Etsy offices entrance and reception area. Do you not just love it!?? That owl in the entrance way is HUGE – like 2 metres high or more? Also I love that cute handmade Etsy sign above the reception desk! Adam introduced this guy as the ‘manceptionist’. ha! Most photos here by Glen Jackson Taylor of Core 77.
Oh YES that’s right! Last week I was lucky enough to visit the offices of Etsy.com! Agghhhh! Deep breaths. Too exciting! (I’m so very appreciative to Glen from Core 77 for hooking this up for me! Also all photos here are by Glen – thanks again!!)
Etsy are based in Brooklyn, and utilise an fantastic old industrial space which used to be the offices and factory of a printing press company. It seriously seems like the most fun place to work. It feels like some kind of kooky, fun-filled student-union office set up, characterised by the stunning original timber panelling (from the print company offices), beautiful persian rugs in every room, lots of plant life (especially tiny succulents!) in every workspace, and of course – handmade cuteness everywhere!
Did you know Etsy has grown astronomically since first created in June 2005 by a guy called Rob Kalin (aged 28 at the time if you don’t mind!)? Their merchant sales in the first year were around $166,000. Last year they were $87.5 MILLION! Can you believe this kind of revenue can be generated by handmade goods alone!? How awesome is that? However it is also super awesome to learn than Etsy are not some kind of massive corporate machine… behind the scenes Etsy’s personality as a workplace is very much in keeping with its online presence – quirky, DIY-driven and heaps of fun!
Our guided tour was conducted by the lovely Adam Brown from the Marketing team. After seeing that each Etsy staff member has their own cute customised labcoat(!!), I demanded Adam wore his for our tour – he charmingly obliged! You can see him below with colleague Christina Batch-Lee looking super gorgeous in their matching coats! Thanks so much for the tour guys!
Top is the Engineers room. See the cute ‘we heart engineers’ sign?! These guys do the tricky tech stuff for the website. Here they are having a ‘stand-up’. Apparently this is quite common in NYC? It is a stand-up meeting – good because it forces everyone to look away from their computer screen at each other, and quick and to-the-point (because everyone is standing up!). I was intrigued. Goes to show I know nothing about working in an office!