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Why Do We Have Things?

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Rank #184 in Design category

Arts
Design
Fashion & Beauty
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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.

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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.

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By cactus_cat - Jan 30 2019
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I miss this thoughtful podcast.

So Glad Season 2 is Here!

By Jessie Artigue - Apr 12 2018
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I was so delighted to see a new episode (and shiny new album cover) in my podcast subscriptions this morning! Already excited for what the upcoming shows have in store and grateful for the return of these heartfelt discussions.

iTunes Ratings

95 Ratings
Average Ratings
64
30
0
1
0

Come back!

By cactus_cat - Jan 30 2019
Read more
I miss this thoughtful podcast.

So Glad Season 2 is Here!

By Jessie Artigue - Apr 12 2018
Read more
I was so delighted to see a new episode (and shiny new album cover) in my podcast subscriptions this morning! Already excited for what the upcoming shows have in store and grateful for the return of these heartfelt discussions.

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Why Do We Have Things?

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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.

Rank #1: 004: Storytelling, shopping, and simplifying with Erin Boyle of Simple Matters & Reading My Tea Leaves

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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 blog,
her focus on simplifying her life, her approach to shopping, and the process of writing a book as a new mom!

Jan 19 2016

1hr 3mins

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Rank #2: 003: From Fine Art to Fashion Design with Lisa Hackwith of Hackwith Design House

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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 to reinvent the typical fashion calendar, how she found her following on social media, and producing her collection thoughtfully and responsibly in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Shownotes are available at www.theamericanedit.com/podcast

Jan 12 2016

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: 001: Building a Product Based Company with Suann Song of Appointed

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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, the massive amount of research and work behind the scenes that got her to where she is today, her experience with Kickstarter, and how launching a brand has changed the way she shops.

Shownotes are available at www.theamericanedit.com/podcast

Subscribe and leave a review in iTunes to be entered into a contest to win a prize from our sponsors! 

Jan 07 2016

45mins

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Rank #4: 020: Creativity through Constraints with Mary MacGill of Mary MacGill Jewelry

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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

May 17 2016

38mins

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Rank #5: 016: Conscientious compromises and building a thoughtful product business with Nicole Najafi of Industry Standard

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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.  

Apr 26 2016

1hr 22mins

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Rank #6: 015: Crafting and textile arts with Zinzi Edmundson of Knit Wit Magazine

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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.

Apr 19 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #7: 012: From architecture to merchandising with Alexandra Sklar of The Merchant Home

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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.

Mar 15 2016

53mins

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Rank #8: 014: Building a business is like riding a rollercoaster, with Courtney Kates Garcia of Maison du Soir

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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. 

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Apr 12 2016

49mins

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Rank #9: 011: Sustainability - in products and in business - with Erin Dollar of Cotton & Flax

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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.

Mar 08 2016

52mins

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Rank #10: 005: From Vintage to Fragrance, Building a Thoughtful Business with Kate Jennings of Na Nin

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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 business. 
 
Shownotes are available at www.theamericanedit.com/podcast
 
This episode is sponsored by Appointed, Hackwith Design House, and Wilson & Willy's.

Jan 26 2016

51mins

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