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Why Do We Have Things?

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Rank #173 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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96 Ratings
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Come back!

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

96 Ratings
Average Ratings
65
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?

Latest release on Apr 12, 2018

All 26 episodes from oldest to newest

S2 01: Melissa Coleman, The Faux Martha & The Minimalist Kitchen

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Rita talks to Melissa Coleman, blogger at The Faux Martha and author of The Minimalist Kitchen, about things.

Apr 12 2018

48mins

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024: Jaime Derringer, Design Milk

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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 and practically furnishing her home, about maintaining an identity outside of her brand(s), the things she finds the most exciting in design, and even about virtual reality and 3d printing.

Jul 12 2016

1hr 3mins

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023: Building a smart, thoughtful business with Lizzie and Kathryn Fortunato of Lizzie Fortunato

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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, responsible production and collections and designing a home. 

Jun 29 2016

1hr 7mins

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022: Aligning Your Business With Your Artistic Process with Rebecca Atwood of Rebecca Atwood Designs

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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 her to launch her own collection, about learning all of the different aspects of owning your own business, and about building a thoughtful business that aligns with your own ideals. 

Jun 14 2016

56mins

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21: "It's Okay to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)" with Nora McInerny Purmort

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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, navigating social media – from hate follows to finding support through people you’d have never found otherwise, and Nora’s perspective on “things” – the reminders and memories she has of Aaron, why they matter, and, also, why they don’t. 

Instead of a sponsor for today’s episode, we’re sponsoring Nora’s organization, Still Kicking. Thank you so much for listening and supporting our sponsors, which in turn allows us to share incredible stories and support really good people.  

May 24 2016

1hr 16mins

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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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019: Listening to your instincts to build a business that you love, with artist and textile designer Caroline Z. Hurley

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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 

May 13 2016

54mins

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018: Building the best possible product with Dan Hauber of Wright Bedding

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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 – from the initial idea to the moment he knew he had to quit his job and focus on WRIGHT full time, to the 27 iterations and the jawbone testing that led to Wright’s first mattress, to the decision to build a product that is as beautiful as it is functional. 

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 

May 10 2016

55mins

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017: Finding Balance and Creating Value as Small Business Owners with Kelli Murray of Rylee & Cru and Sam Larson of Lone Flag

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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 ethics,the actual process that goes into making products and growing abusiness, and, why we should all shop a little bit more like ourdads. 

This podcast is sponsored by Victor Athletics & Wilson &Willy's. 

May 03 2016

57mins

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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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