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MAKING THINGS: The Entrepreneurial Excitement of #PitchNight

At STORY, accessing new and innovative products from driven entrepreneurs is a big part of what we do. #PitchNight started as an informal product discovery night for the local designer and maker community, but since then it has evolved into a STORY signature that regularly sees designers from around the country give a 3-minute pitch to influencer panelists ranging from magazine editors to retail CEOs. The May 10th event saw O Magazine‘s Adam Glassman and West Elm Local‘s Mo Mullen joining STORY founder Rachel Shechtman in hearing 40 pitches.

Like every #PitchNight, this one started with a line around the block and concluded with some amazing product discoveries, ahead are some select favorites.

Kissamint
Doubling down on freshness, this luxe lip conditioning balm has a mouth-freshening mint drop on the other end – With fun flavor names like Spearmint Ur Ex and Miss Independamint.

Tandem NY
Borne out of two women’s love for biking and style, these skirtweights, ponytail-compatible helmets, and more make biking with the latest fashions a breezy ease.

Oui Shave
This for women by women shaving brand pairs blades from a centuries-old manufacturer in Germany with rich, naturally luxurious shave oils that leave skin touchably free of irritation.

Stylestring
This multi-functional fashion accessory transitions easily among necklace, belt, bracelet, headband, bag accessory, shoe accessory, and hat accent – And it’s made from eco-friendly materials!

Chinyere Ugoji Handbags
Mixing modern luxury style with innovative function, these bags simplify life for the mobile woman with leather-concealed touch lights on the inside that make rummaging in dim light so last season.

Parisa NYC
The Love Affair collection by Parisa NYC aims to give women a bag that is not simply functional, but is a tangible object of strength and beauty. The brand has an empowering story of rising from the ashes of a breakup, and created this video in conjunction with their Kickstarter campaign.

Want to participate in our next #PitchNight? Email [email protected] and keep an eye on our events page!