For this installment of EIGHTY Live at &co, we’ve invited our friends and favorite local design duos Chris & Kirk Bray, brothers and co-owners of leather and canvas design company BILLYKIRK, and Ron Upperman & Desiree Godsell, partners in love and work and designers behind the homegoods and outfitters brand HILL&VELEZ to talk about the c word: collaboration.

We will get the story behind their brands and talk about the ups and downs of working with friends and family, and discuss everything from secrets behind creating a lasting partnership to learning how to survive the growing pains of a new business. We’ll also discover how they navigate the ever-changing terrain of the design world, what they’ve done to achieve and celebrate their most memorable accomplishments as business owners, and how they deal with the whoops and poops of mixing their personal and professional lives. 

And as per usual, complimentary wine will be provided, thanks to Mana Wine. This event is FREE with RSVP.

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 6:30 - 8:30
Where: &co, 201 Montgomery St., 2nd Fl., Jersey City, NJ 07302

6:30 pm Doors open | Refreshments available (complimentary wine)
7:00 pm Chat (runs 40-60 minutes)
8:00 Rapid fire round/Show & Tell
8:10 Audience Q&A
8:30 Mingle and hang

Started in 1999 by brothers Chris and Kirk Bray in Los Angeles CA, Billykirk is a leather and canvas design company which was founded on the desire to make lasting items that get better with age. Billykirk, now partnered with three US-based manufacturers, has been located on the East Coast since 2005. Most of our small leather goods and bags are handmade by in-house artisans or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania.

Since 2013 Ron Upperman and Desiree Godsell have been diligently producing vibrant handmade creations that are both tantalizing and unflinching in their aesthetic. These two artist (visual designer and professional dancer, respectively) discovered a share passion for working with raw materials and decided to let their individual creative flair wrestle amongst the stars, only to birth a production duo that has become known to their patrons across the globe as HILL&VELEZ Homegoods and Outfitters



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