One Year One Video

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We put this video recap together for our awesome client, bambeco. Last year (2010) was our first full year working with this emerging, powerhouse eco-retailer.  It is always a challenge summarizing your work in any format, but I think we did a good job capturing bambeco’s story in this short video.  Let us know what you think!

Call out to Vance Spicer, a NY based music and video producer for creating this with us.  Surrounding ourselves with smart + creative people always makes us look good.

Best,

Kimberly

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bambeco summer look book

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In the world of fashion and home décor, the seasonal look book is a great tool to tell the product and design story to media, partners and other key influencers.  However, developing a printed collateral piece on behalf of an environmentally conscious company, is a challenge and necessitates a careful and thoughtful approach. Bambeco (www.bambeco.com) is a retail upstart working to define the home and décor space for all things eco.

Bambeco is online only (for now…) and they do not print a catalog because they haven’t found a way to justify the higher sales and marketing to offset the environmental impact of using the resources to print, produce and mail catalogs. So instead, the company relies heavily on PR and social media outreach to tell its story. Luckily, they have a very customer focused culture, a great story, easy to navigate website, and amazing seasonal collections that appeal beyond the conscious consumer.

Earth Day 2010 marked bambeco’s one year anniversary. They had a great opportunity to celebrate their anniversary in NYC by partnering with LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) for a series of influencer and media events. While in the city, we also scheduled some key desk side meetings for founder and CEO, Susan Aplin. For all of these reasons and more, we convinced bambeco to create a limited run of a summer look book. We promised to be economical with the choice of content, produce the book on recycled paper and limit the amount of books we mailed to media.

The business choice to practice eco policies mirror those choices faced every day by families or individuals endeavoring  to live their values.  It’s overwhelming.   As a wife and mother, I try to make conscious decisions that mitigate my family’s footprint.  We eliminated plastic water bottles 3 years ago and use (almost exclusively) re-usable shopping bags.  I think twice before making purchases.  Do we need it, can we re-use what we have and so on.  On the other hand, I drive a SUV that holds the big, 5 point harness car seats.  This feels like the safest choice to transport my 3 little girls.  I hope to drive a fuel friendly car when my kids outgrow the big car safety seats…

Back to bambeco and their decision to print a look book.  The end result was a great branded piece that was incredibly well received. Even late into the season, we continue to garner enthusiastic and positive response to the book.   If more people hear their message and fall in love with the green product choice, then we can sleep a little bit better and justify the “cost” of producing a printed book.

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here.  Feels good.  Enjoy!

Best,  Kimberly

Bambeco Summer Preview

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Warm weather months bring the promise of al fresco entertaining and leisurely summer dining. Today’s modern hostess favors colorful summer styles that are safe for the family and the environment.  At the same time our hostess does not want to pay more to live her green values.

At bambeco, their eco-chic décor and home furnishings celebrate the planet’s most renewable and versatile resource: bamboo. All-natural, organic and recyclable, these innovative products are both stylish and sustainable, striking a perfect harmony for this season’s outdoor festivities.

Whether for hosting backyard bashes, intimate dinners or weekend guests, bambeco offers a green alternative for every occasion.  Check out the Summer look book top picks that we can’t stop raving about.

Eco Picnic Basket

MakuTeak Lounge chairs

Laminated Square Coasters

For the complete bambeco summer look book, click the bambeco summer look book.

 

Austin Shines on April 30

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There’s no shortage of talent flocking to Austin these days. musicians, filmmakers and restaurateurs find their feet in the hidden gem of Texas, and this spring, jewelry designers will have their day.

From local boutique owner Elizabeth Serrato, the brilliant mind behind the Second Street District’s style landmark, Eliza Page, a grand plan to host budding jewelry designers and industry veterans under one roof was born. The idea is so genius, yet so simple that we can’t help but wonder: why didn’t anyone think of this before?

Here’s the 411. On Friday, April 30, Eliza Page, will open its doors for the inaugural Austin Shines event, a day-long soiree of sorts, pairing up-and-comers with tricks of the jewelry trade. Starting at noon, panels led by Austin-area experts will explore topics like entrepreneurship, public relations, marketing, production and manufacturing in the 2nd Street District at 416 W. Cesar Chavez. Who better to kick off the festivities with a keynote address than our very own local design celebrity, Kendra Scott? Other notable names include Marques Harper of the Austin American-Statesman, Lauren Smith Ford of Tribeza and Gail Chovan of Blackmail boutique, just to name a few.

But wait, there’s more.

Aspiring jewelry designers have submitted collections for a chance sell their line at Eliza Page for three months and win a $1,000 Austin-area shopping spree courtesy of Launch 787. There are two chances to land the prizes, either by being named the “Judge’s Shining Star” or the “People’s Shining Star”, selected by Austinites in-store. The big winners will be announced at the evening cocktail reception following the speakers at 5:30pm.

Be sure to visit www.austinshines.com for more info. You won’t want to miss out on the social event of spring that’s sure to have the town talking.

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