meet chris + rachel of hanover designs
WHO ARE YOU? TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF!
Chris & Rachel Millard, Seattle natives that moved to Pittsburgh in 2012. Been running Hanover Designs since 2016.
WHAT DO YOU MAKE?
Handcrafted jewelry made from concrete (it's super lightweight, trust us). We blend traditional luxury materials like gold and silver, with construction materials like concrete and copper to form and industrial yet modern style we like to call "Rustbelt Luxury."
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS MAKER?
We were building a patio and Rachel was too cheap to buy concrete tiles and decided to learn about concrete and make her own tile molds. This let to DIY concrete home goods and eventually jewelry. After seeing some of Rachel's prototypes Chris wanted to start a business and Rachel was unsure. He made a bet that if at least 10 people bought prototypes off facebook then we had to start a business. Exactly 10 people bought our first prototypes, and we started participating in craft fairs and selling online after that. It has snowballed quickly!
WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS THE BEST?
Capturing the spirit of Pittsburgh. We fell in love with Pittsburgh when we moved and we wanted to try and emulate the blend of traditional and modern, industrial and tech that we see around the city every day.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR WORKSPACE
We used to have a dining room table.
TELL US ABOUT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
WHERE ARE YOU FROM?
Seattle originally, Pittsburgh since 2012
WHAT HAS BEEN MAKING YOU EXCITED LATELY?
We're currently getting a suite of new stud earring molds made, about a dozen new products should hit in Spring.
IF YOU COULD LEARN A NEW SKILL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Rachel: Spinning Wool
COFFEE OR TEA?
Chris: Double Latte
ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
We have a 2 year old, we don't have a choice
WHAT DO YOU WATCH OR LISTEN TO IN THE BACKGROUND WHEN YOU ARE MAKING?
Chris answering for Rachel: Bad reality TV shows and post-apocalyptic netfilx shows