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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.

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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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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

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?

Updated 8 days ago

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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: 013: Starting a daily creative project with Mary Jo Hoffman of Still Blog

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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.

Apr 05 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #2: 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 #3: 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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Rank #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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. 

Thanks to our sponsors:

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Victor Athletics - use code "americanedit" for 20% off your purchase!

Apr 12 2016

49mins

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Rank #7: 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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Rank #8: 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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Rank #9: 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 #10: 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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