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Thu, 08/08/2013 - 15:21

Holstee started small -- the company made t-shirts with a holster for your phone. Holster + tee = Holstee. Having gone through the manufacturing process, Holstee Co-Founder Fabian Pfortmüller says he and the rest of the team realized their concept had potential to change the retail industry.

 

"We believe that people are hungry to know: Where's a product from? Where is it made? Why does it matter for me to buy the product?" Pfortmüller explains.

 

Armed with this new philosophy, Holstee expanded into a marketplace for sustainable and upcycled goods. Rather than pushing the "buy local" angle, Holstee makes consumers lust after its goods by creating a lifestyle and living for a manifesto, not profits.

 

"For every big decision, we make sure that we don't only look at the numbers but also think about why we're doing it in the first place," says Pfortmüller. It always comes back to the Holstee Manifesto, which dictates myriad ways to assess success aside from revenue. "We wrote down everything we believe in, everything that is important to us," says Pfortmüller.

 

And that earnestness and candor has resonated with consumers. On Black Friday, one of the year's biggest shopping days, Holstee -- believing that family and friends lead to more happiness than a new tee -- shut down its website and left a note encouraging customers to spend time with family, not money on unnecessary items.

 

That's not the first time Holstee has shunned revenue for a cause it believes in. Through a partnership withKiva, Holstee invests 10% of its gross revenue in microfinance to help artisans in the developing world scale their business as Holstee scales its own. What Holstee loses in cash, it gains in brand value. Customers have an emotional connection with Holstee, and that brings them back as loyal customers in a way that Amazondoes not.

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 15:13

Is it possible to make how you eat cuter? We didn’t think it was possible but, apparently, it is possible: artist/designer/Los Angeles philanthropist Dylan Kendall has made little bowls, tablewares, and more that have little feet on them. They look like tiny table setting people from Beauty And The Beast! They’re painfully adorable.

The series are Kendall’s Efeet Collection, a designy effort to “make mealtime more fun.” The project has been a long time coming for her and, back in May, she had the collection funded via Kickstarter. Once that project went above and beyond the expectation, she launched another Kickstarter campaign to share new items. Now the Efeet Collection covers bowls, salt and pepper shakers, mugs, candle holders, vases, and more. You can have lots of little footed glassware all over your house!

The joy of these bowls are their simplicity. They would be too cheesy and too TJ Maxx if they had shoes on or if they had arms or clothes or anything else to them. They are just your standard polished white clay bowls with tiny feet for them to stand on. Her additional collection has seen some variety like painting them orange and adding little eyelets and making some toothy (which reminds me of the movie Teeth: they’re a little unsettling).

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 14:48

The Egyptian created collections for Oxford. They are 14 lines with items like cups and mugs that are sold on the domestic market and are also exported. Initial sales exceeded expectations.

São Paulo – Oxford Porcelanas, a company headquartered in Santa Catarina, should start selling a collection of porcelain signed by Egyptian designer Karim Rashid. According to the company’s Marketing Department, the items were presented at Frankfurt Fair, in Germany, and at the Gift Fair, in Brazil, and the answer is being excellent. “Initial sales exceeded our expectations,” said Oxford to ANBA. The collection is the greatest bet for the company’s sales and revenues in 2013.

The company’s intention is sell the products on the Brazilian market and also to export them. Sales, for the time being, are not being focussed to any region of the world. Oxford exports to 90 countries. “Karim’s work is world renowned, so we have no specific bet,” says the company. After the first step, however, is to present the collection at large fairs and to the opinion makers, Oxford should think up a market strategy for some regions.

Oxford was established in the 1950s in the city of São Bento do Sul, where it has its headquarters to date. The company invests in research and product sustainability is one of its main concerns, with the use of its own, certified raw materials. Since 1968, the company created a mining area to supply its demand for clay for production of table ceramics and porcelain.

Thu, 08/08/2013 - 14:42

Previously only available in a handful of stores, gorgeous homeware brand Piling Palang now has a space of its own in Tianzifang, and it’s every bit as charming as the goods it houses. Lacquer lanterns dangle at the entrance to an adorable little cubby-hole displaying ceramic, lacquer and cloisonné objets d’art, while traditional Chinese stools painted Pepto-Bismol pink and a sturdy wooden workbench lend a workshop feel.

Founded in Paris in 2010 by Judy Kim and Tianjin-born Bingbing Deng, the brand’s rise has been meteoric, garnering both commercial and critical success (their sunbird lantern won the Elle Décor award for contemporary Chinese design in 2011).

Inspired by traditional Oriental objects – Chinese drums, lanterns and tiffin boxes – and symbolic motifs such as turtle shells, gingko leaves, phoenixes and peonies, Deng’s designs neatly avoid cliché by opting for fresh, bright hues in place of the typical red-and-gold colour combination, or playing with proportion – enlarging a traditional Chinese snuff bottle to vase-like dimensions, for example. This might leave some customers confused as to its function but it also ‘inspires creative use,’ claims Deng.

The range of designs (new collections are released every three months or so) in-store range from a minimalist white tea-set printed with a tiny pair of scarlet lips, to decorative side-plates painted with Chinese acrobats  and lacquer trays covered in an eye-popping jumble of 1930s signage.

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