Posts tagged Feature
A Day on the Farm with Island Creek Oysters

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.

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Cape Cod Modern

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. 

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Shop Visit: Pensa

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. 

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Checking in With Imprint Venture Lab

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.

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Feeling Lucky

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.

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Studio Visit: Outlier

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.

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