Meet Amy & Bill

Our Story

 
Brooklyn based husband and wife, Amy Stringer-Mowat and Bill Mowat, made their first cutting boards for their wedding. It is rumored that the groom was actually finishing the boards on the  day of the wedding... The two wanted a personalized and sentimental way to display cheese, and came up with state-shaped cutting boards for each of their home states (Michigan and  Connecticut), with hearts on their hometowns. Delightfully, the enterprise has grown and they are now made for all fifty states plus countries coming in the Spring. Each board is made in the USA of bamboo. AHeirloom listed their original state shaped cutting boards on Etsy in December 2010 and established their company in early 2011.
 
Amy and Bill are truly grateful for the response to their cutting boards. They are finishing the designing and production of a small range of personalized housewares set to launch in the summer of 2014. With some great collaborators and friends, it should be an entire year of 'new' and they really can't wait!
 
 

Our Background

Amy and Bill met at Amy’s birthday party when both were getting their Masters in Architecture at Columbia University. Bill walked by, wished Amy a simple and sweet “Happy Birthday,” and the two have been collaborating off and on ever since. 
 
The love of food, design and housewares began with Amy's work at Zingerman's Delicatessen in the mid 90's and also with Monmouth Coffee Company, in London England. Merging these interests with their background in design, Bill’s years of experience with project managementand skill at fabrication, have made for a good combination on their latest venture.
 
Today, Amy manages the AHeirloom family business and takes care of the firm’s newest member, Henry, born in September of 2011. Bill handles the production of their orders and is a partner in a successful fabrication shop in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn.

The boards have been featured:

 

On Blogs

Cup Of Jo, Apartment Therapy, The Kitchn, Thrillist, Ruth Riechl, Cupcakes and Cashmere and Babble.
 

In Print

the Real Simple Holiday Gift Guide, Food Network Magazine, Food and Wine Magazine, The New York Times, Rachel Ray’s Food Everyday, Shape Magazine, Woman's Day, Ladies Home Journal, Southern Living, Parade Magazine, Parents Magazine, Brides Magazine, Draft Magazine, Us Weekly, Bust, Taste of Home, Country Living and ELLE.
 

On Television

the Today Show, The Rachel Ray Show and The Martha Stewart Show.
 

Our Philosophy

AHeirloom believe in their small business and manufacturing in the United States. The pieces are designed to be cherished and passed down -- to engage those who use them and resonate with each use. 
 
Their quality comes not only from the design and materials, but from Amy and Bill’s belief in new manufacturing techniques. Whether things are made by hand or by machine, they can be timeless -- like these cutting boards, which serve as reminders of where you came from, or where you’d like to be.

Our History

December 2

2004


Amy meets Bill at her birthday party. They quickly started working on a class project together at the GSAPP.

April 17

2010


Amy and Bill get married. Bill made the state shaped cutting boards the morning of the wedding.

May

2010


Amy and Bill open the AHeirloom Etsy shop!

December

2010


The California state cutting board was featured in the Real Simple Holiday Gift Guide – we sell 3,500 cutting boards in 3 weeks and try to ship in time for the holiday!

September

2011


Amy and Bill’s son, Henry Winslow, is born and the next day they are back answering emails and making boards!

December

2011


The Texas and California state cutting boards find themselves on a Rachel Ray episode. The holiday finishes up with a bang!

April

2012


Amy is on one of the last Martha Stewart Living TV episodes chatting it up about patriotic themed kitchenwares.

August

2012


AHeirloom attends their first Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn NY - Mom has a mini freak out about being away for two whole days – it works out fine.

January

2013


Amy and Bill are featured in Time Magazine with Henry. Amy looks like she might just take a bite out of Henry’s face!

May

2013


AHeirloom moves into a new office space in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

December 1

2013


Bill is on the Today Show talking about his big cyber monday plans! Yikes.. that was a good sales day.

April

2014


AHeirloom hits the 32,000 sales mark on Etsy!

May

2014


AHeirloom does their first trade show at NSS.

Today

2014


AHeirloom launches their new brand and website!