Tuesday, October 8, 2013


Nine of the country’s most innovative entrepreneurs are recognized across the categories of craft, community, food, design, technology, sustainability, garden, style and industry.

OCTOBER 15, 2013

This fall, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia will present its “American Made” program for the second year with a mission to recognize creative entrepreneurs from across the country. In that spirit, Martha and the editors of Martha Stewart Living are pleased to announce the new generation of great American makers with this year’s American Made Honorees.

These nine entrepreneurs in the categories of craft, community, food, design, technology, sustainability, garden, style and industry embody the values of America—creativity, hard work and optimism. Whether stitching quilts in Texas or serving meals in Baltimore, they’re not only building businesses for themselves, but also fostering networks of start-ups and small business owners around them.

The 2013 American Made Honorees

Craft: Folk Fibers, Maura Grace Ambrose – Austin, Texas
Folk Fibers (www.follkfibers.com) is the creation of Maura Grace Ambrose. Her goal is to share the craft and folklore that prevails around natural dyes and quilting. Maura uses natural dyes to dye her favorite fabrics and 100% natural fibers in the making of her quilts. Every Folk Fibers quilt is entirely hand quilted in Austin, Texas. 

Community: Archi’s Acres, Karen & Colin Archipley – Escondido, California
Archie’s Acres (www.archisacres.com) was founded by combat-decorated Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley and his wife, Karen, and has demonstrated there is profit, public interest, and a compelling story in joining one of our country’s most pressing needs—sustainable food—with our country’s greatest untapped resource—our returning veterans. Archi’s Acres developed sustainable, hydroponic, organic farming to create opportunities for returning veterans. 

Food: Woodberry Kitchen, Spike & Amy Gjerde – Baltimore, Maryland
Woodberry Kitchen (www.woodberrykitchen.com) relies on longstanding relationships with the growers of the Chesapeake area to provide the ingredients that nourish and delight their guests. Founded by Spike & Amy Gjerde, Woodberry Kitchen supports sustainable agriculture that respects the abundance and traditions of the region while helping to ensure its future.

Design: Lindsey Adelman Studio, Lindsey Adelman – New York, New York
The Lindsey Adelman Studio (www.lindseyadelman.com) has been designing, prototyping and building mainly hand-blown glass and brass lighting since the studio's inception in 2006. Recently, the studio has expanded to include jewelry, vessels, tiles, and wallpaper, in materials including wood, concrete, porcelain, gold, and stereolithography. With skill and care, the Lindsey Adelman Studio team of 15 and small network of local artisans manufacture each piece to order.

Technology: Spoonflower, Stephen Fraser & Gart Davis – Durham, North Carolina
Spoonflower (www.spoonflower.com) makes it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap. Spoonflower was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Fraser & Gart Davis, and the community now numbers more than a million individuals who use their own fabric to make curtains, quilts, clothes, bags, furniture, dolls, pillows, framed artwork, costumes, banners and much more. The Spoonflower marketplace offers the largest collection of independent fabric designers in the world.

Sustainability: Portland Meat Collective, Camas Davis – Portland, Oregon
The Portland Meat Collective (www.pdxmeat.com) brings local meat to local people. It’s a network of Portland citizens who are looking for a cost-effective way to buy meat directly from Oregon’s small ranchers and farmers. While the PMC draws on meat CSA models that have popped up around the country, it is also an up-close-and-personal traveling butchery school. 

Garden: Back to the Roots, Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora – Oakland, California
Back to the Roots (www.backtotheroots.com) was founded by Alejandro Velez & Nikhil Arora. Inspired by the idea of turning waste into wages & fresh, local food, they decided to forgo the corporate route and become full-time urban mushroom farmers, producing grow-at-home mushroom kits.

Style: Pinnell Custom Leather, Charles Pinnell – Crozet, Virginia
Pinnell Custom Leather (www.pinnellcustomleather.com) creates a wide range of handcrafted buckles, custom made belts, bags and fine leather appointments for top athletes, sportsmen and business professionals. Pinnell uses only the finest quality hand selected leathers from the United States, England, France, Italy and other locations worldwide.

Industry: Shinola, Heath Carr – Detroit, Michigan
Based in Detroit, Shinola (www.shinola.com) is dedicated to producing American-made products, including watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals of the highest possible quality. Shinola defines American luxury through American quality, creating a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work.

These accomplished Honorees will be feted at the American Made Awards Night at Grand Central Terminal on October 15, 2013, co-hosted by Martha Stewart and BRAVO’s Andy Cohen.

They will also each receive a feature in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living magazine as well as on www.marthastewart.com/americanmade, the honoree portfolio comes to life with videos of the artisans in their workshops, studios, and factories.

Martha Stewart’s 2013 American Made program is presented with support by the following partners: Official Sponsors- HYATT house®, Toyota, The UPS Store®, and Supporting Sponsors- eBay and Mohawk Fine Papers. Southwest Airlines is the official airline of American Made. *Sponsors listed are current as of release date.