Dangling Karats

LOVING the jewelry of designer, Arielle Ratner. She lives and works (out of her home studio) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and spends her weekends riding her horse, Tycoon, in the “farm country” of Pennsylvania, where she hails from. She’s completely adorable:
What do you love about Williamsburg?
This neighborhood has everything a young artist wants; inexpensive and eclectic restaurants, interesting nightlife and music, and great parks. It is close enough to get to Manhattan, but far enough away.

Favorite local spot? Lately I’ve been obsessed with the Roebling Tea Room. They have one of the best burgers in town, a great brunch menu and delicious Bloody Marys!

Name someone in the industry that you admire. Pippa Small: she is a designer first and foremost, but also an incredible philanthropist and a successful role model in jewelry micro-financing. Like Pipa, I have large goals of giving back and I try to accomplish this by donating a percentage of my profits. In an industry that can be very exploitative to their workers, it is important to give back.

Favorite travel destination thus far? Brazil. The lifestyle, the people, the food, and the energy of the country is unrivaled by any other place that I’ve been to, and it’s an incredible place to find design inspiration.

Anything else you want to mention? Can you get me a date with that Edward Holland?

Photo with horse: Ryan Moore. Jewelry and studio portrait: Annabel Clark

A Brooklyn Standard

A few weeks ago I ate a fabulous meal at Dressler, a staple in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (on Broadway near Driggs). This Michelin-star rated restaurant (for 4 consecutive years) is owned by Colin Devlin, and filled with delicious, complex food and a unique wine list by executive chef Polo Dobkin.

Devlin hired Brooklyn artisans from the Brooklyn Navy Yard to build Dressler’s ornate metalwork-clad interiors and gorgeous zinc bar. Not only is the atmosphere and craftsmanship breathtaking, it’s also fun and surprising, as there are little creatures, birds and figures hidden throughout the cut-metal designs (shown below). Even the M and W signs on the restroom doors are sweet.

I highly recommend a meal there and book early! Though the place has been open since 2006, it’s always packed. Obviously they’re doin’ it all right!