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November 30, 2009

STYLISH ECO-FASHION DESIGNER SETS UP SHOP IN CHELSEA, NYC, DEC. 10-23

Filed under: Business,Events,Features,Troy NY — duncan @ 6:43 pm

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Contact:  Kathleen Tesnakis,  518-274-0813

STYLISH ECO-FASHION DESIGNER SETS UP SHOP IN CHELSEA, NYC, DEC. 10-23
‘e ko logic makes ‘green’ apparel worn around the world

MANHATTAN (Nov. 30) –  ‘e ko logic, the designer of ‘green’ clothing worn around the world, will showcase its high-style, eco-friendly apparel at the Chelsea Market from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23, during the JINGLE holiday pop-up store.

“We were making fashionable ‘green’ clothing before ‘green’ was in fashion,” said designer Kathleen Tesnakis, who founded ‘e ko logic in 1996.

‘e ko logic is a husband-and-wife team, based in Troy, N.Y., that uses recycled cashmere and post-consumer fabric to create one-of-a-kind hats, scarves and sweaters for men and women. They also make cashmere dresses and skirts.

Every item made by ‘e ko logic is unique because of the way Tesnakis gathers and assembles her materials. After hunting down discarded cashmere sweaters and other fabric treasures, she dismantles each article of clothing while taking the time to recognize its individual character and beauty. Finally, she transforms the material by joining it with other pieces to give an old garment a new life and purpose.

“There’s a little magic and a lot of love in each piece we construct,” Tesnakis said. “We can’t request our palette. We use what we find.”

‘e ko logic clothing is sought-after by the environmentally conscious and fashion conscious alike, from New York to Japan. Even a few celebrities, like Lee Ranaldo, of the iconic rock band Sonic Youth, are sporting ‘e ko logic apparel.

Accessories by ‘e ko logic cost between $72 to $120, while clothing prices range from $242 to $570.

Most of ‘e ko logic’s wholesale business comes from New York City, which is why the company relocated from Portland, Ore. to upstate New York in 2002.  They are now housed in a century-old building that was originally used to recycle left-over textile scraps from the Troy shirt collar and cuff industry. To date, ‘e ko logic has recycled more than seven tons of post-consumer clothing.

New Yorkers can purchase ‘e ko logic clothing at Cog & Pearl in Brooklyn, and Arleen Bowman in Manhattan. Accessories by ‘e ko logic are available at the Museum of Art & Design in Manhattan.

This December, ‘e ko logic will join several independent designers who will be selling clothing, jewelry, stationery, and art made from recycled products during the Chelsea Market JINGLE holiday pop up  store.

Chelsea Market is located at 75 9th Avenue (Between 15th and 16th Streets). JINGLE’s grand opening is Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.  The event continues through Dec. 23. Hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“We like to think of the Jingle as Brigadoon in Manhattan. It’s a special place that only appears once per year, full of creative energy and talented artists,” Tesnakis said. “Most people don’t know where their clothing was manufactured. Buying directly from the designer is a meaningful way to shop for clothes.”

For information, visit: http://www.ekologic.com .

For images and an ‘e ko logic logo, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/ekologic.html

Contact Kathleen Tesnakis at 518-274-0813 or 518-867-1864 (mobile).

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November 24, 2009

TROY DESIGNER MAKES RECYCLED CLOTHING WORN AROUND THE WORLD

Filed under: Business,Events,Features,News,Troy NY — duncan @ 1:30 am

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Contact: Kathleen Tesnakis, 518-274-0813

‘E KO LOGIC TO HOST GREEN FASHION OPEN STUDIO IN TROY, DEC. 6
Troy Designer Was Making Green Fashion Before Green Was Fashionable

TROY, N.Y. (Nov. 24, 2009) — ‘e ko logic, the designer of high fashion recycled cashmere clothing, will host an open studio during Troy’s Victorian Stroll, this Dec. 6, from noon to 5 p.m.

“We love inviting people into our beautiful space in Troy so they can meet us and see how our clothing is made,” said Kathleen Tesnakis, ‘e ko logic founder and designer. “Most people don’t know where their clothing was manufactured. Buying directly from the designer is a meaningful way to shop for clothes.”

‘e ko logic is a husband-and-wife team that uses recycled cashmere and post-consumer fabric to create one-of-a-kind hats, scarves and sweaters for men and women. They also make cashmere dresses and skirts.

e ko logic apparelEvery item made by ‘e ko logic is unique because of the way Tesnakis gathers her materials and assembles them. First, she hunts for discarded cashmere sweaters and other clothing treasures. Next, she dismantles each piece of clothing, taking time to recognize its character and individual beauty. Finally, she transforms the material by joining it with other pieces to give an old garment a new life and purpose.

“There is a little magic and a lot of love in each piece we construct,” Tesnakis said. “We can’t request our palette. We use what we find.”

‘e ko logic clothing is sold around the world, from New York to Japan, and is sought-after by the eco-conscious and fashion-conscious alike. Even a few celebrities are sporting the Made-in-Troy clothing. Lee Ranaldo, of the iconic rock band Sonic Youth, was recently photographed for the national music magazine “Blurt” wearing apparel by ‘e ko logic.

Not every piece of ‘e ko logic clothing makes it into the limelight, but many items continue to have adventures of their own. One ‘e ko logic hat traveled the world on the head of a monk, and two hats met while stationed in Antarctica. Just recently, Tesnakis  received a call from a woman who wanted to replace an ‘e ko logic hat that had been stolen off her husband’s head by an owl.

“Somewhere in Washington State there is an owl with a very comfortable cashmere nest,” Tesnakis said.  “I’m glad our clothing was recycled.”

At ‘e ko logic, recycling extends beyond the clothing. The century-old building where ‘e ko logic is headquartered, at 444 River Street, was originally used to recycle left-over textile scraps from the Troy collar and cuff industry, turning “batts” and “shoddys” into things like pillows.

“A hundred years later, we’re still doing the same thing in this building,” Tesnakis said. “We were making fashionable ‘green’ clothing before ‘green’ was in fashion. And we’re proud to be located in a city that was known for making clothes and reusing textiles.”

After the Victorian Stroll in Troy, ‘e ko logic will be selling a special line of apparel at the Chelsea Market JINGLE in Manhattan, from Dec. 10 to Dec. 23. But visitors at their Troy Open Studio will have a sneak preview and the chance to buy those items before their New York City debut.

‘e ko logic accessories cost from $72 to $120. Clothing ranges in price from $242 to $570. Credit cards are accepted at the studio and online.

“My motto for this year has been: be revolutionary, act intentionally,” Tesnakis said. “When people support creative businesses like ‘e ko logic, they are empowering themselves. Because we have the ability to enrich our community by making conscious choices about where we shop.”

For information, visit: http://www.ekologic.com . For high resolution publicity images, visit: http://duncancrary.com/clients/ekologic.html

Contact Kathleen Tesnakis at 518-274-0813.

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November 23, 2009

CHELSEA MARKET JINGLE HOLIDAY POP-UP STORE, DEC. 10-23

Filed under: Business,Events,Features — duncan @ 1:00 am

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Contact Info: Jill Schwartz, 413-644-9994

CHELSEA MARKET GOES JINGLE AGAIN W/HOLIDAY POP-UP STORE, DEC. 10-23
Shopping extravaganza decks the halls of Chelsea Market with art & industry

MANHATTAN — (Nov. 23, 2009) — Chelsea Market will be serving more than fabulous food this holiday season. Beginning Dec. 10, and continuing until Dec. 23, the market will host “JINGLE” a Holiday pop-up store now in its third year.

JINGLE is a shopping extravaganza featuring a collective of independent designers, selling their wares directly, and various performance art and video designed to tickle the imagination.

Items at the JINGLE will include nostalgic, vintage groove jewelry and home accessories, green products recycled from cashmere and felted wool (both edgy and high style), candles, fine handmade contemporary porcelain, natural skincare, wall art constructed from recycled spice tins, fine stationery and curiosities, quirky and fun knitted wire sculpture, playful letters and words in metal, retro kitchen fashion, handcrafted leather goods, kitsch stocking stuffers, and a bounty of other beautifully designed products for body and home and for just about everyone and everything.

The shopping festival is a natural extension of the playful architecture that characterizes the retail level of Chelsea Market, and its visiting designers will pick up where the hall leaves off.

“Our edgy, yet arty take on gift giving promises to put excitement into your holiday shopping,” said festival creator Jill Schwartz. “This is the perfect setting for us as ‘Art Meets Industry’ in our store, and Chelsea Market’s unique spirit reinforces our vision.”

JINGLE’s grand opening is Dec. 10 at 4 p.m.  The event continues through Dec. 23. Hours are Monday through Friday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About the vendors:

ELEMENTS/JILL SCHWARTZ: Tickle your fancy side with the preciousness of Jill Schwartz’s elements… Incredible vintage groove assemblage work expressed in artware jewelry, heirloom albums, picture frames, and more.

‘E KO LOGIC: Where “Green” meets Couture. Clothing and accessories hand constructed in New York by recycling post-consumer cashmere sweaters.

THE MACBETH COLLECTION:
A home & accessories line that marries functional home storage and organization with high-design.

MOTEL DELUXE: Purveyors of fine stationery, journals, photo albums, and a wide variety of great gift items.

GAUGE: Cool and clean metal letters and words, precious one-of-a-kind metal snowflakes, and other unique metal products, all handmade in Brooklyn.

JILLERY BY JILL FAGIN: A line of jewelry, Judaica, and home accessories, handcrafted in New York City from recycled aluminum.

PRIMITIVE TWIG: Wall art figures from recycled material and vintage parts.

YEEHAW INDUSTRIES: Original products from fine woodblock prints to hand-printed letterpress stationery.

REBEL DESIGNS: Hip and chic jewelry and leather goods, offering style and sophistication to fashionistas all over the world.

MARY JAEGER: Designs sculpted and dyed, women’s and interior accessories focusing on hand-made details and a sensitive use of color, pattern and texture.

ELIZABETH GILLETT: Unique scarves, cozy sweaters and special evening cover-ups that are feminine and fun!

KITSCH*N GLAM: With a wink and a nod to ’50s design, Kitsch*n Glam’s colorful line of lifestyle products are fashionable, flirtatious accents to express personal style.

AUSTRALIAN SCENT: 100 percent natural, hypoallergenic skin care. Nothing compares.

AYALA JEWELRY: Ayala Naphtali’s jewelry incorporates sterling silver with recycled coconut shell and semiprecious stones. Her modern and elegant adornments are earthy and beautifully textured.

REINA MIA BRILL: Adorable Quirky Knitted wire sculptures.

KLEIN REID: Fine handmade porcelain.

BLUE Q: Kitsch objects and other awesome & artful curiosities.

PUTAMAYO WORLD MUSIC: CDS offering Afro pop, folk, Celtic, world beat artists, and holiday music for both children and adults.

AND MORE…

For links to the websites of JINGLE vendors, visit: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jingle/207568156718

For information and images, contact Jill Schwartz at 646-872-0626.

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