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Marie + Merrill™ offers exceptional American-made cookware at a fair, transparent price.
Marie + Merrill™ offers exceptional American-made cookware at a fair, transparent price.
Marie + Merrill™ offers exceptional American-made cookware at a fair, transparent price.
346 backers pledged $62,428 to help bring this project to life.

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Upgrade your Cooking Experience

If you're like us, you love to cook. The limitless creativity, spontaneous gatherings, and unique satisfaction with every bite of something you made. It never gets old.

And to make the most of this experience, great cookware is essential. But confusing features, indiscernible brands, and needlessly high prices make finding a great product at an affordable price really tough. So we set out to fix the problem and are thrilled to share the result:

Exceptional American-made cookware at a fair price.

Every piece ships directly from the domestic factory. No outdated distribution, no celebrity royalties, no unnecessary features.

Just beautiful cookware, designed with a century of experience, at up to half the cost of competitors.

What Makes Great Cookware?

A few things to consider:

  • heat distribution and retention
  • ease of use and maintenance
  • handle comfort
  • weight and balance
  • reactivity with food
  • build quality

Over the past year, we've experimented with all sorts of possibilities to arrive at a product line that hits the perfect balance.

Our friends agree!

A Fair Price

We've all seen the exorbitant list prices, "door crasher!!!" sales, and other confusing sales tactics on cookware. But the biggest issue, of all things, is actually an oligopoly.

It turns out that almost every brand on store shelves is owned by a small handful of massive, largely foreign conglomerates. They have immense control over manufacturing and distribution, resulting in needlessly high prices and reduced quality.

Even some brands who pride themselves on being American-made are actually owned overseas. To avoid this whole situation, we formed a close partnership with an independently-owned, domestic factory. By doing so, we are able to earn a fair margin while still delivering exceptional cookware.

Confusing tactics creating the illusion of a good deal, like artificially inflated list prices, are also hugely problematic. That's why our pricing is clear, transparent, and based on the true value of the product.

We take the production cost, add a fair margin, and call it a day. Novel, right?

Our Cookware

Every piece of Marie + Merrill is made with three metals layered all the way up the sides of each vessel. The outer layer is magnetic stainless steel, the middle is aluminum, and the cooking surface is 18/10 stainless steel.

The magnetic layer ensures every piece is induction-ready, the aluminum core provides excellent thermal properties, and 18/10 is the most sanitary cooking surface and non-reactive with all foods. The result is one continuous piece which heats evenly and looks beautiful.

Most stainless steel cookware brands use a cheaper method of construction, only layering metals on the base by attaching a separate disc of aluminum. This type of cookware heats unevenly and the discs can become loose and detach.

Our cookware brings the perfect combination of all essential factors, with a weight and balance that will feel just right in your hand. Every piece is dishwasher and oven-safe up to 500 degrees, and the handles always stay cool on a hot stove.

Throughout this process, we learned that cookware really didn't need new features or major changes. It needed simplification, and we're thrilled to share this simple product line with you. It's everything you need and nothing you don't.

The Product Line

While most cookware brands try to sell you on the number of pieces in a set, we're taking a more flexible approach. We want you to have the freedom to purchase a set if it has what you need, or individual items if you already have some cookware you love.

Either way, you won't need to buy a huge set with lots of things you'll never use to get a fair price on each item. Here's every piece we're offering: 

 

 

 

When planning this project, we spent a great deal of time gathering feedback to learn which items would be used most. Much of the process actually involved ruling out certain items that may be not be frequently used, in an effort to make the process of choosing what you need as easy as possible. We considered different handles and vessel sizes, ultimately ending up with what's offered in this campaign.

Over time, we'll be introducing new products and continuously improving on existing ones. Like with all Kickstarter projects, this is a starting point. We have been blown away by the response and now feel very confident about our original assumptions. Here are some of the ideas we're working on for the next iteration of cookware products:

  • Welded handles instead of riveted. This ensures that the cooking surface is completely smooth, making cleaning as easy as possible.
  • At scale, we will be able to use 5-ply metals to make each vessel, which are found on even more expensive cookware than what we are comparing the rewards in this campaign with. The outer layer of 5-ply cookware is stainless, the middle three layers are aluminum, and the cooking surface is stainless again.
  • We are also experimenting with a universal lid design for our future products. This will both simplify the product line and reduce clutter in your kitchen.
  • Here are some [very] rough sketches of what we have in mind:

If you’re wondering why our rewards differ from these concepts, it’s simply because project creators aren't permitted to offer products under development as rewards, as per Kickstarter’s rules about prototypes.

Background

We've spent over a year learning everything about the cookware industry. Remember Bubba from Forrest Gump's mastery of the shrimping industry? That's us, but with pots and pans.

In our research, we learned that certain materials and techniques used to manufacture cookware overseas can be questionable, and that a product used to prepare food shouldn't leave anything to chance.

Much worse, a lot of the cookware on store shelves comes from a very ugly situation:

Being extremely sensitive to this, we determined that the only way to do this right was to make everything in the good ol' USA. There are only a few independent factories still operating in North America, and of those, the one we're working with has the right combination of technology, expertise, and a track record of building amazing products at scale.

After dozens of phone calls, emails, and site visits, we got to work creating the perfect cookware line.

Factory Facts

As a token of the pride brought by the craftspeople making these products, the base of every vessel has a unique serial number which tells us exactly who made it by hand on the factory floor.

Every box of Marie + Merrill will include a hand-signed card from the person that finished that particular piece.

It's this pride of craftsmanship that makes this an incredibly exciting and rewarding project for us, and soon a long-lasting business.

What's in a Name?

Lots! We named the company after our grandparents, Marie and Merrill.

Marie was a self-taught chef and the most endearing type of mischievous. Every recipe she gave out always seemed to be missing a key ingredient or two. Sometimes secrets are just secrets.

Merrill was an American factory worker and self-taught craftsman who built a home for his family by hand, which is still enjoyed today. He didn't have any formal experience in carpentry, but still figured out how to build a great product.

We think there are elements of both these stories in our brand and we hope our products help you experiment and learn the same way they did.

The Campaign and About Us

With a successful campaign, we'll be able to start production and focus on creating the absolute best cookware buying experience in the world. From there, we'll roll out new product lines of other kitchen essentials with the same formula: Everything you need, nothing you don't, made in the USA.

We bring years of experience in direct-to-consumer brands, online commerce, startups...and cooking!

The manufacturer brings 100+ years of cookware manufacturing and design experience, and the type of history only a few companies can call their own. We think it's a pretty amazing combination. We're also working with Backerkit to keep things simple post-campaign :) 

 

Risks and challenges

Our manufacturer has been thoroughly vetted and is fully capable of producing highly crafted products at scale. The fact that they are domestic is also a huge benefit when it comes to monitoring progress and build quality.

That said, the biggest risk to our project is still timing, as it is with almost any hardware project. Unforeseen bumps do happen sometimes. But we promise to communicate as openly as possible should our delivery estimates need to change. You'll never be left in the dark!

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    MARIE + MERRILL FOUNDING MEMBER

    Thank you! You'll be invited to check out the beta of our online store and get your name featured in a special section. You'll also be the first to know about new products, recipes, and other handy info.

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    8" SKILLET

    The scrappiest of our skillets. Willing to take on big responsibility with smaller amounts of food.

    Our Estimated Retail: $60
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    8" SKILLET (nonstick)

    Our 8" skillet with the most egg-friendly cooking surface around.

    Our Estimated Retail: $70
    Competitors: $110+

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    • PFOA-Free Nonstick Coating
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    10" SKILLET

    Your new go-to skillet and all-around performer.

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    10" SKILLET (nonstick)

    The nonstick go-to for weekend brunch. Perfect for larger egg dishes, pancakes, and other meals that belong on your dish, not stuck to your cookware.

    Our Estimated Retail: $80
    Competitors: $135+

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    12" SKILLET

    The baddest skillet around. Make the perfect meal to share with a large group or have a good old fashioned bacon cookout.

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    12" SKILLET (nonstick)

    Master the brunch party with this big, beautiful nonstick surface.

    Estimated Retail: $90
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    2 QUART SAUCEPAN AND LID

    Soup for one or poached eggs for two.

    Our Estimated Retail: $90
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    3 QUART SAUCEPAN AND LID

    Boil pasta for two, make sauce, wear as a funny hat.

    Our Estimated Retail: $100
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    10" SAUTÉ PAN AND LID

    Our pan with straight sides and a large cooking surface. Put a mean sear on meats and fish, reduce a sauce, or sauté all day.

    Our Estimated Retail: $110
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    4 QUART SAUCEPAN AND LID

    Where the saucepan meets the stock pot. Make stews, sauces, pasta, or just gaze at its beauty.

    Our Estimated Retail: $120
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    MAKE YOUR OWN SET

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    By popular demand, we're introducing this reward so you can mix and match individual items to make your own set! Here's how it works:

    1) Take the pledge value of each individual item you want and add them together.

    2) Pledge that amount for this reward and select your country for shipping details. Shipping is free in the US.

    3) Post-campaign, we'll be working with Backerkit to survey each backer, ensuring you'll receive the items you've pledged for.

    Pledge amounts for this reward must be the exact sum of the individual items you want plus shipping if you're outside the US. Each item will come with the standard Marie + Merril logo. Please message us with any questions and thank you!

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    12" SAUTE PAN AND LID

    Our biggest pan with straight sides and a huge cooking surface. Put a mean sear on meats and fish, reduce a sauce, or sauté all day. Helper handle for when things get really serious.

    Our Estimated Retail: $125
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    6 QUART STOCK POT AND LID

    The perfect stock pot for larger batches of just about anything.

    Our Estimated Retail: $130
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    8 QUART STOCK POT AND LID

    Make a month's worth of stew, enough chili for Super Bowl Sunday, or casually boil a few lobsters.

    Our Estimated Retail: $140
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    THE 2-FOR-1

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    The perfect two piece combo for one person (occasionally two).

    Includes:
    10" Skillet
    2 Quart Saucepan

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    THE 2-FOR-1 -- KICKSTARTER EDITION

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    The perfect two piece combo for one person (occasionally two). In addition to the Marie + Merrill logo, the bottom of each item will say "Backed on Kickstarter".

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    10" Skillet
    2 Quart Saucepan

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    THE 2-FOR-2

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    The perfect starter combo for two people.

    Includes:
    12" Skillet
    3 Quart Saucepan

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    THE 2-FOR-2 -- KICKSTARTER EDITION

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    The perfect starter combo for two people. In addition to the Marie + Merrill logo, the bottom of each item will say "Backed on Kickstarter".

    Includes:
    12" Skillet
    3 Quart Saucepan

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    TRIPLE SKILLETS

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    The skillet collection ready for anything you can throw in it.

    Includes:
    8" Skillet
    10" Skillet
    12" Skillet

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    TRIPLE SKILLETS -- KICKSTARTER EDITION

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    The skillet collection ready for anything you can throw in it. In addition to the Marie + Merrill logo, the bottom of each item will say "Backed on Kickstarter".

    Includes:
    8" Skillet
    10" Skillet
    12" Skillet

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    KITCHEN KICKSTART

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    The perfect combination to kick off a great kitchen.

    Includes:
    10" Skillet
    12" Saute Pan
    3 Quart Saucepan

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    KITCHEN KICKSTART -- KICKSTARTER EDITION

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    The perfect combination to kick off a great kitchen. In addition to the Marie + Merrill logo, the bottom of each item will say "Backed on Kickstarter".

    Includes:
    10" Skillet
    12" Saute Pan
    3 Quart Saucepan

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    THE 2-4-8

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    Round out your skillet collection with the perfect combination of saucepans and our largest stock pot.

    Includes:
    2 Quart Saucepan
    4 Quart Saucepan
    8 Quart Stock Pot

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    THE 2-4-8 -- KICKSTARTER EDITION

    FREE SHIPPING IN THE US

    Round out your skillet collection with the perfect combination of saucepans and our largest stock pot. In addition to the Marie + Merrill logo, the bottom of each item will say "Backed on Kickstarter".

    Includes:
    2 Quart Saucepan
    4 Quart Saucepan
    8 Quart Stock Pot

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    THE FULL LINE

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    Includes one of each:

    Skillets: 8", 10", 12" (regular)
    Saucepans: 2, 3, and 4 quart with lids
    Stock Pots: 6 and 8 quart with lids
    Saute Pans: 10" and 12" with lids

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    THE HEIRLOOM

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    A custom set --

    Every piece we offer with your own custom etching on the bottom of each one. This can be a combination of standard characters in a specific font beneath our normal logo. Please message us if your idea for a custom etch differs from these parameters.

    Includes one of each:
    Skillets: 8", 10", 12" (regular and nonstick)
    Saucepans: 2, 3, and 4 quart with lids
    Stock Pots: 6 and 8 quart with lids
    Saute Pans: 10" and 12" with lids

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Funding period

- (30 days)