Five Favorite Things | February 2021

We’re back, with our first edition of Five Favorite Things for 2021! If you’re new around here, Five Favorite Things is our monthly round-up of recommendations from our staff. We’re excited to continue sharing with you what we’re reading, listening to, watching, doing, and so much more! We always love to hear from you, let us know what has inspired you lately in the comments section!

 

Three Cup Tofu recipe from Chez Jorge

Taiwanese Three Cup Tofu by George Lee of Chez Jorge

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Check out Chez Jorge and his wonderful videos! We LOVE his mind-blowing Taiwanese Three Cup Tofu. The tofu preparation method George uses creates the most amazing texture: freeze and thaw your tofu twice, then drain and tear it into pieces- it’s like restaurant level tofu dishes have been unlocked for dining at home! Follow George on Instagram here and explore his blog!
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In NYC our local elections are coming up in 2021 and it’s the perfect time to get involved with campaigns, get to know who is running, and learn more about the platforms of each candidate. These elections directly impact the communities around us so it’s great to do research and get involved early on!

 

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Image of The Mecha Top in Wild Flowers by Casa Nortes

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“The beautiful new clothing line by a sweet friend of a friend - Casa NortesEverything is handmade to order and created by women from the Rarámuri community in Northern Mexico with a focus on transparency and a truly open relationship with the Indigenous community.”  - Jess

 

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“I start every morning with either a 30 or 45 minute power yoga class with either Anna Greenberg or Kristin McGee on Peloton’s subscription app. I LOVE starting my day with these ladies. It is centering and calming, but also has really made me much stronger! I also love that you can do this anywhere/anytime. The ENTIRE Peloton community cultivates inclusion, love and empowerment and cultivates such positivity.” Sign up at https://www.onepeloton.com/ - Stephanie

 

Coral & Tusk Monarch Butterflies

Coral & Tusk Monarch Butterfly design coming soon.

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“The Butterfly Forest” is a photo essay published in the February 15th & 20th printed issue of The New Yorker. However the feature is even more INCREDIBLE when viewed online. For the online edition, The New Yorker created an interactive story complete with sound and video. It’s mesmerizing to read the article while listening to the actual butterflies and watching video footage of the swarms in the Michoacán Biosphere reserve. The feature dives into the environmental destruction and violence that threatens the Monarch butterfly population, while also reminding us how incredible Monarchs are and why they are MORE than worth protecting.

 

Year in Review 2020

Each year, we take this time to reflect on the past twelve months as we look forward to the new ones ahead. 2020 is certainly a year we will never forget, and although it was incredibly challenging, we have so much to be thankful for!

 

Coral & Tusk Winter 2020 Year in Review

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We kicked off the new decade with the launch of our Coastal Collection. Each new Coastal design was inspired by Stephanie’s lifelong love of the sea and celebrates the diversity of life found in our oceans. With the launch of the new collection we pledged to donate 10% of 2020 profits to organizations fighting to protect the largest existing ecosystem on our planet, our World Ocean!

Early this year we gave to the NSW Rural Fire Service in response to the catastrophic bushfires in Australia. We donated 20% of sales over one weekend and thanks to your purchases we raised $4,115.00 for Australia!
Coral & Tusk Spring 2020 Year in Review
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By spring our Brooklyn team started working from home as New York City quickly became the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a way to stay connected, we began our blog series Five Favorite Things, where we shared monthly recommendations from our staff. During this time we raised funds for No Kid Hungry with our Camp Coloring Sheets PDF download


In April, our wallpaper collaboration with Hygge & West launched, bringing our signature designs to your walls! In May, Stephanie created original watercolors which were available for purchase for the very first time. She painted two series, one of birds she’s been lucky to spot and paintings for Mother’s Day!
Coral & Tusk Summer 2020 Year in Review
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This summer we introduced our collaboration with illustrator Yoriko Hoshi for the Coral & Tusk x Nekomura San collection! The popular Japanese comic came to life as embroidered Coral & Tusk pocket pillows, dolls and accessories.

Among new product introductions this summer, we also created embroidered face masks to help keep you and those around you safe, healthy and happy! 

In June, in an effort to stand up against systemic racism, we started our Summer of Giving donation pledge. Over the course of eight weeks, we donated $12,000.00 to organizations and funds that fight for social justice and racial equity. Each of our employees were given the opportunity to select an organization to contribute to and we highlighted each cause on our blog.

In August, we debuted a new series of original watercolors by Stephanie, this time featuring one of our favorite pets, DOGS! We donated $250 from each painting to The Street Dog Project at Friends of the Animal Shelter to support volunteers rescue pets affected by the devastating wildfires in Oregon. 

We closed out the summer by expanding our team! We hired Jess, our AMAZING Customer Care specialist. If you’ve called or emailed us this fall chances are you’ve had the wonderful experience of chatting with her.

 Coral & Tusk Fall 2020 Year in Review

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In September we headed upstate to shoot our new fall designs and holiday collection. For the first time ever we made tree skirts! Among our new holiday offerings included a continuation of our Nekomura San collaboration, including ornaments of Ms. Nekomura and all her friends.

In October, Stephanie’s Wyoming home was featured in House Beautiful, a total dream come true!

In November we VOTED! All Coral & Tusk employees were offered paid time off to cast their vote, whether by mail or in person!


For Giving Tuesday, we completed our Coastal Collection donation pledge by donating 5% of 2020 profits to Oceana and another 5% of 2020 profits to Sea Shepherd. We were so excited to be able to contribute to so many wonderful organizations this year, all thanks to you!

 

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Thank you so much for your continued support and enthusiasm this year! We cannot do all that we do without you. We look forward to bringing you more cheer in the New Year!