Set in the picturesque neighborhood of Fort Greene, Brooklyn, Thistle & Clover has established itself as one of the must visit women's boutiques in the area. It's clear upon entering the white walled, slightly below ground level store that founders Camilla Gale and Rand Niederhoffer have maintained a clear aesthetic and brand vision for their store over the past four years. Controlled, unique designs that are made with love rule the racks at Thistle & Clover and for this reason, their recent partnership with the commission based jewelry and accessories duo Of A Kind makes all the more sense.
Last night, we attended the opening of said collaborative pop-up store and were highly impressed with the selection of one of a kind pieces on display (not to mention the amazing cup cakes courtesy of Bee's Knees Baking Co.) Ranging from a hombre dyed yarn necklace by Yarbie to oversized polka dot scarves by the Shipley & Halmos team, all of the pieces were curated collaboratively with Gale, Niederhoffer and the Of A Kind team, Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo. Ranging from $50 to $300, the pieces are available in store now. And when you pop in, be sure to check out the limited edition cookbook in which the girls asked their designers to submit their favorite recipes.
We had a chat to Camilla Gale about the story behind the collaboration and her top picks from the collection. See the interview and photos from last night below.
Interview and photography by Brett Bevege
How did the collaboration with Of A Kind come about and what is your history with the girls behind it?
We always look to collaborate with like-minded, local businesses; Of a Kind is a perfect fit for us. Since opening in 2008, we've strived to promote emerging talent from the NYC area. Of a Kind uses their online platform to do the same. Naturally, we had a lot of crossover in terms of the designers we represent.
Tell us about some of your favorite pieces in this collection.
The Of a Kind Designer Showcase at T&C features the work of 7 independent accessories designers including DLC, Shipley & Halmos, and Highlow Jewelry. I'm personally crushing on Yarbie's woolen Red Crested Trio Bangle for $75 and Erin Considine's Madder & Logwood Arrow Necklace for $105. Definitely need those in my wardrobe! Our store manager Maayan wrote a blog post for the store on Collina Strada back when she first started here, so she was really excited to see their Tryst bag in person.
What role did yourself and Rand play in the design process with Of A Kind and the designers for this collection?
We really let Of a Kind curate the showcase, specifying only that we wanted it to concentrate on accessories. I think it turned out really beautifully!