The Well is a sleek, simple wooden container for boxed wine. I am totally ok with this on my kitchen counter.
I am intrigued by the notion of having Duct Tape on me at all times with this Duct Tape Keychain. Tape everything!
The Confessions Game is designed to get a group of friends to share their lives triumphs, joys, fears and longings. #wishlisted
Turn your trusty cellular companion into the subject of a scavenger hunt between you and your friends: Game of Phones.
Amazon has created a small grocery store in Seattle that allows customers to grab items off shelves and walk out without having to wait in a checkout line. They’re charged automatically. This is terrifying and fascinating all at once.
Mevo is a stunning camera that lets you easily livestream or simply record any event. We recently used Mevo at a CreativeMornings and I walked away incredibly impressed by the quality that this little camera delivers. It’s quite magical! It’s like having access to multiple cameras in one device. And the app it comes with lets you edit on the fly. Two swissmiss thumbs up!
Quiet Town is a husband wife team in Brooklyn that makes beautiful shower curtains and bath rugs with canvas that is 100% GOTS certified organic 10oz cotton from India. They source the most ethical and quality materials and work with people who care about the environment and their employees. Brooklyn made. Yes, please!
(via Cool Hunting)
What’s not to love about these colorful playing cards? They feature a full spectrum of colors on their face and a uniform black and white pattern on their backs.
(I discovered them via a comment in my blog post yesterday asking about what smaller companies should we be supporting this holiday season?)
Loes Heerink captured beautiful overhead photos of street vendors in Hanoi.
Every time you buy something, you vote with your wallet.
As someone who has bootstrapped companies and knows just how hard it is to do it right, to fight the good fight and do things the right way, not just for the bottom-line, but actually run a business with a set of values that might make the world a tiny bit better, I know just how incredibly hard it is to make it work. Just like this election has shown, the ruthless ones, the ones that don’t care about anything other than full pockets, are the ones that usually win.
I have bootstrapped Tattly from the beginning and we had some wonderful successes but it is a bumpy road, even 5 years in. I believe in manufacturing whatever I can in the U.S. I believe in selecting my artists carefully and paying them a generous royalty. I believe in shipping everything out of Brooklyn and creating lower wage jobs in the city. I believe in creating a healthy work environment for my employees and offer sane working hours. I could go on! All of these values make it exponentially harder to succeed. Our business model has been copied by people that don’t care about any of these things and that are just in for the money.
All of this has made me realize that I need to be more careful on how I spend my money and who I support and endorse. My purchases have a direct impact. Supporting small matters. Here are are few small companies and individuals that I know, or have been following for a long time, that have a set of values I admire. I want them to succeed with their businesses.
Help me grow this list! What small entrepreneurs or individuals should we be supporting and why? Write suggestions below as a comment with links to their sites. I am actively keeping tab of companies that make the world a little better and will continuously support them, here on my blog and beyond.
Here is my GROWING list of companies I suggest you consider supporting this holiday season:
Slow Factory – Fashion as a tool for social and environmental change. NASA images printed on 100% natural fabric and eco-friendly dyes and process.
Holstee – a subscription that explores one mindful theme each month through art, words and action.
Various Keytags – get someone a special key chain. The people that run it are special too.
Three Potato Four – Janet Morales and Stu Eli began Three Potato Four through their love of found objects. It’s been a pleasure to watch their labor of love grow into a company.
Pipsticks – Monthly sticker subscription, run by a super kind couple with three kids.
Tinybop – the best educational kids apps out there. SUCH good, smart people that run this company.
JAM – online courses for kids. Zach Klein, the founder, is good people.
The Sill – Get some plants into your home and office. Healthy plants by healthy, lovely humans.
– American Heirloom – I have one of their cutting boards. It’s my favorite.
Field Notes – the original. I have admired Jim Coudal, the founder, for a long time and he has been instrumental in my decision to let go of clients. He is an entrepreneur with values I admire.
Jen makes beautiful jewelry. And she is a beautiful human.
Rifle Paper – satisfy all of your paper needs. Anna Bond, the illustrator behind the brand, has shaped this industry. She is probably the hardest working human on this planet.
Etsy – a company with fantastic values and a serious moral compass, supporting makers around the world. YES!
Brooklyn Industries – know and admire the founders.
Oliver Jeffers – one of the most talented and hardest working artists I know. Buy a print or look for his picture books next time you’re in a book store.
Brvtvs – a New York based jewelry collection created by Caroline Ventura.
City of Industry – It’s been a pleasure seeing Sara build out her pin business into more than just that. A labor of love I want to see succeed!
Soma – Good people. Good products.
Charity Water – instead of christmas/wedding or birthday gifts fundraise for clean water?
Lumi – I met Jesse Genet, the co-founder recently and was so impressed by her hustle and enthusiasm to improve the world of packaging goods.
Kikkerland – my favorite place to find fun gifts.
ban.do – a destination for slightly silly fun gifts.
Ghostly – it’s easy to get lost in their music or products.
Haptic Lab – stunning products by a remarkable woman.
Poketo – beautiful gifts curated by a beautiful couple.
Paper Jam Press – love these so much.
Hendley – I have never met a person before that makes perfumes. Hans’ love for this industry is beautiful to follow along.
Adam J. K. – one of my favorite places to shop for gifts on the internet.
This made me look: The Empathy Toy is a blindfolded puzzle game that can only be solved when players learn to understand each other.
Branch is a double-handed umbrella, that ensures couples guide their path together, and at the same pace.
After all that’s been happening in the U.S. recently Anna Sergeeva wanted to do something positive. With the goal to spread some much needed kindness she designed compliment posters: passersby can tear off compliments for themselves or their friends. On thecomplimentproject.org, anyone can download these posters. Go, print them out and share some compliments…