Buy Chicagoans, for Chicagoans


Last November Brown Alumni Magazine published The Panicked Person's Gift Guide, showcasing a slew of possible holiday presents—all produced by Brown alumni.

We liked the idea. So this year we've decided to help you avoid doling out run-of-the-mill gift cards, serviceable athletic socks, or another useless gizmo.

We already know Stag's Leap Winery, owned by Warren Winiarski, AM'62, produces world-class vintages; that Charlene Dupray, AB'94, makes hand-dipped bon bons; and that Garry Jenson, MBA'90, sells fashion-forward home furnishings that have attracted widespread attention. For our holiday gift guide we'd love to hear about more alumni producing toys, jewelry, clothes, home accessories, or other products. But please, no books—given Chicagoans' way with words, the list would be endless. If you have suggestions for the list, write me, Zak Stambor, at, subject line “Maroon Gift Ideas.”


South 'n France, owned by Charlene Dupray, AB'94, sells hand-dipped bon bons online.

Photo by Dan Dry

September 17, 2008