Founder of Oceanné.
For French-born designer Anne Harrill, the Océanne journey started 10 years ago in the spare bedroom of her house.
She had just made the move across the Atlantic Ocean to Cleveland, OH. Hand-crafting beautiful jewelry originally started as a hobby years earlier, but suddenly became a way to help her settle into her new life far away from friends and family in France. Selling her evocative creations at art shows and local festivals meant Anne quickly became a part of the local art scene where she found her calling.
Fast forward to 2020 and what used to be a way to help the local Cleveland
community to precious, lasting memories has turned into much more. Today Océanne is a breathtaking line of minimalist modern jewelry, apparel and curated gifts that Anne, now a mom of 2 beautiful kids, co-creates with her incredible team of women-makers. Her brick-and-mortar studio and shopfront is where the stunning creations take shape and she still connects with the local community through workshops. The Océanne goodness is available across the US via the online store and an amazing network of national stockists.
Her charming French accent isn’t the only thing that surprises many. Anne finished a counselling degree but never used it. And you can talk all things Océanne and jewelry with her in three languages. Take your pick.
Founder of Casa Amarosa
For Nirali Guzman, the move from her career as a brand & marketing strategist to the founder of the ethically sourced home goods company, Casa Amarosa, was not a stretch at all.
She was born into it. She grew up in an entrepreneurial family in Mumbai, India. Growing up in India, surrounded by gorgeous textiles and colors while also witnessing the reality of marginalized communities around her, had an effect on her earliest business decisions.
“It makes you realize what kind of impact you can actually have when you purchase a product,” she says. Beyond India, Nirali has lived in France and currently resides in the US but her love for travel has taken her all over the world - and during those travels, her appreciation for global design flourished. Her company’s global aesthetic goes hand in hand with her deep concern and reverence for the Indian artisans whose skills create Casa Amarosa’s products.
She started this venture with a vision to bring the rich cultural techniques and textiles of her homeland to the rest of the world. From its launch, Casa Amarosa has been guided by the ethics of social responsibility to empower communities and celebrate Indian craftsmanship.
Founder of Gingiber.
Gingiber is the work of artist Stacie Bloomfield. Once upon a time, Stacie couldn’t find artwork for her daughter’s nursery and decided to take matters into her own hands. She kept being drawn (get it?) to the irresistible essence of animals: their furry faces, their perky ears, their plethora of colors and textures. Animals simply have a way of being adventurous and fun: visually, figuratively and literally. At Gingiber, we believe life should be that way, too.
Their original designs feature bold, vibrant colors and unexpected patterns.
We have a teeny sentimental streak, and a healthy obsession with vintage children’s book illustrations and stories you never quite outgrow. Our goods are made to be timeless and enjoyed by the young at heart.
Founders of Frayed Ends Designs.
Frayed Ends Designs was born from the need for self care after Annie Ossewaarde became a mother. During her maternity leave from her career as a school social worker, she began teaching herself the lost art of macramé as a way to center herself. She gifted one of her early pieces to Kelley Johnson, a friend and colleague who taught elementary art in the same building.
Being an art educator, Kelley has always had a strong interest in learning new art forms and this beautiful piece of fiber art sparked something within her. Annie and Kelley began to share their work with each other and discuss new techniques and inspiration. After about a year of playing, an opportunity to sell their work in a local boutique arose and so they teamed up to create Frayed Ends Designs.
Due to the nature of their day jobs, it’s only natural that the women of Frayed Ends Designs can often be found teaching macramé classes at a local coffee shop or brewery on the weekends. The creative aspect of the work drives them but it’s the connections made through their business that empowers them. The meditative nature of macramé has been a gift to both Annie and Kelley as they navigate the deep emotions of first time motherhood and working in the field of education. Their craft not only provides them with a way to unwind at the end of a long day, but it is a connection to their inner self.
All Frayed Ends Designs home decor and accessories are crafted by the hands of Annie and Kelley in their homes in Metro-Detroit. They proudly source their 100% cotton cord from another woman-owned business that recycles cotton from the garment industry to give it a second life. Annie and Kelley are proud to provide a product that is ethically made with love.
Founder of Ruff House Print Shop.
Jill Shephard was born and raised as a farmer’s daughter in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Kansas. Little did she know that an untamed childhood that encouraged a love of adventure, the outdoors and a curiosity for entrepreneurship would eventually lead to big things.
The Ruff House Print Shop started as Jill’s creative and entrepreneurial outlet in 2009. That’s when she bought a 1915 antique letterpress, quit her designer day job and started her letterpress product range to celebrate all those treasured childhood memories as well as small-town values and positivity.
Jill never ventured too far and today calls Lawrence, KS, home. Nowadays, she divides her time between being a wife and mom to two daughters and running a design and print studio that doubles as a brick-and-mortar gift shop. Her best-selling range of gifts and stationery is available in over 600 independent stockists globally as well as Anthropologie and Paper Source.
When Jill’s not running her letterpress empire, you’ll find her holding on to every last ray of summer in a pair of flip flops or going on a serious hiking trip in the great outdoors - in a pair of proper hiking shoes!
Founders of Moonlit Skincare.
Stephy and Kriszta first met as students at Parsons School of Design in NYC. It was a time where rest was scarce and the stress inevitably wreaked havoc on their skin and sleep routines. They searched for accessible skincare that worked in the PM, promoted relaxation, and looked
great on their nightstands, but after looking at the available options, it became clear that these restorative hours were an afterthought for most brands.
So the duo decided to dream up a solution and design products that made sleep a more welcome space for women. After working in the design and beauty industries for years, they launched Moonlit Skincare in 2017.
Stephanie Kim has been in the beauty industry for her entire career (she was one of Birchbox’s first interns!). She’s also worked for Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, Obliphica, and L’Oréal-owned Kérastase and Shu Uemura.
Krisztina Matyi is a web developer with an industrial design background. Obsessed with beauty, skincare, and nail care, she’s veteran of design-forward agencies and brands like Wolff Olins, Lexoo, codebar, and Shopify.