Interview: George and Shota ​Mikaia of Georgian Sneaker Brand, Crosty

Brothers bring footwear innovation to the former Soviet nation decades after a civil war that changed their lives

In 1992, ​Abkhazia was engulfed in a brutal civil war. Situated on the Black Sea in the northwest of Georgia, the disputed region’s inter-ethnic conflict claimed nearly 15,000 lives, left over 8,000 wounded, and uprooted more than 200,000 Georgians fleeing ethnic cleansing at the hands of Abkhaz separatists. Among the displaced were brothers George and Shota ​Mikaia, founders of Tbilisi-based sneaker label Crosty. “We lost …

Interview: Beryl Solomon, Founder of CBD Retailer Poplar

The entrepreneur's multi-brand destination ditches jargon to make room for clarity

In 2018, the market for CBD products grew by 80%. That’s a jump to $591 million according to Illinois-based Brightfield Group, a market research firm focused on the cannabis industry. Though it’s soon to be a $22 billion business, digestible information about how CBD and THC products impact one’s mental and physical health is hard to come by. “It was everywhere and nowhere,” Beryl Solomon …

Hawthorne Introduces Skincare Products

The fragrance label’s online quiz will now pair customers with body wash, soap, and deodorant

Most American men aren’t buying fragrances, but women are driving the $327 million market through gift-giving. “There’s a lack of knowledge and even a sense of fear with men when it comes to cologne and self-care products,” Hawthorne co-founder Brian Jeong says from his Tribeca office. Jeong “wanted to get men to buy cologne for themselves.” Since launching the data-driven fragrance label Hawthorne in 2016, Jeong …