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Our Made From RI Logo - What Does It Mean?

When we started Made From RI, LLC, we had some specific thoughts in mind. In designing the Made From RI Logo, we wanted it to be not just a symbol of what we are doing as a business but also of the best parts of Rhode Island.

In the upper right is the Anchor found on the flag of the State of Rhode Island. This shows Rhode Island as being among the first of these United States in the encircling of the anchor in the thirteen stars of the originating thirteen states born from colonies. The anchor symbolizes the meaning of the banner, “Hope”; the idea that hope is anchored and secured in something greater than us alone.

The lighthouse is a depiction of Point Judith LIghthouse. This is the confluence of the entries of the major passages of the main part of Rhode Island. In many ways, it is symbolic of Rhode Island itself, a place in the mainland Ocean State where the sun is often spectacularly first seen heralding the day and last bidding at night.

The lighthouse is also a powerful symbol that we consider to be fundamental to Rhode Islanders. The strength of the lighthouse is symbolized by its location. It is erected at the highest point of land which is closest to the ocean and its dangers. Its circular construction makes it resilient against the greatest of storms (not unlike how Rhode Islanders are called to act). 

The lighthouse is protection. It warns one and all away from rocks, shoals and shallow waters. It is sought for guidance and heeded as advice and solid, practical, wisdom.

Most importantly, the lighthouse serves as a beacon and guiding light. We at Made From RI desire to be the light of that beacon and show the best of Rhode Island in all of its forms to the rest of the world. When you see the Made From RI logo, it is not merely a desire to show products made in Rhode Island. It is an expression of the best of Rhode Island. We celebrate the best of the people, the most fertile of the land, the bounties of the ocean, the tastiest of the food, the richness of Rhode Island’s history, and the creativity of the arts. This is all that we see of Rhode Island after having traveled the globe and reflecting on how people in other countries see Rhode Islanders.

Written by: Keith R. Wahl, Co-Founder / Co-Owner of Made From RI LLC

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“We met a kid at a punk rock festival we played in Rhode Island. He didn’t do much talking and we called him the Zombie Kid because he was passed out in a pile of sticks. The next day when he came out of his coma, he was asking us about directions on the best way to get passed NYC on a bike. His summer plan was to ride from his home in Vermont to Florida. All that he had with him was a backpack full of drugs. No joke. Drugs. Then we shook hands and he went on his way.  On that same tour - two months later - one of our last shows were in New York City, and guess who we fucking see? Zombie Kid. Backpack empty. We asked him what happened and he said he made it down to South Carolina and had to turn around and come back.” - Brian on Rhode Island