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Made in the E.V. | Our Holiday Gift Guide, Part 1


This holiday season, support local artisans with gifts that are made right here in the East Village.

1. Feature Articles Stamp & Colorin’ Zine by Keat, $35
Casey Rubber Stamps
322 East 11th Street, between First and Second Avenues
Keat Teoh, an artist who works at Casey Rubber Stamps, designed and produced this set of facial-features stamps and coloring book with blank faces.

2. Spike Chain Bracelet by Nishi, $315
337 East Ninth Street, between First and Second Avenues
Duo is a boutique owned by sisters Wendy and LaRae Kangas. They stock young, emerging designers such as East Village based Joanna Bengo of Nishi.

3. Large Briefbag 2 Lock, $500
Village Tannery
7 Great Jones Street, between Broadway and Lafayette Street
Leather goods are handmade onsite at this tannery, where clients can custom design their own bags to their specifications.
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Anna Sheffield, East Villager by Design

Jewelry designer Anna Sheffield

There’s an air of serenity about Anna Sheffield as she works at a small desk in her studio on Lafayette Street. On a recent Thursday evening, the jewelry designer spoke to The Local over a cup of tea, away from the buzz of her workroom and kitchen, in a well-lit corner room filled with her designs, art books and warmly worn wooden furniture. Her hair was pulled back and tattoos of hearts, flowers and birds covered both her arms.

Ms. Sheffield started her Bing Bang line (available at Cloak & Dagger, Warm, and Reformation) in 2002 in San Francisco and launched her fine jewelry line, Anna Sheffield, (available at Love, Adorned and coming to ABC Carpet & Home in a couple of weeks) in 2007. Before that, she grew up Catholic in northern New Mexico. Her influences are evident in the Madonna, crucifixes and feathers that adorn some of her works. Read more…

Jewel Thieves Nabbed in NoHo

UntitledStephen Rex Brown

Three men robbed a jewelry store on the Bowery yesterday but only made it to Bond Street before being arrested. The heist went down at 11:30 a.m. at Raineri Jewelers near Hester Street when the three thieves — one of them armed — barged in and looted several displays, a police spokeswoman said. They fled in a waiting Jaguar but abandoned the ride at Bond Street and Broadway. They were found hiding in Great Jones Alley near Lafayette Street. The police arrested two 23-year-old men from Queens and a 26-year-old from Brooklyn. A fourth suspect is still at large. The Daily News has a photo of one of the suspects.