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Top of Mind: A BFF Design Pair on the Perks of Partnership

Top of Mind 01/23/2018

Welcome to Top of Mind, featuring a designer who’s been a part of the Of a Kind fam since wayyyyyy back (like, before Snapchat). This round, we bring you Kaleigh Shrigley and Claire Lowe, the thoughtful, gleeful, and a-little-bit-punk-rock pair behind One Six Five, a Columbus, Ohio-based line of low-key, metal ear jackets, rings, and pendants that bring a smile to everyone who sees ‘em. Here’s how these two keep that excellent energy going BTS.

 



THE HARDEST EASY ADVICE:

Claire: “It sounds kind of silly, but a friend of mine who has several successful businesses once said, ‘Owning a business isn’t that hard—just don’t do anything stupid,’ which sounds a bit sarcastic at first, but it runs through my head with every decision we have to make in our business.”

 

ON KEEPING COSTS FRONT AND CENTER:

Kaleigh: “Our design approach has changed a bit. We have to consider production time and costs more now that we are making much larger quantities of our designs. Often times, we are very excited about a particular design but have to edit it a bit to better fit the low price points we like to maintain. The best part is the process of turning an abstract idea into a tangible object. We create all the pieces in house, so we see every aspect of the process from start to finish.”

 

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THE WONDERS OF A WORK WIFE

Claire: “I think self doubt is a struggle for anyone in a creative field. Having a partner is so valuable in times like that—or anytime really! It’s great having someone to lean on and bounce ideas off of when the chips are down or the doubt sinks in.”

 

PUTTING A FINE POINT ON IT:

Kaleigh: “Sakura Micron pens are always our favorite for sketching new designs. The variety of sizes is really helpful with conveying the weight of a piece. Claire also swears the .08 size miraculously makes her terrible handwriting better.”

 

KNOWING A GOOD INSPIRATIONAL SOUNDTRACK WHEN YOU HEAR IT:

Kaleigh: “Claire has played the Pomo remix of ‘I Can’t Go For That’ by Hall & Oates roughly 40,000 times over the last few weeks.

 

THEIR LATEST LIFE-CHANGING DISCOVERY:

Claire: “Seche Vite Top Coat—it completely dry nails in 2 minutes. A total game-changer!”

 

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BEST FIELD-TRIP FIND:

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is a natural geothermal pool that maintains temperatures of 99 to 102 degrees even when it’s freezing outside. Going there is such a surreal experience.”

 

THE IDEAL VEGAN-FOOD FIX:

“Our new favorite restaurant is a vegan food truck called The Little Kitchen. It parks a couple blocks from our shop in Columbus, Ohio, and we go every Friday for a special lunch treat. The mac ‘n peas and the peppermint milkshake are the best!”

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