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Fly With Stimm

Fly With Stimm

Flying home from Mexico to London yesterday, it struck me just how many people must feel some level of anxiety when the doors of a plane close. The roar of those Rolls Royce engines as you're thrust back in your seat during take-off signals the start of a new adventure for many and the excitement that goes with it. For others, however, it's the beginning of a journey they can't wait to end. For the first time, I recognized that there is a real place in today's world of travel for stimming jewelry. A calming necklace - or any form of calming jewelry - is a useful tool in focusing the senses and pushing away any anxiety associated with long journeys or a bumpy flight. 
 
In the very early days, when we began designing Stimm, we explored the idea that a textured object could produce a sense of calmness, when gently stroked - quite simply, that the focusing of touch could help dispel anxiety. It was a simple idea and from it our Stimm and Stimm Rubber Necklaces were born. 
 
I'm uneasy during take-offs and (hard) landings. My wife and little boy clasp their armrests when turbulence hits. Perhaps, somewhere inside all of us, there remains a primeval sense that we are creatures of the earth, not the air. On Thursday, I'm flying to Havana and will wear my Stimm Necklace. And when I disembark, across the ocean, you'll hear me say: 'Turbulence? What turbulence?' 

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Leave It To Geege and Stimm. Hollywood Comes Calling.

Leave It To Geege and Stimm. Hollywood Comes Calling.

I met my best mate, Mark George, 10 years ago over a Cuban cigar in the garden of the Chelsea Arts Club in London. We hit it off right away. A few years later, Mark fell in love with the beautiful and irreverent Angie - the Geege in Leave It To Geege, Lifetime's new 10 part series, airing in January 2022. Angie has a 19 year old son, called Pootie, who is non-verbal and extremely high on the autism spectrum. The series follows the ups and downs - the love and laughter (and it is hysterically funny, in parts) - of a single mum raising an autistic kid.

But back to Mark, who figures largely in the series. He hadn't seen Angie for a year and a half, due to COVID, and flew over from London in the summer to spend a few months in Athens, Georgia. I had told him, earlier in the year, about Stimm and how we envisaged a range of jewelry that could help people deal directly with their anxieties. There was certainly an overlap with the world of autism.

"What if you come to Georgia and we film an episode around your visit? You'll meet Pootie and get to hang out with Angie and I. We can talk about and show the Stimm collection, in relation to autism, and also look at stimming, as a wider topic. It will fit in perfectly with the storyline of the show," Mark said.

No second invitation was needed and, within a few weeks, I was eating boiled peanuts and Georgia peach pie, washed down with the requisite glass of fine bourbon. More importantly, I met Pootie - a character, a superstar, a force of nature - and learned a lot about autism. I also got to spend a bit of time with good friends in a little place called Athens, Georgia.

And that is the story of how Hollywood came knocking on Stimm's door.

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Stimm Goes To Cuba

Stimm Goes To Cuba

Havana is a wonderfully strange place. The streets are potholed, the buildings crumbling and the people have a hard lot in life (understatement). Yet, the city somehow gets under your skin. More friendly and generous people - often with so little to offer materially - I've not met. And the cacophony of Havana - from the roar of 70 year old car engines to the blaring of salsa to the constant chatter in the streets - can be an assault on the ears, as can the smell of low-grade gasoline on the nose. With this in mind, I brought several Stimm designs to Cuba last week to gift to friends and ... they loved them!
The Stimm Scent Necklace seemed a natural piece to take with me, along with a few bottles of essential oil: rose, bergamot and lavender. It was a pleasure to see my old friend, Edenis, wearing one of our designs and - without thinking - bring the pendant to her nose, from time to time, to steal a whiff of something natural and calming. She chose the scent that suited her each day. A personal floral oasis in a city of wonderful chaos.
Stimm Scent Necklace Havana
Big Yoel - a 6 foot four boxer who works in one of the cigar factories - is one of my oldest friends in the Cuban capitol. He's a man of few words with a heart of gold. An old softie, really. I visited Yoel's home, on this trip, and spent some time with his family, including his 9 year old daughter. To her, I gifted the Stimm Calming Ball, not because she needed calming - young children, innocent in how they see the world, can often teach us how to find a balance in life - but because the sound enchanted her. Like magic. You could see her focus completely on the gentle chimes, hearing nothing else and completely relaxed.
Big Yoel and His Little Girl
Without getting too philosophical, we read Shakespeare still, because he wrote about universal themes: love, loss, loyalty, betrayal. There's a bit of that in Stimm. Not those themes, but that which unifies us. We all need to find a balance in our lives, a calm in our everyday chaos, a reconnecting with our senses. There are no borders with this; it's innately human. Cuba is as different a culture to America and Europe as you can find and it was great to see friends wearing and interacting with Stimm designs. Viva Cuba.

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