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Soluna Soluna is a design studio focused on accessories and founded by two sisters. Lillian and Helen create pieces that are simple and bold at the same time, inspired by a love of typography and geometric shapes.

The sisters are quite different. Lillian focuses on design and likes her K-pop, while business-oriented Helen prefers peace and quiet. They complement each other and come together in the creative process, drawing inspiration from shared memories and their NYC upbringing.

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Their current collection features pendants, earrings, cufflinks and notecards. Lillian and Helen tell us more about themselves, the Soluna Soluna story, and their plans for the next few months.

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A little trivia about yourselves

– Born & raised:
NYC
– Cups of coffee a day:
Lillian: 4-5
Helen: 1
– Currently reading:
L: The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
H: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
by Marie Kondo
– Currently listening to:
L: K-pop music
H: Likes her peace and quiet
– Favorite pizza place:
Unanimous: Inatteso Pizzabar Casano
– Hidden talent:
L: So organized that she can’t find what she puts away
H: So not organized but can always find what she never put away
– If I didn’t do what I do, I would be a…
L: Psychologist
H: News Anchor

What inspired you to start your business?
After spending time in Hong Kong and Seoul, Lillian returned to New York City to pursue a graphic design degree, where she fell in love with a way of thinking and a way of being. As a designer who spent hours in front of the computer, Lillian searched for outlets to work on more tactile things.

In 2007, she took her first jewelry class, where she was introduced to the technique of ring formation and an appreciation for an art form that dates back to ancient Egypt. She took her love of typography and geometric forms and started applying this to jewelry making. Lillian was hooked and she invited her sister, Helen, to join her on this adventure, which they lovingly call Soluna Soluna.

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What is the production process like, from concept to finished product?
Each piece in our collections has its origin from a memory in our upbringing or a place we have visited. We believe that the magic is found in the everyday and from looking at the world through the lens that our parents raised us in, specifically a world based in a grittier New York City influenced by both the American and Chinese cultures and values. Most importantly we create base on ourselves as the starting point by focusing on what we may not be able to find immediately available to us.

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We tend to use different techniques to bring our sketches to life, but focus on casting, laser-cutting and silkscreening to produce our jewelry and line of jewelry and type inspired tee-shirts. Each piece of jewelry is hand finished by us, where one or both of us have polished, soldered and packaged each piece to send it on to another admirer and wearer. We take pride in being able to personally say hello to the customer.

What are you planning for the next few months?
We would love to turn their attention to some custom work after some recent requests for rings and the extension of the area code collection, along with extending the designs for our line of “on-the-go” tee-shirts. Most importantly though, we want to continue to daydream, play and make the things we love for ourselves and others.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started?
A making space is really important. Ideas can be forgotten or not realized without giving oneself the room to go to to sketch and make things. As Soluna Soluna has grown, so has our tools, materials and ideas. Creativity and ideas come along when we can look at our work-in-progress. After several years of creating our collections on our living room coffee table and commuting to another studio to produce certain pieces, we realized that to be productive we need to designate a making space in our apartment to be the most productive.

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Taking breaks are important. Spending time with people important to us is crucial. We create when we are at a good place in life whether mentally, spiritually or emotionally. Ideas do not appear without us living our lives and having new experiences. Good design come from living our lives to the fullest and creating those memories that can fuel our design.

Finally, reach out to the world beyond what or who you know. We grow because we are interacting with others in our community regularly, and interesting adventures and ideas evolve this way. We definitely cannot design in a vacuum, so in order not to do so, we definitely go seek our own adventures.

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Cheers to Soluna Soluna! You can shop the full collection at solunasoluna.com. Don’t miss Lillian and Helen in person at our upcoming Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar on Nov 28 & 29.

We can’t wait for the weather to get warmer so we can rock one of these gorgeous bracelets by mimimimosa:

Collins 4 geometric bracelet on Brooklyn Makers

Sixty 6 bracelet | mimimimosa on Brooklyn Makers

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We’re swooning over this new line of statement geometric accessories. Inspired by 50s and 70s prints, the collection plays with the juxtaposition of soft and solid materials, lustrous and matte finishes. The result is creative, unexpected bold pieces that go with everything, making a statement without being overpowering. We love the contrasts in this Ottagono Demi necklace – cool and warm colors, sleek and sharp acrylic and rustic suede.

Ottagono Demi in Teal | mimimimosa on Brooklyn Makers

Designer Emy Gargiulo finishes each piece by hand in her Gowanus studio. Emy grew up in Italy and moved to New York after receiving a Master in Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. These stunning, bold yet sleek pieces could only be the work of an Italian architect.

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Find yours at mimimimosa collection.

We came across Rock That Gem on instagram a few months ago and we were instantly drawn by the bright colors and clean lines of their gorgeous jewelry. As you can tell from their name, natural stones are the centerpiece of their designs. These understated necklaces, rings and earrings will give a major style boost to any outfit.

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Park Slope based designer Molly Clarke has been working with gems for a long time. You could say she’s kind of a gem wizard. A graduate gemologist from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), she spent five of her nine years in the jewelry industry as a gemstone grader and buyer. “Searching through parcels of gems, I would seek out only the loveliest stones to be used in jewelry — the ones with proportions that showcased the color and beauty of each gem in the best possible way. This awareness for detail and love for gems has lead to Rock That Gem, a line of gemstone jewelry where the beauty of the stone is the focus.

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Because of their nature, each Rock That Gem piece is unique. At $50-$120, they’re a fairly affordable gift idea for someone you love – which of course can be yourself.

You can check out their stunning gemstone jewelry in person at Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar on December 14th. Shop online at the Rock That Gem etsy shop.

We are swooning over every single piece in this new accessories collection by Jen Cogliantry Handmade. Gorgeous meets unique and cozy and WANT!

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Jen Cogliantry Handmade

About a year ago, Jen took a sewing class with our friend and fashion designer Jamie Lau at the Textile Arts Center. The class sparked Jen’s interest in textiles and creating something physical, outside of the digital world she normally works in as an art director.

Shortly after the sewing class, she came across a traditional manual weaving tool and started tinkering with it. She started creating knotted pieces, inspired by her childhood sailing days in Lake Erie (OH), and experimenting with different yarns that she sourced around the city. Her first collection is refreshingly unique.

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You will find Jen Cogliantry at our upcoming Brooklyn Holiday Bazaar. You can also shop online at jencogliantry-handmade.com

Some of you already know I juggle Brooklyn Makers with the design shops I run with my husband, mimoYmima and Condensed. The mimoYmima team is responsible for our branding and awesome site, and I’m so pumped to share with you our new project together: a line of limited-edition tees for men, women and kids, with a new design to be released every quarter. The first design is finally here –

The scene is like out of a Brooklyn-themed children’s book. We worked Pete’s Print Shop in Williamsburg to make the tees a reality – they were so nice to let us snoop around during production to watch the magic happen:

Each shirt took three layers of water-based ink for the white of the moon to really shine through. Then they went through several rounds of drying. These little labors of love are now hot off the press!

UPDATE: The Brooklyn Water Tower T-shirts for kids & grown-ups are no longer available online. If you’re interested in ordering, please contact us.

We are so SO excited to bring new styles from Umsteigen. We love their hand-drawn designs, always inspired by nature and every day objects. The tees are incredibly lightweight and soft, thanks to a sustainable blend of bamboo and organic cotton. What’s not to love?

Rainforest t-shirt by Umsteigen

Rainforest Bamboo & Organic Cotton T-shirt by Umsteigen

Rainforest T-shirt by Umsteigen

Nautical Knots T-shirt by Umsteigen

Nautical Knots T-shirt by Umsteigen

Nautical Knots T-shirt by Umsteigen

Bird Block T-shirt by Umsteigen

Bird Block T-shirt by Umsteigen

Bird Block T-shirt by Umsteigen

Head over to I Love Umsteigen for more styles!