Francis Bacon once said that a wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.
Almost as soon as we started making soap with artisan Deb McGillycuddy, we formed the B. 1802 Rural Artisan Collective—weavers, woodworkers, ceramicists, blacksmiths and other local craftspeople working together to create greater opportunities for all.
Everything we create at Beekman 1802 is intended to help you cultivate a better life, and as a company we want to cultivate future creative talent. We started thinking what was the most valuable real estate we had to offer, even more valuable than a spot on the Mercantile shelves? It had to be our shopping bags which we know people recycle and use over and over again.
We decided to commission up and coming visionary artists to design our signature shopping bags to give their work greater exposure.
Diaz + Young (read more about them here) uses photo montage to form surreal or fantastic images that create an eerie sense of reality and an ironic refutation of photography as truth. If you have the Winter 2017 Edition of our Beekman 1802 Almanac magazine, you’ll see the behind-the-scenes of creating the shots as part of our Instastory feature.
The idea that two artist photographers—one male, the other female—can work together while being separated by a vast ocean is revolutionary—but such is the nature of this groundbreaking exploration. Read more about The International Collaboration Project by Francisco Diaz (USA) + Deb Young (New Zealand) here.
But just because we have something new, doesn’t mean we’re getting rid of our old bags entirely. If you are the nostalgic sort of person, we’ll bring back our classic brown bag every once in a while for “Brown Bag Special” events at the Mercantile. Be on the lookout for those.
And don’t worry— if you’re a diehard brown bagger, you can ask for one when you’re checking out at the Mercantile.
Until then, if you meet someone in your life waiting for an opportunity to knock, the very least you can do is help them build a door.