We’re captivated by people who are on their way to making their mark on the world. We call these creative forerunners MarkMakers.
Every season, we team up with some of the most fascinating and distinct talents around – this fall, our MarkMakers range from photographers to furniture craftsmen. In our upcoming digital guidebooks, they’ll let us into their homes, their studios and their workshops. They take us on their daily journeys, show us how they work and what inspires them on The Modern Trail.
The Modern-Day Blues Musician:
Jamie N Commons
With two critically acclaimed EPs and a tour supporting Bruce Springsteen under his belt, British singer-songwriter Jamie N Commons has been busy taking the world by storm. Born in Britain, Commons moved to Chicago with his family at the age of six then moved back to London at 18 to study music.
While hitting the open mic circuit, alongside a still unknown Mumford & Sons, Commons hooked up with British super producer Alex Da Kid and was promptly signed to Interscope Records. Jamie brings a new twist to the idea of a modern-day blues musician, inspired by the past with a sound that’s very much today.
The Photographer: Benjamin Holtrop
Benjamin Holtrop, a Portland native, takes inspiration from his hometown and from the creatives he lives with. His pared-back imagery has gained a dedicated following on Instagram and he’s currently an art director at Aesthetic, a visual content agency, and also produces an online lifestyle magazine, The Forager.
This fall, he shares his favorite spots in Portland, what inspires him and how to stay original on Instagram. He also gives us expert tips on taking a great portrait. Look out for our first issue of The Modern Trail in late August.
The Organic Farmer: Andrea Davis-Cetina
Originally hailing from the East Coast, Andrea Davis-Cetina took a leap of faith in 2008 when she moved to Sonoma, California and started Quarter Acre Farm - 1/4 of an acre that has now grown to 3/4 of an acre of land.
When she’s not paving the way for organic farmers, Andrea Davis-Cetina is hosting a radio show and creating organic, sustainable recipes.
In our digital guidebook later this year, we catch up with her to find out what it means to be a modern farmer and why we should all support farm-to-fork food. She also shares her style essentials (what DO farmers really wear?) and what she can’t leave home without.
The Craft Furniture Makers: Recycled Brooklyn
Turning your pastime into your profession is something most of us can only dream about. But for Recycled Brooklyn, transforming the unloved artifacts of Brooklyn’s old buildings into beloved, contemporary furniture turned that dream into a reality.
Meet Recycled Brooklyn: two brothers who give timber destined for the trash a second chance by turning it into bespoke furniture. This season, they’ll share why giving back to Brooklyn is so important, how to make a living out of doing what you love and why it’s easier to upcycle than you think.
Watch this space and we’ll see you on the trail.