Thursday, August 12, 2010

Green Truck Convoy Rolls Through South Brooklyn

The Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation (SBIDC) launched the first ever "Green Truck Convoy" Tuesday. The convoy traveled through streets of South Brooklyn — starting at the SBIDC’s Red Hook office at 402 Van Brunt St. and ending at Sahadi Fine Foods at 43rd and First Avenue in Sunset Park — and included trucks from several Brooklyn businesses that use sustainable technologies and practices, including Quadrozzi Concrete, Greg’s Express, Metro Fuel and Movers Not Shakers.

Photo by Carlos Menchaca

Eco-Wedding Dresses by Himane Inc. of Brooklyn

Yesterday Morton's the Steakhouse, in collaboration with, held a bridal fashion show at its location in Downtown Brooklyn. The two Brooklyn-based designers who showed bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and mother-of-the-bride dresses were Himane Inc. and Valentina Bridal. Himane's pieces, designed by Catherine Edouard Charlot, are one-of-a-kind and made from completely recycled materials. Charlot's materials are rescued from local factories, donated, and some some of the fabrics used in the pieces Charlot makes are up to 25 years old. She even uses umbrellas as fabric. Here are some of her designs from the bridal show:

The above dress is made from umbrellas. Tuxedos at the show were by Brooklyn-based Phil's Tuxedo. The event was held to benefit Brides Against Breast Cancer through the Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation.