My kids are 3 and 5, but their baby blankets are still going strong. There are so many things from the baby days that I couldn’t wait to get rid of – the crib, the monstrous jumper, and let’s not even talk about diapers. But baby blankets? They’re awesome. And rhubarb-brooklyn takes the coziness to the next level with their unique line.
Carolyn Braun is the owner and designer behind rhubarb-brooklyn. Their 100% cotton flannel blankets are substantial yet delicate, and the patterns… If there’s one thing I love more than stripes, it’s plaid. Plaid rules! Carolyn tells us the blankets “have a familiar, timeless quality — rustic but modern. It’s classic Americana that speaks to people who like honest clothes. There is a lovely nostalgic feeling that we associate with a favorite, well-worn flannel shirt and we design our products with that feeling in mind.” At $68, these handmade blankets make an awesome, lasting gift.
The company was launched a couple of years ago, after Carolyn had been tooling with the idea for some time. “I’d been making blankets for family and friends, and when people started asking for them, I realized there wasn’t anything quite like these blankets out there, and my little business was born!”
With degrees in Fine Art and Art History, Carolyn is a born creative – and also somebody who cherishes comfort at home: “In my family, coziness is a way of life. And I really love making things for babies because it’s a time when we really celebrate coziness, closeness, comfort and warmth. There’s something so wonderful about seeing a content baby. Every baby deserves to feel the security of being swaddled in a beautiful, super soft cotton flannel blanket. That’s love.”
rhubarb-brooklyn includes a team of local seamstresses that handle all the production. Just as I was daydreaming that these cozy baby blankets would come in my size, Carolyn gave me some exciting news: “In addition to baby blankets, we are expanding our line to include throws, pillows, and unique cowl scarves.” Take a look at this awesome 45×45 throw, $78:
A Park Slope resident, Carolyn is a true Brooklyn Maker: “I really prize products that are simple, well made and beautiful. It’s so exciting to me to be living in a time (and a city!) where people embrace design integrity and unique, local, handmade goods even though most products are now widely available in big box stores. That’s what has made rhubarb-brooklyn so gratifying.”
You will find rhubarb-brooklyn at the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair (June 22 & 23). Carolyn is really looking forward to it: “for people who do what we do, Renegade is a peak experience: you spend an entire weekend meeting your customers, drinking a lot of coffee and soaking up inspiration from other makers. We can’t wait!” You can also find their goods on Etsy.