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Why Do We Have Things?
48 minutes | Apr 12, 2018
S2 01: Melissa Coleman, The Faux Martha & The Minimalist Kitchen
Rita talks to Melissa Coleman, blogger at The Faux Martha and author of The Minimalist Kitchen, about things.
63 minutes | Jul 12, 2016
024: Jaime Derringer, Design Milk
Get to know Jaime Derringer, the founder of Design Milk, Dog Milk and Adorn Milk, cohost of the Clever podcast, an artist, podcaster, musician, etc., etc. Jaime talks to Rita about the process of starting Design Milk, about slowly and practically furnishing her home, about maintaining an identity outside of her brand(s), the things she finds the most exciting in design, and even about virtual reality and 3d printing.
67 minutes | Jun 29, 2016
023: Building a smart, thoughtful business with Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato of Lizzie Fortunato
Get to know sisters Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato, owners of the jewelry brand, Lizzie Fortunato. Rita talks to Lizzie and Kathryn about starting their business, the locations and experiences that influence the collection, focusing on thoughtful, responsible production and collections and designing a home.
56 minutes | Jun 14, 2016
022: Aligning Your Business With Your Artistic Process with Rebecca Atwood of Rebecca Atwood Designs
Today’s guest is Rebecca Atwood, the founder and maker behind Rebecca Atwood Designs, a Brooklyn-based line of home goods that focus on the artistic process. Erin & Becca talk about how Becca's career experience designing for key retailers led her to launch her own collection, about learning all of the different aspects of owning your own business, and about building a thoughtful business that aligns with your own ideals.
77 minutes | May 24, 2016
21: "It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)" with Nora McInerny Purmort
Get to know Nora McInerny Purmort, author of “It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too), a memoir written after Nora’s husband, Aaron, died from brain cancer. Nora, Erin, & Rita talk about Nora’s experiences writing the book, navigating social media – from hate follows to finding support through people you’d have never found otherwise, and Nora’s perspective on “things” – the reminders and memories she has of Aaron, why they matter, and, also, why they don’t. Instead of a sponsor for today’s episode, we’re sponsoring Nora’s organization, Still Kicking. Thank you so much for listening and supporting our sponsors, which in turn allows us to share incredible stories and support really good people.
39 minutes | May 17, 2016
020: Creativity through Constraints with Mary MacGill of Mary MacGill Jewelry
Today’s guest is Mary MacGill, an incredible jewelry designer who makes her entire collection by hand in her studio in New York. Mary and Rita talk about the insight that led her to find a new way to make jewelry, the places and art that inspire her collection, and about finding different ways to be creative as your business grows. This episode is sponsored by Wright Bedding. Use code "theamericanedit" for 15% off your purchase at www.wrightbedding.com
55 minutes | May 13, 2016
019: Listening to your instincts to build a business that you love, with artist and textile designer Caroline Z. Hurley
Get to know Caroline Z. Hurley, an incredible artist in New York who is known for beautiful block printed textiles. Caroline and Rita talk about the different experiences that led hear to her current career, about following and listening to your instincts, and about embracing change and opportunities as they come your way. Thank you to Wright Bedding for sponsoring Why Do We Have Things? and this bonus episode of the podcast. Use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off any purchase at www.wrightbedding.com
55 minutes | May 10, 2016
018: Building the best possible product with Dan Hauber of Wright Bedding
Get to know Dan Hauber, the founder of Wright Bedding, a design driven company that focuses on making the best possible mattresses, pillows and bedding right here in America. Dan and Rita talk all about the process that went into launching WRIGHT – from the initial idea to the moment he knew he had to quit his job and focus on WRIGHT full time, to the 27 iterations and the jawbone testing that led to Wright’s first mattress, to the decision to build a product that is as beautiful as it is functional. Thank you to Wright Bedding for sponsoring Why Do We Have Things? and this bonus episode of the podcast. Use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off any purchase at www.wrightbedding.com
57 minutes | May 3, 2016
017: Finding Balance and Creating Value as Small Business Owners with Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru and Sam Larson of Lone Flag
Get to know Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru and Sam Larson ofLone Flag, Other Sons, and Hold. Erin, Kelli, and Sam talk aboutbuilding separate businesses as a married couple, creating the bestproduct by focusing on the value as opposed to (just) the ethics,the actual process that goes into making products and growing abusiness, and, why we should all shop a little bit more like ourdads. This podcast is sponsored by Victor Athletics & Wilson &Willy's.
83 minutes | Apr 26, 2016
016: Conscientious compromises and building a thoughtful product business with Nicole Najafi of Industry Standard
Get to know Nicole Najafi, founder of Industry Standard, a direct to consumer denim brand founded by Nicole Najafi to deliver premium quality (the industry standard…) denim without a higher price point. Industry Standard jeans are designed in New York and made in the denim district of LA, using Cone Denim from North Carolina. Rita & Nicole talk about the process of launching Industry Standard when coming from a digital marketing background, the conscientious compromises we make every day, and about focusing on real, thoughtful products – and relationships – while building your business.
61 minutes | Apr 19, 2016
015: Crafting and textile arts with Zinzi Edmundson of Knit Wit Magazine
Get to know Zinzi Edmundson, the editor of Knit Wit Magazine, a print magazine that celebrates the dynamic world of contemporary fiber arts and craft. Rita & Zinzi talk about the process of starting a print magazine, the current crafting movement, and the feminism in the textile arts world.
49 minutes | Apr 12, 2016
014: Building a business is like riding a rollercoaster, with Courtney Kates Garcia of Maison du Soir
Get to know Courtney Kates Garcia, the founder of Maison du Soir, a contemporary sleepwear collection designed and made in LA. Rita talks to Courtney about launching her collection, pep talks and thought processes that get them through the day, and the idea of failing - everyday. Thanks to our sponsors: Nicely Noted Victor Athletics - use code "americanedit" for 20% off your purchase!
73 minutes | Apr 5, 2016
013: Starting a daily creative project with Mary Jo Hoffman of Still Blog
Get to know Mary Jo Hoffman, the founder of Still Blog, a photo-a-day-blog featuring objects found in nature during daily walks. Mary Jo started her creative ritual five years ago and recently celebrated 1500 photos – and the launch of product collaborations with both Target & West Elm! Rita Talks to Mary Jo about her creative process, showing your work, and putting yourself out there to accomplish your goals.
54 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
012: From architecture to merchandising with Alexandra Sklar of The Merchant Home
Get to know Alexandra Sklar, the founder and merchandising director of The Merchant Home. Alexandra and Rita talk about about her transition from architecture to merchandising, sources of inspiration, purposefully cultivating and supporting women within the design industry, and Alexandra’s new project, The Year of Open.
53 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
011: Sustainability - in products and in business - with Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax
Get to know Erin Dollar, Erin Dollar, the founder and maker of Cotton & Flax, a Los Angeles-based line of handmade textile home goods made using natural materials, including linen fabrics and eco-friendly water-based inks. Erin & Erin talk about sustainability - both in products and in business, building the right business for you, regardless of what the industry tells you you should do, and using social media for good - and to make real, meaningful connections.
71 minutes | Mar 1, 2016
010: Makers vs. Business Owners vs. Artists with Susan Connor, textile designer
Get to know Susan Connor, the self-taught pattern designer and artist whose eponymous collection features beautiful hand made, block-printed textiles. Susan & Rita talk about learning by doing, trends vs. design, and the differences between “makers” and “business owners”. This episode is sponsored by Nicely Noted & Hackwith Design House
47 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
009: From Jewelry to Kitchen Towels: Finding the Value in The Things We Keep
Get to know Kay Wang the owner and jewelry designer of The Things We Keep, a home and jewelry line based on the idea that of all the things we accumulate in our lifetime, the things that stay with us are the things we keep most dear to us.
51 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
008: “Your next item of clothing should be so expensive that it hurts” with Marc Bain from Quartz
Get to know Marc Bain, the Quartz fashion writer. Rita talks to Marc about his background in writing and apparel production and how that led to his brilliant article (and shopping theory), “Your next item of clothing should be so expensive that it hurts.”
38 minutes | Feb 9, 2016
007: Responsible Flowers – and Valentines Day – with Jackie Reisenauer, Munster Rose
Get to know Jackie Reisenauer, the creative director of Munster Rose, a Floral and Event Styling Studio in Minneapolis. Rita & Jackie talk about starting your own business, why flowers count as an experience and a thing (just in time for Valentine's day!), and thoughtful and responsible business practices.
37 minutes | Feb 2, 2016
006: Building a community of like-minded women through style with Michelle LeBlanc of Mille
Get to know Michelle LeBlanc, the owner of your favorite online shop, Mille. Erin & Rita visit Michelle at her studio and talk about starting the shop, getting dressed each day, and the inspiration behind the women-led brands she carries in her shop.
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