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MEET THE DESIGNER: M&U CO.

M&U Co.
Nathan Gryszowka and Hunter Craighill SHOP ALL
Nathan Gryszowka (right) launched his line in a day. He uncovered a wallet from the forties at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, antique shop, better known for Asian furniture than men’s accessories. He was so intrigued by the design of it —it was much more like origami than your standard, stitched-up bi-fold—that he decided to try to replicate it using leather leftover from his time at FIT, imparting a little modern sleekness that the source material lacked and crafting his piece from a single piece of skin. “My original wallet happened overnight—it was kind of the product of insomnia,” Nathan recalls. “I showed it to Shana Tabor, the owner of In God We Trust, which is just around the corner from my apartment, and it was for sale in the store in like 48 hours.” READ MORE


Nathan Gryszowka (right) launched his line in a day. He uncovered a wallet from the forties at a Williamsburg, Brooklyn, antique shop, better known for Asian furniture than men’s accessories. He was so intrigued by the design of it —it was much more like origami than your standard, stitched-up bi-fold—that he decided to try to replicate it using leather leftover from his time at FIT, imparting a little modern sleekness that the source material lacked and crafting his piece from a single piece of skin. “My original wallet happened overnight—it was kind of the product of insomnia,” Nathan recalls. “I showed it to Shana Tabor, the owner of In God We Trust, which is just around the corner from my apartment, and it was for sale in the store in like 48 hours.”
Those wallets haven’t stopped selling since, but now that bit of leatherwork magic also serves as a jumping-off point: When Hunter Craighill (left) joined team M&U after cutting his teeth at cool-guy brands like Best Made Co., the two brainstormed all kinds of ways they could expand the line—or, as Hunter says, they came up with “crazy hopes and dreams and schemes.” They’ve started working with sustainable American hardwoods to make valet trays and with brass to create money clips—both of which riff on the thoughtful, clean-lined construction of the O.G. bi-fold. Word is, ceramics might come next—and we can already picture the possibilities. —erica

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