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Collaborating with the Community
Community involvement goes right to the heart of New York City’s Brooklyn Industries: The year the first store opened, founders Lexy Funk and Vahap Avsar joined a local campaign against a power plant project that was proposed for the neighborhood. Today, the company often works with community organizations to design products for sale in Brooklyn Industries’ 11 stores. A portion of the profit from each sale is typically donated to the group. "It goes back to the base of who we are, being engaged with the community, but always through creativity and through a project," says Funk.