A NEW YORK AFFAIR is out there in the streets and venues of the five boroughs, constantly discovering what the city has to offer culturally. We fully embrace the NYC lifestyle and most importantly, we want you to be part of it! Put on one of our T-Shirts, go out at night, or walk down a busy street listening to music by artists from New York City such as A Tribe Called Quest, Sonic Youth, Mos Def, The Velvet Underground, Wu-Tang Clan, Beastie Boys, DIIV or LCD Soundsystem. Try it, you’ll see what we mean!
The two of us, Wenke and Jamil, have taken in the vibe and the energy of this great city! And although we had to had to move back to Berlin and Switzerland again, we're still New Yorkers at heart.
For the first collection we've chosen Kayrock to be our screen printers. These guys aren't only art lovers and connoisseurs, but true masters of the art of screen printing at their spectacular space in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Every T-Shirt is screen printed by hand. We trust them and it shows!
We believe by empowering everyone in the production process including the artists A NEW YORK AFFAIR boosts your positive emotions. You’re representing the unique vibe of the city, a certain nostalgia and in addition, you show that you care.
As the founder of A NEW YORK AFFAIR I'm grateful for having so many great people around me for advice, an open ear and inputs. After a couple of years of work for NGOs in rural development in various parts of the world, I've come to the conclusion that I should switch from the supply side to the demand side of the commodity market. In countries such as Burkina Faso, The Philippines, Vietnam and India I have experienced the importance of a steady demand. Rural smallholders rely on every business opportunity. The Fairtrade certification provides the opportunity to buy from cotton farmers in India with the assurance that these farmers are compensated in a fair and transparent manner. Moreover, they are given the possibility to invest in community development projects such as schooling or health care. I've seen it with my own eyes, how important these opportunities are. Furthermore, I'm very happy to have found MILA Clothing - a great ethical fashion producer - in Thiruppur, India. Their policies and codes of conduct are very much in favor of their employees. Please read our Fairtrade & Ethical Fashion page for details.
Wenke joined A New York Affair after getting to know the idea and the potential of the brand. With a graphic design and social media/blogging background, acquired living and working in Berlin for several years, she's a huge asset.
Let's keep the good vibes flowing!
Wenke & Jamil