Better Than Jam was first, the creations of Karin Persan. Hand printed textiles, and original designs, made by hand.

Around 2006, Karin began to take her creations, and sell them.

The line formed while experimenting with designs and selling at craft shows and indie markets in Chicago and into Brooklyn.


Better Than Jam the STORE  opened it's doors February 2010 in Bushwick, Brooklyn, NYC.

Hosting the handmade creations of local designers, crafters, and artists known personally by the brand.


Our newest addition to the Better Than Jam empire is the  STUDIO.  

Karin dreamed of a communal space, where creative peoples would be welcome to use as they needed.  Artist's and Maker's spaces have been getting smaller in smaller, or disappearing completely around here.  Come and use our space if you're cramped and want to be around other creatives.

A makers community. We are growing a place for your skills, talent, and dreams to grow.


We crave a more lively space, so contact us to be a part of it!

If you hand make your own product line and would like to join BTJ,

email a link or images to


Nothing manufactured will be accepted, and new additions must be local, so we can get to know you.

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