Our mission is to create distinctive, well-made goods and gifts that tell your story and inspire you to live memorably.
But how did four longtime friends living and working in different cities turn a fun side project into successful full-time business? Here's our story.
Our founder, Brian Johnson, was living in Boston and working as an engineer when he noticed that the market was lacking in truly distinctive home goods and furnishings that combined a tasteful, modern aesthetic with personally meaningful design.
Sensing an opportunity, Brian started to create his own products for the home that were not only functional and stylish, but also incorporated his interests in user-centered design and environmentally-friendly manufacturing. Working out of his small South Boston apartment in his spare time, Brian began selling his creations online under the name Uncommon Green.
As his passion project turned into a fledgling business, Brian brought his college friends Dave Reddy, Neil Angis, and Colin Woodworth on board to help bring his vision to a wider audience. Despite being spread out across three different states and all working day jobs, the group worked together remotely through countless nights and weekends to build the company from the ground up.
We also knew that we wanted to do more than just make and sell our wares. We wanted our business to drive positive change in the world, so we made it part of our mission to give back a portion of our proceeds to worthy causes.
One of the first big donations we made was in support of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, an event that hit especially close to us and forever changed our home city. We even created a limited edition "Boston Strong" Marathon Route Pint Glass and donated all profits to survivors, while also raising awareness.
It felt amazing to be able to support our community at a critical time of need, and we haven't stopped since.
To date, we've supported more than 200 non-profit organizations of all sizes and causes across the U.S., from small local animal shelters to public schools to national organizations like Habitat for Humanity.