When a local company producing American-made, high-quality products builds a national –arguably international– brand, it only makes sense to collaborate. We introduce you to Oxford Pennant, even though you’ve probably heard of the organization. But you might not know its story.
In 2013, Dave Horesh and Brett Mikoll met on a business trip and bonded over the nostalgia of pennants, once revered keepsakes for more than a century. However, pennants had slowly morphed into mainly cheap souvenirs produced overseas. The two decided to revive the nostalgic tradition of pennants, sourcing American-made materials and creating unique designs that garnered attention.
Today, the two oversee operations at their busy downtown Buffalo headquarters, where the vintage-style wool felt pennants, flags, and banners are designed and manufactured. And the founders are proud of the city they call home.
“The people of Buffalo are community-minded and believe in doing the right thing,” said Dave Horesh, co-founder of Oxford Pennant. “We strive to align our company’s actions to these core values which are important to our employees and their families.”
Developing pennant designs for the Martin House was an exciting venture for the Oxford team. For most brands, the designers’ first step is developing a creative direction for the new products. This was not the case for the Martin House project.
“Wright created a strong visual identity at the Martin House which served as the conduit for the pennant designs,” explained Dave. “It was our job to find inspiration in the architect’s design elements and interpret his genius for our format.”
We were surprised and delighted by the concepts presented to us earlier this year. We ultimately decided on the pennants which celebrated the exterior of the main house, featuring the organic color palette experienced throughout the estate. The designs are available at both our onsite and online Museum Store. The store is open to the public during tour hours.
“Whenever we invite clients to Buffalo, I consider it my job to show off the best of our city,” said Dave. “The Martin House is always on my list of recommendations, making this collaboration meaningful to me personally.”