Farrell & Co.
We are a small group of designers, friends, travel enthusiasts, and semi-pro shoppers who have worked together making fun digital stuff at Studio Rodrigo in New York City. Read More
Sep 14 2015
When Kathleen Currie left the Arizona desert for a 200-year-old home in New Orlean's French Quarter, she was inspired by the newness of everything around her. That spark of inspiration led her to create Smoke Perfume, an earthy, smoky blend that captures the sultry vibes of the Big Easy. With gorgeous wooden packaging made to give any design-lover a major case of the gimmies, Smoke has become a cult hit sold at modern apothecaries around the country. We caught up with Kathleen Currie to ask her a few of our burning questions about creating a fragrance and the creative community in NOLA. Read More
Aug 13 2015
If you're not riding that podcast train already, this is your signal to get onboard. At State x State, we're huge fans. We listen to them on our commutes, on long trips... maybe even in the shower. So we asked around the office to see what everyone has been listening too and got some great suggestions. We chose these because they relate to the creative process, whether it's an in-depth look at what goes into a song or an entertaining explainer on how design plays a part in our everyday lives. Here's what we're listening too: Read More
Aug 06 2015
When Andrea Reusing, James Beard award-winning chef and author of Cooking in the Moment, opened Chapel Hill restaurant Lantern with her brother Brendan in 2002, the word “locavore” hadn’t even entered our lexicon. Lantern became a forerunner in North Carolina’s farm-to-table movement, sourcing seasonal ingredients from local farms and fisheries for Pan-Asian-inspired dishes. Now, Lantern is in its 13th year of service, and Andrea is gearing up to open a new restaurant in Durham while continuing to champion local farming and cooking. Read More
Jul 31 2015
When it comes to fostering makers and creativity in Wilmington, North Carolina, there’s no one who does it better than Jessie Williams. A designer herself, she’s the owner of Edge of Urge, a Wilmington shop stocked with quirky-cool apparel and gifts from independent designers. (The second location is in downtown Raleigh.) Just a few things you might find while browsing the addictive space: punny cards, dinosaur magnets, and knit koozies printed with state flags. As for apparel, Jessie’s namesake women’s line is sold alongside American-made indie labels like Nooworks and Rove and Roam.
Besides supporting makers by selling their products, Jessie also champions local creatives and entrepreneurs through her incubator space, The Mama Bear Project—but we’ll let her take it from here. Read More
Jul 30 2015
From the Smoky Mountains to the Atlantic coastline, the diverse landscape of North Carolina inspires its many makers and creators. In Asheville, Grace Gouin and Mariano deGuzman started Asheville, an outdoorsy apparel company inspired by the rugged beauty and rich heritage of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. Their ethical, high-quality clothing is crafted from sustainable textiles and made in America—but despite high-end production, most of it's downright affordable. Grace and Mariano work directly with local suppliers, cutting out the middleman to offer more people with better products. Most recently, they launched a successful Kickstarter campaign for custom 3D-printed sweaters to raise funds for a new, eco-friendly computerized knitting machine.
We caught up with co-founder and master knitter Grace Gouin as she was knee-deep in Kickstarter sweater making to ask her about the places and makers she loves in North Carolina. Read More
Jul 24 2015
Hidden away in the verdant farmland of Eli Whitney, North Carolina is the workshop of Haand, a ceramics company started by two childhood friends, Mark Warren and Chris Pence. While Chris is the business brain behind the operation, Mark is the artist, designing each of Haand’s contemporary pieces to feel modern and fluid without clichéd rusticity. From swirled bowls inspired by the North Carolina sky to nesting plates named after different small hunting mammals, the ceramics reflect their surrounding environment. Production, on the other hand, protects the lands by staying as low impact and efficient as possible.
We talked to cofounder and designer Mark Warren about starting a Haand (things involved: collecting rainwater and propane tanks) and what’s special about his North Carolina neighborhood. Read More