Our Makers + Artists
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!
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!- - - - - - - -
Meet Brett and Dave of Oxford Pennant
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.
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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