After the success of Sight Unseen's 2017 Design for Progress benefit auction, in which they raised nearly $50,000 for progressive causes, Sight Unseen is putting together another fundraising initiative this winter in collaboration with Passerbuys: a Design For Progress Garage Sale.
Passerbuys is taking over Young & Able’s walk-in closet for the month of December! Shop directly from the closets of Passerbuys alumnae with a lineup that includes designers, fashion editors, influencers, and more, each taking over the closet for 2 days with some of their favorite pieces.
Passerbuys and Women & Film are hosting a 3-day screening and talk series, FFFEST (Female Filmmakers Festival), celebrating accomplished female filmmakers and empowering women who want to break into the industry by tackling issues that need more information. Curators include Women Under The Influence, PET, African Film Festival in addition to Passerbuys and Women & Film.
Our mission is simple - we want more women to make films. We believe the best way to make that happen is to celebrate the women leading the way, and to share information amongst each other.
Highlights of the festival:
SKATE KITCHEN by Crystal Moselle with a Q&A with Crystal Moselle Nina Gregory, the Senior Editor for NPR's Arts Desk [Buy Tickets]
MAVERICK (Premiere) by Cara Stricker with a Q&A with Cara Stricker, Abbey Lee & Empress Of [Buy Tickets]
DANZON by María Novaro with Q&A with Maria Novaro [Buy Tickets]
REDEFINING REPRESENTATIONS OF WOMEN ON SCREEN (Presented by Glossier) with Jameela Jamil, Sanaa Lathan and Sarah Finn [Buy Tickets]
HOW TO BALANCE MOTHERHOOD & FILMMAKING with Lake Bell, María Novaro & Augustine Frizzell [Buy Tickets]
HOW TO FUND YOUR FEATURE with Natalia Leite, Natalie Farrey, Alex Saks & Rachel Shane [Buy Tickets]
For the month of September, we will be reading The Pisces by Melissa Broder. Join us for Passerbuys' first book club meeting at Picture Room for a reading and Q&A with the author on Monday, September 17th at 7 PM. Bring your book to have it signed by the author!
For the first hour, guests are encouraged to casually talk about the book amongst themselves while enjoying drinks by Abbot’s Passage. In the second hour, we will be joined by the author for an exclusive reading followed by an intimate conversation between Broder and writer Fariha Róisín.
Space is limited, please join our waitlist!
About The Book:
In The Pisces, main character Lucy is a self-confessed love addict whose main activity has been writing her dissertation on the famously sensual ancient Greek poet Sappho for the past nine years. When she experiences a dramatic breakup with her boyfriend and finds herself lost, she leaves her home in Phoenix, Arizona for Los Angeles to dog-sit for her sister, Annika. While staying in Annika’s glass house in Venice Beach for the summer, Lucy falls in love with a gorgeous swimmer with a supernatural secret.
"In 'The Pisces,' Broder takes her obsessions and gives them a perverted mythological structure, and corrals them within the arbitrary limits of fiction." – Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker
Passerbuys and Tio y Tia are hosting a 3-day concept store featuring some of the women we profiled as well as some recommended brands on Passerbuys. Click here for more information.
Passerbuys will set up shop at Urban Outfitters for a two-day holiday market focusing on gifts under $100 with a portion of proceeds going to Americares.
There will be complimentary Pampelonne + Treats by Ovenly and free hairstyling at a Verb Hair Bar with different vendors on each day.
- Faeber Studio
- Floss Gloss
- Madalynne Intimates
- Peet Rivko
- Shop The Break
- The Sphinx & The Priestess
SAT. SEPT. 16 + SUN. SEPT. 17. NOON-6PM
Past passersby are cleaning out their closets...and giving you the chance to shop them. Join us at Dusty Rose Vintage for a chance to raid the wardrobes of the stylish women we've featured on Passerbuys.
Make sure to register for a chance to win an exclusive goodie bag from passerby favorite Milk Makeup.
Refinery29 Fashion Editor Alyssa Coscarelli
Jewelry Designer Susan Alexandra
Bandier Editorial Director Lauren Caruso
No. 29 Co-Founder Erin Allweiss
Urban Outfitters Events & Marketing Manager Cara Flaherty
VICE video producer Mimi Packer
Maimoun founder Mina Alyeshmerni
The panel discussion will explore consumer reading habits and publishing's use of technology and design in the Internet era with speakers Renda Morton, Executive Director of Product Design at The New York Times, Omar Sosa, Founder & Creative Director of Apartamento Magazine, Thessaly La Force, Editor-in-Chief at Garage Magazine and will be moderated by Jorge Balarezo.
In a climate where print sales are going down and our lives increasingly revolve around stories we read online, publishers are faced with the challenge of grabbing our attention and standing out amongst a constantly expanding landscape of new (and often free) media. As publications seek solutions to this problem from a design perspective, they weigh the options for how to best reach their target audience. Are apps the way forward? Do readers desire more visual content? How can we translate content intended for print into something optimized for consuming on mobile devices?
“Paper vs. Pixels” is part of "Truth-tellers & Troublemakers" salon in collaboration with Passerbuys.
Storytime With Passerbuys will feature readings by authors Natasha Stagg, Alexandra Kleeman and Barbara Browning in the thoughtfully designed space of the Passerbuys Lounge, presented by west elm at Canal Street Market. Inspired by the tradition of gathering around in pajamas for “bedtime stories,” we’ll be serving cookies from passerby-recommended Abigail's Bakeshop for guests to enjoy while listening to these three contemporary female writers tell stories that are sharp, clever, humorous, and inspiring.
About the Authors
Natasha Stagg is a senior editor at V Magazine and VMAN and the author of the critically-praised novel, Surveys, published by Semiotext(e). She has received a Hopwood Award for nonfiction and the Roy W. Cowden Memorial Fellowship and the James H. Robertson Award for fiction. Her essays have appeared in Dis Magazine, Dazed, Kaleidoscope, Riot of Perfume, Sex, The Brooklyn Rail, and Bomb. She lives in Brooklyn.
Alexandra Kleeman is an NYC-based writer of fiction and nonfiction and the 2016 winner of the Bard Fiction Prize. Her debut novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, received critical praise and was a finalist for awards from the New York Public Library, National Book Critics Circle, and the Center for Fiction. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and n+1, amongst others.
Barbara Browning is the author of two novels (I’m Trying to Reach You; The Correspondence Artist) and teaches in the Department of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. Her forthcoming novel, The Gift, will be published by Coffee House Press in May 2017 She has also published two academic books (Samba; Infectious Rhythm) as well as an audio novel called Who Is Mr. Waxman?
Join us at the Passerbuys Lounge for our artful nail bar pop-up. The pop-up is hosted in collaboration with Vanity Projects, the luxury concept merging both high-end nail art atelier and video art programming, and passerby favorite Floss Gloss. Vanity Projects will be offering creative manicures utilizing Floss Gloss' high-quality, high-opacity lacquers. Come get your creative juices flowing with some inspiring nail art.
The dynamic duo will be set up in the Passerbuys Lounge from 11am-8pm, so be sure to stop by for an afternoon treat, an post-work de-stresser, or just a killer manicure before heading into the weekend.
About The Brands
Founded by independent curator, Rita de Alencar Pinto in 2009, Vanity Projects first began as a pop-up, organizing itself in the homes and studios of visual artists, friends, and art aficionados. Vanity Projects quickly received offers to present at art fairs, fashion events, museums, and cultural institutions. Offering nail artists the chance to exhibit their talents in a new environment, the program coincided with the salon’s brick and mortar debut in Manhattan’s Lower East Side in July 2013. Since then Vanity Projects has hosted over twenty-five international nail artists from London to Miami, and presented video programs featuring top contemporary video artists and international curators.
Founded by Aretha Sack and Janine Lee in San Francisco in 2011. After meeting in college at California College of the Arts, an instantaneous admiration for each other sparked as they bonded over fashion, music, color and an obsession for everything nails. The ladies formed the nail crew ‘Floss Gloss’ after many late nights of painting and polish-mixing, rap music bumping and girl-time talking. Deemed Floss Gloss for nails that ‘Flossed and Glossed like a Boss’.
A conversation with fashion industry leaders – including top models and designers – about a shift toward sustainability, the price of fast fashion and why brands that are acting transparently are excelling.
Cameron Russell (Activist and Model)
Mara Hoffman (Designer)
Benita Singh (Founder/CEO of Le Souk)
Melody Serafino (Co-founder of The No. 29)
Maura Kutner Walters (Editor at New York Magazine’s The Cut)
Featuring speakers Stephanie Danler, author of the National Best Seller Sweetbitter, Chloe Caldwell, author of I'll Tell You In Person, and literary agent Mel Flashman, the discussion will be moderated by New York Times contributor and past passerby Molly Young. The panel will offer advice, details, and tips on how to get published—everything from pitching your book to finding a publisher, uncovering the reality and hustle behind what it takes to break out as a writer.
“I Wrote A Book, What Now?” is the third installment of Passerbuys' What Now Series and is one of many events that will be taking place at the Passerbuys Lounge throughout the month of April. Thoughtfully designed in partnership with west elm, the curated lounge and library offers visitors a space to escape, relax, and recharge while fighting burnout and promoting renewed productivity.
An Idle Afternoon is a time dedicated to slowing down, relaxing, and reenergizing, offering a temporary refuge of calm in the heart of Downtown Manhattan where Soho and Chinatown meet. We value mental breaks that allow us to be more productive in our usual routines, and we’ll be offering a variety of relaxation activities to help you unwind throughout the day.
Take advantage of our thoughtfully designed lounge space featuring furniture from west elm, beds from Floyd, and mattresses from Casper while reading one of the books recommended by passersby, available in our curated library. Enjoy tea served by The Primary Essentials in mugs from past passerby Helen Levi and soothing sounds and music in our Sonos Listening Room. The Ritualist will offer skin consultations and light acupressure. Document your afternoon of being idle by taking a selfie with one of the instant cameras provided by Lomography.
The Passerbuys Lounge will be open in Canal Street Market throughout the month of April and will be the location of numerous other events. Be sure to follow @passerbuys on Instagram and RSVP to An Idle Afternoon to stay in the loop and get the details about upcoming readings, talks, panels, and more happening at our carefully curated space.
We all deserve a little break, so we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day this year by slowing down and taking the time to show ourselves some love. Round up your girlfriends and come hang with Passerbuys for a Galentine’s Day Market at Urban Outfitters’ Space Ninety 8 this Saturday, Feb. 4 from noon-6pm.
Stop by for complimentary drinks and treats by Ovenly, DIY manicures courtesy of Floss Gloss and free hairstyling by Amika at our beauty bar, tarot readings by Cherelle, flowers by Aurora Botanica, and of course, a soundtrack full of love songs. In between pampering, you can shop the collections of some of our favorite local brands (and passersby!), including tie dye from Upstate, vintage from Petra Von Kant, leatherware from Sanguis Ornatus, ceramics from Ivy Weinglass, and jewelry from Susan Alexandra.
And be sure to check out some of the amazing ladies behind these brands in their features on Passerbuys, including Kalen Kaminski of Upstate, Janine Lee of Floss Gloss, Olivia La Roche of Petra Von Kant, Mira Moore of Sanguis Ornatus, ceramist Ivy Weinglass, and jewelry designer Susan Alexandra.
I’m My Own Boss, What Now? is a discussion for creatives, entrepreneurs, and freelancers featuring advice, experiences, and ideas on how to establish yourself as a creative force and a badass business(wo)man. Moderated by jewelry designer Susan Alexandra, our line-up of amazing panelists includes:
Abby Lavin / Jam Jar Bakery
Maggie Winter / AYR
We’re giving away a limited number of tickets to this exclusive event. Want to come? Repost the event flyer on Instagram, or Facebook, tagging a friend you’d like to bring and @passerbuys for a chance to win two tickets.
Over the past year, the Passerbuys community has grown more than we ever could have imagined, and we are constantly inspired by the many diverse, talented, and interesting women we find ourselves surrounded by. As the growth of Passerbuys continues, we want to find new ways to bring that incredible community together.
And on that note, we are so excited to announce the very first Passerbuys event, “I Graduated, What Now?” in partnership with Urban Outfitters. We hope you’ll join us January 11th at Space Ninety 8 for this panel discussion featuring eight inspiring female entrepreneurs. Moderated by our friend Erin Allweiss, they’ll be sharing their experiences, the advice they wish they had received when they were starting out, and so much more. While it will be a particularly helpful discussion for young creatives in need of a little guidance, all are welcome. And, if you need further incentive, Abigail’s Bakeshop and Raus Coffee will be there with the snacks.
Space is limited, so make sure to reserve your spot. We’ll see you there!