The lobby shop at the Wythe Hotel is home to a Marlow Goods pop up. Marlow Goods is the brainchild of Kate Huling, who maintains that ‘when you make the thing your heart most desires then customers can appreciate the honesty in that product’. Kate has a passion for handmade leather bags and accessories. As a student at Columbia University she had the opportunity to meet Barbara Shaum, a leather sandal maker in New York’s East Village. This encounter inspired her to set up a business making bags with Dillen Ailmen, an apprentice of Barbara Shaum. During this time Kate met Andrew Tarlow, who had just signed the lease for his famed Diner restaurant in Brooklyn. Kate juggled part-time studies, partnering and helping Andrew with Diner, and her leather accessory business. The expansion of Andrew’s restaurant business, and motherhood meant Kate put her accessory company on hold for a decade. Andrew and Kate have always collaborated on decisions, so when Andrew opened Marlow & Daughters in 2008 Kate realized it was an opportunity to revive her leather accessory business. The whole animal philosophy of Marlow & Daughters butcher shop is taken one step further by Kate. She worked with Kinderhook Farms to use the cow and pig hides that Marlow & Daughters ordered to launch her bag and accessory line, Marlow Goods. Kate started slowly with just a few styles. She found an upstate New York tannery that has been a family business for 450 years, to tan the hides for Marlow Goods. Next she opened a shop above Marlow & Sons. As her business grew Kate started purchasing all available hides from Kinderhook Farms. In 2014 she opened Marlow Goods at the Wythe Hotel. She broadened her concept to include wool spun and knitted into sweaters, and sheepskins from the lambs ordered by Marlow & Daughters. Other branded product includes Marlow & Sons and Diner t-shirts and bags, and the Diner journal. As well as her own brand of clothing there is a carefully curated selection from Ulla Johnson, a detacher and Petria Lenehan. There are also various items including journals, apothecary products, blankets and Turkish towels. Kate loves working in the shop at The Wythe, meeting a global community of travellers and customers. As Marlow Goods has expanded so has Kate’s view of how she would like the business to evolve. Marlow Goods is thriving, her children are growing and she is broadening her horizons. She is inspired by travel and excited to explore new opportunities and collaborations in LA, Mexico, and Japan.
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn