PSFK chats with TM1985's founder to discuss the brand and Brooklyn's DIY community.

Boutique designers and makers are typically very guarded when it comes to interfacing with big brands and retailers. In order to alleviate the friction, both parties must define and align their objectives until a sound partnership evolves. In order for this happen, bigger companies need to better understand the underlying values and attitudes of smaller businesses.

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We met up with TM1985‘s Tielor McBride, who's boutique focuses on leather accessories (bags, wallets, cases) to get a deep-dive into the values and ethos of Brooklyn's maker community. In talking with him, one comes to realize that his core goal is to change the relationship between customer and product. He achieves this by crafting accessories that can last a lifetime. This sentiment, which stems from ‘slow fashion' is prevalent amongst boutique entrepreneurs (e.g. Byronesque's guerilla campaign).

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