Brooklyn-based womenswear designer Christine Alcalay has been sewing since she was four years old. The Vietnam native emigrated to New York City as a toddler, where her mother found work in the city’s garment factories. Her mom — a self-taught tailor, sample-maker, and pattern-maker — often brought extra work home, and so young Christine picked up the tools of the trade as her mother labored away at the family sewing machine. A more formal education came when Alcalay entered Parsons School of Design, where she interned at Christian Lacroix during a year abroad in Paris and earned up the school’s renowned Golden Thimble award. In 2002, Alcalay opened her boutique KIWI in New York City, offering a collection of made-to-measure clothing, eventually expanding to a ready-to-wear line in 2011.
This multi-faceted men’s shop and creative space is located in the historic Third Ward neighborhood of Milwaukee, WI. Fun fact: it is home to the award-winning Third Ward RiverWalk and the Milwaukee Public Market. So, we’ve sold you on the area now hear us out on the boutique. Milworks features a well-curated selection of men’s apparel, footwear, apothecary, books, magazines and every doo-dah in between. Fair warning: this is the kind of place you can’t just leave with one amazing piece but rather five.
Twenty One Tonnes
Twenty One Tonnes is a celebration of traditional craft and global style. Partners Chessa Osburn and Mary Jane Bolton are based in Vancouver, BC. We're drawn to objects that are at once ancient and modern, functional and aesthetic. Our simple collections reflect our love of good design. We strive to do trade in a way that supports tradition and sustainability, which means working with small scale artisans and family businesses to bring you quality hand made products that are made with natural and recycled materials. Collections are therefore limited, and no two products are exactly alike.