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A sweater on a necklace?! Blowin’ our minds, Brook&Lyn. —erica

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Post Production: Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn Shares the Three Blogs She Can’t Get Outta Her Browser

Before Mimi Jung launched her streamlined jewelry line Brook&Lyn, she was a full-time fashion blogger. So she is pretty picky about what finds its way into her RSS feed. These are the three sites she can’t stay away from these days. 

"Su Wu of I’m Revolting has the best sensibility that I’ve ever seen in anyone, both online and in real life. Jayne of Stop It Right Now is just effortlessly cool. Her blog is one of three fashion blogs I now read exclusively. And The Milanese is pure eye candy—my favorite late-night art blog.” —mimi

Head this direction for more internet finds from plugged-in designers.

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The 25 Of a Kind Designers You Should be Following on Instagram

Here’s your chance to get in on a road trip with the Upstate ladiez, peep a Society for Rational Dress photo shoot, and scope out Brook&Lyn’s newest materials. It’s this thing called Instagram. Heard of it? DUH. Of the 15 million users, these are the vets who get our seal of approval. —kate barrett

Ace & Jig - @jennnnnnnnna

Alex & Eli - @anna_zeman

ALL Knitwear - @annieleelarson

Ann Yee - @theannyee

Blanca Monrós Gómez - @blancamonrosgomez

Brook&Lyn - @brookandlyn

Clare Viver - @seevivier

Collina Strada - @collinastrada

Cursive Design - @cursivedesign

Dirty Librarian Chains - @dlcbrooklyn

Dusen Dusen - @dusendusen

Erin Considine - @erinconsidine

Forage - @foragebowties

Gabriela Artigas - @ladyartigas

Laura Lombardi - @lauralombardi

Louisa Parris - @louisaparris

Mctega - @semclellan

Partners & Spade - @partnersandspade

Rachel Nasvik - @rachelnasvik

Rachel Rose - @rachelrose8248

Society for Rational Dress - @societyforrationaldress

Sophie Monet - @sophiemonet

TOMTOM - @tomtomjewelry

Toujours Toi Family Affairs - @toujourstoi_familyaffairs

Upstate - @kalenk

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Alumni News: Brook&Lyn Teams Up With William Okpo For Some Kick-Ass Designs

See that amazing cape up there? Two things (you know, among the many) we’ve got to say about it: First, it’s designed by Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn in collaboration with Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, the sisters behind the clean, elegant, and fun line William Okpo—the name of which pays homage to their father. Second, it is made out of pure wool (as are an equally awesome set of pouches), so those long, cold winter days? Taken care of. And OK, fine, one last thing: Just how out-of-this-world would it look paired with a Brook&Lyn necklace, do you think? —jiayi

Head this way for more updates on the designers we’ve featured on Of a Kind.

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Alumni News: A Holiday Sale You’re Gonna Want to Hit

If you’re (like us) getting nervous about that impending holiday gift season, don’t fret—we’ve got you covered. First, there’s this thing called ofakind.com. And this Saturday, eight of our featured designers (Thomas IV! Collina Strada! Erin Considine! Dusen Dusen!) are teaming up with a slew of other impressive up-and-comers to create a holiday sale so spectacular we almost can’t stand it. 11a to 5:30p, 508 W. 26th St., 5th Floor—go! —jiayi

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The Insider: Grace Canlas

Being the Of a Kind fan you are, you should probably get to know Grace Canlas. After moving to New York in June and interning here for the summer, Grace is now a full-fledged employee—employee number one!—dealing with, well, everything. I’m not lying when I tell you there’s a Google Doc that says, “If you have any questions about anything, Grace knows all.” —jiayi

Q: What’s the coolest part of your job?

A: That’s hard. There are a lot of cool parts, but I especially like working with designers and bloggers. There was this one incident over the summer where I was doing an errand, and saw The Man Repeller crossing the street. There was on-coming traffic, but I forced myself to say hi to her. Later on, I had to email her for work and snuck in the fact that the fan who stopped her on the street earlier was actually me.

Q: You’re hip to the blogs. What are some of your top reads?

A: I really like The Food Life and Closet Visit. The Food Life provides a combination of fashion and food, which I think are just the best of the best worlds. Closet Visit is so good—it’s focused on L.A. fashion girls and lets you step into their closets a bit. Anything that has an interview aspect grabs my interest.

Q: You recently gave up fast fashion.

A: It was one of my New Year’s resolutions. In college, I took a class about the social and psychological aspect of clothing, and it was amazing to see the thought process behind a piece. We did a case study on Guatemalan Mayans and how culturally meaningful it was for them to weave and make their own apparel goods. After that, I decided that it would be more meaningful to buy something really special that I could cherish for a long time. 

Q: And you also just scored yourself a rad backpack.

A: I stumbled upon this little shop called Mongo in Cobble Hill recently and bought this green patterned, square-ish backpack. It’s made out of reclaimed upholstery—and made by the woman who owns the store. It holds my laptop nicely, which was a huge deciding factor. 

Q: You’ve said before that one of your dream editions is the necklace Brook&Lyn made for Of a Kind. What’s the appeal?

A: It’s so distinct. I’m friends with Michele [Osborn, the studio and production manager at Brook&Lyn], and I was actually telling this to her the other day—I feel like jewelry often ends up looking the same, and I love that you can immediately identify their necklaces.

Photo courtesy of Thomas Nash.

Hey! Get to know more about some of our favorite people, right this way.

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Three Crazy-Delicious Things to Eat this Summer

Don’t worry: A full cookbook is on its way.

Not to undermine the significance of liberty and freedom, but today is all about outdoor eating. We’re in the process of putting together a (digital!) cookbook with recipes from our designers—you’ll have to sign up for our newsletter to get the finished product—but there are a few dishes so perfect for scorching July days that we couldn’t resist sharing them early. Consider this your very tasty sneak preview (and sign up for our email list right this minute, ok?). —erica

AVOCADO POPSICLES by Mimi Jung of Brook&Lyn
“I bought a popsicle mold recently, and these, along with cantaloupe ones, were my first batch.”

3 large avocados
¾ cup coconut milk
½ cup sugar (or less for healthier results)
2 tablespoons lime zest
Pinch of salt

Blend all of the ingredients until creamy. Fill 12 popsicle molds and place in the freezer for at least 5 hours.

GAMBAS AL PIL PIL by Matt Singer
“My girlfriend and I ate an amazing version of this dish at Zamas in Tulum—serve it with a loaf of crusty bread.”

1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil
4 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 teaspoons red pepper flakes
1 teaspoons sweet paprika
1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons dry sherry
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

In a sauté pan over medium heat, warm the olive oil. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and paprika and sauté for 1 minute until fragrant. Increase the heat to high, add the shrimp, lemon juice, and sherry, stir well, and sauté until the shrimp turn pink and are opaque throughout, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper and serve.

1970s MACARONI SALAD by Erica Weiner
“My mom has made this weirdo salad for years, and I’m pretty sure it came from an early seventies edition of The Joy of Cooking.”

1 box elbow macaroni (noodles, not the blue box)
1 cup full-fat yogurt or sour cream
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 shallot, chopped finely
Juice of 1 or 2 lemons
2 glugs good olive oil
1 cup jarred pimineto-stuffed green olives, chopped
Chives to taste, chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain macaroni and put it in a big bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, mix, and chill.

We’re celebrating the season with 25% off every single edition until July 10—use the code SUMMEROFAKIND. We hardly ever do this (seriously), so take advantage!

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Steve Mazur (Claire’s Dad) Chooses His Top Five Of a Kind Editions

For our ode to Father’s Day (this Sunday!), we asked the Of a Kind dads to play favorites. Last week, mine shared his list—and managed to get in multiple sports references—and this week, Claire’s tremendously charming scientist father offers up his selections. No surprise: He likes the rocks and drops a physics term. —erica

"I have always been fascinated by minerals and the ways that their colors, patterns, and crystal shapes can be combined with man-made materials—the Double Crystal Studs by Better Late Than Never and the Surrounded Pendant Necklace are particularly original examples. In the latter, the banded agate works nicely with the crochet edge.”

“The Orion Tunic by Ann Yee is pretty great—especially with the moire patterns that appear with back lighting. I imagine the effect is even better in motion than in the photos.”

"The Trails Rucksack by Dusen Dusen has a really striking and original look. I’m tempted but probably don’t have enough confidence to wear it in public.” [Ed: We all need to do our part to convince him he can pull it off.]

"Textiles with highly detailed design always look interesting. The Field of Diamonds Tunic by Toujours Toi Family Affairs is especially nice, with its crisp pattern and beautiful color combination.”

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Of a Kind

We’re all for layering accessories, and as great is our Brook&Lyn necklace would look mixed with a pile of chains and charms, it’s pretty damn awesome on its own. The purple agate is so bold. And, because odds are you own the T-shirt that Claire’s wearing here, you already have something to wear it with. —erica

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