BK-NY-USA: Made in America blog

Welcome to Brooklyn, Tourists! 
So you're packing to come to New York's Big Apple! 
Welcome, tourists! Good choice.  and just in time  for the July 4th celebration! If you're planning to do ANYTHING make sure to get to Brooklyn! 
Because if you didn't know let me tell you a secret....

If you plan to doing any shopping and  want quality made merchandise,  original works, if you want to support grass roots entrepreneurs  and get a real souvenir of New York that wasn't made in well overseas you have to come to BROOKLYN! 
As  matter of fact there are ALOT small businesses that have always produced in Brooklyn and the good old USA. More secrets? 
Every year for last 43 years this community of designers and small businesses pop-up and showcase some of the best talent in Brooklyn! And YOU can meet up with this awesome group that manufacture products in Brooklyn and America at the 43rd annual International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park. It all starts on July 3rd and runs through July 6th,  rain or shine ( be prepared! it will rain)  

Shop to til you you drop at the African martketplace for Apparel, jewelry, home décor, fabrics, natural hair products, bath & body products, fine arts, hand crafts and stationery; including today's hottest fashion trend -African inspired design!

The festival has family entertainment, great music and (pause...) THE FOOD! You get to try anything from good southern home cooking to spicy Caribbean flavors including vegetarian dishes! And make sure you pick up a  few bean pies while you are there. 

Get to Brooklyn for to the event of the summer!  

Go to www.bknyusa.com and find information on the designers of this festival, scroll down the homepage click the icons to see our designers that will be exhibiting there.  

This year shuttle vans will be available at key locations in Brooklyn to transport visitors to the park. Schedule coming soon! Check back a few days before the festival. 

If you're a retail buyer or gift shop owner make yours a working vacation for a few hours and make connections with suppliers of Brooklyn made and AMerican Made merchandise! Please register your business.  

Go to the events page for the map and directions to the park!
Have a safe trip to the states. I'll see you at the BK-NY-USA booth! 

Coming to America? Tourist, get thee to Brooklyn! 
When planning your overseas vacation be sure to include at least a couple of days to visit Brooklyn, the best destination for tourists in the world!.
You’ll feel right at home with the largest cultural diversity of people.

If you’re looking for a souvenir actually made in America you’ll be in the right place.Brooklyn has a tons of talented designers and small businesses the manufacture throughout the borough and beyond.

Meet this grass roots community at the special event of the summer at the 41st International African Arts Festival in Commodore Barry Park July 3rd – July 6,  2014. One stop shopping! Find everything from clothing to home decor products; bath and body care and natural hair products. Plus activities for the kids; great food and music, too!

Go to www.bknyusa.com/events for more information and a map.

Made right here!

Made in America: the rebuilding of a Nation!

Welcome to my first installment of Made in America: the rebuilding of a Nation! This blog recognizes the contributions of the African heritage community of America that has consistently supported local labor forces all over America!

 While the country is in the midst of a backlash from consumers committed to purchasing products manufactured in America, many black owned businesses have always produced merchandise in their neighborhoods or local vicinity.

We did not have the resources for the large required productions. We made to order or produced in quantities of dozens to hundreds at a time. We may purchase some items from the Caribbean or Africa or other parts of the Diaspora, but the final product was cut, sewn, beaded, nailed, bonded or sculptured on the soil of the United States of America! It was made here!

The Launch!
This year I am proud to launch an exciting initiative!

BK-NY-USA: Made right here!

BK-NY-USA will identify designers and small businesses that make products in Brooklyn, NYState and other parts of the United States. The program will make its debut at the 40th Anniversary of the International African Arts Festival at Commodore Barry Park in Brooklyn, NY starting Friday, July 1 through Monday, July  4th , 2011. The outdoor event is a HUGE tourist attraction during the Independence Day holiday.

 There will be scores of booths filled with beautiful unique products made by talented and creative persons. Many of the products reflect the art and culture of the African heritage.

 Perfect combination! The fashion rage is all things African inspired! What better place to find the best in the culture and art than to come to people who have been creating great design all this time!

What’s new!

The general public is invited to “shop till they drop” the “made in America” brand at this colorful event that includes entertainment and fashion shows.

 Invitations will be extended to retail stores to meet these talented businesses and shop for merchandise for their clientele. 

This wholesale marketing campaign will match small biz to small biz at a grass-roots level! Gift shops, “Mom & Pops”, upscale boutiques buyers looking for great designs, culturally themed items and made in American find everything that they need at the International African Arts Festival!

Categories include at this time: Apparel, jewelry, handcrafts, home textiles and furnishings, stationery, bath& body/ aromatherapy and fine arts.

If you need to be “green” you’ll find recycled and reworked products; If you desire to financial contribute to an African collective you will not have to go far- just come shop at the International African Arts Festival!*

Buyers can register for free. Visit www.BK-NY-USA.com to register and for more information. Also contact BKNYUSA@yahoo.com

The carbon footprints are disappearing as we ship via UPS!

*Note: there are vendors from other countries with imported products. The consumer has the choice where she will shop and who she will support!