By Gear Patrol
on 8.20.12
Photo by GP



Drafting It Series:
Seth Rosen of CustomMade | Todd Carmichael of La Colombe | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers | Abe Burmeister of Outlier


A hearty thanks to our friends at Amstel Light for helping make this series possible. Savor complexity. Savor Amstel Light.

Seth Rosen is the co-founder of CustomMade — the largest online marketplace for custom goods that connects shoppers with talented “makers” to create one of a kind products. As a Boston native and graduate of both BU and Bentley, Rosen got his start in the finance world and quickly developed a penchant for custom made clothing. The frustrations and hassles of finding exceptionally made goods tailored to his own personal standards led him on a quest in 2008 to revolutionize the custom goods buying experience by leveraging the power of the internet.

After countless trips to woodworking and craft fairs around the country with his co-founder, Seth has helped rally a growing roster of more than 3,500 jewelers, couturiers, wood workers and metalworkers to revitalize CustomMade.com into a new kind of ecommerce option. Today, the burgeoning online bazaar is already on its way to becoming a prime shopping destination, receiving over 3 million visitors a year while handling $2 million in transactions each month.

Learn more about Seth and why he feels custom goods are the way of the future in the video above, and make sure to check out Seth’s top recommendations for his hometown of Boston after the break.

51 Lincoln

51 Lincoln is located in the Boston suburb of Newton, and I personally think it’s one of the best restaurants in the greater Boston area. It offers a variety of dishes for nearly any taste, all made from local, organic ingredients. My wife and I eat there regularly, and we’re fortunate to call founder and head chef Jon Fournier our friend.

51 Lincoln St | 51Lincolnnewton.com

The New England Aquarium

The New England Aquarium is one of the best aquariums in the country and definitely worth a visit if you’re remotely interested in the ocean. I had the rare opportunity to dive in the giant ocean tank which I’ll never forget.

1 Central Wharf | Neaq.org

The Boston Public Library

I think the BPL is one of the most overlooked attractions in Boston. The McKim building in Copley Square boasts some incredible displays of John Singer Sargent’s artwork, and the architecture of the building is breathtaking. And it’s free. I’ve sat on the Trustee’s Collections’ Committee for a number of years. It was the first large free municipal library in the United States.

700 Boylston Street | Bpl.org

The New England Holocaust Memorial

A very touching memorial, that is also a work of art. It also has a special place in my heart, since I come from a family of holocaust survivors (amongst the few survivors my cousin Roald, who is a Chemistry Nobel Laureate). He was in hiding with my grandparents, my great aunt, and my great uncle. More on that story here.

98 Union Street | Nehm.org



Drafting It Series:
Seth Rosen of CustomMade | Todd Carmichael of La Colombe | George Vlagos of Oak Street Bootmakers