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July 31 2014

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Bodkin Plus Bird: A Green Holiday

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From now until New Year’s, beloved Brooklyn retailer Bird will give holiday shoppers a preview of its third store, soon to open in Williamsburg. The Grand Street space will be the borough’s first silver-rated LEED-certified commercial renovation. In layman’s terms: Bird proprietor Jennifer Mankins has gone green, and much of the merch at the pop-up reflects that verdant choice. Among the limited-edition organic pieces by Steven Alan and animal-friendly accessories by Stella McCartney are several pieces from Brooklyn’s own Bodkin, the label designed by former Nylon editor Eviana Hartman with the help of Samantha Pleet. “Our friend Audrey Reynolds has been dyeing stuff for us in small batches,” explains Hartman of the eco-chic Bodkin product at Bird, which includes tie-dye dresses and bags. “Her ingredient list is insane,” adds Hartman. “To make the grey dye, she’s using sumac leaves, iris root, and boiled carob.” (No one said sustainability would be easy.) The Bodkin bags have been keeping Reynolds plenty busy. Though the Stormy tote (pictured here) started exclusively at Bird, due to popular demand, it will soon be available at L.A.’s TenOverSix and Chicago’s Hejfina boutiques.

Photo: Jacqueline Dimilia

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