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Stories by katie nave-freeman

Inside Job

Visit the Modular Brooklyn Shop That’s as Clever as the Clothes Inside It

Inside Job BY katie nave-freeman 06/15/2017
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When Szeki Chan set out to renovate her 7115 by Szeki shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (she also has one in downtown Manhattan), she didn't just settle for a fresh paint job. In a quest to bring warmth, functionality, and versatility to the narrow, super-high-ceilinged space, Szeki harnessed the same unconventional-design superpowers that fuel her convertible, crazy-adaptable cocoon dresses and origami-inspired shifts. Welcome to the super-thoughtful serenity that is Szeki. READ MORE
Grown-Ass Dressing

How to Stop Being Intimidated by Hats

Grown-Ass Dressing BY katie nave-freeman 10/25/2017
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It takes a certain level of confidence to breeze out of the house in a statement hat, but it's something that Jovana Djuric, who hand-felts her own fedoras and cloches when she's not carving out crazy-cool statement earrings and necklaces, is so very comfortable with. "Growing up in Serbia, I always found hats to be deeply mysterious and elegant. For me, they stand for romance, storytelling, and adventure," she explains. You want in on that? She's here to help you get your head in the game. READ MORE
Get Outta Town

How to Catch Waves—From a Couple Who's Surfed Japan, Hawaii, and New York

Get Outta Town BY katie nave-freeman 11/01/2017
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Whether you live in a place with surfable beaches (lucky you) or are just finally (finally!) taking a vacation somewhere rash-guard-worthy, you're gonna be impressed with - and inspired by - the husband-and-wife duo behind 8.6.4, Tats and Ena Otake, former Hawaii residents who hit the Long Island waves multiple mornings a week. Yep: before work. Here's how they got hooked - blame them when you're waking up before the sun to hit the water. READ MORE
Hone Your Craft

How to Tailor Vintage Clothing—and Teach Yourself to Sew in the Process

Hone Your Craft BY katie nave-freeman 03/15/2017
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Didn't have crafty mom who taught you how to work a bobbin winder? That's cool, neither did Lindsey Reif - but that didn't stop her from teaching herself how to get busy with a Singer. She got her start rejiggering vintage pieces and eventually got good enough to start patterning the cropped turtlenecks, strappy dresses, and high-waisted pants that make up her line, Reifhaus. Here's how to follow her lead and get in the sew. READ MORE

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