Community

Community building collaborations and practices have been central to Brooklyn Industries’ history and culture. Brooklyn Industries believes in contributing to community organizations through bag and t-shirt collaborations, charitable bag and coat drives and through sustainable practices that benefit the communities near its stores. Brooklyn Industries is based in New York and has stores in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Chicago and Portland, Oregon.

Community-Based T-Shirt and Bag Collaborations

Brooklyn Industries has collaborated with a host of non-profits designing t-shirts, hosting events, and hosting educational programs. For all t-shirt collaborations, t-shirts are sold in Brooklyn Industries stores with significant proceeds paid to the partnering organizations. Several t-shirt and bag collaborations have helped different communities. These organizations include Prospect Park Alliance, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Lambda Legal, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Recycle-a-Bicycle, Friends of the High Line, Ali Forney Center, Housing Works and more. For more information about these collaborations and others, visit our T-Shirt Collaborations page.

Charitable Coat and Bag Drives

The Brooklyn Bundle Up - In the fall of each year, Brooklyn Industries partners with local charities collecting new and gently used coats for homeless youth and adults. Shoppers who donate always receive a discount on the newest Outerwear Collection. Brooklyn Industries has partnered with affiliated charities under One Warm Coat as well as Coalition for the Homeless in New York and Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. The first annual Brooklyn Bundle Up coat drive launched in 2008.

Project Back to School - In 2009, Brooklyn Industries collaborated with Coalition for the Homeless in the drive for “Project Back to School,” an initiative that helped New York school-aged children get the supplies they needed for the school year. Shoppers who donated received a percentage off their next Brooklyn Industries purchase. Several customers donated and Brooklyn Industries donated more than 200 bags in support of the initiative.

Community-Based Campaigns

Go LOCAL! - In the summer of 2009, Brooklyn Industries launched the Go LOCAL! Summer Giveaway Series in support of the communities around Brooklyn Industries’ stores. Brooklyn Industries gave shoppers the chance to win books, theatre tickets, music, gift certificates and more from local, independent businesses neighboring each BKI store. Brooklyn Industries is always happy to partner with businesses that shape the communities around its stores.

Community and Sustainability

Brooklyn Industries has deep roots in sustainability. What started as a retailer of recycled messenger bags is now a clothing brand with lifestyle collections for men and women and stores that uphold environmentally friendly practices that directly and indirectly support the local communities. Brooklyn Industries has helped to reduce the world’s carbon footprint by powering stores with 100% National Wind Power. This alternative power option decreases a percentage of carbon dioxide emissions that lead to global warming, which begins with events such as droughts, flooding, severe weather and disturbances in the ecosystem.

Many Brooklyn Industries t-shirts are eco-friendly and printed on organic fabric or with recycled Poly and naturally occurring rayon. Brooklyn Industries stores are also designed with sustainable materials such as wood from certified sustainable forests. Each store is furnished with vintage furniture and window displays often use recycled materials such as handbags and clothing from previous seasons.

To learn more about Brooklyn Industries sustainability initiatives, visit our Sustainability page.