Friday, April 5, 2013

2 Fashion-Forward Events in North Jersey this Weekend

Born Again Vintage “The Collective” Boutique Opens in Montclair, NJ on April 5th
New Boutique To Feature Sustainable Clothing and Indie Designer Apparel and Accessories

New York, NY— March 14, 2013— Author, designer and vintage connoissuer Bridgett Artise has teamed up with New York and New Jersey area independent fashion and accessories designers to create Born Again Vintage “The Collective,” a Montclair, NJ based vintage, recycled clothing and indie designer boutique. Artise, the co-author of the eponymous book “Born Again Vintage: 25 Ways to Deconstruct, Reinvent, and Recycle Your Wardrobe,” (Random House 2008) and designer behind the Born Again Vintage recycled clothing line, has extended her brand to now include a retail shop that will cater to vintage and sustainable goods enthusiasts in the Montclair, NJ area.
Scheduled to open on Friday, April 5th, Born Again Vintage “The Collective” will feature high-end, affordable, one-of-a-kind apparel and accessories brands by area designers. Offering a wide range of new and vintage apparel, the boutique serves as the newest addition to a handful of vintage and sustainable clothing shops in the area.
“Born Again Vintage the brand is known for its unique, exclusive pieces as well as its sustainability,” said Artise.  “ We launched ‘The Collective’ as an innovative and creative space that highlights independent designers, promotes sustainability and a provides an extension of our brand as a retail platform. We are thrilled to be bringing this concept to the Montclair community and look forward to providing a distinctive retail experience to the area.” 
In addition to its standard offerings, customers will have the chance to participate in workshops and seminars given by several of the featured designers, including workshops on teaching customers how to make their own recycled clothing. The store will also offer regular special events, shopping parties and fashion presentations as a means to include the local community in its endeavors.
The store will open with a launch event on Friday, April 5th from 6pm – 9pm,  which will include a fashion presentation featuring designers from “The Collective.” Some of the participating brands/designers include: Clash and Lime, a line dedicated to “clashing everything together with a splash of lime,” as well as BUNNFUNN Collection, which is dedicated to simple, interchangeable vacation-wear pieces, casually-elegant holiday separates  and its signature fleece BUNNFUNN Body Wraps outerwear. Other designers include: Hollywood Foxx Jewelry, Lois Eastlund, Vernakular, D-list, Pomi Power, Butter by Keba, FSL Cosmetics, The Art of Fashion, Tess Home Living, Eldenwa Designs, Banjo and Bone , Beads by Blough, Love Me Like a Rock, Vintage Shaun, Metal Taboo and many more. 
Learn more about Bridgett Artise and Born Again Vintage at

If want to be "in the know" about the most fashion-forward and innovative thing happening in Newark, this is it! Studio58 will premiere this wknd, a live tv studio taping of the best of international fashion/art/music talents who just happen to be from "Brick City" (my hometown). 2 incredible talented fashion designers will be interviewed and showcasing their work, celebrity designer Marco Hall and Tyrone Chablis.
 I'm hosting a designer meet & greet for my own line Jypsea Leathergoods. See you there!

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