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Key To The City

Key to the City

Explore China’s Porcelain Capital with Two Brooklyn Ceramicists

Key to the City BY olivia martin 11/14/2017
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Jingdezhen, a city in northeastern China, has been famous for its porcelain vessels for nearly 2,000 years, making it the place for all things pottery. So, when ceramicists and besties Jazmin de la Guardia and Sierra Yip-Bannicq of the Brooklyn-based line Franca wanted to take their skills to the next level, they booked it straight there. The duo found the city so inspiring that now they head back for a few weeks every year to collaborate with master artisans (and to eat some seriously spicy noodles). As Jazmin says, "The entire city revolves around the different stages of handmade porcelain production. It is like a small town that happens to have over one million inhabitants - which, for China, is considered small!" Get Jazmin's scoop on their favorite places to get their hands in some clay and to throw down with the locals. READ MORE
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How to Make the Most of a Trip to New Mexico

Key to the City BY courtney conway 10/27/2017
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Waxing enthusiastic about New Mexico's wonders is second nature to Nicole Rottler - her childhood summers spent in the tiny town of Cloudcroft still shape the bolo-tie-esque leather chokers and teeny, rock-like gold pendants she makes for her line Niett Metals from her studio in Mississippi. Here, where she hangs in Santa Fe, along with the day trips she takes whenever she finds herself back in the land of enchantment (and chilis!). READ MORE
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8 Spots That Make Havana Really Magical

Key to the City BY olivia martin 10/19/2017
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Every year, crazy-busy Brooklyn clothing designer (and mom of three) Christine Alcalay makes time for two vacations: one for rest and relaxation and one for discovery. While working on a Cuba-inspired collection for her supremely smart (and a little bit glam) clothing line, Christine decided it was high time to explore the country firsthand. As she puts it, "I wanted to walk the streets of Havana and immerse myself in the music, beauty, and love of a place that seemed untouchable." Wanna get a little bit closer? Read on. [Ed note: Christine was able to visit Cuba earlier this year before Hurricane Irma devastated certain areas and policies made traveling there from the U.S. more difficult. Our aim: to learn more about the place and culture and to encourage continued support of hurricane victims.] READ MORE
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One New Yorker on the Fine Art of Museum-Going (with Snacks!)

Key to the City BY aleksa brown 10/12/2017
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As a resident of New York's Upper West Side, Ariana Boussard-Reifel is pretty museum rich. "I'm within walking distance to dozens of world-class institutions," says the jewelry collector-turned-designer. She knows her way around the best in the area - big and small - and, despite her spoils, is even willing to borough-hop to get her fix (especially when promised a good tequila drink). READ MORE
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Exactly What to Do When You Land In Berlin

Key to the City BY marly fink 09/29/2017
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For three years before launching her line of richly patterned textiles, Kristine Salviejo ditched NYC - where she was born and raised - and hightailed it to Berlin. And, though she's been back in her home city for a couple of years, she's never not thinking about the German capital's draw. "I think people never know what to expect," she explains. "They think about the dark parts of the history and about going clubbing, and then they see the art, design, film, and scientific innovation. Out of confusion, they come back for more to try to understand the city - that's Berlin." READ MORE

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