Two of the greats in conversation.Read More
Checking in with New York's newest "Man Shop."Read More
Back when Bennett started seeding Duxbury Bay with oysters in the early 90s, he was warned it was a bad idea. Now some twenty years later, with a booming oyster farm, two restaurants in Boston, an e-commerce business and a foundation committed to creating sustainable aquaculture projects around the world, Skip Bennet’s idea doesn’t seem so laughable.Read More
For the last 20 years owner Dane Owen has been scouring Japan for all sorts of tansu (the traditional Japanese storage chest) tools, textiles and homeware. There’s more history in Shibui than many museums, and all that has to move soon…very soon.Read More
Something sort of amazing started happening on Cape Cod in the beginning of the 20th Century. Designers, architects (trained and untrained), Boston brahmins and bohemians created something of a modern design mecca in the dunes and woods of Truro and Wellfleet. The result was a myriad of beautiful Bauhaus summer cottages scattered amid a remarkable landscape, and an active community of builders, intellectuals and others all connected by their love for the aesthetic.
This history is detailed in Cape Cod Modern, a book as well-researched as it is beautiful.Read More
Pensa means “think” in Italian, which couldn’t be more fitting for a company responsible for producing such thoughtful designs. I recently got to visit their Dumbo shop to see their entry in the Oregon Manifest bike design competition and see their work space as well.Read More
There’s something incredibly satisfying about the alchemy of molded plywood furniture. It’s the process of turning the mundane into the exotic.Read More
It’s been said that we’re in a sort of golden age of product design. Thanks to affordable design software like SketchUp, crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and the incredible reach of social media, it’s never before easier to build a brand and launch a product.
If you have a good idea, you can make it a reality.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some big barriers for product designers.Read More
I’ve been thinking a lot about luck lately. I think it’s probably pretty common for any entrepreneur to consider how luck will play into their success or failure.
There are the things you can control (how many posts to put up a day, which Instagrams to post, quality and design of a product, etc) and then there are the complete intangibles. The lucky events, meetings, relationships that could really change things for the better.
Or maybe not.Read More
The Knickerbocker Mfg. Co. half pipe isn’t getting a lot of use these days. That’s a good thing.Read More
Think of Fort Makers as a factory for the imagination. Artist collective, design group, builders, makers. These are all also accurate terms, but none of them are quite sufficient enough to describe the super creative four-person group based near the Brooklyn Navy Yard who just launched an online shop.
If there’s one brand that epitomizes new manufacturing in Brooklyn, it’s Outlier. The Williamsburg-based company started out by trying to solve a critical problem: a lack of a functional bike commuting clothes. And now Outlier has grown into a web-savvy retailer that designs their own highly-technical fabrics for super functional clothes that make people’s lives better, mainly by making bike commuting more comfortable.
Launched in 2008, Outlier has now expanded beyond making shirts and pants to shorts, outerwear, blazers and more, but they’ve stayed true to their core belief that clothes have to perform on the bike, and off. And today they launched the Shank Jacket, a new take on the classic denim jacket.Read More