Brooklyn's Best Entrepreneurs

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Lexy Funk of Brooklyn Industries

Brooklyn artist Lexy Funk began making messenger bags out of billboard vinyl in the 1990s, from the factory loft where she lived. In 2001 she expanded to her first apparel retail store in the neighborhood of Williamsburg, calling it Brooklyn Industries. Brooklyn Industries now comprises 14 storefronts nationwide and a thriving online retailer. The company's commitment to local artist-designers, plus organic and post-consumer fabrics, helped Funk win Ernst & Young's 2010 Entrepreneur of the Year award for the New York area.