One of my favorite parts about planning our D*S 10 Year Anniversary, was coming up with ways to give back. In addition to the charities we’ll be donating to and the downloadable wallpaper series, we thought long and hard about the 10 shops and businesses we trust and frequent the most as shoppers. These are companies we, as a team, spend time at the most and invest in on a regular basis. I was so thrilled to start our giveaway series with Schoolhouse Electric and was just as excited to follow up with a shop that Amy and I practically live in: Catbird.
For those outside of NYC, Catbird may not be as familiar, but if you read fashion magazines, you’ve seen Catbird’s jewelry- namely their stacking rings- all over the place. In addition to incredible jewelry made by cutting-edge independent designers (I bought my wedding ring there), Catbird carries beautiful stationery, artwork, bath and apothecary goods and all sorts of small-scale home decor like trays, plates, glass shadow boxes and more. When I need a gift, I always start at Catbird. It is my go-to for anyone that needs something special and my favorite place to go when I want to reward myself with something nice. I am so thrilled to be announcing them as our February Giveaway Sponsor! Whether you’re looking for a beautiful art print, jewelry or something shiny for your home, you are bound to find the perfect piece here. Thanks so much to the Catbird team for donating this $500 gift certificate to a lucky D*S reader. xo, grace
TO ENTER: Leave a comment below by February 28th telling us about your most memorable Valentine’s Day. Did something wonderfully romantic happen? Or did you have a first date so bad it went down in the history books? Whatever the memory, share yours here and Catbird will pick their favorite for the $500 prize!
[UPDATE: CONGRATS TO LAURA GASKILL, OUR WINNER!]
Click through for contest details and an interview with Catbird founder Rony Vardi!
D*S: What inspired you to start Catbird?
I was antsy in my job and was living pretty cheaply in Williamsburg, and I had a vision for a store that sold the type of things I wanted to buy. Pretty soon after opening the store on Metropolitan Ave – which sold both clothes and jewelry – I realized how much I love selling jewelry. Generally speaking, no one is in a bad mood when they’re buying jewelry! (Can you say the same thing about anything else – clothes, food, furniture…??)
D*S: What was the hardest part of starting your business?
Throwing caution to the wind, without much of a safety net, was pretty scary. But the most difficult thing at the start ww surviving the very lean, early years – both financially, but even more so – emotionally. Those slow days, or weeks – can really wear on you at the start. My friend Anne said that watching your business struggle is like watching your child perform badly at a piano recital. You want to believe in them, but you’re really biting your nails – wondering whether they’ll make it.
D*S: What are you proudest of (or your biggest success) as a business so far?
I am fascinated and floored by how much I see knuckle rings everywhere. I started wearing one in the 90s (it was a toe ring from the East Village) – and after a lot of compliments I started making and selling them. And… now they are on so many hands. There’s a bit of a thrill there. But hands down, I am proudest of my team. No way would Catbird be where it was without them.
D*S: What are your next big goals or projects coming up?
We have a new, secret ring collection we will be launching very soon that is super exciting. No one has seen it yet except for us! It has been in the works for a long time and we can’t wait to share it!
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About Catbird: Catbird has been the go-to jewelry boutique in Brooklyn since 2004. Both the store and the site are filled with a carefully curated selection of oddities and dainty jewelry from New York’s most exciting designers including their in-house line of jewelry as well as candles. Catbird aims to provide people with endless opportunities to mix and match their favorite styles of jewelry from different designers to create their own personalized way to wear it.
Rony Vardi started the Catbird line with the hope to create something personal – that you would want to wear every day and that could have a deep meaning for the wearer – but would not necessarily be a once in a lifetime purchase. Each piece can be a glittery heirloom to layer over time to commemorate milestones – marriage, new child, graduation, a death of a loved one. We design, create and produce the line ourselves in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.