The Avant/Garde Diaries is an online interview magazine and global event series initiated by Mercedes-Benz in 2011.
We believe that the present moment is one of unprecedented change, opportunity, and innovation. Excited by this landscape, The Avant/Garde Diaries presents a wide-ranging compendium of voices that disclose new ways of thinking and spread inspiration across all industries.
Corresponding to The Avant/Garde Diaries’ digital platform, festivals are hosted throughout the year in metropolises around the world. Each is curated by an expert from the creative industry, and showcases the most exciting thinkers, artists, and entertainers in a live setting.
I just stumbled upon a great inspiring video from The Avant/Garde Diaries. I never heard of this project until seeing this video, and I still don't know much about it. Below is the information readily available on their website.
These little dudes have a mindset that seems to be burgeoning and that should be instilled within the entire modern man - especially here in America. Keep up the attitude and reaching for the stars, guys!
Taylor Stitch has the forthcoming fourth of July in mind with their Independence Collection. What a great set that can be purchased either together or separately. The Independence Plaid California is really great looking along with the Cone Mills Natural Selvage Denim pants. Again, what a great combination!
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Cuppow has done it again! Two new colors are now available: Mint in Wide Mouth with Straw-Tek and Pink in Regular Mouth with Straw-Tek. These lids will not only up your coolness level but will support a worthy charity depending on which color you purchase. 5% of all proceeds from every colored Cuppow sold goes to charity.
Cradles to Crayons (Wide Mouth in Mint) provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive - at home, at school and at play. These items are supplied free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need.
Living Beyond Breast Cancer (Regular Mouth in Pink) exists to empower all women affected by breast cancer to live as long as possible with the best quality of life. LBBC was founded in 1991 by radiation oncologist Marisa C. Weiss, MD, in response to a woman’s need for breast-cancer-related information, connection and support after completing treatment.
Breadwinner Cycles of Portland, Oregon is the amalgamation of camaraderie, years of experience, and an appreciation for USA made products. Ira Ryan and Tony Pereira, two independent bike frame builders, have come together to form a production level steel bike fabrication company. Breadwinner Cycles debuted at the 2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show in February. With a combined 15 years bicycle frame building experience behind this brand, these bikes consist of top of line TIG-welded steel frames outfitted with some of the best of American-made components. They are a production bicycle manufacturer in that they utilize the greater consistency and speed of TIG-welding to cut production time down significantly. You don't have the wait time and some costs are cut compared to a completely custom lugged or fillet brazed bicycle. However, they are all still designed and constructed by hand.
I'd like to thank Maura from Folk Fibers for sharing her inspirations with the world in a recent blog post. This is how I happened upon Swans Island Company - a company that produces time-honored, handcrafted naturally dyed yarn and blankets. The history behind this company is interesting, as many are when it comes to companies that are built with passion and their processes are inline with nature.
As you may have gathered, the company name corresponds to its origin: an Island off the coast of Maine where wool is traditionally harvested and produced. John and Carolyn Grace, the founders of Swans Island Company, worked diligently to learn the craft of traditional weaving, dying, and working with nature's raw materials during each step of the process. Now located in Northport, ME to accommodate growth and a larger scale in house production, this blanket and textile company has an ever growing reputation for quality and continually reaches out to share their production process.
Outlier seems to have their hands in every aspect of the clothing/apparel industry. Certainly, quality, durability, functionality, comfort, and aesthetics are at the core of this company - even down to their new 4 or 8 mm Upgrade Insoles. Outlier teamed up with Feit a couple years ago to conceive of the adding additional comfort to those shoes that are worn or just don't provide the comfort you need.
It obviously didn't take long to get Grain Surfboards up on the website, and rightfully so (it was just yesterday that I posted about them)! The more you explore their website and click through the beautiful photography courtesy of Nick LaVecchia, you really get a sweet tasting picture of the company - no matter if you're a surfer or no. Fun, quality, camaraderie, community, and nature are what Grain has been built upon. I encourage you to go see for yourself!
Expect more about Grain Surfboards in the near future. As always, thanks for your continued support!
It's officially summer and it sure does feel like it here in Massachusetts! During these sweltering days what better way to cool off than to go surfing? Unfortunately, I don't know a thing about surfing and have yet to try it, but that's not to say I don't admire those that do and have mastered it.
Recently, I stumbled across a couple guys that have not only mastered surfing but also the craft of constructing surfboards out of wood. Grain Surfboards is the brainchild of Mike LaVecchia, with Brad Anderson joining in later on. This company is the synthesis of the passion for surfing and the craft of building traditional wooden boats.
Cut, sanded, and glued to every board is a promise of sustainability both in the durability of the surfboard but also where/how the material is harvested. Each built using local white cedar. A Grain Surfboard is a work of art made to be ridden on a lifetime of waves. Mike, Adam, and crew make it clear that a Grain Surfboard is built to last, to be ridden, and will be constructed in such a way that limits the impact on the environment. All companies should have these standards, but only the fine ones do.
After reading about Michael and Drew and all their previous rides, this Leave It On The Road charity ride seems to take the cake. Bicycling Magazine does a great job putting together some exposition for any new followers with their recent article: Pouring Their Passion Into A Cause. This epic and purpose-driven ride couldn't be what it is without the support of the sponsors both monetarily and donating their time and products.
Follow the Leave It On The Road charity ride in as close to realtime as you can get on the website LeaveItOnTheRoad.com.
This couldn't of come at a better time for Shae Whitney and DRAM Apothecary with just last weekend having a soft opening of the HQ/Bar/tasting room, The Bread Bar. This nice little DIY feature on ApartmentTherapy.com, joins DRAM and Stephen from Peak Spirits, who craft their own Gin, Vodka, and other fine drink in the mountains of Colorado, as they show us how to create a tasty cocktail for that very special occasion.
Congratulations to both Shae and Stephen, what a great cocktail and feature! This should drum up some notoriety for both of them and their fine products.