother! I loved all the animals and their cute stitched faces! I had found another idea to use all my vintage fabrics.”
Hanky Blanky dresses are her other most popular item. Their details are really delightful, a rose or embroidery in key places. Each piece feels unique because of her mix of old and new. The shapes are comfy and easy to wear despite the complexity of their appearance. I especially liked the soft corduroys she used in some of her inter-seasonal pieces.
The roominess of these overalls seemed so much more pleasant and functional than toddler jeggings. If only she made them in adult sizes.
Besides the street fairs you can look at Hanky Blanky’s online shop, but I think the in-person experience is definitely something to seek out and Hanky Blanky will be at a bunch of craft fairs for the holidays.
For the localists there is an added bonus that everything is made here in New York.
This is where you can find Hanky Blanky this winter!
Dec 10th 11 – 5:30pm
Astoria Market’s Columbus Avenue Holiday Pop-Up Market
Church of St Paul the Apostle; 59th St. and Columbus Ave.
Dec 17&18, 12pm-6pm
82 Mercer Street (between Broome and Spring), New York, NY
Justine Cooper, our “Top of the Shop” photographer, loves capturing babies and families so much, she made a career out of it. Originally trained as a photojournalist, she also has a Masters in Fine Art. She splits her time between creating work for galleries and shooting families in the New York area. She lives with her husband and two children in Brooklyn. Her portrait work can be seen at www.justinecooperphotography.com. Justine was voted “Brooklyn’s Best Family Photographer” by Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect.