Converse sues 31 companies for Chuck Taylor Trademark Infringement
This lawsuit reminded me of an excellent interview on the Modestics blog with the Herman Miller team – Be Original With Herman Miller. The ongoing battle against knockoffs is enough to ruin even large companies… I feel strongly about supporting the original (or going without). But when design pieces become so ubiquitous it is fairly easy to understand that someone may have no idea that s/he is purchasing a knockoff. How do you learn about design to ensure you are buying the best you can buy for yourself?
Nearly Impossible Conference in New York Next Week!
I’m heading to New York next week and will be taking part in Nearly Impossible… an event where product companies come together to learn how to build strong brands and grow successful businesses. There’s a pretty amazing line up and I’m honored to be included. I’ll be offering one-on-one chat sessions at the workshop! Are you attending? I would love to meet you!
LAST! I’ve been asked a few times about the frequency of posts here on TAE – and I apologize. I’m working on some exciting projects at the moment that are taking up most of my attention – but I’m working on getting TAE back up to 3-4 posts and brand interviews a week! In the meanwhile, I’d love to hear what you want help finding when it comes to American Made… and also how you like to get your blog posts. Tweets? Facebook? Pinterest? I just set up Bloglovin again, so here’s that link… Follow my blog with Bloglovin
please let me know! and THANK YOU for following along!
9 Rules for Emailing from Google Exec Eric Schmidt
It’s somewhat bizarre that we’ve become a culture that accepts and excuses unresponsiveness and I’m disappointed in myself for letting my inbox get inexcusably out of control over the last few months. In my old job I managed several hundred emails a day so there is really no excuse for my current inbox! Inbox zero, here we come.
Inside Pinterest, the coming ad colossus that could dwarf Facebook and Twitter
“If Facebook is selling the past and Twitter the present, Pinterest is offering the future. “It’s about what you aspire to do, what you want to do down the line.””
Pinterest does feel more voyeuristic than Instagram if you pay attention – I’ve accurately predicted some pregnancies, moves, and breakups just by seeing what people I know (even just virtually!) pin… it’s a little creepy, if you think about! However… I recently purged old boards and am now re-addicted to pinning – but I’ve got nothing to hide – so follow along if you’d like! Pinterest: The American Edit
Room & Board has always been a favorite of mine (it’s based in MN, so not only are the products primarily American made but it is also a local business!) and I love the transparent approach to product origin they are taking on their website these days…
Reading My Tea Leaves: Growing a Minimalist Wardrobe
I’ve been thoroughly enjoying Erin’s series on growing a minimalist wardrobe – minimalism is a buzzword these days and I appreciate Erin’s authentic approach at a time when so many people seem to be buying an entirely new wardrobe and then calling themselves minimalists for wearing only those pieces. Minimalism isn’t something I talk about that frequently on TAE b/c the entire purpose of this site is to bring you new brands and products, but I absolutely ascribe to the idea that you should buy less, but better and have a fairly small wardrobe that aligns with that mission.
Rebecca Atwood Designs: Naturally Dyed
Becca’s overview of the natural dye process used in her most recent collection is fascinating… again, I love her transparent approach to her production process.
The Nobel Peace Prize
Children must go to school and not be financially exploited. I’m embarrassed to admit that I hadn’t heard of Satyarthi’s work before but I cannot think of a better, more meaningful pairing for the Nobel Peace Prize.