Backed by Will Smith and FabFitFun, OurPlace brings cookware and dinnerware direct to consumers

OurPlace Two of the new products available from startup direct to consumer cookware and dinnerware brand OurPlace The company’s initial line of dinnerware and cookware is manufactured in China and its glassware is manufactured in Thailand. But the two executives have plans to source its future collections from artisans living in emerging markets around the world. “Our next collection is sourced from Oaxaca,” says Tehrani. “The Oaxaca line… it’s artisans making things out of their home. They’re making everything by hand and there’s no sophisticated machinery to speak of.” The challenge, says Amir Tehrani, is to help these artisans begin producing products at scale, while staying true to the artisanal nature of the products. Ultimately, the idea is to educate …

Republicans Look to Punish Chinese Leaders Over Hong Kong Crackdown

President Donald Trump began to amass outside Hong Kong. Since Day One of this administration, China has been a national security concern. The protests in Hong Kong are just another example of why we should be focusing our attention on finding ways to push back against Beijing, said one senior administration official. Weve been taking other routes to confront China, especially economically. This would be another step in the game plan. The draft legislation is in a lot of ways going to look like some of the sanctions we implemented with Russia. Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives are in the midst of drafting legislation, after consulting with senior officials in the ranks of the departments of …

Trump’s Trade War With China Hasn’t Wrecked TechYet

Now for your latest installment of the on-again, off-again trade war between the US and China, we have President Trump blasting Beijing for reneging on commitments to clamp down on intellectual property theft, end forced technology transfers from US tech companies, and allow US companies greater access to the domestic Chinese market, including in cloud computing. Until Sunday’s tweets, the smart money had been on a deal. The sudden cooling—and a promise that tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods imported into the US would rise from 10 percent to 25 percent on Friday—has spooked financial markets and unsettled businesses ranging from apparel to autos and especially to tech. Reaction to the new hostilities ranged from warnings of a 20 …