Michelle Battista


Portfolio: Stockpot Collective, The Nightwood Society
Instagram: @smallsuppers

Profile: Bringing people and ideas together has always been at the heart of what drives Michelle Battista. She built her reputation in the design and marketing world with international brands, including Walt Disney World and Adidas, then struck out on her own to start a creative consultancy in 2001. 

In 2014, she opened the gathering space, Elder Hall, with the intent of connecting people around a table while breaking bread, sharing stories, and cooking up new ideas. Then in 2015, she launched Stockpot Collective, a community of creative thinkers and professional storytellers. In October 2017 she launches The Nightwood Society which is a women-owned and operated event space and creative studio. The goal is to present the intersection of food and design, to activate every sense, and immerse people in each experience. 

Each of these endeavors circles back to her desire to bring together the right mix of people and ideas for inspired collaborations. While food may seem like an unusual move for someone who went to fashion school and built marketing strategies for big brands, she feels right at home in this space. 

Tetsuya Tom Minami



Profile: Tetsuya Tom Minami was born in New Jersey, USA. After being in Osaka, Japan since he was one year old until the end of his high school career, he decided to study industrial design at California State University, Long Beach. While gaining years of experience as a freelance artist, his Lunar Design won many awards during his time in college. In 2004, he started working as Japan’s first footwear designer at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.

Focusing on well-known soccer players like Neymar and Ronaldinho, he designed soccer spikes that became a popular product all over the world. In 2012, he joined the “Innovation Kitchen”, a department part of Nike’s core, to help innovate the development of next-generation products.

Tetsuya himself started playing soccer when he was just six years old, ranked 3rd nationally in Japan during high school, and was even nominated MVP player on his team at his university. This just goes to show that not only is he specialized in soccer spikes, but is experienced in the sport as well.