The SHOP: Crafters and Goods
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange is filled with unusual items, each one carefully selected to match our commitment to superior quality, design and materials. Most of our pieces are one-of-a-kind.
Our handcrafted selections include jewelry and personal accessories, table linens and home décor, stationery and holiday items for every season. Our collection of items for baby and child includes handmade christening gowns, hand-knit sweaters, smocked dresses, blankets and quilts, toys and books. We also carry a limited selection of brands we love like Antonia’s Flowers, Jonathan's Spoons, Knudsen's Caramels, Laughing Elephant, LOQI, Milkbarn, Rockflowerpaper, and Winter Water Factory.
Many of the Brooklyn Women's Exchange crafters will custom-make their items to your specifications, so please contact us if you see something you like.
The Brooklyn Women’s Exchange is proud to sell the work of more than 250 American craftspeople, some of which is showcased here.
Marissa Alperin | Brooklyn, New York
Jewelry designer Marissa Alperin, whose beautiful necklaces and earrings are a long time favorite of our customers, says, "from as far back as I can remember, I was always making things and working with my hands." After college and a few years working as a translator for National Geographic TV, Marissa enrolled in The Jewelry Design Program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), completed her associate degree in 2003 and set out to find a studio/shop to begin her jewelry business. Born in the Cobble Hill section of Brooklyn, New York, Marissa lives on the same block where she was raised, now with her husband and three children. We carry a variety of Marissa's delicate and colorful earrings and necklaces.
Marcia Anderson | North Andover, Massachusetts
Beautiful, smocked cotton dresses are the handwork of Marcia Anderson, one of our treasured crafters for more than 15 years. Smocking is a type of decorative needlework used for holding gathers in place. One of the few peasant handcrafts of England, it is still carried on after hundreds of years. Marcia uses a manual “pleating machine” to evenly pleat and ready the fabric for the design. She feeds the fabric with one hand while cranking it with the other. The result is a unique, comfortable, heirloom-quality dress that will hold up to wearing and washing for years to come.
Jewelry by Anna Harper | Brooklyn, New York
Anna loves creating jewelry that has simple elegance to it and reflects the natural world. Her shop is green and sociably responsible, from start to finish. All of her stones are responsibly resourced. Anna designs her pieces with the environment in mind, using recycled metals, and then recycles the scrap metal. She believes in slow production and creating a higher quality product. Her techniques are based on old world metalsmithing techniques instead of modern mass production. Anna's designs are heirloom quality, meant to last.
Maryna Yatsenko | Brooklyn, New York
From the moment Maryna picked up a pair of knitting needles, she was enchanted by the unlimited possibilities to transform yarn into a fashionable and unique cloth. Her gorgeous hats and scarves for children and adults have been in great demand at the Brooklyn Women's Exchange since she first walked through our door. She uses a wide variety of yarns from mohair and alpaca to cotton and acrylic in every color imaginable. Maryna's style is constantly evolving and her work shows it.
Ed Ratajczak | Pennsylvania
Ed started making silverware jewelry in 1988 as a hobby. The silverware he uses is double or triple-plated, making it both sturdy and lustrous. Ed cuts, bends, solders, and polishes his pieces, recycling a flea-market find into beautiful bracelets, rings, and other useful objects. Spoon rings originated in 17th century England and were originally used as wedding rings. Servants at the at the time could not afford to have wedding rings made of precious metals so they would take a piece of silverware from the manor house and have it turned into a wedding ring. The manner in which Ed makes spoon rings is almost identical to the way they were made three hundred years ago in 17th century England.
Dick Sharp’s practice of wood scrolling began when he received his grandfather’s antique scrolling saw at the age of 9. What began as hobbywork cut from wooden milk crates he collected for free at the local A&P has become a source of delight and inspiration for adults and children alike. Dick’s favorite clients are his grandchildren, for whom he has crafted so many toys that his five-year-old granddaughter once asked him, “Are you Santa Claus?
Maria Testa | Ayr, Massachusetts
No woman's wardrobe is complete without a handmade scarf. Maria Testa is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. She received her degree in fine arts from the Massachusetts College of Art. She hand dyes silk and velvet to create scarves in shades and hues that are not commonly found in mass-produced accessories. Many of her beautiful handcrafted scarves, designed in a variety of textures and fabrics, are one of a kind. Maria has been one of our most popular consignors for over ten years.
Bob Kaplan | Brooklyn, New York
A woodworker and woodturner for more than 25 years, Bob never knows what will be revealed when he positions a piece of wood on the lathe. Maybe a bowl, maybe a vase, maybe a simple birdhouse, but always an object that exposes the intrinsic beauty of the wood’s unique form and grain. Some of his favorite pieces are the most organic - made from burls or roots or with a natural edge, an exposed seam or a crack.
When Bob first started wood turning, he used a small, homemade lathe. Now his tools range from a monster 650 pounds to one small and portable enough to use in demonstrations. Bob is a proud member of the American Association of Woodturners and a longtime favorite of the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange.