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Our Makers + Artists

Did you know that everything we sell is domestically made? We're proud to feature the work of 100's of craftspeople, artists, and domestic factories. By supporting our small business, you're ensuring jobs stay stateside, skilled artists do what they love, and local economies thrive. And major bonus - domestic production is way easier on the environment!
Each month, right here, we'll be introducing you to a few of those American makers we care about in Meet Your Makers
Thank you for supporting our small business and goods made here.


Currently featured makers: 

Meet Gay of Seltzer Goods

Today, we are introducing you to Gay, the founder of Seltzer Goods, which is a women-led company that values creativity, curiosity, and laughter. Seltzer Goods describes themselves as makers and merchants of cheerful goods. Collaborating with other artists, they strive to bring out the best in everyone they work with. They work hard to share their love of art and design, and connect patrons with creative people that inspire them. Seltzer Good's hopes that you'll find a little piece of happiness, or a way to send someone a smile. Common Deer couldn't agree more!
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Meet Luz of CASUPO

Meet Luz, the founder of Casupo, who was born near the Casupo mountain range in Valencia, Venezuela. It was on Casupo she learned the power of nature and began to feel a responsibility to take good care of it. Fast forward many years and she found herself working in the shoe designing business, and in doing so visited many tanneries where she collected swatches and samples, which inspired her to start her own leather brand.  As she became more conscious of her day-to-day consumption, she realized that small changes could mean big progress.  She wanted to make it easy for her customers to make a difference, so she began to weave sustainability into her business. Thus, Casupo and its responsible leathers were born.

Luz is intent on giving back and running a company that makes her proud, and here at Common Deer we feel inspired by her commitment to sustainability, philanthropy, and quality leather goods!

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Meet Brett and Dave of Oxford Pennant

Oxford Pennant was founded in 2013 when Brett and Dave met on a business trip and bonded over the nostalgia and ingenuity of pennants and became instant friends.  The two fellas recognized that pennants had once been revered as icon keepsakes for over a century but had largely become cheap, low-quality souvenirs produced overseas with synthetic materials.
Brett and Dave started by stacking and shipping inventory from their apartments on nights and weekends and are now operating a business that designs, manufactures and ships under one roof.  When you work with Oxford Pennant, you can be sure that you're getting an American-made product from a team that's as stoked about pennants, flags and banners as you are.
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Meet Christian of Howl + Hide.

In 2014, Christian Resiak, founder and owner of Howl + Hide, decided he was fed up with low quality bags he was seeing around town and decided to set out to make his own line of products with a focus on quality workmanship and materials. He began in his basement  with some thrifted materials, and taught himself how to sew.  Seven years and thousands of products later, Howl + Hide now ships products all over the world and has now settled into a brand new hybrid workshop-retail-barbershop space in the heart of the Fountain Square neighborhood in Indianapolis.

Howl + Hide is a manufacturer of goods well built. Their focus is to produce the most durable and timeless products using the finest materials all under one roof. They are independently owned and proudly make all of products in the U.S.A.
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Meet Janine Kwoh of Kwohtations.

Kwohtations is an ever-evolving collection of greeting cards that reflect and celebrate a diversity of identities and life experiences. Owner/ artist/ one-person assembly line Janine began making cards in 2011 as an offering of her own navigation of love and loss, "as a way to reflect on and honor the lives we actually lead, versus the ones we think we should," leaning on humor to survive difficult times and celebrate life's joys.

Janine prints each letterpress card one-at-a-time on an antique printing press, and also paints in many designs by hand. 

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Meet Daren Thomas Magee of Real Fun, Wow

Daren is an Ojai, California based self-taught artist who "fell ass backwards into this career" after posting his drawings on Instagram and receiving incredible positive feedback. Without any classical training or connections to the art world, Daren took a leap of faith to commit full-time to his art, which is a blend of freelance illustration, murals and design.

His work takes inspiration from the liminal space between his imagination and the natural world around him. 

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Look for more Meet Your Makers posted here each month. We currently work with over 500 brands, and we cannot wait to introduce you to them! 


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