Why have a blog at all, you might ask?
Well, if Krrb.com was created for the love of garage sales, flea markets, street fairs and any place someone can rummage, dream and discover local treasures, then this blog is the spot where we get to celebrate the world wide web of collectors, scavengers, hunters and gatherers that make up our collective universe.
We love the idea of reduce/reuse/recycle, but we want to do it on our own terms. So we’re excited to share with you various corners that are especially worth checking out, guides to cool neighborhoods we live in (or would love to visit), portraits of interesting people who are creating, collecting and krrbing the secondhand and one-of-a-kind pieces we all love so much…
What we’re really doing here, at the end of the day, is starting a conversation about what we all see happening in this brave new world where actual meaningful human contact is beginning to trump anonymous online acquisition. Because we’re all in this together, and that’s what makes it so much fun!
In the house
Founder and CEO
George is Lebanese blood-wise, but his parents hail from Jordan. He was born in Detroit but grew up in Chicago with a year in Kentucky somewhere in between. He spent some good years in Peoria before he moved to Williamsburg Brooklyn some 13 odd years ago. Five or so years back he moved to Paris where he lives with his wife and child… but comes back to Brooklyn every several weeks. You can say he’s a jetsetting Lebanese-Jordanian-American bedouin midwesterner hick hipster who speaks French with an American accent and Arabic with a Chinese twang.
George is cofounder of AREA 17, the interactive agency that created Krrb. His agency specializes in minimalism yet he is a closet hoarder. This tension is what leads him to sporadically and irrationally get rid of everything in a hopeless attempt to be minimalistic. You can benefit from his psychosis by visiting his Krrb corner.
This New Yorker returned to her city roots after a long stint in the Lone Star state. No matter where she’s visiting, you’ll find her exploring the local vintage shops, pubs and eateries. Aside from writing for the blog, she’s responsible for the videos highlighting Krrb’s DIY experts. A flurry of energy in the kitchen, you’ll find this amateur baker hosting supper clubs, cooking contests and themed parties. Out of the kitchen, she’s usually taking a skillshare class of some sort or participating in an Improv Everywhere scene.
Chris Donahue is a writer, actor and comedian who can be seen doing stand-up all over New York. When he’s not scouring Krrb for the weirdest listings, Chris makes comedy videos, listens to Emo music from the Midwest and rides around on his skateboard. He hails from Rochester, New York but is as city-minded as you can get. Find his videos, tweets, and anything else you need on his website: iamchrisdonahue.com.
Born and raised in the suburbs outside of New York City, Chrissy has spent her whole life exploring everything the area has to offer. With equally easy access to the bustling NYC and the nature-friendly living of Long Island, she can be a fast-paced young gal in the highest of heels one night and a laid-back beach dweller by the next morning. When she isn’t busy working on Krrb projects you can find her shacked up at home binging on TV, weekending in cute New England towns, taking pictures of her favorite muse (her cat Pearl of course!), out on the hunt for the perfect addition to her wardrobe, surprising people with her love of hockey or planted somewhere peaceful reading her latest book of choice!
You’ll probably catch Stef, a raw foodie by choice, sharing recipes or talking food prep. Besides watching the Food and DIY channel religiously, Stef enjoys all things design, from clothing construction to organization. Having lived previously in Texas, Colorado and New York, Stef now resides in South Florida where she’s on a first-name basis at the local farmer’s markets. When she’s not eating (and that’s rare!) she makes clothes and furniture and surveys the local art scene.
An Oregon native with a longtime talent for getting lost in new places, Rachel recently made the move to Brooklyn to experience life on the other coast. She balances her love for city life with frequent escapes to the calm of forests, mountains and ocean beaches (or in this case, Central Park). When she’s not writing, either for brands or her own personal projects, she practices a wide range of random hobbies, from surfing, snowboarding and casual cycling to thrifting, karaoke and playing the accordion. A notorious collector of stones, driftwood and stuff from curbside free piles, she’s never been able to pass up a gem.
Editor at Large
Descended from a long line of sentimental collectors (her dad still has jackets from the 60’s) Brooke has spent the vast majority of her creative life gathering stories, making lists, and then spewing them out as prose, photos and songs, depending on which way the wind is blowing. Which explains her giddiness at the prospect of singing the praises of her fellow gatherers in this blog.
Editor at Large
Andrew Wagner hails from Davis, California, and has long been fascinated by the power of place. In 1996 he founded Dodge City Journal, a magazine dedicated to documenting life in America’s under-explored cities. He went on to launch LIMN, the unorthodox design and arts magazine. Next up, he was the founding managing editor and eventual executive editor of Dwell magazine, helping the publication score an ASME award. In 2006 he moved to New York to relaunch American Craft magazine and in 2009 he became the chief brand officer of ReadyMade magazine.