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A few questions with...Iris Fossett of Rural Aura

Melissa Gibson

A few questions with...Iris Fossett of Rural Aura

Today I'm speaking with Iris Fossett of the newly launched clothing company, Rural Aura, Iris is a makeup artist and blogger that I've worked with several times and I am so happy for the launch of her new company! Does the name Rural Aura have any special meaning? Formerly Custom Chic Xo, I was on the hunt for a new name, something that stuck out and was different. A name which would represent a global brand. After countless hours with my husband, Rural Aura was created. Rural means rustic simplicity, referring to that of a countryside. Aura means an atmosphere...


Celebrate Brooklyn!

Melissa Gibson

Celebrate Brooklyn!

I'm so excited to announce we will be part of the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival at the Prospect Park Bandshell in the NY Handmade Collective shop. Click here for a list of events and I hope to see you there since I'll be working there some days too, so please stop by and say hello! xo, Melissa


A few questions with....Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks

A few questions with....Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks

Today, I'm chatting with Melissa Gondek of Small Company Artworks,  who makes the most amazing sculpture; my favorite piece is the "Everything Here Belongs To Me" cat sculpture because, of course, cats! Does the name Small Company Artworks have any special meaning? My small figure sculptures are intended to bring personality and love wherever they go.  My husband actually suggested the name when I was starting out since he said I'm making "a little art to keep people company." It kind of stuck, and now I can't think of it any other way. What inspired you to start your company? As I like...


#thescentformerlyknownasadele

Melissa Gibson

#thescentformerlyknownasadele

I made the decision a while ago to change the name of our Adele fragrance a while ago; when I originally named it, I just loved the name, it fit the scent to me. Over the last six years though, we've grown and changed direction many times as any small business does and the name started to bother me. It felt like the fragrance was never mine, plus we were getting tons of visitors to the site looking for a fragrance created by the singer and it was starting to hurt our Google ranking. People would come to the site, look...


ready, set, Summer!

Melissa Gibson

ready, set, Summer!

I'm so excited to announce we'll be at Grand Bazaar NYC as part of NY Handmade Collective's ready, set, Summer on Sunday, May 6th! Located at 100 West 77th street (at Columbus Avenue) the event is from 10am-5:30 pm and will feature over 180 local vendors, including 40 members of the NY Handmade Collective. It's the perfect time to do some Mother's Day shopping, pick up something special for yourself or just enjoy the beautiful day! Hope to see you there! xoxo, Melissa