The other day I was riding in the car with Patrick on our way to lunch. I was going through orientation training at Patrick Adair Designs. I've been following Patrick since the beginning and have a few of his first ever products. I wanted to tell Patrick's story, from my point of view, as at first, a supporter/customer, then eventually a friend, and now part of the PAD Team.
Years ago I ran across a scrappy little company called Carbonverse on Instagram that made these super thin carbon fiber rings. Being a carbon fiber fanatic myself, I fell in love with the ring design. Carbonverse was an enigma to me, launching small kickstarter projects for the thinnest carbon fiber ring I've ever seen, to carbon fiber knuckles to carbon fiber cubes. I fell in love with everything this maker was doing. Little did I know at the time, it would soon turn into the phenomenon that is now Patrick Adair Designs, let alone that I'd be writing this blog post or that I'd be working for him.
Like many great brands, Carbonverse was started out of garage. A pimply kid with a love for inventing, composites and pushing the limits of what's possible in rings and in jewelry. I remained friends with Patrick Adair as he transitioned his small small company from Carbonverse to the more official brand, Patrick Adair Designs. The transformation was nothing short of brilliant.
What really set Patrick Adair Designs off was his glow in the dark ring called the glowstone ring. It took time to develop and went through various iterations before becoming huge hit that it is now. Patrick Adair started by developing a carbon fiber ring with a glowstone inlay comprised of carbon fiber, glow powder, and crushed stones. He cut his own carbon fiber blanks and got the channel so thin it seemed impossible. It's the first time I saw a glow in the dark ring that was actually bright. It nearly knocked me over. It glowed so much brighter and longer than any glow in the dark ring I had seen.