Brooklyn Slate bloomed in the spring of 2009 after Brooklyn-based graphic designer Sean Tice and Parsons graduate student Kristy Hadeka come together to visited her family's slate quarry. After exploring the quarry, a few slate pieces caught their eye and they decided to bring the all purpose boards back home to Brooklyn. They discovered the slate could be used for a multitude of purposes, from coasters to trivets, and it helped that each piece was modern, industrial, and unique. This was the start of Brooklyn Slate. Sean and Kristy now regularly visit the family quarry in upstate New York, and hand pick each of their favorite pieces. These authentic, one-of-a-kind pieces are then sent to their studio in Brooklyn, where they cut and clean the stone for use. They achieve the rough look of their pieces by chipping the edges by hand with a slate cutter and other tools. All of the packaging used for their products can be repurposed and each piece made is entirely unique in shape, color, cut, and look.