Brooklyn Butcher Adds Leather Items to Its Meat Menu

Feb 16, 2011
Megan Bedard is a sucker for sustainable agriculture and a good farmers market, she likes writing about food almost as much as eating it.
After your BLT, how about throwing around the old pigskin? Skinned from the pig you ate.

Kate Huling and her husband had a good thing going in Brooklyn, New York, with their locally sourced butcher shop and grocery store, Marlow and Daughters. Offering choice meat cuts, boutique cheeses and honeys, and specialty groceries, the little shop is an omnivore oasis to hipsters, foodies, and fans of a good steak.

Priding themselves on having "a conversation with the farmers who raise our cows, pigs, ducks—you name it," as Kate describes, the joint especially appeals to eaters who crave local meat.

Now the butchers are going whole hog in their commitment to using the total animal by opening a brother store, Marlow and Sons, that offers handbags and footballs made from the beasts they slaughter. At 300 to 400 bucks a pop, the bags are proof of a fat wallet as much as of a dedication to locally sourced fashion. Still, the leather goods seem to be selling. One Yelp reviewer, Thy R., bypassed the ball and bag shop because there was a line just to check out the merch.

According to Time, Kate wants to add rabbit fur hats and lambswool sweaters to the store's collection. She's motivated by the idea of supporting farmers, and takes inspiration from connecting people to the food they eat.


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