What inspired you to open the store?
I had been working for high end clothing designers for the past 13 years - doing mostly design, production and operations. I really thought it was time to do my own thing! It was a combination of wanting to work for myself (I don't do well with authority - ha!) and the freedom to be more creative.
How did you come up with the shop name?
Line & Label came from me wanting to design a "Line" of my own for the shop as well as carrying other designers or "Labels".
What are your favorite pieces to make?
I love the process of making dreamcatchers. There's not a right or wrong way to make them - it's just what ever feels right, and I like that. But my true love is making leather handbags. I am really a pretty practical person - and I love that I can make something that I think is so simple and beautiful and useful all at the same time.
What would your ideal "day off" be like?
My ideal day off would start with not setting my alarm (but I'd still be up by 8 I'm sure!) - and having it be a day off for my husband too. We'd grab brunch at Enid's or Cafe Mogador and ride our bikes over the Pulaski Bridge to PS1. Then go have a glass of wine or a beer somewhere and talk about what we liked and didn't like.
Favorite date spot?
I'm easily entertained and like going on a date (almost) anywhere! But a favorite of mine would starting with a cocktail at Hotel Delmano and then crossing the street for dinner at Miranda's. This is an old standby for us - and I think sentimental too. We've spent many birthdays and anniversaries there!
What songs are you listening to right now?
Oh god. I feel like this is the most loaded question. I listen to Pandora at work and shuffle between The Kinks and The Clash stations. Right now it's The Clash. But yesterday it was a lot of Neil Young on The Kinks station...
What brought you to Greenpoint?
I graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 2000, and knew I had to move to New York to work in Fashion. I'd heard from a friend already living here that Wiliamsburg was the neighborhood to live in. We couldn't afford it and Greenpoint was the next best thing at the time. Now it's obviosly the best and we've lived here ever since!
What is in your bag?
A little bit of everything - I am overly prepared for anything. Including jewelry in case I want to switch it up mid day.
What can you not leave home without?
Sunglasses. If I forgot them at home - I'd buy another pair!