[READ] Pitch Night Success Stories…Are You Next?
Imagine walking into a store and pitching its owner and a panel of influencers (retailers and press) your product. Long STORY short: that’s the big idea behind #PitchNight, STORY’s signature open call, which gives local makers, artists, and designers the opportunity to share what they make to founder Rachel Shechtman and a panel hungry for the next great thing. Past panelists have included Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, Piers Fawkes, editor in chief of PSFK, Cool Hunting founders, Josh Rubin and Evan Orensten, and Whoopi Goldberg.
So what happens after it’s all said and done? In three years, STORY has seen hundreds of products of all shapes, sizes, and selling points come through its doors and hosted makers from as far away as Canada. #PitchNight has yielded collaborations and helped launch a business. Here some of the stories that make us excited to see what’s in-store for our next #PitchNight on May 19th.
Beth Macri Hidden Message necklace
Designer Beth Macri has took a leap by showing up to our first #PitchNight, where she shared her “Hidden Message” necklace. Nearly three years later, Beth’s pieces have been featured on The View and are a favorite of YouTube tastemaker Ingrid Nilsen (the video has received over 700K views). Most recently Beth won the FGI Rising Star award for jewelry design and she sells her namesake jewelry collection at Fred Segal, Shinola, and of course, STORY!
At 16 Will Berman was the youngest maker at our American Made #PitchNight. Unwashed Denim, his collection of raw denim accessories made an impression and was picked up for STORY where it was later discovered by Folklore in London and 3XI, a raw denim studio in NYC.
#PitchNight looks for unique creatures, take Linda Facci’s hand-felted creations. Linda, who works as the Creative Director at Magnolia Bakery said the animals were a hobby to keep her inspired. Linda’s felt animals were sold at STORY and featured in Martha Stewart Weddings as a cake topper.
It was obsession at first site when our panel set eyes on Lauren Manning and Veronica Acosta’s collection of geometric wooden planters. The handmade pieces were picked up for STORY’s holiday concept, featured on the Cool Hunting gift guide, and later discovered by Racked and featured in its holiday gift guide.