Going back in time with fabric designer Maddy Maxey

December 23, 2016

Maddy Maxey: Smart fabric inventor, fashion designer, creative technologist. Founder of Loomia, 2013 Thiel Fellow, Forbes 30 Under 30 winner, Autodesk Pier 9 Resident, and, since last week, Marie Claire Young Women’s Honors awardee. She’s collaborated with Google and Zac Posen, advised the White House and is starting to develop ideas with Topshop. Maddy’s everywhere, so it feels like she’s been around forever, even though the Navy Yard-based designer is only 23. We asked Maddy to pause for a minute to chat about what she’s learned from the people, and places, she’s collaborated with. Starting with a near-catastrophic encounter with a London cab:   Read more

Brooklyn’s bespoke makerspaces: Craftsman Ave, Supersmith, SPark Workshop

December 12, 2016

This week, we take a look at a trio of Brooklyn makerspaces where you can learn, build and manufacture. And if you can’t do any (yet), each one has a helpful community who can collaborate, encourage and teach you along the way. NYC manufacturing is growing, and one of the hot spots is around wood and metal fabrication. From bespoke products to custom furniture to smart, interactive displays, there’s tremendous opportunity for New Yorkers to turn creativity into a business. Or, at least an awesome side hustle while you spend days at Huge or KPMG. Check out Craftsman Ave, Supersmith and Spark Workshop. Read more

Catching up with Bre Pettis on the launch of his new startup, Bre & Co.

December 5, 2016

We sat down with Bre before his Dec 6 pop up, which you can RSVP for here.

Bre Pettis says he doesn’t want to scale, and his Bre & Co. headquarters at the Navy Yard looks it. There’s no white board, no calendar, no prototypes, no boxes of takeout. A giant Persian rug and a circle of 1930s arm chairs cover the middle of the floor. Abstract and landscape art decorate the white walls and an
Electric Objects digital frame plays soothing Tumblr gifs. Exposed ceiling beams match the long wooden table lined by Meiji-style stools. But the Makerbot Replicator 2 next to the coat rack is a reminder that Pettis is an expert scaler. Read more