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November 30, 2014 - Comments Off on Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event @ Series by Young & Able

Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event @ Series by Young & Able


Join us for a holiday style event and trunk show at Young & Able Series! Try on and shop for holiday dresses by Nicole Lenzen and jewelry by Abby Carnevale. Meet the designers to learn more about their collections, and be there by 7pm for a special holiday styling talk from fashion blogger and personal stylist Sara Jessica Berman. Please be sure to RSVP in our form below.

Interested in receiving personalized style advice? Let us know in your RSVP comments, and the first three to reply will get personalized suggestions from Sara during the event.

In addition to items to spice up your holiday (and everyday) wardrobe, Series has a wide collection of fantastic gift options from local and international designers. All items in the store will be 10% off exclusively during the event. We'll also have drinks from Maven Cocktails, and snacks to satisfy post-work peckishness.

Nicole Lenzen
Abby Carnevale Jewelry
Stylist Sara Jessica Berman

Tuesday, December 9th
Trunk Show: 6:30-8:30pm
Stylist Talk/Demo: 7:00-7:30pm

Series by Young & Able
345 Broome St.
New York, NY 10013

Drinks sponsored by Maven Cocktails
Light snacks provided

Press Inquiries: Mindy Raf

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Nicole Lenzen is a Brooklyn-based designer whose collection of dresses, rompers, and separates are inspired by the freedom of movement in swing dancing. As a trained patternmaker with over a decade’s worth of experience in the fashion industry including custom couture work, she is proud to represent a ready-to-wear collection that allows women to—as they do in the energetic Lindy Hop dance—swing out and let go. Mixing sustainably sourced silks with activewear fabrics, Nicole thinks across the size spectrum with an attention to fit that gives the modern, professional woman the freedom to effortlessly move from a quick bike commute to a high profile client pitch. In fact, you might catch Nicole, who practices low-impact living, wearing one of her pieces while biking around NYC.

Abby Carnevale Jewelry is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand, offering an array of designs handcrafted from locally-sourced materials including semi-precious metals and stones along with vintage lace. Inspired by her grandmother’s jewelry collection, Abby’s line translates the classic “Old Hollywood Glamour” style into one with modern flair, making each piece timeless and everlasting, an investment piece to be treasured.

Sara Jessica Berman is an Elite Stylist for Keaton Row. Certified as a Marie Claire Master Stylist in July 2014, Sara's teaching background and penchant for fashion have earned her a loyal client base. She shares her expert styling tips on her blog

Created by Stephenie Harris in 2012, Maven Cocktails is the world’s first ready-to-drink wine cocktail. Bridging the gap between cocktail and wine, Maven is the signature drink that delivers on three fronts—the pedigree of a truly fine wine, consistent drinkability, and a nice cocktail kick. Infused with ultra-premium wine, this vodka-based cocktail has the velvety taste of wine but the high-energy kick of a cocktail.

Series is a month-long collaborative pop-up space supporting designers in an offline setting produced by Young & Able, an alternative multi-brand retail platform devoted to sharing emerging designers and their stories.


November 20, 2014 - Comments Off on Make The Future Now: Get a Peek Into BF+DA’s New Accelerator Space in Brooklyn

Make The Future Now: Get a Peek Into BF+DA’s New Accelerator Space in Brooklyn

NL-BFDA-TableThere's something revolutionary about the new Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator space off of the Flushing G stop in Brooklyn. Maybe it's something about the space itself—seeing as its history is as rich as the work that will surely come of it—mixed with the people and enthusiasm within its walls. The space's opening event on November 11th almost seemed more like a pep rally than anything, with the program's makers and designers proudly displaying the fruits of their labors for passersby.

NL-BFDA-PillowsFirst, let's dig into the people and goals behind the initiative. Picture yourself as a recent college grad with no room for running your own endeavor—or simply throw yourself back to those real-life growing pains you remember like yesterday. In a world that's so focused on being self-made, that is a tough place to be. And as a respected arts and design establishment, Pratt knows this. So, instead of offering job placement advice or leaving grads completely on their own to fend for work, they decided to do something for up-and-coming creators. The Brooklyn Accelerator is a space for creatives to find the resources they need to make their ideas into reality, whether that's a desk to work on or a station for 3D printing (you can check out more of the available resources here). One of the most impressive assets was the larger-than-life mechanical loom humming away in one of the side rooms.

While it's easy to walk into a room of makers and quickly recognize what they're doing. But the BF+DA designers are doing much more than simply "making." To be a part of the program, they need to be focused on incorporating sustainable best practices into their work and, straight from the mouth of the program itself, "exploring the relationship of apparel + technology and the future of production."

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November 18, 2014 - Comments Off on Come Check Us Out: Young & Able Series Launch Party

Come Check Us Out: Young & Able Series Launch Party

SeriesLaunchParty_FriendsYou might remember us mentioning a certain online pop-up called Young & Able a couple of weeks back. The site has been up and going strong for a while now, bringing designers of all styles together in one, extremely diverse hub. (Seriously, from specialty lifestyle zines and embossed leather pouches to hardware-inspired jewelry and our very own power pieces, there's something for everyone.)

For one month starting this Friday, November 21st (through December 21st), you can see some of these designs in-person at a pop-up space in Manhattan. Here's a quick refresher for those of you who haven't heard of the Young & Able initiative yet. The project started as a Kickstarter campaign looking to "experiment with the traditional retail model by hosting an innovative 'series' of engaging offline events for individuals to gather, exchange ideas and interact with the participating makers"—the first of these offline events being this week's launch party. Among other Series activities will be workshops, talks, networking events, installations, and trunk shows (Save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event on Dec 9th!). In short, the initiative does a great job embodying what we, and all of the other involved designers, look to share in our work—in their words: "From the beginning, it was about taking our shoppers inside the world of emerging designers and makers by uncovering the unique stories and inspirations behind their creative pursuits." Amen.

Series Promo Card

We'd love to see you at the Series launch party this Friday. Aside from great work from up-and-coming designers, there will also be music from DJ Alix Brown (7pm - 7:30pm) and Marsweather (7:30pm - 10pm), and cocktails (as well as mocktails) courtesy of Iceberg Vodka, The Owl's Brew, Belvoir, and So Delicious. Want to come check it out? Be sure to RSVP with your name and email to

If you can't make it out on Friday night, make sure to save the date for the Nicole Lenzen Holiday Style Event at Series on Tuesday December 9th at 6:30pmmore details TBA. Or check out the space anytime while it's open—until December 21st—at 345 Broome St. New York, NY 10013. The holiday shop is open from 11am to 7pm daily. 

October 29, 2014 - Comments Off on Check Us Out: Bene Rialto Retail Marketplace Opening

Check Us Out: Bene Rialto Retail Marketplace Opening


We may have just announced our involvement in the Young & Able web pop-up (and soon to be physical space), but we've got another announcement for all of you. On a recent and particularly breezy Thursday night, we celebrated the opening of Bene Rialto—a retail marketplace in Manhattan featuring outstanding local, national, and international makers, from apparel to jewelry to handcrafted denim bags.

The marketplace consists of three floors. You can find most of the accessories and paper goods on the first floor, apparel on the second (including a few familiar designs from yours truly!), and art on the third floor. The space will also feature various events and speakers.

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Here's a little background on the space: The space—whose namesake means "good marketplace" in Italian—is the brainchild and work of a former buyer and director from Saks, Caryn Neary, plus a team of other high fashion retail veterans. But the space is much more than a place to find extremely well-made gifts and indulgences. Think of it as an emerging incubator—the vision is to integrate a wholesale showroom, florist space, and eatery into the mix. Nestled right off of one of Midtown's busiest footpaths, this is the perfect place for a more personal shopping experience, past the mega-stores and mass-produced fashions of 5th Avenue.

We'll have much more to announce on this space and what you can expect to see in terms of events and get-togethers, but for now you can visit the space at 13 W. 38th St, New York, New York. And don't forget to come see what we have to offer on the second floor—we're right next to the dressing rooms, near the front windows (replete with a peek at the Empire State Building).


The Nicole Lenzen gals from left to right: Mindy Raf, PR Manager / Nicole Lenzen, Owner and Designer / Erika Owen, Blogger & Social Media Manager; Photo cred: Glen Taylor


Glen Taylor and Nicole Lenzen


 Bene Rialto
13 W. 38th St. (between 5th & 6th Aves)
New York, NY 10018 / 212.246.5984
Mon-Wed 11am-7pm / Thu-Sat 11am-8pm / Sun 12pm-6pm

October 8, 2014 - Comments Off on Check Us Out: Young & Able + A Pop-Up Appearance

Check Us Out: Young & Able + A Pop-Up Appearance


Since the #WashableFashion runway show, we've been busy planning a number of events we're really excited about. While some are still in the works, we're proud to share that we've partnered with the amazing Young & Able to offer a selection of our Eva Collection on their platform.

First, a little more on Young & Able, catered to talented up-and-coming designers. Rosa Ng, founder of Young & Able and a fellow designer, took on the initiative to help creatives like herself share their work with a larger audience. Here's their recent Kickstarter video for more reference:

We of all people know that being able to see and touch a design is important. And while you can hop on our website—or Young & Able's site—at any time of the day and peruse our selection of office (and play) power pieces, we want to make sure you have plenty of opportunities to experience all of the great details we're always telling you about in-person. On that note, we're also excited to spill the news that we'll be sharing a few of our NYC-made designs as a part of the month-long Young & Able pop-up space, Series, starting November 21st. Stay tuned for details of our trunk show scheduled for Tuesday, December 9th!

And, as always, if you can't make it to the Young & Able space, shoot us an email and we'll find a time to get you in some amazing pieces. But until then, make sure to support small businesses and spend some time checking out Young & Able! See you at Series.

September 18, 2014 - Comments Off on In Case You Missed It: Photos and Words from the NYFW #WashableFashion Show

In Case You Missed It: Photos and Words from the NYFW #WashableFashion Show


NYFW seems to be all about the flashing lights and front-row guests—it's hard to imagine actually wearing many of the designs we wait so long in line to see first. But that is part of the beauty of fashion week; trying to garner inspiration from designer details into our own ready-to-wear wardrobes. All that being said, we've always stood firm on our functionality moral—an outfit should move with the person wearing it, not constrict. So, it makes sense that we jumped at the opportunity to be in a fashion show featuring beautiful, quality-made, machine-wash friendly designs. We had a great time showing off our Edie Romper and Elena Dress at the #WashableFashion show during this year's NYFW. The event was put on by Tide, the CFDA, and Fashionista in an effort to promote washable designs and the high quality pieces that are currently available by independent designers. We were one of five designers asked to show in the event.


Among the full house was a particularly special guest—Tracy Reese, a designer who just introduced her first easy wash pieces in her Fall 2014 collection. Nicole was also interviewed on-site, and some of her answers showed up on Fashionista's recap of the event (read the full write-up here).

BaubleBar accessorized the models, pulling everything together with their statement jewelry—we loved the effortless chic of the pieces paired with Edie and Elena.


We didn't take a minute to rest after the show came to an end. We know how it feels to own a design right after it makes an appearance on the runway (and how hard it can be to pull off an entire runway presentation, like we mentioned above). So, on the same day, our campaign with fashion crowd-funding site Before the Label kicked off. Make sure to check out our Edie Romper (and a special price for backers) on the campaign site, so you can be one of those people who pulls of runway looks without coming off too strong.

Keep your eyes peeled for more information on upcoming events where you can see our designs in person. For now, here's some footage from the #WashableFashion show to tide you over:

September 2, 2014 - Comments Off on 7 Rad (Mostly) Women’s Organizations You’ve Got to Know About

7 Rad (Mostly) Women’s Organizations You’ve Got to Know About


Photo: Leorex/Flickr

With the long Labor Day weekend behind us, it's time to buckle down for a while before we get another holiday to celebrate. (But that doesn't mean you can't still give our Labor Day weekend playlist a listen every once in a while.) A quick getaway might have left you feeling refreshed and ready to take on any task that may come your way, but it's only a matter of time before something tries to bring you down. Do yourself a favor and plan something special just for yourself—you know, "you" time can be just as effective as fleeing the city if you do it the right way. And what better way to do that than with a group of women looking for the same thing? The number of possible activities in New York City can be overwhelming, but here are seven (mostly) women's organizations we can't wait to check out:

Techfest Club

This group revolves around their monthly breakfast meet-ups, with a few panel discussions and networking events thrown in between. Created by women in tech for ladies in the industry, these morning chats are focused on delivering a daily dose of inspiration before taking off to work while the evening get-togethers are reserved for getting to know women of similar interests and letting loose with a drink or two. Luckily for interested women outside of the NYC area, you can catch keynote addresses online after the event.

NYC Cyclettes: Babes Who Bike

If you're looking for a group to ride with (at a moderate pace—16-18 mph, the group description states), this is for you. The group rides through some of the city's most scenic spots: Central Park, Prospect Park, and up 9W. Aside from group rides, the organization also hosts classes at local bicycle shops, covering topics like fixing a flat and how to fit yourself for a bike. Check out their upcoming events here.

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August 18, 2014 - Comments Off on A Look Back at the New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt—And Why You Can’t Miss The Next One

A Look Back at the New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt—And Why You Can’t Miss The Next One

transmitter_37Transmitter Building at 500 5th Ave

My love for all things Jazz Age made taking part in the New York Art Deco Scavenger Hunt a no-brainer. I've participated in and enjoyed Open House New York weekend tours, talks, and open studios in the past, and given the opportunity to discover and learn about important NYC historical architectural landmarks, with the option to do so on bike, I couldn't pass it up!

I teamed up with a couple of my favorite art & design exploration buddies (being a cyclist was also a must). My friend Walter who is an architect and fellow swing dancer was immediately game. Glen, the guy who makes the Nicole Lenzen website and brand collateral look amazing, was our team art director, and was the one who discovered the outrageous fashion crime story of the Straw Hat Riot, which became our team name and photo theme.

bryant_park_33 American Radiator Building on Bryant Park

Quick sidetrack, because you've all got to know about the Straw Hat Riot if you don't already. In the early 20th century, there was an unofficial style law created that straw hats could not be worn after September 15th. If you were unfortunate enough to don this fashion faux pas, you were at least looking at being bullied for your mishap. Going even further, it became a tradition for others to knock your straw hat off and stomp it into the ground. Unbelievably, this devolved into a two day riot in New York in 1922, even stopping traffic on the Manhattan Bridge. To save themselves the risk of attack, people promptly made the switch to felt hats when the 15th came around.

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August 10, 2014 - Comments Off on 12 (Mostly) Free Outdoor Events in NYC You Won’t Want to Miss

12 (Mostly) Free Outdoor Events in NYC You Won’t Want to Miss

Photo: Chris Goldberg/Flickr

Photo: Chris Goldberg/Flickr

Summer may soon be sharing its last sunny rays, which is all the more inspiration to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors! Lucky for us, New York City is a fantastic place to do that, considering it's a breeding ground for fantastic (free) events across the city. Whether you're looking to stargaze without leaving the city limits or for an excuse to throw your dancing shoes on, we've scoured the event listings to find the best ways to enjoy the last couple weeks of warm weather.

Peruse the upcoming events that caught our eye below and get moving! You heard us—enjoying a book on your fire escape is great and all, but take some time to enjoy the city while everyone is still happy and bare-shouldered.


Drop the book, ditch the fire escape, and head out to an event! // Photo: Jeffrey Zeldman/Flickr

  • August 12, Sunset Salsa (Meatpacking District): From 6:30-7:15pm every Tuesday night, catch a beginner's Salsa lesson and put your moves to work during the DJ session that follows.
  • August 12, Stargazing on the High Line (Chelsea): The Amateur Astronomers Association pulls out their high-powered telescopes for the public to enjoy every Tuesday night. The viewing takes place between West 13th and West 14th Streets.

Photo: The McGee/Flickr

  • August 16, Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest (Coney Island): Since 1990, sand artists and castle enthusiasts have graced the famous beach with their work. Grab a hot dog and take in the sights—the event is free, but all donations go toward rebuilding the devastation left behind by Hurricane Sandy. Registration is also free, so find some friends and give your sand sculpting skills a go.
  • August 16-17, Jazz Age Lawn Party (Govenor's Island): We shared a bit of know-how on what to wear to the event, so you know this isn't one to miss. Enjoy some era-inspired cocktails, dress to impress, and learn the Charleston. Summer days don't get much better than that.
  • August 18-22, 12th Annual Central Park Conservancy Film Festival (Manhattan): This year, the annual film festival is featuring five films—one each night of the week—that all fit under the theme "Scenes from our City." Catch titles like "The Royal Tenenbaums" and "Rear Window" in the best bit of nature NYC has to offer. Read more

August 4, 2014 - Comments Off on What to Wear to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

What to Wear to the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor’s Island

voon_michelleVintage style mavens Michelle Coursey & Voon Chew on the dance floor - photo by Paul Stein

When it comes to themed summer happenings, the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island is one of my favorites. It takes place over two glorious weekends, with the final 2014 dates coming up August 16-17th. Conceived by the dapper bandleader Michael Arenella, the event is a dreamy escape back in time: 1920's garb, antique gramophones, a vintage motorcar exhibition, pie contests, properly themed cocktail, and—of course—lots of dancing. (You can see the complete "Run of Show" here.) Once you get past the excitement of what the Lawn Party actually is, don’t let the anxiety of coming up with an outfit weigh you down. There is no specific dress code, but everyone is encouraged to channel elegant vintage-inspired attire to contribute to the overall spirit. Here are a few tips for dressing for the occasion, but make sure to buy your tickets first.

miu_miuMiuccia Prada + Catherine Martin costumes for Baz Luhrman's Gatsby

The Dress
The 1920s style brings about visions of fringed shifts and beaded extravagancies. This is the event to pull out your finest and wear it well. For inspiration, the gorgeous costumes created by Miuccia Prada and Catherine Martin for Bahz Luhrman's Gatsby take the cake, and we absolutely love the campaign for Campari starring the lovely actress Eva Green. Try scouring vintage and thrift shops for aged beauties from the era. Or if you're feeling more daytime summery, lightweight feminine cotton dresses can also fit the bill. For previous lawn parties we've worked with clients to revamp their vintage finds: dresses in silk + cotton gingham as well as a pretty floral print.

nicole_lenzen_jazz-ageNicole Lenzen handmade lace & silk headband paired with a vintage dress - photo by Sarah Joj Tester

Mind Your Head
The headpiece played a role as an extension of a hairstyle in the '20s. What that means: Feel free to keep your 'do simple—a few waves and finger curls should do the trick—and compliment it with a flapper-style headband that was popular towards the end of the decade. If you are one of those DIY-inclined ladies, try using a plain headband or scarf and adding your own adornments to match your outfit. Or if you prefer a hat or fascinator, NYC milliner Gretchen Fenston has gorgeous jazz age-inspired creations. Otherwise a floppy woven hat is perfect for a hot summer's day full of drinking and dancing.

jazz_age_feetDancing in Air - photo by istolethetv

Dancing Shoes
This is a given. Whether you decide to go for a more modern look and pair your favorite pair of lace-ups with your get-up or an era-appropriate pair of crescent-tipped heels, make sure you won't end up nursing blisters halfway through the festivities. If it's a pair of '20s inspired shoes you're hunting for, look for a pair that features an ankle or t-strap (great for dancing!); low, chunky heels; or an oxford for a menswear inspired look. Finding a local pair might be the quickest, but Modcloth has a great selection of era-inspired shoes, as well as Remix and American Duchess for quality vintage repro.

gretchen_fenston_Milliner Gretchen Fenston in her own creation - photo by Voon Chew

Feminine Accessories, Bold Lips
A string of pearls can go a long way. Toss a few around your neck or on your wrists for a feminine touch that won't take away from the rest of your outfit. Bonus: Playing up the nude colors of your accessories allows for a bold, red lip—which is always the best way to cap the perfect outfit. Read more