Category Archives: Guest Hunter

Guest Hunter, Maj Anya DeBear

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Maj Anya DeBear

Maj Anya DeBear

Maj Anya DeBear, this week’s Guest Hunter. Maj Anya is a textile designer and artist based in New York City. She launched her line of luxe printed scarves, Ursidae, after finding out that her father was dying of cancer.  The prints are based on a series of tessellation drawings made by him in 1975, and his last wish to his family had been that they help share his designs with the public.  She considers Ursidae a family company, hence the name, which translates to ‘the family of bears’ in Latin.  All of Ursidae’s scarves are named after members of the DeBear family, or Maj Anya’s close circle of friends.

Maj Anya grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but is half Danish and spends time in Copenhagen whenever possible (she will happily give you a whole other list of favorite things for that city, if you ask nicely). She collects vintage scarves and kimonos, and hopes that her pieces will be coveted and then passed down from generation to generation, just as her father’s prints were passed on to her. As a Dane, Maj Anya’s ultimate style icon is Karen Blixen, and Maj Anya is occasionally known to don one of her scarves as a turban in an attempt to emulate her.

When she isn’t working, she enjoys board games, fantasizing about time travel and listening to music with a good string section. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT her super cool picks and some local spots we can’t wait to check out.

Photo: Maj Anya DeBear

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Guest Hunter, Catherine Choi

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Guest Hunter, Catherine Choi

Guest Hunter, Catherine Choi

to this weeks Guest Hunter, Catherine Choi. She’s the brains behind the brilliant line SoYoung, and we are simply honored to have her on threetwentyeight. She’s a mom to three kids, who just happen to be the inspiration behind SoYoung Inc. After finding something missing in the market (and the experience gained from carting around 3 kids and their stuff) she created the Canadian line of urban bags, which are oriented towards the modern family lifestyle. The entire collection, which includes unisex diaper bags, lunch boxes, cooler bags, and backpacks, are not only beautifully designed but also completely functional. They are thought out down to the tiny (but important) details and all I can say is I’m a huge fan!

It’s hard not to admire Catherine’s refreshing point of view as she puts it out there that “SoYoung is not about diaper bags, or any other product, for that matter. It is about acting on inspiration, and the pursuit of possibility. It’s about watching an idea blossom into reality. And the belief that in order to inspire our kids to empower themselves, we must first take action towards our own self-empowerment.”

KEEP READING for more of who and what are inspiring this savvy and super talented business owner, as she gives a shout out to some of her favorites.

Guest Hunter, Kaitlin Solimine

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Guest Hunter, Kaitlin Solimine

Guest Hunter, Kaitlin Solimine

Guest Hunter is Kaitlin Solimine. Kaitlin was raised in New England, has spent a considerable amount of time over the past two decades in China and currently resides in Malibu, California with her husband and their cat.  As you’ve probably gathered, she loves traveling. She’s also a fan of vintage, eco goods, hiking, yoga, and the occasional toe-dip in the Pacific.

This talented globetrotter wrote and edited the travel guide Let’s Go: China (St. Martin’s Press). Kaitlin was also the recipient of the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary award and is author of forthcoming novel, Empire of Glass – so be on the lookout.  Be sure to check out her blog where she shares her travel experiences and tips with the world, but before doing so, TAKE A LOOK at her amazing finds from around the world!

Photo: Kaitlin Solimine

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Guest Hunter, Olivia Lin

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Olivia Lin

Olivia Lin

we have Olivia Lin as our Guest Hunter. She’s co-owner and designer of The Little Hummingbird (check out the other half here), is a vegan blogger and also USA Director of Food4Africa.  She loves all animals, but especially her 3 furry family members Lucciano, Valentine + Bernard.  Olivia enjoys music, a good dance party and So You Think You Can Dance! She has a fondness for gifts + things that keep on giving, products created by independent artists + designers, and like a true California girl.. flip-flops.  The Yummy Year Project, which happens to be one of our daily reads, is Olivia’s blog where she cooks, bakes and tries out different recipes all for a great cause. Even with a lot going on, this kind soul finds time to give back. So you’ll definitely want to KEEP READING to see more of Olivia’s creativity and philanthropy, which is something to be admired.

Photo: Bao Vang

Guest Hunters, Holly & Hadley

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Guest Hunters, Holly & Hadley

Guest Hunters, Holly & Hadley

this week’s Guest Hunters, Holly & Hadley. The 2 friends are co-owners and founders of Tada! Shop (a favorite of ours here at threetwentyeight). The well-curated online marketplace is full of stylish must-haves, cool toys and unique gifts for kids – they’ve got you covered with everything from slingshots to dresses we wish came in our size. Tada! Shop has a super cool assortment, which means Hadley & Holly have some damn good taste, so check out their site and before we get going on their picks, here’s a bit more about these two very cool ladies.

Holly…

What did you do prior to opening Tada! Shop? I worked at Martha Stewart Living and Yahoo.
What are your favorite things to do? I love spending time with my family (she has 4 boys ranging from 1 year old to 10 years old), date nights in the city, hot yoga, and cycling at Flywheel – a bit of me-time is a must.
Trips planned? Our family will be heading up to the lake in Northern Michigan to spend time with lots of family and cousins . Our oldest heads off to sleep-away camp, which is exciting.

Hadley…

What did you do prior to opening Tada! Shop? I worked at style.com.
What are your favorite things to do? Spending time with my family (she has 3 girls ages 4, 8 and 10), morning coffee, daily exercise, home decorating – anything with art and flowers. And I have high hopes that my love of cooking will someday make me really good at it.
Trips planned? We are going to the Adirondacks and Rhode Island which we do every year and I am hoping to go out to Montauk, it’s just one of those places I’ve never been + want to go.

KEEP READING to get inspired!

Guest Hunter, Mimi Tsang

Designer..

Guest Hunter, Mimi Tsang

Guest Hunter, Mimi Tsang

and owner of hello shiso, Mimi Tsang is this week’s Guest Hunter, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  Mimi spent a number of years in New York before heading to Berkeley, CA where she lives with her husband and their 2 kids  – Otis (7) and Bee (4). She finds Berkeley fashion to be “very comfy”, New York “great’ and Tokyo “one of the best cities around – everyone puts so much effort into their looks, even if it’s a messy and tousled look”. Clearly she’s all about individuality and fashion as a form of expression (something we admire!).

So from her not-to-be-missed line (which currently is about hair accessories for girls, but the plan is to add gender-neutral bibs and bags for kids) to her eye for all things cool, Mimi’s not one to miss. KEEP ON READING!

Photo: Mimi Tsang

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Guest Hunter, Lindsay Meyer-Harley

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Guest Hunter, Lindsay Meyer-Harley

Guest Hunter, Lindsay Meyer-Harley

Lindsay Meyer-Harley along for a week of Guest Hunting. Lindsay lives in Brooklyn, owns Children’s shop; Darling Clementine (which is absolutely adorably, by the way – lots of great local designers) and most importantly is mom to a 2.5 year old girl, Juliette.

Lindsay’s also very into design. When asked about her aesthetic, she has this to say: “I can’t pin it down, I like rustic and modern. Vintage and brand spankin’ new. Soft hues and pops of color. I like what makes me happy and some days that’s hot pink and other days cool greys.”. In addition, she’s a fan of lots of good stuff – from iced coffee to guacamole. Here’s what else made the list: “Days spent outside, watermelon in the summer and chestnuts in the winter, salty popcorn, loose boxy tanks and brightly printed pants. Hot pink nail polish, beachy waves and morning croissants.” From her must-checkout shop to what you’ve read so far, you can probably tell, she’s got style and individuality. So, READ ON. Once again, another Guest Hunter with some super cool finds!

Photo: Lindsay Meyer-Harley

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Guest Hunter, Ashley Kennedy

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Ashley Kennedy

Ashley Kennedy

to Ashley Kennedy. We are absolutely thrilled to have her as our Guest Hunter for the week and we can guarantee you will enjoy her fabulous picks (as we certainly did). You’ll want to keep reading to learn more about the life of this cool girl and spy some of her favorite things. But really no one can say it better than Ashley herself…

I’m a San Francisco native who has been circumstantially transplanted into Los Angeles for the last 14 years, but I dream of living in SF again someday. I was born into the fashion world with a clothing designer mom and a maternity clothing manufacturer dad, and all they ever told me was “Don’t go into this business!”  But it was in my blood, and I ended up where I was meant to be…in the kids fashion industry!  I was a trend forecaster for years and then when I got pregnant with my first son, I launched a boys clothing website called LittleDudesonly.com, which I have since sold (it is still operating today under new owners). I was frustrated with the lack of creativity and innovation in boy’s apparel, and now that I’m a mother of two boys (and a third son due in November), it continues to annoy me that there are only a handful of boys clothing lines that are doing something different! I admit it’s getting better, but it’s still not where it should be.

I decided to sell my website, and I was hired as a buyer for TheMiniSocial.com, which is THE COOLEST of all the kids flash sale websites out there. They were the first on the kids flash sale scene and they continue to offer the best in kids boutique brands (totally impartial here).

I’ve been a kids buyer for over two years and I absolutely love what I do. I live in Silver Lake with my husband and two sons. We love to go to concerts, movies and our favorite restaurants (Din Tai Fung, Casa Bianca and Speranza to name a few).  I’m one of those people who constantly barrages everyone I know with all the coolest new places and things I’ve found, so I’m excited to have an excuse to impart my opinions this time!

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Guest Hunter, Lainie Gutterman

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Lainie Gutterman

Lainie Gutterman

Guest Hunter Lainie Gutterman. She’s a former NYC publicist turned stay at home mom, who is constantly inspired by her adorable 2-year-old son, Ian. So much so that she created Me, Myself, and Baby I during her pregnancy. But before having her baby, she was a founding partner of a Public Relations firm and describes herself as a “natural born publicist.” In addition to writing her own blog, she also contributes to other sites, enjoys scrapbooking, shopping, dining out and getting manicures (who doesn’t?!) – but most of all she loves being a mom.

Be sure to READ ON to find out what is at the top of this savvy gal’s must have list at the moment.

Guest Hunter, Lisa Rondholz

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Lisa Rondholz

Lisa Rondholz

as this week’s guest hunter is Lisa Rondholz. She was born in the Garden State and lucky for me, was my neighbor growing up. She was always cutting-edge and surely the coolest kid on the block. She now lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn and is getting married this August (congrats Lisa!). She has worked at Paul Smith for 8 years and often gets the opportunity to travel for work to LA, San Francisco, Vegas and London. And much like us here at threetwentyeight, she enjoys all things food and delicious cocktails.

She’s smart, an individual and very refreshing – so take a look what is topping Lisa’s list by READING ON.