Two people happen across an old farm in upstate NY and fall in love with it.

They figure out how to turn a piece of history into a flourishing new business.

They become home décor icons.

Does this sound even vaguely familiar?  It’s the story of Mackenzie-Childs.

You can tour the original home in the Finger Lake region of New York and many of the beautiful products that the company designs are still produced in Aurora, NY

It’s rare that a design element is so singular and powerful that it becomes immediately identifiable to a particular brand.  Think the Burberry plaid, the interlocking Gucci ‘G’, or the emblematic Damier pattern of a certain brand of brown leather luggage (see, we don’t even have to say the name!)

Mackenzie-Childs accomplished this feat with their check pattern enamelware.

Hmmm…wonder what will become the Beekman 1802 signature?



Take a look at the beautiful farm that started it all.  Click here.

by Josh and Brent

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Sylvia King

I have no idea what Ken said…but it just sounds so wonderful that I must agree with every word!


I also love your emblem that you have now, but if years down the road we are to be left with memories of the beekman boys, then what better than to have you and Josh in silhouette holding a hay fork, reminiscent of the american gothic farming couple, and having a monogrammed J and B intertwined. Yes, that would be perfect.

Ken Newman

This is a hard call…you’re associated with local artisans but their works are so diverse that a signature style can’t become dominant. Your overall product presentation, label styles read to me as slightly modernized turn of the 20th century / Victorian. However, your “round” Beekman 1802 silhouette logo with the exception of the colonial serif numbers ( which I appreciate for their linking the mansions historical timeline ) strikes me as very clean and almost modernist. I’m getting a Bauhaus vibe here. I think there’s a distinct possibility, in future, the Beekman 1802 signature may be an association as the nexus of the new renaissance taking place as society, once again, rejects mass production of cheap goods and recognizes the value of artisan produced products. I think your signature might be recognition as one of the leaders in the evolving “new” Arts and Crafts movement. That means simplicity, individuality and quality. I don’t think you will ever have a lone signature product. Just a universal association that the Beekman 1802 name = class and quality.
Till then, ( and “then” I think is pretty much now ), we’ll just have to settle for some damn fine cheese.


I’ve long been a MacKenzie-Childs fan. I think their products and yours could be a wonderful compliment to each other. One big difference though, your products are locally produced while many M-C products are imported. Buy local!

Renee Winne Dugan

This is true! Locally produced products are an important marketing strategy for the Beekmans’. Although…I too LOVE MacKenzie Child’s and have been there many, many times. Will be an interesting and complex merger indeed. I can see the good and the bad in this. 🙂