For four years, Peter Smith watched as chain stores replaced mom-and-pops in his neighborhood of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. “A Dunkin’ Donuts took over the pharmacy and they were tearing down great old buildings for a Whole Foods, [...] Read More

Hot topic in ecommerce: narrative. Buyers, these founders say, value a product more if they know the story behind it. If you need more to say about your shoes at parties, these companies are here to help. [...] Read More

"I've always liked a line from Dr. Seuss: 'Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple,' " says David Mehlman, 32, a onetime hedge funder who teamed with his childhood buddy Peter Smith, 32, on MadeClose [...] Read More

Brooklyn hipsters and Berkeley artisans might be the subject of a few Saturday Night Live and Funny or Die sketches, but they also make some pretty damn cool stuff. And in an age where Dunkin’ Donuts and Urban Outfitters are replacing mom-and-pop shops [...] Read More

As the founder of Prentice Art Communications, Bettina Prentice knows a thing or two about hosting—whether it's a black-tie event at an exquisite uptown venue (she is a native New Yorker meaning she knows all the best places) or throwing enviable parties at her homes in Manhattan and the Hamptons [...] Read More

Whether your dad is a beach bum or a constant traveler, a sports enthusiast or more of a fashion plate, get him something he’ll love this Father’s Day—inspired by the Vogue Archives. (Because nothing says “I love and appreciate you“ like a time-tested, Vogue-approved little something that he wouldn’t get himself.) [...] Read More

A great gift should have absolutely nothing to due with its price tag—it's the thought (and obviously, some cute wrapping paper) that really counts. And, frankly, inexpensive items can be some of the best gifts of all. [...] Read More

In the global market we live in, imported goods are readily available with a click of a mouse. MadeClose, an e-tailer of locally made apparel, home and beauty items, aims to shift that shopping trend back toward companies operating here in the USA. [...] Read More

That Brooklyn spirit of artisanal, local, handmade entrepreneurship is spreading like around the globe like a virus (Don’t turn your nose up at it! It’s a good thing!), and so are the websites that hock their wares. [...] Read More

Many great businesses start by asking the question, “What does the world need that it doesn’t have?” In the case of MadeClose, co-founder Zach Terzis credits his mom for discovering something that was missing from everyone’s lives. [...] Read More

People are more likely to buy if they know a product’s story. That’s why winemakers burn so many hours every summer walking people through their vineyards. Storytelling is good business. Madeclose is taking a similar approach to makers [...] Read More