Community & Leadership

Meet the Maker

Since launching, Mercedes me has frequently hosted a wonderful and diverse range of Meet the Maker events.


Through our in store Meet the Maker concept, Mercedes me showcases the work of artisans and craftspeople from Melbourne and around Australia, who each present their wares and creative processes to entertain and inspire guests.

Since launching, Mercedes me has frequently hosted a wonderful and diverse range of makers including:

Sarah & Sebastian

We were thrilled to welcome co-founder of renowned jewelry brand, ‘SARAH & SEBASTIAN’, Robert Grynkofki for a Meet the Maker session in January.

The SARAH & SEBASTIAN brand places a great emphasis on quality craftsmanship and attention to details, so naturally this was a brilliant collaboration in line with our own values at Mercedes-Benz.

With a focus on sustainable business, Grynkofki shared the brand’s story and creative processes, including information on the stunning handmade pieces created with reclaimed gold and silver, and locally sourced stones. Through their processes, waste is also minimized by maintaining low inventory levels, and a tailoring each piece to the individual buyer.

Customers enjoyed a live jewelry making demonstration, followed by the opportunity to speak to Grynkofki about the growth of the business, his design philosophies and the new collection, which was previewed at Mercedes me.

This was indeed a beautiful Meet the Maker session and it was wonderful working with a likeminded brand that places a focus on innovation and design.

Four Pillars Gin Distillery

As part of our ‘me Friday nights’, Mercedes me hosted a fantastic Meet the Maker session with Four Pillars Gin Distillery. Customers were encouraged to taste the variety of Four Pillars gins, and learn about the processes and aromatics related to each.

Guest were invited to experience a unique award-winning gin from the new collaboration between Four Pillars (most awarded gin in the southern hemisphere) and Hernö (most awarded gin in the northern hemisphere). Having only launched the collaboration weeks before the Meet the Maker session, this was an exclusive experience for Mercedes me, and guests were able to taste and purchase this latest release throughout the evening.

In addition, Four Pillars served a delicious range of cocktails on the night, including Negronis and signature Bloody Shiraz Sour, which were both creative takes on original cocktails.

Sisterworks

Following a successful evening during International Women’s Day 2018, we were delighted to welcome back Luz Restrepo and her team from Sisterworks for a Meet the Maker session and pop-up shop.

Sisterworks offers a support network for immigrant and refugee women, who have migrated to Australia for various reasons, and connects them with a community who find themselves in a similar positions. What is so unique about this is that these women practice skills ranging from product development to business management, which can help them flourish in their new lives in Australia.

The pop-up shop at Mercedes me showcased many of the beautiful handmade goods from the Sisterworks program, offering customers the opportunity to learn about the organization and purchase goods such as chutneys, children’s toys, jewelry and candles. This was a beautiful way to welcome back the Sisterworks organization and shine a light on this important community issue.

Jeffrey Phillips

In January, talented illustrator Jeffrey Phillips, also known as ‘Jeff the Peff’ drew a beautiful live illustration of coffee goers and visitors to Mercedes me. His detailed and characteristic illustrations left customers fascinated as they sipped on their morning coffee whilst watching him live draw over the duration of 4 hours. The final piece was an incredibly detailed sketch representation of the morning’s setting and guests in store.

Like many of our Meet the Makers, our relationship far goes the session that is held in-store. Since this collaboration, we have seen Jeffrey create beautiful illustrations that have been used on the Mercedes me menus, coffee cups and invitations.

We continue to enjoy working closely with Jeffrey and the beautiful illustrations that he creates.

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