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Fritz & Fräulein

American Made Since 2012

Stacy Hauger

Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn designer transforming reclaimed materials into beautiful, sustainable accessories for your modern life.

Tell us about your business.

Fritz & Fräulein was born out of my love for all things vintage combined with my passion for sustainability and formal training in design. It began with childhood memories of magical trips alongside my grandmother, discovering antiques at Victorian "tea houses." This tradition continued in my grown up travels to flea markets across the country, happening upon gorgeous pieces that inspired me and where, oftentimes, their original use had become obsolete. I instinctively always looked to see if I could (and should) breathe new life into them. I started collecting these vintage pieces and, with the encouragement of family and friends (and an overflowing storage unit of my finds!), officially launched my business - an homage to my heritage and Great Grandfather, Fritz - with a handful of reclaimed accessories in August of 2012 and it's only grown from there. I look forward to further expanding my collection, creating job opportunities and continuing to support the American Made movement.

What makes your business stand out?

While I may be running my business hundreds of miles away from where my story began, the importance of creating American made, sustainable products started early among the oak trees and cornfields in Illinois. With my dad as a U.S. steelworker and jobs quickly disappearing, we grew up with the importance of "Made in America" ingrained. I uphold this value by creating every piece right here in New York and sourcing domestically. Choosing to use reclaimed materials began with my love of vintage and was further sparked while working in the art world surrounded by incredible "found object" pieces by artists such as Robert Rauschenberg and Marcel Duchamp. The reclaimed materials we use are given new life with modern design, attention to detail and quality, while preserving their own original, unique story. These principles are what Fritz & Fräulein is founded on and will always be at the core of everything we do as our product range expands in the seasons and years to come.

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

Life is too short. Spend it doing what you love.

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