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. A 1 year later, they were # 90 of all etsy sales. 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 2010 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, Delta's Sky Miles Magazine, Draft Magazine, Us Weekly, Bust and ELLE.
on television -- the Today Show, The Rachel Ray Show and The Martha Stewart Show
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!
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 Bill's background in design, his years of experience with project management and 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.
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.