Label: Black by Maria Silver
Who: Maria “Poni” Silver
Designs: stage-ready womenswear
Raised in Queens, educated at FIT and trained in Broadway’s Carelli costume shop, it’s no surprise Ettes‘ drummer Poni Silver decided to launch her own line, Black by Maria Silver, in 2011. The ’70s-gypsy-rock collection—featuring billowy palazzo pants, crushed velvet column dresses, and high-waisted trousers. It’s for sale in Silver’s studio/boutique, just one room in Fond Object, a sort of shop-meets-collective that she shares with Ettes’ bandmates Coco Hames and Jem Cohen, as well as artist Rachel Briggs and Jeff “El Jefe” Pettit, who runs the record shop inside, aptly named Fond Object Records. In Silver’s room, you’ll also find buffalo bone jewelry by Atlanta’s Fossil and Hide. The group is also selling a tiny selection of vintage furniture and tchotchkes in the front room. Oh, and there’s a pot-bellied pig, two goats and a dog roaming in the backyard. So if these guys invite you to a barbecue, go.