Over the last few weeks, however, we turned the search over to you. (It’s not every day that a Mennonite-based trend falls into our lap, you know.)
You’ve vetted (and voted for) small-batch brands hoping to make it big. And now it’s time to meet this year’s Start Small, Go Big winners.
|Fashion: Lauren Nevada |
Femme-loving designer Lauren Batchelder crafts her clothes from the ground up, from constructing patterns for cutout dresses, striped tees with gold shoulders, and tulip skirts to collaborating with artists from Brooklyn to Tunisia on photography and styling.
|Health and Beauty: Soap Cartel|
When it comes to skin care, soapstress Dayana Ariza gets down to the nitty-gritty. She developed her best-selling soap balls and sticks and activated charcoal-based bars in her home workshop in 2009 and has been devoted to helping fans clean up their acts ever since.
|Home: Uprise Art |
We know great art when we see it. And so does Tze Chun, whose virtual gallery serves as a meet-cute for talented artist friends and collectors who want to get their hands on emerging work.
|Food and Drink: Honeysuckle Gelato |
Founders Khatara Ballard, Wes Jones, and Jackson Smith make frozen treats with a Southern spin, from a boozy mint julep to pretzel- and peanut-infused Snacks on a Plane. They had us at bourbon pecan gelato.
|Digital and Tech: Taste Savant |
When it comes to restaurants, everyone’s a critic. Until it’s time to try a new spot. (Then everyone’s clueless. And starving.) Meet Sonia Kapadia, the woman looking to finesse your next dining hunt with a website that gathers critical and user-generated reviews in one spot.
|Most Inventive: Apt. 2B|
When founder Mat Herman found himself past the age of college-dorm tastes but not yet equipped with a Kelly Wearstler budget, he launched an online showroom with hopes of bringing stylish home decor to the masses.
Now give these baby geniuses a hand.
Photos: Courtesy of Lauren Nevada; Courtesy of Soap Cartel; Courtesy of Uprise Art; Courtesy of Honeysuckle Gelato; Courtesy of Taste Savant; Courtesy of Apt. 2B