got taste. Meet our latest Guest Hunter – the very cool, super talented, ultra stylish Ryan Carl. He was born in Portland, OR, went to college at University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and got a Master’s degree in Religion from Oxford. Ryan was on track to become a professor of theology before shifting focus to creative pursuits and never looked back. The self-taught graphic designer is Owner / Creative Director / Designer at think + believe + create design studio. Over the years, his client list has expanded and now includes J.Crew, Theory, A.P.C., Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, and Google.
Ryan lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with his fiancée Jenny and their two rescue kittens, siblings, Otis and Rosemary. He’s into finding inspiration in art and design in Brooklyn as well as taking advantage of the plethora of Brooklyn bars, shops and restaurants. On more than one occasion, I’ve seen Ryan before or after some amazing trip overseas. Some of his adventures include South Africa for the 2010 World Cup and skydiving in Cape Town. Running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. India, Argentina and he’s hoping to make it to Australia and Antarctica in the not-so-distant future to round out all 7 continents. Worldly, motivated, witty, and a true individual. Keep reading – you’re guaranteed to be introduced to some cool, new products, designers, stores, sites, bourbon, and more.
May Luk is a Brooklyn-based ceramics-maker and designer. I recently discovered her work while shopping for a wedding present at Cog & Pearl and purchased a couple items from the “Brooklyn Chinoiserie” collection. I find the pieces to be beautifully artistic and simple, inspired by vintage Brooklyn imagery as well as British and Chinese influence – the results are really nice. Take a gander on her website or shop her products on Etsy.
I had the good fortune of meeting this up-and-coming fashion designer through work awhile back. Alexandra is a beautiful and talented, Brooklyn-based fashion designer. Her esthetic is a throwback to a “simpler time” – think 1920s Hollywood. But the designs are anything but simple, with an uncompromising level of detail and style going into every garment. Don’t be afraid to add a little drama (the good kind) into your everyday attire.
Neighbour Men’s Shop
Pretty fresh style coming out of Neighbour, a new men’s shop in Vancouver B.C. I haven’t been able to check it out in person but the physical space looks amazing, very clean and sparsely merchandised, in a good way. They carry mostly classic, wardrobe staples from a relatively small range of their favorite brands, some who I’ve heard of (Patrik Ervell, Mackintosh, Our Legacy) and others I was happy to discover (Melinda Goss, Martin Keehn, Baron Wells). Check out the selection and shop their online store here.
Made by Joel
It’s nice when good, creative people can make a living doing what they absolutely love. An acquaintance from high school days in Portland, Joel Henriques has “devoted himself to making arts and crafts both accessible and meaningful.” Joel comes up with super-creative ideas for handmade toys and crafts for your little whippersnappers. One such example is Paper City (above), which you can print out (for free!) on his website, then cut out, play with, and color the different elements. His first book, Made to Play, is available now for preorder and will ship starting October 11th.
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Kings County Distillery
Three of my favorite things in one: bourbon, Brooklyn, and amazing packaging design. Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery. The bottles themselves are really nice looking and their contents will pack a perfect punch. “Flasks,” as they call them, of moonshine and bourbon are currently on sale. See their website for a list of retailers.
I’m always curious with lists like these where (or how) people usually find their “post-worthy” posts, so I thought I’d share a few of my go-to resources for discovering great things.
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