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Where They Were Then

What the Baggu Founders Have Learned, 10 Years In

Where They Were Then BY liz 02/07/2017
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In 2007, Emily Sugihara, her mom Joan, and her childhood BFF Ellen van der Laan started making and selling reusable nylon totes in a rainbow of shades. It was the perfect biz idea: simple, affordable, and somehow totally overlooked by everyone else. That line they created is, as you probably know by now, called Baggu - and a decade later, it's a model for how a tiny, bootstrapped company can grow into an household name without sacrificing a drop of cool-kid chill. We asked Ellen to take a minute and reflect on how far the company has come. READ MORE

Heyo! Dress Up Your Desktop with Prints from Our 2017 Calendar.

BY liz 12/31/2016
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Every year, we ask some of our most print-proficient designers to put their stamp on the upcoming year, care of our annual Of a Kind calendar. And though we might say this annually, we seriously think the 2017 edition might just be the prettiest yet - it's got expressionist color swatches from Moglea to brighten up March, some of Tay Ham's summer sunglasses in shades of sherbet to cool off August, and so much more. Now - for the first time! - you can download a selection of the prints to punch up every aspect of your digital life, too - click the links below to collect 'em all. READ MORE

5 Tips for Keeping Your Plants Happy (and, Yes, Alive)

BY liz 11/01/2016
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You might think Natalie Miller makes her twirling brass plant mobiles as a lower-maintenance substitute for their potted cousins. Not so. In fact, her metal creations just give her the chance to take her houseplant obsession even further. She grew up with a 20-foot-tall cactus inside her house, courtesy of her mother who was a master gardener, and she brought "an irrational number of plants" to her first dorm room, rotating them around her single window every day. Which is all to say: She can keep things alive thriving anywhere, so we asked her to spill the dirt. READ MORE

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