Archive | January, 2011

The Dredgers Union Store

29 Jan

“Please allow us to introduce ourselves…”

The Dredgers Union store will be opening in Summer, 2011.  Located in the heart of Cleveland’s E4th St, the 4,500 sq foot store will feature a wide variety of home goods and mens’ and womens’ apparel.

As co-proprietors, Danielle and I have tapped into our years of collective retail/design/branding experience to build a store from the ground up that is not only unique to Cleveland, but also to the region and beyond.  We looked at our previously individual efforts in Room Service, Made in  the 216, and Wrath Arcane, and combined the best elements and experiences from each of them into the Dredgers Union.

Within these two categories of home goods and apparel, there will be a Dredgers Union private label mixed in with other select brands from all over the world.  The private label will be designed in the Dredgers Union lower level, and manufactured in the US.  We will also be working on collaborations with other established apparel and home goods brands from all over the world.

We will be posting more about brands and the store in the weeks and months to come.  We couldn’t be more excited!

Here are some photos of what we’ve been up too.  Much more to come!!!

Sean holding up a “mock flag” for the storefront design.

Danielle on the day we first saw the inside of the space.

The stairs leading from the sales floor to the lower level and design studios/offices.

Dana working on our “mock flag”.

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west side market

27 Jan

Really stunning video of The West Side Market.

short film by local filmmakers Mike Paukst and Timothy Logan

Originally spotted at FRESH WATER CLEVELAND.

xoxo  danielle

Bowery Lane Bicycles and the Dredgers Union

26 Jan

Alright, alright…  Enough already!  It’s about time we start talking about some of the brands that will be available in the Dredgers Union store.  If you still haven’t heard about the store, you can read about it here.

Bowery Lane Bicycles was started in NY in 2008 by some close friends of the DU.  Here’s a little bit of what they have to say about themselves :

“Ninety-nine percent of bikes sold in the US are not made in America. We are a part of the 1%. Our bicycles are welded, painted, assembled, packed and shipped in New York City. No big assembly lines, no mass production, no robots. Human hands. American Hands.”

In addition to carrying these bicycles, we at the DU have also begun development on a capsule collection of functional outerwear/apparel designed with the cyclist in mind.  This Bowery Lane Bicycle by Dredgers Union collaboration will also (of course) be made in USA, and designed in Cleveland/New York.

sEan

lost architecture & signage of Cleveland, USA.

25 Jan

What I love so much about cities and downtowns are the remnants of yesteryear…and ALL of the yesteryears…not just the ones introducing more classical architecture or the most current.  It is the character of the signage and the buildings from each chapter in a city’s history, mixed together that make up the character and fabric of a city.

Obviously the marketplace changes over time and businesses react to the changing trends; thus losing not just some of the great signage but in fact, many of the buildings themselves.  To some degree, this is sort of an inevitability, but walking around downtown today, some of my favorite places to go and to just admire are those that still suggest their era of origin.

We should make new buildings, I love modern and current architecture, but I love it more when it stands out as such in it’s context.

The Charles Dick freighter, 1969

Kon Tiki Bar in the Renaissance Hotel, 1969

W.25th & Bridge Ave. 1980

E.9th and Chester, 1971

E.9th and Superior, 1970

Bond Department Store at E.9th & Euclid, 1978

Payne and E12th, 1969

xoxo danielle

P.S.  Let’s enjoy one more! (thank you Wes.)  and thank you DALLAS ROGER’S flickr stream here.