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Brooklyn Industries

blog_beautyRecently, Obsessive Beauty took a nice, long vacation to the East Coast. We traipsed around Manhattan and strolled the streets of Brooklyn. In both locations, we found the store, “Brooklyn Industries,” a clothing and accessories store with the edgy artist in mind. Originally created by two artists in Brooklyn, the brand has expanded, but it still retains that small store vibe with original works that you’re not going to find elsewhere. While there, we picked up a navy wallet with pink polkadots, which offers a change purse with a clasp, room for our cash, and space for important plastic cards and such. It’s an all-purpose wallet and the price was startling affordable at $18. Other favorites we discovered were a matching makeup case, a fantastic yellow hobo purse with tiny pigeons on it, a slew of originally designed graphic T-shirts, some cool hair accessories and a bunch more things to drool over. Visit Brooklynindustries.com.

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