| New York, NY - May 10, 2019 | Mark and Kristen Zeff are proud to support local artisans, family-owned factories, and ethical manufacturers at their carefully curated luxury lifestyle space on the ground floor of Chelsea Market, BLACKBARN Shop. The selection of handcrafted goods and artistry from around the globe includes products sourced through organizations that support groups of historically marginalized people.

Slate + Salt: BLACKBARN stocks Slate + Salt’s Gauze cashmere scarves in range of neutral colors, like Slate and Heather Gray, as well as jewelry such as the Temple Collar and Krisha Tassel necklaces. The cashmere scarves are hand-loomed in Pokhara, Nepal by blind, deaf, or disabled weavers. Slate + Salt partners with a local non-profit organization that provides them with the tools, training, and support necessary to become independent through weaving. The jewelry is handcrafted by a co-op of women artisans located in rural areas around Delhi, Ghaziabad, and Meerut in India. The women, who were previously unemployed, are empowered with the means to earn a fair wage and are able to work from home where they can also look after their children. ‘

Creative Women: BLACKBARN Shop offers Aidan Cotton Napkins and Hand Towels through Creative Women, a US-based, woman-owned company that works hand-in-hand with female artisans around the world to support equitable trade practices and economic independence. The versatile, hand-spun napkin has a beautiful design and provides a different look with each different fold, woven by a small group of talented Ethiopian artisans. The ultimate accent to any kitchen or bathroom, the Aidan Hand Towels are also eye-catching, ethically crafted, and durable.

The Thorn Tree Project: BLACKBARN offers Beaded Breakfast Bracelets from the Thorn Tree Project, handcrafted by the women of the Samburu tribe in Kenya. These beautiful bangles raise awareness for the nonprofit organization as well as funds., To date, The Thorn Tree Project has educated over 1,500 young girls and boys in Kenya (including the funding of twelve pre-schools and three elementary schools), and even supports select students through college.

The BLACKBARN lifestyle brand represents a blend of industrial, artful, refined, and understated sensibilities. It redefines luxury, from creating bespoke homes for those who desire unconventional simplicity to combining farm vernacular with elegant style in a carefully curated group of objects. The brand’s ethos and aesthetic come to life in a DUMBO, Brooklyn shop, filled with hand-selected furniture and homeware pieces, custom-designed and sourced from around the world; it takes an additional dimension at New York City’s Black Barn Restaurant where seasonal, rustic fare meets a modern farmhouse atmosphere.

The most recent development, BLACKBARN Chelsea Market shop, cafe & bar, changes the way New Yorkers dine and shop for home goods by uniting hospitality and retail, in a homewares and accessories shop with a café & bar, to create the total brand experience.

The storied system behind the brand is perhaps best captured in the book, BLACKBARN, published by ORO Editions in 2015.