I’m happy to announce our newest sponsor Hex Goods, an online market place for independent designers.
Hex Goods was founded by Zach Supalla who was formerly a Dartmouth Aire along with my husband Scott (for those of you who watch the Sing Off, the Aires were one of the three final groups). Remember my Bird on a Wire Bedding? Well Hex Goods is now carrying it.
Hop on over and check out their merchandise and stop in often as they add new designers and creative wares to their treasure trove.
Now for a little Q&A with Zach.
Nest: Why did you start Hex Goods?
Zach: I started Hex Goods because I believe that there are a lot of enormously talented designers out there who haven’t been “found”, because there aren’t a lot of great outlets for their work. As an independent designer, you have a few options to get yourself out there: first, you can sell through local boutiques, but then you’re limited by geography. Second, you can sell your products on Etsy or eBay, but then you’re buried in a sea of hand-made products, many of which are pretty mediocre, and it’s difficult to be found. Third, you can create your own web presence, but that can be difficult and time-consuming and you have to focus your energy on driving web traffic and marketing and SEO when you really just want to make cool stuff.
On the other hand, consumers are in a tight spot as well. People want high-quality, designer products, but they’re either too expensive (designer brands) or hard to find (independent designers). If you’re willing to dig on Etsy or spend your afternoons at design fairs, there are plenty of gems to be found, but it’s not easy.
I see Hex Goods as a way to bring together design-focused customers and independent designers, and create an environment where real design talent can shine.
Nest: What do you have planned for the future?
In the very near term, the first thing we need to do is grow our assortment of products. We’re going to be focusing on home decor, fashion accessories, technology accessories, and jewelry. We’ve also got a special collection planned for Valentine’s Day that’s going to be pretty spectacular. If you have a cool product that you’d like to see on our site, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the longer-term, we hope to help create more opportunities for independent designers to grow their business, such as helping designers scale their manufacturing or sell their products through major retailers. We hope that one day, all designers will have to worry about is design, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Thanks Zach! Can’t wait to see what you add in the next few months!