This weekend we shot our latest collection of bags for winter 2011-12 on the rooftop of my studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. A former shipyard, it is such an incredible place to work and one of the best kept secrets of NYC. Just across the East River from Manhattan, it has one of the most beautiful views of the city and it is an industrial wonderland full of so much history. Old dilapidated buildings with just the frames remaining next to green businesses run out of huge loft spaces, it is a thriving urban industrial park with big plans for the future.  New York state is putting so much work into reviving the yard and turning it into the sustainable manufacturing center of NYC.

I highly recommend visiting Bldg 92, the brand new museum dedicated to the BNY’s history. I stopped by this weekend and it gave me a renewed appreciation for where I work.

Photos by Edward Cotton.

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