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Got It Made

An Italian Footwear Guru's Guide to Shopping For Shoes—and Making ‘Em Last

Got It Made BY tess falotico 05/23/2017
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Quality over a quantity is a pretty good M.O. when buying things, generally - but when it comes to shoes, it can be hard to tell which pair is worth the investment and which just look nice on a shelf. And once you commit to the can't-live-without-'em pair, how to do you keep 'em in tip-top shape forever? Bona fide Italian shoe designer Maria Gangemi, the Sicilian mastermind behind M. Gemi's handmade, last-a-lifetime suede slides and loafers, is here to tell you everything you need to know. READ MORE
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How One Designer Built a Team When She Was Used to Doing Everything Herself

Got It Made BY katie nave freeman 02/10/2017
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When Marisa Howard, then a commercial lighting designer, first started making her own jewelry by watching YouTube videos, she never imagined she'd be in a position to support herself full-time on the hobby - let alone others. But interest in her minimalist, rune-like metal creations - which now go by Seaworthy - grew in a flash, and, BAM, she's now the head of a team of four. Here's her bosslady approach to getting there. READ MORE
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4 Lessons a Sushi Chef and a Commercial Producer Bring to their Design Business

Got It Made BY olivia martin 12/09/2016
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Leaving your super successful career and moving from the beach to the big city sounds more like a rom-com plot than real life. But in 2011, Tats and Ena Osake did just that. They quit their jobs (he produced big-budget commercials, and she was a well-known sushi chef), and they left Hawaii behind for a new life making minimal, curvilinear leather accessories and jewelry under the name 8.6.4 in New York. After two decades of putting their creative minds to work for other companies, both are more than happy to be their own bosses - but that doesn't mean they don't still draw on their mountains of experience to take care of biz. Here are four former-life lessons they keep coming back to. READ MORE

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