When Brandon and Afton Ratzlaff moved into their first house after graduating from Kansas State and getting married, they found themselves struggling to fill a few blank walls.“We decided that we needed a Kansas print of some sort as the statement piece on a wall in our living room. Having both grown up and lived in Kansas our entire lives, we’re very passionate about where we’re from and where we’ve chosen to put down roots,” Brandon said.
So he sat down and started tinkering with a design. He stylized the letters in the word “HOME” to fit the outline of the state. Afton loved it. And they realized that they might be onto something.
Soon, they were making a variety of products — from prints, to pillows, to clothing – featuring designs showing pride for Kansas, Missouri and the Kansas City area. They launched an online store called “Flint and Field” to sell the goods. Recently, their locally designed lineup was added to the repertoire of Made in KC stores.
“I don’t necessarily have a tried-and-true method for developing new ideas, but it’s never been hard for me to get inspired in a city with such a rich history, beautiful architecture, and incredibly talented people across a wide variety of industries,” Brandon said.
He lauded Made in KC for bringing the spirit of Kansas City creativity together in one place.
“You can tell that they genuinely care about Kansas City and its people, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger advocate. They do a great job of curating the goods that they carry, so as one of their makers, you know that your work is in good company at any of their shops,” Brandon said.