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MEET THE DESIGNER: FORT MAKERS

Fort Makers
Nana Spears and Naomi Clark SHOP ALL
Like so many great stories, the tale of Fort Makers begins at a bar. Nana Spears (left), a then-assistant buyer for Barneys with impressive artistic vision, met a group of friendly, artsy Colorado transplants at her neighborhood Brooklyn wine joint and hit it off with Naomi Clark, an MFA student with a serious flair for painting. In no time, the pair discovered that they were an all-star team. “I love painting, and Nana had the eye to look at everything,” explains Naomi. “It just felt like a good match—like we clicked.” Naomi’s thesis project, a collection of reinvented found objects, was showcased in an exhibition that Nana curated. Inspired by her time with Naomi and the Coloradans, Nana eventually quit her day job and took a fateful cross-country road trip. “I thought, ‘These people are so talented, and they have all these ideas.’ I didn’t want to do just fashion—I wanted to do something for myself,” she says. Partway through the Badlands, Nana came up with READ MORE


Like so many great stories, the tale of Fort Makers begins at a bar. Nana Spears (left), a then-assistant buyer for Barneys with impressive artistic vision, met a group of friendly, artsy Colorado transplants at her neighborhood Brooklyn wine joint and hit it off with Naomi Clark, an MFA student with a serious flair for painting. In no time, the pair discovered that they were an all-star team. “I love painting, and Nana had the eye to look at everything,” explains Naomi. “It just felt like a good match—like we clicked.” Naomi’s thesis project, a collection of reinvented found objects, was showcased in an exhibition that Nana curated. Inspired by her time with Naomi and the Coloradans, Nana eventually quit her day job and took a fateful cross-country road trip. “I thought, ‘These people are so talented, and they have all these ideas.’ I didn’t want to do just fashion—I wanted to do something for myself,” she says. Partway through the Badlands, Nana came up with
an idea of her own: bring together a collective of people to form a design house—a place for crafting textiles and art pieces. And right then, Fort Makers was born.
Now, the dynamic duo, along with a growing coterie of designers and craftsmen, is creating beautiful wood tables, men’s ties, and wall-size painted blanket tapestries—all of which have a free-spirited, outdoors-y feel. And they hope Fort Makers will one day have a gallery space where each work and its story can be showcased for everyone to see, maybe even while drinking a glass of wine. —candice chan

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Cherry Hexagon Cutting Board
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Cherry Hexagon Cutting Board BY Fort Makers
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Four Otherworldy Ways Fort Makers Styles a Table

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Got It Made Watch Naomi Clark Paint On a Big Scale

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