Co-founder of PELLE, the brick-and-mortar design studio and shop in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Builds interiors and all products within: refined forms of candlesticks, soaps, chandeliers, furniture, and more. Inspired by architecture, clean lines, organic composition, and his family – especially his wife and design partner, Jean, who occupies the other half of the design collaborative.
Creator of Mike’s Hot Honey. Discovered spicy pepper infused honey in a pizzeria while hiking through a small town in Brazil. Came home to Brooklyn and spent seven years perfecting his own recipe: a secret mix of honey from Pennsylvania, chilies from Minas Gerais in Southern Brazil, and vinegar. “It’s always been a dream of mine to become a condiment man, and I feel like I’m taking the steps necessary, at this point, to reach that goal.”
Scientist, writer, match teacher, and entrepreneur. Co-founder Farm to Baby, (with partner Lauren Utvitch), a service that delivers natural, organic, freshly prepared baby food made from produce grown in local farms. The service also reuses bags and jars that the food is delivered in. “Together with you and our farmers, we’re working to leave the earth better then we found it… we might not be able to save the planet, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.”
Printer and owner of Haven Press Studio, a print shop born out of the interest to make printmaking accessible to artists, designers, publishers, and people who are interested in having something make into an edition the old fashion way – by crafting a set through hand-printing. “We print fine art by hand… We want to make things and to help you make things as well. We think printing is something that most anyone can, (and should) learn about.”
Opened Sycamore Flower Shop & Bar, located in the leafy, quiet corner of Ditmas Park. Sycamore creates hand-tied bouquets and artisanal pottery during the day, and pours small-batch bourbons, microbrews, and barley wine at night. It also hosts live performances by local musicians. “We liked the idea of combining two businesses in one place, like Marlow and Sons in Williamsburg where there’s a little grocery shop up front and a dining space in the back… This is the perfect place for a boyfriend. If he’s not in a fight, he can come in for flowers. If he’s in a fight, he can come, talk to the bartender, realize he’s wrong and then get flowers.”
Carpenter and woodworker rooted in Brooklyn, NY. Shares a
workshops with other artisans, for added support and shared inspiration. Crafts
custom pieces of furniture and interior installations for both personal homes
and commercial spaces.
Founder of Joya, a creative collective known for translating artistry into fragrance. Each item is hand-crafted with traditional techniques, using sustainable materials and involving local artisans. “It’s a very intimate company. We all work very closely together, and essentially every single products we distribute touches everyone’s hands along the way.”