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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Ayanna Jordan

February 13, 2015

Ayanna Jordan | UncommonGoods Ayanna Jordan, UncommonGoods Operations Administrator

My hometown is…
Brooklyn, N.Y.

An uncommon fact about me is…
I’ve been playing the Viola for 14+ years.

I’m inspired by…
Not wanting to mirror people and my surroundings.

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
I don’t necessarily have a favorite process. I just like to try new things throughout the operation.

My dream job is…
To be a photographer for National Geographic Magazine and a journalist.

If I had to choose between hiking or biking, I would choose…
Neither. I prefer road trips and camping.

If I lived without restrictions, I would…
Have a couch in every country and backpack across the globe.

Would you rather… take an all-expenses paid trip, OR just take the money the trip is worth?
All expenses paid trip.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Eric Jackson-Forsberg

January 7, 2015

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 Eric Jackson-Forsberg, UncommonGoods Copywriter

My hometown is…
Boonville, NY. Named for Gerrit Boon of the Holland Land Company. He had plans to establish a huge maple sugar “plantation” in that part of Northern New York (which never panned out). Home of the NY State Woodsman’s Field Days, which involves axe throwing and beard competitions. If you’re looking for REAL lumbersexuals, that’s the place.

My favorite project that I’ve worked on at UncommonGoods is…
Headlines for the home page and catalog covers. Fewer words = more challenge.

I’m inspired by…
Typography, modern design, Wes Anderson, and hops.

My guilty pleasure is…
Space: 1999 and U.F.O., two craptastic Gerry Anderson TV shows from the 70s. Between him and Wes, I guess I like all things Anderson! Let’s see…Gillian Anderson? Check!

An uncommon fact about me…
With a friend from High School, I developed a pilot for a sitcom/movie review show called Zack’s Video Shack, which we pitched to Gary Coleman (for the role of Zack). It never got off the ground, but the meeting with Gary was priceless.

My favorite place to hang out in New York City is…
The High Line.

If I could travel back in time, I would…
Visit Vienna in 1900, and see if I could spot Freud, Klimt, and Mahler. Maybe buy them a round of coffee or absinthe and try to start an argument. And I’d take a lot of photos.

Since working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
The brand is difficult to pin down, but that’s the essence of the brand! Also, that Tech has no windows, so they must visit the Creative studio periodically for vitamin D production.

Would you rather…only speak and write in clichés for an entire day, or ride a tricycle to work through the snow?
The tricycle in the snow may not be a cliché, but it does sound like a metaphor for the awkwardness of life, so I’ll go with that one.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Joanne Zhong

November 6, 2014

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 Joanne Zhong, UncommonGoods Accounts Payable Specialist

My hometown is…
Guangzhou, China. A warm, humid and crowded city.

My favorite memory in the Accounting Department is…
My first day working here. It [was] a fresh start for me in this country.

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Flushing, where I could find my favorite dim sum, hot pot, and bubble tea.

My guilty pleasure is…
A cheeseburger and fries at Five Guys.

An uncommon fact about me is…
I [can] knit sweaters and scarves.

When I’m not working, I’m probably… 
Cooking.

If I won the lottery, I would…
Open a restaurant so that I could let you guys know what authentic Chinese food is.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
How to find passion in work.

Would you rather…wear the same costume to work every day for a year, OR be banned from using Excel during the holiday season?
Definitely be banned from using Excel during the holiday season.

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Jillian Brendlen

October 2, 2014
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Jillian Brendlen, UncommonGoods Associate Site Merchandiser

 

My hometown is…
Wyckoff, NJ

My favorite product that has entered the assortment at UncommonGoods since I’ve worked here is…
The Tagua Gem Necklace.

I’m inspired by…
My younger sister, MacKenzie, who is always unapologetically herself.

My guilty pleasure is…
Reading Us Weekly. I have the app, and I read it at night before I fall asleep.

An uncommon fact about me is…
A few months before I started at UG, I took a jewelry making class with designer Emilie Shapiro. At the time I had no idea that Emilie was one of UG’s incredibly skilled artists. An even weirder coincidence: sitting next to me in class was future Home Décor & Garden Buyer, Jamie Hoffman! Uncommon connection!

My favorite place to eat in New York City is…
Locanda Vini & Olii in Clinton Hill.

My Style is…
Feminine, classic, and a little bit preppy.

Working at UncommonGoods I’ve learned…
If you have a great idea, go for it! I’m so lucky to be working with such a talented, hardworking, and supportive group of people.

Would You Rather… star in a reality TV show about your life, OR have a movie made about you starring the actress of your choice?
A movie! It would be a semi-biographical rom-com with Kristen Bell as the lead!

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Uncommon Personalities: Meet Patrick Jean-Felix

October 1, 2014

 

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 Patrick Jean-Felix, UncommonGoods Operations Team Lead

My hometown is…
Queens, NY

I’m inspired by…
LIFE. We only get one…better live it well!

My favorite process in the UncommonGoods warehouse is…
Packing and Machine. [The “machine” makes packing more efficient, because some of our very durable items can be packed up quickly, which saves us time and energy.]

If I could meet anyone, living or dead, I would choose…
Nelson Mandela.

If you could have 3 wishes granted, they would be…
To live long enough to see my sons grow to be very successful men, to win the Mega Million, and to have three more wishes.

When I was a kid my favorite television program was…
The A-Team.

Would you rather…give up all alcohol for the next 30 days, OR have to cook all of your own meals (no restaurants) for the next 30 days?
I rarely drink. Thirty days without a drink is a normal thing for me.