Katie Dean Jewelry
Katie Dean is a jewelry designer of her eponymous line, Katie Dean Jewelry; a dainty, feminine line of jewels handmade in Los Angeles. Katie splits her time between San Francisco and LA when she is not traveling for her line and is passionate about helping other succeed in business. She is excited to be a part of Visionary Women and join in on the philanthropic efforts of this extraordinary group.
Seventeen years ago, husband-and-wife team Geoff Weiser and Suji Meswani left their jobs in the corporate world to chase their dream of working together. With backgrounds in graphic design and product development, they put together a plan to launch their own product line, Skeem Design. The couple creates sophisticated products with a focus on design and a mission to eliminate unnecessary packaging.
Electric Sun Creatives
Sacramento-based metal artist, Sarah Perez (of Electric Sun Creatives) creates mobiles and wall hangings made of brass sheet and tubing. With training in sculpture and small metals, Perez has taken what she learned and made it her own. She is fascinated with balance & composition and can often be found on the studio floor getting lost in the shifting of pieces until she lands on something of beauty and simplicity.
Her studio is in Philadelphia; his is in Oakland, California. Vestige Home is a brother and sister, bi-coastal team designing and creating quality home goods that encourage people to take time in their lives the simple pleasures of cooking, gathering for a meal with family and friends or to make their home a more beautiful sanctuary. Creating well-crafted, thoughtful everyday objects is their means of merging love of art and design and offers a connection to the human spirit of creation.
LEAVES AND FLOWERS
Leaves and Flowers is a California based tea company offering a unique selection of handcrafted herbal infusions and premium small batch teas. The company was founded with a conviction that herbal infusions be better represented within the world of tea. Their herbal infusions are produced by hand in small batches at our workshop in California. Leaves and Flowers cultivated teas are sourced from around the world and chosen for their impeccable quality and flavor. All of their botanical infusions and teas are loose leaf, and inherently sustainably harvested.
Pocket Square Clothing
Pocket Square Clothing was established in 2011 as a men’s accessory brand. Headquartered in Downtown Los Angeles, PSC has become an incubator for the Los Angeles menswear movement. With no formal fashion training, founders Rodolfo and Andrew sought to create a lifestyle brand beyond clothing. Starting with the bow tie, their collection now features menswear staples, a plethora of accessories, and Made to Measure suiting and shirting available at their DTLA Flagship. The brand is a reflection of the ideals behind the Urban Gentleman. This is their effort to tell a story, to inspire and be inspired, and to create a powerful connection through timeless pieces.
Driven by her desire to make fine art functional, Hillery Sproatt translates her paintings cozy blankets. Her background in fine art coupled with the early influence of her mother, fiber artist and clothing designer Debra Weiss, fueled her love for both pattern and textiles.
Inspired by Japanese, Scandinavian and Eastern European design, Hillery's organic shapes, whimsical landscapes, and childlike creatures draw connection between home and nature.
FABLE SOAP CO.
Fable Soap Company is an all-natural, small-batch skincare company with a promise of high quality and ethically sourced ingredients. Made by hand in California, the brand includes a wide range of products suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive.
Owned and run by women, Fable Soap Company understands the importance of building a brand with a purpose. For every retail bar of soap purchased, a bar is donated to a women's shelter across the country. This program strives to provide access to hygienic and safe cleansing to women and children who are fleeing or surviving domestic violence, economic instability, or environmental catastrophe.
Michael Recchiuti, a self-trained chocolatier, founded Recchiuti Confections in 1997 with the idea that when you introduce people to truly exquisite chocolate + ingredients, they will be won over instantly. For over 20 years, Recchiuti Confections has meticulously sourced ingredients and has crafted confections in small batches using traditional European techniques. Michael’s discerning palette cross-pollinates herbs and spices typically used in savory food into truffle infusions.
Julia Canright is an artist in San Francisco, translating her vision through block printing on fabrics and textiles. She creates bold and graphic block printed and painted canvas bags, all handmade. She's committed to quality and craftsmanship with unique design inspired by traditional Indian, Japanese, and West African block printed textile design as well as modern and expressionist art. Her designs express a return to old-world craftsmanship with a fresh, modern aesthetic.
Etta + Billie
After years of pushing paper around in corporate America, and feeling deeply unsatisfied and utterly uncreative, Alana found her calling when she received a soap making book in her Christmas stocking. She found that she had a natural talent and passion for concocting soap and body care goodness using ingredients from her kitchen. Etta + Billie was launched. Now you can find her whipping up soap and body care goodness using ingredients from her favorite farm to table recipes.
DAY DREAMER WORLD
Ringaile and Goda are the creators behind Day Dreamer World. Their friendship, as well as mutual ideas and aspirations challenges the time zones. They believe that aesthetics and design go hand in hand, and set very high quality standards for all of their products. They care about the tiniest details in everything they do and hope that will be shared and felt by each babies hands.
SUPER DUPER STUDIO
Superduperstudio is a design/manufacturing collaboration between Christopher Yamane and Matthew Johnson. They design glassware and lighting that embrace both art and function. Superduperstudio develops and prototypes all of its products in-house, and collaborates with expert craftsmen to bring its customers long-lasting products with an idiosyncratic touch. To them, design means more than just looking good: it’s the research, touch, care, history, heartbreak, and excitement that goes on behind the scenes.
GDS Cloth Goods
Geana Sieburger founded GDS Cloth Goods, as a way to provide ethical and sustainable alternatives to people who appreciate great design. By creating goods and facilitating workshops at the intersection of design, sustainability and community, it's her mission to pass on lost common-knowledge just as much as it is to purvey the goods she creates with precision and skill. She takes great care in her products and her lines of aprons, often collaborating with her clients to produce products that they would wear anytime.
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish art of creating joy and coziness in life’s everyday moments, whatever the season or time of day. Hygge Life started in 2013 by partners and newlyweds, Alexandra & Koen. All of the goods that they produce are inspired by the Danish concept of hygge.
Bee's Wrap is the sustainable alternative to plastic wrap for food storage. Founded in 2012 by Sarah Kaeck, a mother of three who was seeking to eliminate plastics from her kitchen, Bee’s Wrap is now made by hand in a Bristol, Vermont workshop tucked at the edge of a winding river.
Started by Gillian Reynolds, Jamnation, combines old-world French techniques with exquisite California fruits, to create unique flavors. All ingredients are local to the Bay Area and organic fruit with Fairtrade sugar + spices. Their jam is intensely flavorful because they use more fruit and 20-40% less sugar than traditional jam companies without added pectin.
Vosges Haut-Chocolat’s intriguing chocolate creations are made with the finest ingredients from around the world, sourced by Founder and Chocolatier Katrina Markoff. After graduating college, Katrina moved to Paris to pursue her dream of studying the culinary arts at Le Cordon Bleu. Using her palate as her guide, she then embarked on a world tour that began with an apprenticeship in Spain under the direction of Ferran Adrià and continued east through Southeast Asia and Australia. Katrina’s fusion of indigenous spices, flowers, roots, herbs and liqueurs with premium chocolate creates a sensory experience that nurtures awareness of and appreciation for the world’s diverse cultures.
Benny Gold is a San Francisco based streetwear brand and boutique. It started with a simple sticker of a glider posted around town: inspired by the old mantra Stay Gold. It’s a reminder that the ideas and experiences we hold dear are the real gold inside each of us. Staying gold is what shapes us, what preserves our sense of self, and what keeps us young.
When it came time for Benny to establish his own brand, he stayed true to that concept. It’s how Benny Gold came to be, and it’s the foundation of his brand.
Little brick house
Little Brick House is owned and operated solely by Kerry Haley, a stay-at-home mom, turned work-at-home mom when her business grew into something more than a hobby about 3 years ago. Having a desire to stay at home with her kids, while also needing a creative outlet, Kerry taught herself to sew and began designing and crafting items for her kids and friends. Her goal is to create quality, affordable on trend designs.
Urb Apothecary began with a vision for skin care products that reflect the needs and desires to connect with simple chemical-free ingredients. Leyna, the founder, only uses the highest quality organic ingredients in every Urb Apothecary product. Each one reflects her good intentions and a deep-rooted fascination with the healing power of herbs and plants.
Made by hand in Berkeley CA, Totem is a collection of homeware inspired by natural forms, simplicity, and traditional craft. Each piece of ceramics is made by hand with high-fire durable stoneware.
MMclay is a handmade tableware business run by ceramic artist and designer, Mary Mar Keenan, in her Hayes Valley studio in San Francisco. Mary Mar's pottery is used throughout many popular restaurants, and as a result, has become highly desirable tableware throughout private home collections as well.
Photo Credit: Luke Tate
north of west
North of West was born from collaboration. Brought together by two sisters and their love and respect for the process of design, intentional small batch manufacturing, and curation. They strive to embody these ideals in everything they do, from their brick and mortar shop to the patterns they create.
Elizabeth creates handmade eco-friendly soft toys for kids only using organic, recycled, and/or hand-dyed fabrics. A learned skill from her grandmother, sewing came naturally to her. She learned the importance to love and value the handmade, especially the personal connection and uniqueness that came from the process.
Juniper Ridge formulates Wilderness Perfume by distilling and extracting fragrance from wildflowers, plants, bark, moss, mushrooms, and tree trimmings that they harvest on the trail. Their company is built on the simple idea that nothing smells better than the forest and that the only way to bring this beauty home is to first strap on your boots and go there.
Jenny Pennywood is a fine artist, Jen Garrido's alter art ego. Currently, Jenny Pennywood is a home textile line focused on creating small batch, locally made, everyday products. All fabric is screen-printed in water-based inks and sewn in San Francisco, CA.
MADE SOLID IN LA
Made Solid in LA is a handmade leather goods and accessories brand from Los Angeles, Ca..Inspired by West Coast living, Their contemporary designs are made in-house, using traditional techniques and all natural materials.The name Made Solid references the connection we create through our creative process and the end result of our labor. Their goal is to create a solid connection between the raw leather their hands touch and the well used pieces their customers love.
Karl Zahn // Areaware
Karl Zahn is a freelance product and furniture designer in Greenpoint Brooklyn. His work examines contemporary materials and historical technologies in an attempt to create modern hybrids that are more applicable, beautiful and sustainable, with a Danish sensitivity to materials and joinery. Each piece is designed to withstand the passing of trends and foster complex relationships that grow more endearing over time.
Craighill aims to create distinct and useful objects for your person and home. Our products encompass a wide range of materials and functions, unified by a design philosophy that marries efficiency and exploration. Personal curiosity, industrial experimentation, and basic utility are the primary creative drivers behind the company.
Craighill strives for honest and precise manufacturing - much of which occurs in their New York studio. It is their belief that a well-designed product should be perfectly functional, and also tell a story about its creation and potential.
A love of comfort and beauty is what initially led Araya to the Twin Cities to pursue a career in interior design. Since then, the company she started, Willful, has turned into a brand of its own based on beautiful, unique and functional design.
Crook + Savvy
Crook + Savvy makes modern baby blankets that kids love and moms actually want to use. High quality textiles with a modern sensibility are sourced to create one of a kind pieces for families to treasure for years. Marty Olsen founded the company in 2015 after she found the market saturated with baby items that didn’t reflect her own personal mom style and thoughtful design belief.
StCao Ceramics is a small pottery studio based out of Seattle, WA. The team is made up of Stephanie Cao, Jacob Jones, and a pup named Ken. The main maker, Steph, makes handmade pieces that are wheel thrown or sometimes hand-built. Having lived on both coasts, the pieces are inspired by water and Steph's home now in the Pacific Northwest.