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Product Design

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KM Product Testers, Part I

Our products get taken out into the real world, where they’re tested and reviewed by ...

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Breaking the Mold, Part III

Handmade, local, organic – these words have permeated our collective lexicon over the ...

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Breaking the Mold, Part II

This morning when I took my coffee mug down off the shelf, I held it for a bit longer. I felt ...

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Breaking the Mold, Part I

Before I started working in the apparel and accessory industry, I didn’t give much thought ...

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The Pigskin & The Duke

When I think of a highlight reel of the greatest plays in football, the “Hail Mary” pass ...

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Leica

Henri Cartier-Bresson purchased his first Leica in 1931, launching a lifelong obsession ...

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Undergarments, Part II

The mass-production of textiles spurred a progressive shift in what women could wear ...

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Undergarments, Part I

Although inconspicuous in nature, undergarments are tied to the sartorial ...

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Lazy Susan

I was first introduced to the Lazy Susan while on a trip to Manila to see family ...

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Sign Painting

Looking out the Kaufmann Mercantile studios and across the street toward a former factory ...

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Growler

Beer enthusiasts can be a touchy bunch. The inexorable rise of the microbrewery ...

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Stapler

Staplers are all too often saddled with the trappings of the mundane. ...

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Plastic Bags

When they first hit supermarkets in 1977, check-out clerks and baggers everywhere ...

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Diner Mug

In historic diners on the East Coast (often modeled from or after railway dining cars) ...

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Drip Cone Method

Just as wine’s never just wine in France, in America, coffee’s never just coffee ...

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Billiard Balls

When billiards evolved from croquet in the 15th-century as a posh indoor game for stuffy ...

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African Black Soap

Traditionally produced in areas across West Africa, especially Ghana and Togo ...

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Stella Metallurgica Lux

What comes to mind when someone talks about authentic Italian manufacturing ...

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