• Karen Seiger

Whimsy and Surprises Around Every Corner at Jingle – A Holiday Pop Up

Jingle – A Holiday Pop Up is now open in Chelsea Market through Sunday, December 28, 2014, one of the few holiday markets that is open beyond Christmas Eve.

We went on Opening Day, and the sense of whimsy and fun is ever present in the pop-up’s 8th year. That day, the talented Heather Fisch and her ethereal dancers performing among the shoppers. And each of the vendors has created a unique boutique to display jewelry, home goods, fair trade artisan crafts, clothing and accessories for women and men, and countless fabulous gift items.

Grey 56 Leather makes luxurious and stylish bags and accessories for men who value handcrafted quality. Co-owner Marcilio showed me an elegant weekend bag made from Burberry tweed. It is a delicious, classic design, fully lined, with fine leather shoulder straps and accents affixed with brass rivets. Their cuffs, wraparound bracelets and dogtag necklaces for men are sharp, edgy and sexy.

Grey 56 Burberry Tweed Weekender Bag and Men’s Leather Accessories

Grey 56 Brown Leather Rivet Cuff

Red Bridge Studio brings hand-printed fabrics to Jingle. Based in Brooklyn, Red Bridge Owner Tyshawn Henry uses the fabric she designs to create stylish scarves, shirts and bags with a modern, organic aesthetic. I love her throw pillows for a fresh, almost Scandinavian accent on a sofa or chair.

Red Bridge Studio – Hand Printed Pillows, Scarves and Bags

Red Bridge Studio’s Handprinted Bag

Bamboula Ltd. supports artisans in Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, and Haiti as well, by purchasing their expertly made handicrafts for a fair price and then bringing them the US for us to enjoy. Bamboula founder Jasperdeen Kobes is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who understands the value of these handmade pieces and also the importance of conducting fair and ethical trade with the people who make them.

Bamboula Ltd. brings beautiful artisan crafts from Africa and Haiti, like these sweet beaded animal figures

Bamboula’s Wooden Serving Set

Elements / Jill Schwartz Inc. is the host of the Jingle Holiday Market. Jill’s jewelry designs can be found in Anthropologie and other boutiques across the country. Her work is finely detailed, with a wonderful sense of nostalgia and femininity. You’ll love the variety of styles and the unique elements in each piece (hence the name of Jill’s company). Her displays are intriguing too, with more treasures around every corner.

Elements / Jill Schwartz Elegantly Whimsical Jewelry Designs at Jingle

Elements / Jill Schwartz Jewelry and a Pearl Pin Tree

Gauge NYC ‘s decorative words and letters are inspiring all year long. Artist Paul Smotry’s inspiration is “that place in between art and industry.” I believe that means that he works with metals to make pieces of art that are beautiful, fun and accessible. Read his walls of cursive word art and make your own inspirational phrase. You can spell out your own initials or meaningful words with his individual block letters. I gave newlywed friends their initials as wedding gift. People stop me in the streets every time I wear my LOVE earrings from Gauge NYC.

Gauge NYC bends metal wire into inspiring words

Gauge NYC’s Handmade Block Letters

There are many more artisans with exciting and enticing gifts at Jingle. And if you’re ready to buy something for yourself after Christmas, don’t forget to pop by this brilliant pop up through Sunday, December 28th!

Ethereal Heather Fisch performers at Jingle A Holiday Pop Up in Chelsea Market

~Karen Seiger, Markets of New York City

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