WHAT IT MEANS
1733 refers to the street address of the house we (Tim and Phil) grew up in. The children of architects, we were brought up in a brick row house in downtown Philadelphia. Our spatial understanding of the world was shaped by our parents’ home renovations and innovations, which combined a modern design sensibility with an appreciation for architectural heritage and common sense. From that home base, we’d bike around the city, play basketball on our block, and take trips to the beach and the mountains. These experiences made us who we are, and they guide our creative choices, motivating us to make products that enable you to live an active, unencumbered life.
WHO WE ARE
Phil is a mechanical-engineering graduate who studied in Vermont. Working as a consultant for an IT company after college, he missed the creativity and spatial problem-solving that had attracted him to engineering in the first place. His interest in the design of sneakers, sports gear, and outdoor goods was the starting point for 1733, and in 2014 he taught himself how to sew, so that he could turn his ideas into concrete, functional objects. Phil lives in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago and designs, prototypes, and manufactures 1733 goods from his apartment-studio.
Tim is an artist living and working in Philadelphia. He received his BFA in painting and printmaking in Chicago. He left his AV tech job at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to develop 1733 with Phil in the summer of 2015. His passion for making things that are functional and beautiful drives his contribution to 1733. Tim now lives in the part of Philadelphia that is above the loft district but not quite as nice. He is responsible for the design, prototyping and manufacture of 1733 products, as well as art direction, web development, and social media.
HOW IT’S MADE
From idea to drawing, prototype to final product, all 1733 goods are made by the two of us. We control the quality of our goods at every step of the design and manufacturing process: we carefully select raw materials for their looks and tactile properties, as well as their utility and durability. Once acquired, the materials do not leave our studio until they form a finished product, which ensures that our concepts are executed to our exact specifications. Because we are so small this practice also has limitations. We don’t have the luxury of long lead times and extended product development cycles. Our products need to be well thought-out before we begin a prototyping exercise. But this in-house approach to design and development allows us to continuously find new solutions to improve our products and to work with our customers to create fully customized products.
We dye our fabrics by hand using Japanese Shibori methods and indigo. We mix our own beeswax and paraffin and coat our canvas by hand. We design and screenprint our own textile patterns. We use bonded polyester thread whenever possible for strength and weather resistance. All exposed interior seams are bound for product longevity.
Because we make everything in-house all our products can be repaired if an issue is found. If something is wrong with your 1733 item we will gladly pay to have it shipped back to us so we can fix it.
WHY WE DO IT
In the city or outside of it, we don’t want to have to think twice about what we carry around, or whether it will be able to handle unexpected situations. We don’t want things that are hyper-specialized and that only come out of the closet once a year. 1733 products will work just as well for a half-hour commute as they do on a weeklong road trip. We want you to use these things everyday, for many, many days.