Indie Jewelry Stores
by Jared Flint, 07/31/2013
219 Bedford Ave., 718-599-3457, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Situated in the heart of Williamsburg's main thoroughfare, Catbird is a kind of design incubator. Owner Rony Vardi is constantly on the lookout for new talent, especially of the homegrown variety. The store is packed with antique glass cabinets and chests of drawers, all stuffed with fascinating finds: jewelry from Digby & Iona and Satomi Kawakita, scents from Royal Botanicals and various ephemera from John Derian and The Wild Unknown. Vardi has also launched a signature line of highly affordable Catbird jewelry, all designed and produced at his Brooklyn studio, located around the corner from the storefront. The emphasis is on supporting a locally designed, sourced and produced industry. As a result, the store has a refreshingly subtle "Made in America"—and, more specifically, "Made in NYC"—vibe.