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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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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