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Mud Talks: The Retail Renaissance Fostering Community and Conscious Consumption

May 18, 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

As part of the inaugural Atlantic Avenue Day of Design, Mud Australia, the porcelain homewares brand with a penchant for color and craftsmanship, will host a lively panel talk and reception on Saturday, May 18th. Moderated by Brooklynite Ingrid Abramovitch, Executive Editor of ELLE Decor, Mud Talks: The Retail Renaissance Fostering Community and Conscious Consumption, will bring together notable voices from the Atlantic Avenue design community including Shelley Simpson, Founder and Creative Director of Mud; Michele Varian, whose eponymous home goods store Michele Varian Shop & Design serves as a treasure trove for one-of-a-kind products, and Sarah Zames, Founder & Principal of the design firm General Assembly and Co-Founder of Assembly Line, a curated shop for home renovation materials, furniture and lighting from a global roster of independent brands and designers.
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This panel talk will explore the current landscape for independent retailers, looking at Atlantic Avenue as a case study – a growing hub for small, creative businesses that help foster community and more conscious consumption. The talk will also cover the distinct challenges and opportunities the panelists have faced navigating retail, and the future they see with this area and others like it, making a compelling case to shop local for stronger communities and a more sustainable future.
Following the talk and brief Q&A, guests are invited to stay for a reception at Café Kitsuné.


Mud Australia


Brooklyn - Downtown Brooklyn
Business Name
Mud Australia
Industrial and Product Design


Café Kitsuné
112 Bond St
Brooklyn, NY 11217 United States
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