After years in design consulting, my friend Craighton Berman (who used to post under the handle "fueledbycoffee" on the discussion boards) started the brand Manual. They launch almost all of their products via Kickstarter and are designed with great attention to detail.
Allen young has been in corporate design for decades, but he started Tallac House 17 years ago as an outlet for all of his ideas. Maybe it is because I’m getting a little older and I have a litany of daily vitamins that I take to keep this design engine running, but I love his Tallac Carry 7 Day.
Bradley Price started Autodromo to make car inspired accessories that he loved while working full-time at a design firm. After a couple years, he was able to make the shift to Autodromo full-time. Check out his classic stringback driving gloves and pretend you're Steve McQueen on your daily commute.
Jonathan Ferrer was a designer at Movado before striking out on his own with Brew Watches. Inspired by the ritualistic activity and devices in coffee making, Brew Watches makes what I think is the best “smart watch”—which is just a smart looking watch. The domed crystal is fantastic.
Scott Wing of Leucadia Custom Knives & I teamed up this year on the Layer. The shaping moves from a circular section to an ovular one, & the handle thins toward the blade for better cutting grip. They are made to order—get on the list by DM’ing Scott on the Leucadia Custom Knives Instagram.
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