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Why Do We Have Things?

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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004: 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, wasreleased 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!

1hr 3mins

19 Jan 2016

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001: 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, 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! 


7 Jan 2016

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003: 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 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

1hr 11mins

12 Jan 2016

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019: 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 instincts, and about embracing change and opportunities as they come your way.   Thank you to Wright Bedding for sponsoring Why Do We Have Things? and this bonus episode of the podcast. Use code “theamericanedit” for 15% off any purchase at www.wrightbedding.com 


13 May 2016

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008: “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 it hurts.”


16 Feb 2016

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013: 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 collaborations with both Target & West Elm! Rita Talks to Mary Jo about her creative process, showing your work, and putting yourself out there to accomplish your goals.

1hr 12mins

5 Apr 2016

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011: 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 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.


8 Mar 2016

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020: 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 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


17 May 2016

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009: 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.


23 Feb 2016

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

Get to know Alexandra Sklar, the founder and merchandising director ofThe Merchant Home. Alexandra and Rita talk about about her transition fromarchitecture to merchandising, sources of inspiration, purposefully cultivating andsupporting women within the design industry, and Alexandra’s new project, The Year of Open.


15 Mar 2016

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