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September 20, 2017

Kintsugi

Kintsugi is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold.

It can also be viewed as a philosophy for life.

The cracks in the piece of pottery are part of its story. And the gold used to repair the pottery becomes a natural extension of it.

The kintsugi approach highlights the pottery’s unique history, rather than hiding it.

It’s the idea that our past and our pains do not need to leave us broken in pieces. Rather, we can fill in the gaps with beauty and be strengthened through them. Our scars can become a gilded reminder of our resilience.

Mike and Dave Radparvar
Co-Founders, Holstee

P.S. Resilience is a theme that we explore all through the month of September. We partnered with dream-team duo Wendy MacNaughton and Courtney E. Martin on a piece of artwork that perfectly brings this theme to life. Check it out here →

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September 28, 2017

Wait till you see the flowers by the pool.

September 2015 was a big month for us.

I was about to get married, Dave was turning 30, and our third co-founder, Fabian, was about to start a new project after eight years of working with us on Holstee.

So at the very last minute, we decided to go on a combo bachelor-birthday-send-off weekend trip. We booked the only place we could find that was near nature and had availability that night. We borrowed a car and made our way north up Route 28 out of New York City.

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