Meet the Bloggers


Maeve Nicholson

Name: Maeve Nicholson, American Made Special Events Editor
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa.
What Inspires Me: Traveling to new and faraway places, out-of-the-box thinkers, secret gardens, brilliant chefs, and great stories.
Trying to Learn: How to become a terrarium architect.
Perfect Saturday Morning: Waking up and still having plenty of morning sun, a flat white, a delicious brunch, and a day trip to some place new.
D.I.Y. or Etsy: D.I.Y, but I love Etsy for ideas!
Dream Kitchen: Would have a diverse spice rack and window boxes packed with fresh herb and cherry tomato plants.
Work Uniform: Lots of knits!
Most NOT like Martha: I don't like Chow-Chows.
Go-To Dish: A baked whole fish and lots of lemon.
Recipe-Follower or Improviser: Definitely an improviser.
Family: Includes a baby African pygmy hedgehog and a red poodle.

American Made Series: Aleishall Girard Maxon

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Studio Deseo’s beautiful pieces are designed by jewelery artist Aleishall Girard Maxon. Her collection is bright and delicately bold, using a variety of colors, tassels and beads. What are the key ingredients in a Studio Deseo piece? I’m constantly experimenting with different techniques and love to discover new styles. Core elements of a Studio Deseo [...]

American Made Series: Will Lisak

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Will Lisak is the Maker behind ETWAS bags. The ETWAS project combines artisanal leather design, low impact business, and consistent design values. How and when did you start the company?           I founded ETWAS in 2009, after finishing a degree in design. I had made a leather bag and so many people that I met asked [...]

American Made Series: Mandy Kordal

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At NYC Fashion Week this fall, I fell in love with 25-year-old designer Mandy Kordal’s sophisticated knitwear. Her new line, Kordal, officially debuts this spring and features a gorgeous collection of fresh and intricately designed pieces for women. Tell us a little bit about yourself, what you do, and how you came to do it? [...]

Turning Straw Into Gold

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When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with magic. Not magic like illusionary feats, or the boxed set of tricks, but things like fairy dust, dreamy forests, and enchanted creatures. As I got older I was inspired by the metamorphosis of butterflies and the growth of tiny acorns into oak trees. My birthday [...]