2014 was a busy year for us at Eskayel and we thank you for being a part of that growth!
We started off the year with some really nice press and collaborations right off the bat including this video on curbed.com and the Design Sponge office make over in collaboration with Homepolish.
Then we hopped on a plane to Nicaragua for some tropical inspiration and some yoga with Yoga for Bad People who we collaborated with on their stickers later in the year.
In January we hired a new assistant and set up health insurance and fair wages for all three of us, a goal since reading The Responsible Company by Patagonia founders Yvon Chouinard and Vincent Stanley. We also joined One Percent for the Planet pledging a minimum of one percent of our annual gross sales to environmental organizations. We ended up giving over $10,000 this year to organizations dedicating to saving our planet and its habitats, especially the ocean, which we find particularly inspiring and endangered. Visit our GIVING page to learn more and to find links to the organizations we support.
Nick and I traveled to Vail to celebrate our 1st wedding anniversary. When we came back we launched the Jangala collection and it was featured on Sight Unseen. The collection was inspired by trips to Tulum and Belize the prior year. I get my biggest inspiration when traveling to places where nature is in full force and this year we got to travel a lot. From the Catskills to Colorado, Nicaragua to Montauk, Panama to California, and Jamaica for Nick, we spent a lot of time in the water and on the mountain. This is the year we learned to surf!
Our new home studio was featured on Elle Decor and Lonny which was very exciting for us! We collaborated with G E T S P A C E D out to design a room at the Playland motel and it was featured in the design issue of New York Magazine! We introduced our Playland capsule of patterns. Designing the suite at the motel was super fun and a great way to incorporate our love of surfing into the decor.
We added new products to our ongoing collaboration with ABC Carpet and Home, including new exclusive patterns and fabric by the yard, a headboard and new upholstered benches and ottomans. Most exciting was the release of our first bedding set!
At ICFF we filled our biggest booth yet to the brim with pattern, like and Eskayel explosion.
We spent the summer in Montauk working on our new website (and learning to surf, did I mention that?). We shared it with you all on our Instagram account, along with tons of gorgeous pictures of Eskayel installed, posted by our clients. Our website features those installation shots here on our new installation page. Our new site launched in the Fall and we couldn’t have done it without the help of all our summer interns, freelancers and our awesome web designer Peter Belsky!
Our exclusive trade showroom Studio Four also expanded into a much larger gorgeous new space this last fall.
Our Wedding was featured in Bridal Guide, we expanded our team with two more part time employees, one a trained interior designer, and we buckled down and worked hard on many new projects that we are so excited to share with you in 2015. There are so many projects we can’t wait to announce and we hope you will be there to share all of it with us! For the Holiday season we released our new photographic prints , had our furniture in the foyer of the Holiday house and collaborated with Bird on their holiday cards and packaging.
We finished off the year with a Huge surprise and a great honor. We were selected as an Eileen Fischer Women’s owned business grant recipient and we were selected as an honoree for In HER Company an TakePart.org initiative celebrating women entrepreneurs.
Here’s to 2015, we hope you have a fantastic NEW YEAR!