my favorite small businesses

by Krystal Bick
April 13, 2020

In need of a little retail therapy pick-me-up?

Me too! Today, I wanted to round up a handful of my go-to small businesses/emerging brands to shop, in hopes you might discover a new favorite or two! Given that the past few weeks have been hard on everyone, especially independent, small brands, now is the time to shop small and local, if you’re able to! And, in the interest of sharing, I’d love it if you left some of your favorite small businesses below in the comments as I’m always on the hunt for new brands.

Fashion

  • Lia Cohen: Think impeccably crafted, timeless heirlooms for the passionate woman. Lia herself is a Guatemalan designer, trained in Europe at a number of different houses in Milan, Paris and New York. I’m wearing her Handsome dress from last year here and it’s one of my favorite spring dresses to date.
  • Dreems: An amazing PR showroom for emerging, up and coming brands (featuring the likes of Richard Quinn and Litkovskaya).
  • Sarah Flint: You all know my love for Sarah Flint runs deep — I’ve accumulated a little collection of her shoes over the years and they’re always on heavy rotation. Classic, timeless and comfortable — my favorite combination!
  • Urlazh: This is a new-to-me brand and I’m so happy I discovered them! Vibrant colors, playful prints and some of the dreamiest spring coats I’ve seen in a while! They’re currently offering 20% off all full-priced merchandise and 50% off all Spring 2019 items, with and a portion of all sales proceeds going toward COVID-19 relief organizations. I have my eye on this little silk coat and this green trench!
  • Designer Revival: One of my favorite vintage haunts here in New York and thankfully for you all, they have an online shop, too! Chanel, YSL, Hermes, you name it, there’s probably a fashionable woman on the Upper East Side who’s consigning it at Designer Revival.
  • Poolside: Perhaps my go-to summer brand for playful wicker and straw bags. You’ve seen me tote their designs MANY times.
  • Parisa Wang: Classic, luxurious bags at an accessible price point — I’ve collected a few favorites from them over the years, but their bracelet bag is always at the top.

  • Audrey Leighton Vintage: Founded by writer/photographer/influencer Audrey Leighton (whose work I’ve admired for years), ALV is an extension of Audrey’s signature timeless vintage style. Think heirloom jewelry pieces and impeccably curated vintage dresses, blazers and tops. Plus, she designs an assortment of tops and dresses as well.
  • Amur: Vivid prints, punchy colors and feminine flair in spades — Amur is a mainstay summer brand for me. The fact that they also happen to be completely sustainable is just the icing on the cake!
  • Sarah Seven: Calling all my brides-to-be, whether you’ve moved the date, changed the venue or perhaps you’re planning a Zoom ceremony for your friends and family to dial in virtually, Sarah Seven is an incredible independent bridal brand, offering a little bit of something for every type of bride — from classic, to edgy to boho.
  • Maison Ullens: A Belgian ready-to-wear brand that offers a range of knits, outwear and dresses made from the finest materials, each one sourced from small, family run factories. I worked with them earlier this year — and this leather dress is an MVP in my closet still. 
  • Amaio: In my dreams, I live in southern Italy, preferably on the coast, hopping back and forth between the beach and my olive oil shop, wearing an assortment of Amaio’s vintage-inspired bathing suits and dresses.
  • Luxe Provence: Hailing from the south of France, Luxe Provence offers limited edition collections working in tandem with artisans and ateliers of the region. Simply put, this brand will transport you to a lavender field in your imagination.
  • Victoria Hayes: I met Victoria a few years ago on a press trip and loved her imaginative and edgy approach to fashion. Think hand-painted prints, colorful silks and ornate embellishments. Definitely statement pieces that you’ll never tire of.
  • PatBo: Another favorite summer-ready brand, PatBo is the brain child of Brazilian designer Patricia Bonaldi, who infuses embroidery, bold prints and playfully feminine silhouettes for an unmistakable summer party look.
  • Eliurpi: These hats are at the TOP of my hat list (and I have a long hat list, trust me!). Based out of Barcelona, all of their hats are both timeless but also statement in the most eye-catching way possible.

Jewelry

Showroad Jewelry: You might say I’m biased because Heather Clark, the force behind Showroad, is my good friend, but I think you’ll agree, once you browse through her fine jewelry collections, her timeless meets inventive modernity approach is truly unique. I’m lucky enough to have several of her pieces, but I’m now eyeing this pair of pearl earrings…

Sweet & Spark: I met Jillian, one of the co-founders of Sweet & Spark, years ago back when I lived in San Francisco still and always loved hearing her stories of estate sale shopping with her parents. It’s this backstory that created a lot of the inventory for Sweet & Spark, which has now grown immensely! You simply must check out her assortment of vintage designer jewelry.

Jenny Walton: I’ve followed illustrator Jenny Walton for quite some time now and have always loved (and identified!) with her vintage approach to style. So when she launched her own assortment of hair pins, earrings and necklaces, I was smitten right away!

Chefanie: I met culinary influencer Stephanie Nass, a few years ago here in New York and fell in love with her classic but playful style instantly — and her jewelry line? An exact extension of that! I have a pair of her swinging farfalle earrings and LOVE them.

Beauty/Wellness

Saie Beauty: Saie has been a big game changer for me in my beauty lineup. Started by good friend Laney Crowell, Saie is all about a clean (yet cool!) approach to beauty and the ingredients used in it. I swear by their Glowy Super Gel and their Dew Balm.

Megababe: Started by another friend of mine, Katie Sturino, who really requires no introduction. She’s an internet powerhouse who’s completely changing the way we think about and approach those beauty taboos that were once hush-hush in the industry, like thigh chafe and boob sweat.

Ilia: Another clean beauty brand that I’m crushing on — I currently use their foundation and concealer and love how buildable the coverage is, while still feeling lightweight and dewy. Their tagline is “skin that looks like skin” which is exactly how I want to feel about my done up face.

New York-based

Artemis: Started by my friend Wendy and her boyfriend Colin, Artemis is a premiere CBD shop here in the heart of the West Village. While they don’t offer an e-commerce shop just yet, they are taking direct orders for drop off and pick up in the New York City area. Simply reach out via Instagram for details!

Madame Mataovu: You all have probably seen me share Rosemary’s shop many times on Insta Stories and for good reason too — she has so many vintage goodies! While she doesn’t offer e-commerce either, I still want to highlight her as a place to check out in New York the second you’re able to do a little vintage shopping. She won’t disappoint you. I’ve gotten some of my favorite dresses, coats, jewelry AND art in her shop. Plus, I love chatting with her. She has so many amazing stories.

Three Lives: My favorite book store in the city! I could spend hours here — and their staff is just so knowledgeable with amazing recommendations. They typically don’t offer online ordering, but they’ve pivoted in recent weeks to allow for shipments!

Phoenix Roze: Also in the West Village, this jewelry brand is both timelessly simple and statement — I’m currently eyeing an initial necklace or one of their Zodiac pieces.

Fairlight NYC: A small, but might vintage boutique, also in the West Village, offering new and vintage pieces. I particularly love their hat assortment and am super tempted to get this guy. Best part? You can shop them online!

Artists

Jamie Beck: Like I mentioned a few weeks ago, I’ve been trying to make a point to support the artists in my life wherever I can and I encourage you all to do the same, if you’re able to! One of my favorite photographers, Jamie of Ann Street Studio has launched daily prints of her Isolation Creation series and they’re just as dreamy as you’d imagine them to be.

Lydia Hudgens: Similarly, my good friend Lydia has launched a collection of her studio prints — with 25% of the proceeds going back toward the models. Each one more powerfully evocative than the last.

Allie Provost: And my other dear friend, Allie, has also launched her print collection — bright poppy colors, vivid line composition and serious wanderlust await you!

Sahba Shere: After posting this image this past weekend, so many of you asked me about the painting behind me in our living room here. I commissioned this piece fro Sahba years ago when I first moved to NYC and LOVE it so much. The emerald color is just so vivid.

OUTFIT DETAILS: Lia Cohen dress (gifted, from last year, similar style here) // Vintage scarf (love this vintage Hermes scarf) // Vintage Chanel earrings

Photos by me, inspired by a 1989 editorial for Vogue Italia, shot by Steven Meisel, featuring Linda Evangelista 

8 thoughts on “my favorite small businesses

  1. Jody Winter says:

    I love Ilia. I use their eyeshadows and lip stains which are perfect for a more natural makeup look. Good on you for promoting smaller businesses.

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