What we mean when we say “bespoke” at Harris Made.

Posted by Emma Harris on Aug 14, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Bespoke is an interesting word, don’t you think?

Dating back to 1583 in the Oxford English Dictionary, the original definition is “to speak for, commission and arrange for goods”. Perhaps it’s most commonly known in use with made-to-order tailored suits - the bespoke suits of Savile Row, London.

Well, at Harris Made, we do have a specific interpretation of what we mean when we say “bespoke”.

Working hand-in-hand with our clients, not only do we deliver a beautiful gift with a provenance unique to their institution, we further personalize it by weaving in a bespoke made-to-order design that has substantial meaning for the institution and their donors.

The Leach Teaching Gardens at Texas A&M is the result of a significant capital campaign. To reflect the unique contribution and impact that generous support provides, we leveraged the individual designs of 22 gardens that make up the larger garden as a pattern repeat and design motif.

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Behind the Design: 100 Years New

Posted by Emma Harris on Jul 23, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Time flies for all of us.

100 years certainly did for The New School.

When they approached us to help celebrate their Centennial, there was a desire to balance the progressive and forward-looking DNA of the school with a gift that captured their story and history adequately.

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Behind the Design: The Alumni Collection

Posted by Emma Harris on Jun 18, 2019 6:30:00 PM

What if you could give your Alumni a better way to display their pride in your institution?

As a trusted adviser to one hundred plus clients, we know from research and experience that while Alumni feel tremendous passion for their alma mater, they overwhelmingly feel underserved by the poor quality, mass-produced generic merchandise offered through campus bookstores.

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Behind the Design: Texas A&M Leach Teaching Gardens

Posted by Emma Harris on May 31, 2019 8:15:00 AM

A garden is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?

Texas A&M University certainly thinks so. They invited us to design a silk scarf and tie to celebrate the opening of the 27 acre Leach Teaching Gardens on the campus at College station.

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Behind the Design: Gift Packaging

Posted by Emma Harris on May 8, 2019 6:46:00 PM

A garden is a wonderful thing, don’t you think?

Texas A&M University certainly thinks so. They invited us to design a silk scarf and tie to celebrate the opening of the 27 acre Leach Teaching Gardens on the campus at College station.

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Behind the Design: University of Notre Dame Cufflinks & Brooch

Posted by Emma Harris on Apr 25, 2019 8:15:00 AM

Tradition matters, don’t you think?

It certainly does to the business and law schools at the University of Notre Dame.

They wanted to celebrate a retired University logo from 1916 with a very special set of enamel cufflinks and brooch.

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Behind the Design: Magnetic Medallion Badges

Posted by Emma Harris on Apr 3, 2019 8:15:00 AM

The sense of belonging, and pride of affiliation, is important to all of us.

That’s why I’m excited to share the story of our medallion badges.

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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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