Best of the Cool Friends Market

Coolstuff Team
July 28, 2023

Last weekend we held our very first in person event at the lovely UR Fancy Shop in Bushwick. It was amazing to meet so many readers and supporters, and showcase some of our favorite cool friends in real life! In case you missed it (or to refresh your memory from a whirlwind event) we’ve put together a little best of everything at the Cool Friends Market.

Photos by the insanely talented Francisco Betancourt


For: Handmade bags from recycled canvas. RICO’s signature wine tote sold like CRAZY at the Cool Friends market. So fast that we had to preorder ours!

Sundays Only

For: New York’s greatest biscuits. Connay & Tembe continue to impress with their flavors. Sunday’s Only might have had the most fans come out to visit them at the event and we absolutely LOVED it! 

XO Bex Studio

For: the chicest and sweetest live portraits. Rebecca has worked events for brands including Tiffany and Birkenstock so we were absolutely over the moon when she was able to come by and draw so many of you cuties!

Jem Hunts

For: colorfully curated vintaged and secondhand clothing. Juliana’s eye is unmamtched, and in case you missed it at the event, you can shop an edit of her selections all the time at Nose Best Candles (also in Bushwick!)

Squids Ceramics

For: usable ceramics with personality! We bought a vase from Sarah years ago that is one of the most asked about items in our home, and it was amazing to see so many of you fall in love with her work too!


For: Absolutely gorgeous arrangements sourced as locally as possible. Migle has such a clear and singular vision when she creates a bouquet, that it feels like we should really be referring to them as sculptures.


For: Brooklyn-based activewear that is chic as hell. We were so excited for you all to see Hikerkind IRL because the materials they use are absolutely top-tier and made in NYC.

Alero Coffee

For: thoughtfully roasted / thoroughly delicious coffee. Alero is just about 1 year into roasting and we keep wanting to spread the word of how amazing their coffee is!

Zest Dressed

For: locally made, upcycled accessories: from collars to jewlerly to sandals. Oh, and on that note, we especially love the Scrappy Sandals: made in Queens out of upcycled uppers!

A BIG THANKS to Souliel Wines and Ruby Hibiscus for providing the much-adored bevvies for the event!