Why Do We Have Things?
By The American Edit | Rita Mehta & Erin Husted
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Have you ever wondered about the people who made your favorite mug, shirt or chair? In Why Do We Have Things?, Rita Mehta of The American Edit and Erin Husted of Hackwith Design House interview the independent designers, artists, small business owners and creatives behind our favorite things.
||CleanS2 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.||4/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean024: 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...||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean023: 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,...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean022: 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...||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit21: "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,...||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean020: 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..||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean019: 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...||5/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean018: 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 –...||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean017: 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...||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit016: 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...||4/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean015: 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,...||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean014: 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...||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean013: 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...||4/5/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean012: 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...||3/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean011: 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...||3/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean010: 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...||3/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean009: 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.||2/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean008: “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...||2/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean007: 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...||2/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit006: 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.||2/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean005: From Vintage to Fragrance, Building a Thoughtful Business with Kate Jennings of Na Nin||Get to know Kate Jennings, founder of Na Nin. Kate talks to Erin about her transition from school teacher to shop owner, the songs and memories that inspire her fragrance brand, and about building a thoughtful, responsible...||1/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean004: Storytelling, shopping, and simplifying with Erin Boyle of Simple Matters & Reading My Tea Leaves||Get to know author and blogger Erin Boyle. Erin’s first book, Simple Matters, was released on January 12, 2016 and her blog Reading My Tea Leaves is an ode to simplicity and small-space living. Erin speaks with Erin & Rita about starting a...||1/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean003: From Fine Art to Fashion Design with Lisa Hackwith of Hackwith Design House||Get to know Lisa Hackwith, fashion designer and founder of Hackwith Design House. Lisa, Erin (who also happens to be Lisa's business partner) and Rita talk about Lisa's education in fine art and her transition to fashion design, why she decided...||1/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean001: Building a Product Based Company with Suann Song of Appointed||Get to know the woman behind your favorite American made notebooks. Suann Song, the owner and founder of Simple Song Design & Appointed, talks to Rita about the path she followed that led to starting not one but two companies, her favorite quote,...||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean002: Finding Inspiration and managing art and business with Heather Day||Get to know an abstract artist. Heather Day, an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area, talks to Rita about her work, finding inspiration through a cross country road trip and her love of surfing, managing a business without taking focus away from..||1/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean000: Why Do We Have Things? - Prologue||Kicking off our podcast... we're nervous and excited to tell you a little bit about what we've got planned for this season! Subscribe and leave a review in iTunes to be entered into a contest to win a prize from our sponsors! Shownotes are...||12/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Great new podcast!
Big fan of The American Edit, very excited to listen to more interviews!
Interview podcasts with creative people are my absolute favorite and as a lover of Rita’s blog, The American Edit, I knew right away this new podcast would become one of my favorites. Sure enough, the first episode with an artist I love to follow, Heather Day, was insightful, inspiring and felt like I was joining in a conversation with friends. Can’t wait for more episodes!
Really enjoying this podcast so far!
I've been looking for high-quality design and creativity podcasts to listen to at work, and this one hits the spot! Fascinating to hear designers talk about the nuts and bolts of growing their businesses, as well as their differing approaches to inspiration and creativity. Excited to hear more.