About Brooklyn Haberdashery
Founded in 2016, Brooklyn Haberdashery brings well-designed tools and supplies to the market by sourcing a curated selection of needle craft tools from around the world.
Just like Brooklyn Haberdashery, many of our suppliers are themselves very small businesses. We know each one personally, have visited many of their workshops, and our partnership with them is an investment in their talents. In a society that favors low prices above all else, we know we are going against the grain. And we're okay with that. We want to live in a world that elevates skilled artisans doing ironwork, leatherwork, and glasswork...and also wood bending, bladesmithing, and ceramics. As makers, we want our hand crafts appreciated. As a business, we feel responsible and privileged to support other makers by offering their hand-crafted tools and supplies to you.
We seek fair trade, natural materials, and sustainability — not because it’s a fad, but because that’s simply the way things make sense to us.
The team of people we employ, whom we affectionately called the haberdashers, represent our Brooklyn community -- all are talented makers in their own right. Among their many talents, we count: crochet pattern design, garment sewing, industrial design, and costume production.
About Our Founder, Kristin Axtman
Kristin hails from a long line of makers and do-it-yourselfers. Kristin grew up with brilliant, hard-working parents and a large talented family who inspired her with their sewing, mending, gardening, fixing, and general pioneer spirit. Kristin has continually made things--from the timber frame house she designed and built with her husband down to the annual handmade holiday cards.
For most of her professional life, she was an Organizational Development Consultant, using behavioral psychology to re-design organizations. Kristin’s zest for life experience has landed her working in positions varying from Head of School to Deckhand, with a few stops in between as Sea Kayak Instructor, Book Editor, Prison Work Crew Supervisor, and Fresca Girl. She launched Brooklyn Haberdashery in 2016. When she is not playing with fabric, Kristin is eating her way through the world, combing flea markets, gardening, and renovating her brownstone with with her husband and son in Brooklyn, New York.