Photos (from left): Rita at home; courtesy of The American Edit. Ginny Sims Ceramic Tumblers; courtesy of Mille.
This week, we're turning our Travel Loot column over to merchandising and product development consultant Rita Mehta. After several years working for a major global retailer, Mehta was inspired to start The American Edit, a site that explores American products. She has fantastic taste — we'll take one of each please — and she was kind enough to share a Rolodex of indie shops we're now dying to visit.
There are few things I love more than travel, so I'm fortunate that my work gives me the opportunity to do so quite often. I run , a website that celebrates the best American-made products. I typically plan my trips around independent restaurants and shops I want to visit (with a few museums or hikes thrown in), which means I'm always uncovering new and incredible brands and the shops that carry them.