Hey, in-studio guests! Dan and Lauren chat with Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo, co-founders of Of A Kind, about running an e-commerce startup, Apple’s new iPads, and design around the world. (Bonus! Use offer code NEEDLE for $10 off at Of a Kind.)
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In Episode 12, we talk at length about Zady.com, the new e-commerce company whose goal is to educate its shoppers about the origins of the products it sells. Here’s a roundup of sites and brands with a similar mission. -LS
Zady: On each product page, there’s a section titled “Why It’s Special”. Underneath, there are badges indicating what makes the product worthy of Zady.com. Badges include “Made in the USA” and “Handmade”. Zady currently stocks clothes and accessories for both men and women including shirts by Steven Alan, bags by Claire Vivier, as well as jeans by Imogene + Willie, plus interesting home goods.
Shinola: The brand’s big business is luxury watches made in Detroit and sold for a quarter of what similar-quality timepieces cost. The company also sells leather bags, bikes and notebooks, almost all Made in America.
Of a Kind: Everyday, Of a Kind introduces one new limited-edition product. And the designer’s backstory is given as much airtime as the product itself. Featured designers include Chiyome, Catbird, and Fleabags.
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As mentioned in Episode 10, this is a great — and beautiful, hardcover — book for design nerds. Foreword by Jony Ive, Apple’s SVP of Design.