10 Considerations: What is Bespoke

Posted by Emma Harris on Mar 20, 2019 7:08:00 PM

We all have our unique story to tell. Institutions are no different.

This is at the heart of what we do at Harris Made. We work closely with donor professionals, uncovering the distinct story, unique culture and iconic heritage that makes an institution special.

This is what we mean by “bespoke”.

Bespoke is defined, quite simply, as “custom-made”. While true, we see more depth. To us, it is taking the narrative of an institution, expressing it as a meaningful design element and then weaving it into every fiber, stitch and buckle so that your gift is cherished forever.

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Behind the Design: Kettering University

Posted by Emma Harris on Mar 13, 2019 7:14:00 PM

I find signatures fascinating. We all have one, yet no two are alike. They are unique and always have an interesting story to tell.

For Kettering University, their story started 100 years ago. Working with Star Cornell, AVP of Annual Giving, we discovered founder Charles Kettering’s signature.

With that iconic piece of their history in hand, I created a subtle and elegant pattern repeat for a silk tie and scarf gift set to help commemorate their Centennial year.

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Behind the Design: Smithsonian and the Ties that bond

Posted by Emma Harris on Mar 5, 2019 7:23:00 PM

I was thrilled to have worked with Laura Gobbi, the Director of Donor Relations and Events, on the Smithsonian's Capital Campaign, which raised $1.88 billion on a goal of $1.5 billion, the largest campaign in the museum’s history.

After collaborating with Laura, I designed a silk scarf and tie inspired by the iconic sunburst design of the Smithsonian. Supple to the touch and striking to the eye, these bespoke gifts were sent with an RSVP to the closing event with a request that the donors don the ties and scarves for the evening.

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Behind the Design: Tulane University

Posted by Emma Harris on Feb 21, 2019 7:27:00 PM

My favorite phase of any Harris Made project is applying the critical, but subtle finishing touches.

Recently, I was fortunate to oversee the final production of our bespoke luggage tags for Tulane University’s capital campaign, their boldest and most ambitious fundraising endeavor in 184 years.

I just returned from our tannery in England where I was able to sit side-by-side at the workbench with our team of master craftsmen. After hand-selecting vegetable tanned bridle leather hides, we used specialist clicking knives to cut out each luggage tag before embossing the Presidential seal.

This is truly where the artistry comes in. This is how Harris Made is made.

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Behind the Design: Emory University

Posted by Emma Harris on Feb 8, 2019 7:34:00 PM

Your institution has a unique story to tell. One that is rich in history and traditions. For Emory University's Goizueta Business School their story is one of educating tomorrow’s leaders, those who innovate today’s businesses, and those who elevate humanity for the benefit of more than themselves.

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Custom donor gifts for Lurie Children's Hospital

Posted by Emma Harris on Jul 11, 2018 12:08:00 PM

We know how challenging it is to find the perfect gift for individuals who can afford anything. Working in collaboration with our clients we created this guide and thought we would share a copy: 10 Considerations When Designing the Perfect Gift.

Perhaps you will be inspired by this recent project that we completed for Lurie Children's Hospital. Joanna Riester contacted me to create a unique pashmina and silk tie to help celebrate top donors during their campaign kick-off event last month and here is a sneak peek of the project.

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Custom donor gifts for Syracuse University

Posted by Emma Harris on Jun 27, 2018 12:09:00 PM

When Jessica Reilly, Syracuse University, approached me at a recent ADRP New York conference, she asked me to create special gifts for the Office of the President to present to loyal alumni, donors, and friends that would be cherished and carried with great pride. 

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Client highlight: University of Chicago

Posted by Emma Harris on May 22, 2018 9:26:59 AM

I was excited when Emily Abrahamson, University of Chicago, asked me to design a custom handmade silk scarf and tie from the ancient mosaic Mesopotamian lion held in The Oriental Institute to help celebrate top donors supporting their $5B capital campaign. This colorful striding lion, its mouth opened in a threatening roar, once decorated a side of the ‘Processional Way’ in ancient Babylon. Gifts were presented in a University of Chicago branded gift box and came with a printed card to reinforce their campaign mission and provenance of their unique and thoughtful gift.

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Custom donor gifts for Children's National hospital

Posted by Emma Harris on May 17, 2018 12:14:00 PM

When Larysa Gradeck, Children’s National Hospital, approached me she asked if I could design special recognition gifts to commemorate the opening of their Bunny Mellon Healing Garden, a place for children receiving care to enjoy fresh air, the outdoors and inspiring view of the nation’s capital. I took design inspiration from an architectural rendering of a labyrinth within the project blueprint to design a custom handmade silk scarf and tie.

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Custom donor gifts for Ethel Walker School

Posted by Emma Harris on Apr 5, 2018 12:18:00 PM

When Marion Paterson from The Ethel Walker School approached me she asked if I could design special recognition gifts that were unique to the school and would resonate on a personal level with their best donors and alumnae. With this in mind, I designed a custom cashmere pashmina inspired by the geometric design of their chapel floor and a silk scarf in school colors based on their original campus map. 

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