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Scout By Two

American Made Since 2013

Constance Sepulveda & Marisa Keris

Brooklyn, New York
Cross-country designers making handmade bags & leather goods inspired by urban and rural environments, simple geometry and natural materials.

Tell us about your business.

Scout By Two is a collaboration between two friends who met while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design. Our shared aspiration to design and make high-quality, functional products we'd use ourselves, led us to initiate our collaborative cross-country business, Scout By Two (SX2) in 2013. We design and make all products ourselves, working in New York and Alabama. Our urban and rural environments are a constant source of inspiration, affecting our styles, lifestyles, and need for beautiful utilitarian bags. Marisa has a particular affinity to farms, local food and the deep South, where she currently resides. Carving her inspiration out of any and all materials- she paints, wood-burns and sews memories into works of beauty. Coming from Latin American roots, Constance has a great appreciation of handcraft items and an international flair. With a degree in furniture design, she has honed her skills in upholstery, marrying soft and hard goods into her creations.

What makes your business stand out?

Our business is about collaboration. What makes our process unique is that we work from two very distinct areas of the United States, and merge those styles. Marisa works from her studio in Northwest Alabama - where she is part of a thriving artistic community of respected designers, such as Billy Reid and Alabama Chanin. She is also a photographer, graphic designer and painter and utilizes these skills to elevate the brand. She finds endless inspiration in Southern food, culture, history, design and the vintage quirks of small town life. Marisa grew up on a Christmas tree farm in New Jersey, so she makes frequent trips to NYC. Constance is based in Brooklyn, New York where she is centered in the metropolis of creativity and innovation. She stays true to her craft among trends. Constance's perspective of the city has been to utilize the endless opportunities and connections at her fingertips. She keeps SX2 grounded and connected in the ever-evolving art & fashion scene of New York.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Marisa: "Stay true to yourself, your ideas and work really hard." -My parents are true entrepreneurs. They have ran our family farm, Keris Tree Farm & Christmas Shop together, successfully, for over 20 yrs. Merging their creativity and marriage into a business, they have built something bigger than themselves. I have been engrained with many positive skills working beside them. I love watching happy families return year after year, creating holiday memories and traditions- its all because of them! Constance: "Make your own opportunities." -This was said to me on my last day by a former employer. The advice has been a constant thread throughout my life. Through example, I was taught to just 'go for it', it's the only way you'll achieve your goals. Late in her life, my mother found her passion through public relations and community activism, she was given opportunities with little or no experience. This has taught me that, one: It's never too late, and two: Do what makes you happy.

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