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A Curated World

We travel the world, and through on-location video, share our discovery of artisans, destinations and products with our customers.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Consumer Products
  • Location Providence, RI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded January 2012
  • Employees 1
  • Website

Company Summary

A Curated World creates a ‘local’ shopping experience on a global level. Founder Kay McGowan travels the world for the most unique fashion and home décor products and brings her customers along for the adventure. We discover dynamic designer and artisan communities in the world’s most trendsetting and culturally diverse destinations. Our site supports a cultivated handicraft design community, and directly connects them with savvy customers.


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    Kay McGowan
    Founder / CEO

    Kay McGowan was General Manager at Mohr & McPherson, a direct importer, wholesaler and retailer of unique home goods from around the world, for 14 years. She built and managed relationships with artisans and buying agents globally, and built a reputation for her discerning eye as a buyer and ability to respond to customer lifestyle aspirations. Kay's deep industry knowledge of this rapidly developing, yet tough supply chain sets ACW apart.

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    Amy McCoy
    Video Production

    Amy is our on-location video producer. Amy serves as broadcast producer for large promo projects, such as Discovery Channel's Planet Earth and Shark Week, total package redesigns for A&E, ESPN International, and the CBS Evening News; Scripps Networks (HGTV and Cooking Channel), including writing and field producing for Cooking Channel/ACE Hardware.

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    Suzanne Brendle
    Communications strategist

    We have been talking with Suzanne about her playing a major roll at ACW. We will start to work together in March, and focus on utilizing our existing content and reaching new customers. Suzanne is a quality- and growth-driven executive specializing in digital product management, strategic planning, communications and operations. Strengths include the ability to translate strategy into tangible goals, and communicate the value of technological i

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    Lizzie Vaughan
    Graphic Design, art direction

    Lizzie has worked on website development and graphic design projects for Jhill Design, Jill Rosenwald, Jessica Sutton of JSGD to name a few. She was instramental in launching ACW. She continues to free lance, and we hope she is our first hire. Lizzie will be responsible for all content assets and printed/emailed marketing materials.

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    Jessica Sutton
    Website design, contract

    Jessica created our site which more than holds its own as a first phase prototype. She specializing in company identity, branding, web development and social media marketing consultation. JSGD maintains 100+ national and international client relationships.

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    Quentin Bacon

    We worked with Quentin on our launch city, Marrakech. Quentin is a world reknowned photographer, whose clients include Mario Batalie, Ina Garten, Vogue magazines, and Michelle Obama! I hope we have a long, fun adventure together.

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    Craig Orsini
    Videography director, Photographer

    Craig and his team are always Amy's first choice for video production. Big on collaboration, never shy with ideas. A national reputation for his still photography. Clients include GMC, Dunkin Donuts, Scripps Network (foodchannel, DIY, HGTV),Carnival Cruise Lines, Zipcar, Bose, TomTom GPS, and McDonald’s.


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    David Feinberg
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    John Kennedy

Previous Investors

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    Betaspring Accelerator
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    Providence, RI (Gov.t program)