Our Products will be at Better Than Jam Governors Island Summer Pop-Up!

Better than Jam Governors Island


Celebrating it’s 5th year, Better Than Jam pop up has a new location on Governors Island!

WHEN: 11am-4pm Saturday and Sundays
11am-5pm Friday and Mondays
May 23rd-September 27th

WHERE: 410A in Colonels Row on Governors Island

WEBSITE: www.betterthanjamnyc.com/governorsisland

For the 5th year, the Bushwick Brooklyn boutique, Better Than Jam, will be hosting a collective of local designers at its summer location on Governors Island. The Brooklyn shop of all locally handmade products will be taking the ferry ride over, and bringing with it the creations of New York’s most talented designers, artists and crafters. From May 23rd through September 27th, house 410A (the first brownstone in Colonel’s Row, on the north side of the island), will be filled with the work of talented people, who have created some amazing and original products. Catch some of them select Saturdays 2-4pm, demonstrating their skills, during a free workshop!

“So excited for the big move,” says Karin Persan, owner of Better Than Jam. “The last two years, and our first, were in Nolan Park. We’re happy to have this new location to transform. We have a lot of new local designers participating this year too. Can’t wait to see their creations, mixing with this historic site, and the beauty of Governors Island.”

For example, Vanessa Lee of ResetReality, will be illustrating a series of bird postcards, specific to the species found on Governor’s Island. Brianna Paquette of Ministry of Cultures plans on making Governors Island themed D.I.Y. sewing kits. Bugged Out will be printing t-shirts, totes, and onesies with an original “I Gov NY” image. And both Quick Brown Fox Letterpress and Black Lamb BK have designs in the works for Governors Island greeting cards, prints, and posters.
In coming to Governors Island, Better Than Jam hopes to create context around artisanal processes and inspiration. Better Than Jam’s gift shop will complement and add to the Island’s growing popularity, allowing visitors to take home a tangible memento from their Governors Island visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted nearby with the island in mind.

About Better Than Jam
Established 2010 in Bushwick Brooklyn, a neighborhood rich in history and brimming with an artistic community, Better Than Jam showcases a variety of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artwork created by some of NYC’s most talented artists and craftspeople. It brings to the forefront local accomplished designers that make 100% handmade and high quality items at a fair price.

Short History of Governors Island
The Native Americans of the Manhattan region referred to the island as Pagganck (“Nut Island”) after the Island’s plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees. In June of 1637 it was purchased by the Dutch and was called Noten Eylan . In 1664, the English captured New York, and took the island, however, the island switched hands between the British and the Dutch over the next 10 years until the British regained exclusive control of the island for the “benefit and accommodation of His Majesty’s Governors,” and officially it became Governors Island in 1784. Defensive works were raised on the island in 1776 by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, and fired upon British ships before falling into enemy hands. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post. From 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. On January 19, 2001, 22 acres of the Island was proclaimed a National Monument, and in 2003, the remaining 150 acres of the island was transferred to the State of New York for a nominal fee of $1.

A Sneak Peek…We’ve set up Shop!

Naturally Susan's Retail Shop

Naturally Susan’s Retail Shop

We’ve set up shop in Brooklyn, New York! It’s our next step as we continue to grow our business and we’re so excited! There’s still a mighty road ahead and we are grateful for NS Fans, new and old, who continue to support us. We had a soft launch this past weekend as we organized and fine-tuned our venue. Just a short hop on the L train to Bedford Avenue, our shop is conveniently located and you can come replenish your favorite skin care products and get some special gifts that were all featured on NY1. And, you’ll be able to place orders for shipment!

Naturally Susan’s Shop Details:

70 North 7th Street

Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11249

Open Saturdays & Sundays (10:00am to 7:00pm)

Come by and mention code “Be Kind to Your Body” to receive a special discount during the month of March! This special offer is valid at our retail shop only. We look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers! Susan

1st Midnight Wednesday Event with Ame Ame, Emily Kammeyer Accessories, and Naturally Susan’s Bath and Beauty

As published on The Tear-N Tan Files

So did you get your shop on last night?  Last night’s 1st Annual Midnight Wednesday event around the East Village included 10% discounts on participating shops in the area.  There were plenty of boutiques open til midnight for your spending pleasure and hopefully you were able to help out these small businesses by finding some unique gifts for the holiday season.

I’m still thinking about that winged migration necklace at Pink Olive and that brown vintage bag at Dusty Buttons.  Hmmmm…

Well, after spending some time on 9th Street, checking out the various shops, it was off to Ame Ame for their event.  Located on 9th Street, between 1st and 2nd Ave, the shop was bustling with music provided by DJ Miami Slice, fashion, and lots of candy.



Participating at the Ame Ame store was Naturally Susan’s bath and beauty products.  For the lady (or man) in your life who love to feel pampered, these natural and organic soaps, scrubs, skin care products were a big hit.  All of the products are handcrafted by Susan herself, so you know exactly what is going into the products.


And if you’re not sure what to buy, there’s a mini sampler package including various soaps, scrubs, and masks for just $20.  These last a long time too, as you only needed to use a little bit to get great coverage.



If accessories and jewelry are more your thing, Emily Kammeyer was there to help you out.  Her line of head pieces have been featured from various online shopping sites to blogs and fashion magazines.

Want something simple?  You’ll like her wrap bracelets with tassels.  These pieces look great with any outfit, including that sequined tuxedo jacket you know you’ll be wearing on New Year’s Eve.



And if you’re into the statement necklace, there are some great selections to choose from.




You can also get something simple for your hair like these playful clips:





Ladies of the night, Ame Ame’s Teresa Soroka, Designer Emily Kammeyer,  Naturally Susan’s Susan Ng


Was a great night to spend money, and support the local shops.  And since it ended at midnight, you still had plenty of time to go to a bar for a nightcap.


Me?  I ended my night prepping for winter, in a new pair of rainboots.



The Designers at The Fashion Center’s Emerging Designers Trunk Show

The Designers at The Fashion Center’s Emerging Designers Trunk Show

The designers at our Emerging Designers Trunk Show March 7, 2012

From Left:

* Liz (www.EtcModernVintage.com)
* Susan (www.NaturallySusans.com)
* Ryan (www.FashionCenter.com)
* Emily (www.EKammeyer.com)
* Rachel (www.NonaERose.com)

Photo courtesy of Liz Teich and The Fashion Center

NY Magazine, the Cut: Tomorrow’s Events & Sales: 80 Percent Off at Roberta Freymann; 15 Percent Off at Kartell

As published on NYMag.com ‘s fashion blog, the Cut


• Check out a roster of new design talent at the Emerging Designers Trunk Show, hosted by the Fashion Center Business Improvement District. Bring gently used clothing and accessories to donate to Bottomless Closet and receive 10 percent off your purchases. 209 W. 38th St., nr. Third Ave., second fl.; 6–9.

• Menswear from Bonobos is marked down at Clothingline, with pants for $50 (originally $88-$195), shirts for $35 (originally $80-$108), and polos for $25 (originally $55-$68). 261 W. 36th St., nr. Seventh Ave., second fl; W-Th (11-7), F (11-6).

• Ready-to-wear clothes and accessories are up to 80 percent off at Roberta Freymann’s annual sample sale. Block-printed merchandise for men, women, and children, and home from the Roberta Roller Rabbit lifestyle brand are discounted as well. The Berry long dress is $50 (originally $145), the Santa Fe bib necklace is $50 (originally $250), and the 26-inch Elsa pillow is $30 (originally $75). 260 Fifth Ave., nr. 28th St.; W–F (11–6), S (11–3).

• All furniture and accessories are 15 percent off at Kartell39 Greene St., nr. Grand St.; 212-966-6665.

• Take 70 percent off handmade jewelry at Scosha in-store and online. 64 Grand St., at Wythe Ave., Williamsburg (718-387-4618); T-Sa (noon-6), Su (noon-5); scosha.com. Through 3/11.

• Stop by Katherine Hooker’s first-ever New York pop-up shop for the debut of her spring-summer 2012 RTW dress-jacket line. Pieces will be available in U.S. sizes four through twelve. 102 Thompson St., nr Prince St.; M-F (11-8), Sa-Su (10-7); through 3/11.

• Get 60 percent off items from brands including Charlotte Ronson, Erickson Beamon, Catherine Deane, Issa London, Imitation of Christ, and more — plus free cocktails every evening from 5 to 7 p.m. — at Showroom Seven’s spring sample sale. 263 Eleventh Ave., nr. 27th St.; M-F (10-7), through 3/16.

• Select furniture, rugs, lights, linens, and accessories are up to 75 percent off at the ABC Carpet & Home Bronx warehouse sale. Get up to 80 percent off Calvin Klein Home pieces, 50 percent off Theodore Alexander, and 40 percent off John Reeves. 1055 Bronx River Ave., nr. Watson Ave., the Bronx, (646-217-0431); M–F (10–7), S (9–7), Su (10–6). Through 3/18.

Daily News Events: Emerging Designers Spring Trunk Show

As published in nydailynews.com
Emerging Designers Spring Trunk Show
Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 7:00p
Fashion Center BID New York, NY


The Fashion Center Business Improvement District (FCBID) hosts a trunk show featuring spring collections by emerging designers local to the New York City’s iconic Fashion District. The sale will feature designs by Nona E. Rose (designer Rachel Sax), E. Kammeyer (designer Emily Kammeyer), Etc. Modern Vintage Jewelry (designers Liza & Kim Teich) and Naturally Susan’s (designer Susan Ng). Snacks and refreshments will be served.