For Atelier Saucier founders Nikki Reed and Staci Inspektor, their meet-cute greater than a decade in the past was principally the enterprise model of affection at first sight. From the primary second they met at a mutual buddy’s social gathering in Los Angeles, Reed says one thing simply felt completely different. Inspektor provides, “We simply knew from the beginning that we needed to construct a model collectively. We’re each tremendous hardworking, inventive, and simply see eye-to-eye on virtually every little thing, so it was an important partnership from the start.”
The duo come from two completely different, but complementary backgrounds. Inspektor brings together with her a proper trend training from UC Davis and a particular curiosity in bespoke, small-batch design. “Ever since I used to be a little bit child, I simply cherished making issues and stitching,” she says. For her half, Reed married her hospitality administration diploma from Cornell and a seven-year stint on the Hillstone Restaurant Group. By the point she and Inspektor met, she had moved on to a restaurant consulting agency the place she was tasked with serving to up-and-coming hospitality manufacturers develop their perspective and mission.
“A serviette looks as if a small accent, but it surely has the flexibility to affect a lot about your eating expertise.”
Nikki Reed, co-founder of Atelier Saucier
The 2 pals started dreaming up methods to fuse their talent units into one thought-about model, and in 2018, Atelier Saucier was born. Effectively—the identify, at the least. The pair solely had that a lot cemented when Nikki was approached by a buddy who was opening a zero-waste restaurant in New York Metropolis and needed assist solidifying the appear and feel of the tabletop decor. “She needed one thing that was cool, distinctive, and sustainable. Discovering them already available in the market for her was almost inconceivable, so we determined to make them.”
The duo visited quite a few surplus cloth distributors in LA, hitting up warehouse after warehouse in the hunt for the proper textiles; the locally-minded sourcing would go on to be a driving drive behind the model’s philanthropic efforts with Feast LA, The Folks Concern, and extra. Reed and Inspektor finally landed on mix-and-match reclaimed denim, embroidering every with a bite-sized model of the restaurant’s emblem within the nook. The collaboration was so successful that they started creating customized linens with discovered materials for different eating places of their community like Momofuku and Gigi’s.
Although eating places had been the place Atelier Saucier initially made its mark, the buyer trade is the place the model discovered its footing. After a profitable exhibiting at a wholesale market in early 2020, almost all of its orders had been canceled as eating places across the nation had been compelled to shutter because of the pandemic. Reed and Inspektor pivoted, throwing all their consideration into the consumer-facing arm of their enterprise at a time when many individuals had been reigniting their love for at-home cooking and eating. “[People] wish to set the desk and make it look fairly for themselves, so there was a large uptick in our gross sales and in our enterprise, sort of as a silver lining to [the pandemic],” says Reed. “A serviette looks as if a small accent, but it surely has the flexibility to affect a lot about your eating expertise.”
“We wish to develop into the one-stop tabletop store.”
Staci Inspektor, co-founder of Atelier Saucier
To this present day, Atelier Saucier has collaborated with meals and kitchen manufacturers like Brightland, Hedley & Bennett, and extra. Our Food52 Store can be host to an unique assortment that options the model’s signature rainbow stitching and a retro-inspired coloration palette that is good for mixing and matching. “We like our branding and aesthetic to really feel very clear, colourful, fashionable, and stylish,” explains Inspektor. “Typically sustainable manufacturers can really feel a little bit crunchy, however we firmly consider you don’t must sacrifice fashion to do good, which is why we push for a contemporary and elevated look with every of our designs.”
To maintain their model sustainable and their assets manageable, materials proceed to be regionally sourced in LA by the founders and a good group of curators. “Sourcing materials the way in which we do may be very difficult and add an additional layer of logistics, however we simply really feel prefer it’s the proper factor to do,” says Reed. “Utilizing fabric napkins as an alternative of paper is an eco-conscious act in and of itself, so sourcing cloth that can be sustainably-minded simply made sense.” The identical goes for high quality management, which accurately features a “mouth check” to make sure napkins are comfy to make use of all through an precise dinner. Alas, a troublesome job. (And sure, Reed and Inspektor are absolutely conscious that the check wants a extra elegant, refined identify.)
Up subsequent for Atelier Saucier? Tabletop equipment. The model just lately launched serviette rings and a serviette holder, each of that are (unsurprisingly) as lovely as they’re sensible and sure, made regionally. “We wish to develop into the one-stop tabletop store,” says Inspektor.