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Got It Made

Stephen and Shauna Make It

Got It Made BY erica 04/20/2011

Usually when designers make a piece by hand, they draw the line somewhere, outsourcing the packaging, for example, or the tags. But the hyper-engaged duo behind the appealingly throwback bow-tie line Forage is big on follow-through. This is how, in Shauna’s words, they took the 20 bow ties they made for us from vintage fabric to finished product.

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“Steven’s actually the master sewer—he has crazy attention to detail—so then he’ll take it over with our machine.”


“Then I take the bow tie back and do the trimming and ironing, and I put all the hardware together.”


“We knew we wanted to print on the boxes somehow. Gocco printing is pretty well-known, but it’s difficult to find the materials. Because of its awkward size, to print on a box, we had to make this weird jig out of a piece of plywood.”


“At any given time, we’ll have like 200 boxes all sitting in perfect rows waiting for the ties. I love a mass of anything. Any time I can make lots and lots of one thing, I’m happy. It’s so nerdy.”


“We letterpress all of the tags ourselves on a vintage C&P Pilot. We like to keep the packaging nice and neutral—give it an old-school masculine feeling. A lot of the time, we’ll push the boundaries with the materials or patterns of the bow ties, and so we like to circle back and keep everything else more traditional.”




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