Chris Brown, creative director / publisher of Refueled, a multimedia company based in Dallas that specializes in publishing, design and film. Made has teamed up with Chris for our first ever guest-curated Collection, “Explore America.”
When did you realize you had such great f*cking taste?
Taste is in the eye of the beholder, to re-coin a phase. I definitely know what I like. In the end I simply share, through Refueled, what I’m personally in to. It’s always cool to be able to inspire others to check out things, music, locations & goods I dig.
Is Made In USA bigger than “style?” Can it survive as Americana or does it need to encompass more?
Although my goal is “Made in the U.S.A.”, it’s really about supporting great folks who make great products. Whether in the U.S. or overseas, I tend to be drawn to independent designers/makers. I’ve got friends who make incredible products here in the U.S., but I also have friends in Japan crafting amazing things. Quality is key.
How do you go about finding all the amazing talent / products you discover?
My small creative circle of friends consist of designers, artists, musicians, hoteliers, makers, bikers, surfers, photographers, hot-rodders, dreamers, hippies, adventurers, etc., so there is an unlimited resource of great stuff, ideas and inspiration at my fingertips. If I’m not out on the road actually searching and discovering on my own, I receive emails everyday from folks introducing me to what they’re doing.
Do you ever meet the people who actually make the stuff? If so, does it personalize things?
I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to meet a lot of the amazing people that appear in the pages of Refueled. When I do meet the face behind the products, it goes beyond the intangible. The best part about what I do is connecting, collaborating & contributing to a community.
What are some of your favorite American places / adventures?
Exploring America never ends for me. Any time I can get a few friends together, throw some gear in the Jeep and head out on a new adventure, I’m there. The West Coast always says surf to me. I recharge and come up with a lot of great content in the desert - Joshua Tree in California and Marfa, Texas being among my favorite spots. I dig the South for music and BBQ. The East is for people watching.
What are you going to be for Halloween?
Methadone Sea Captain. [For the record, we have no idea what this means. Which is why we’re currently looking at flights to Texas for the Halloween party.]