At Sprout Home, an indie garden center with locations in Williamsburg and Chicago, a green thumb is welcome—but not required.Watch
Rianne Swierstra, born into a family of entrepreneurs, dreamed of starting a condom company at age 14. The prophylactics business never materialized, but her dream of innovating in the sex space did. Rianne S, Swierstra’s eponymous brand, is on a mission to “make women and their partners happy” with thoughtfully designed, female-focused pleasure products. Swierstra talked to Quiddity about her local Amsterdam’s culture of openness, the message she hopes to spread with her brand, and how to introduce toys into the bedroom.
The whole idea for car engines could apply to Jabra headphones. The concept calls for a device that’s small but powerful, slim yet sturdy. While much of Denmark-based Jabra’s line includes office headsets, the brand’s headphones for sports and professional training are keeping up with trends. Quiddity spoke with Jabra’s Iain Pottie, global director of product design, about tracking sports apparel trends, the competitive consumer space, and 8- to 10-hour performance.
The round-the-clock responsiveness of Quilt renters insurance is in part possible because of a bot: Patches. Artificial intelligence is one feature that the rapidly growing startup company, which launched in 2015, has developed and tested in-house to stand out from more legacy brands. From Quilt’s robust online customer portal to expansion in Florida and Texas, the company is promoting its transparency to attract young adult renters in cities including New York. Quiddity spoke with Nichole Mace, Quilt’s senior vice president of product & customer experience, about transparency, convenience, and being smart ahead of time.