Where we come from
Where we come from
BCC is made in four different states, but our home is in Brooklyn, NY, literally down the street from the late, great Bruno Waldow Co., the last pot maker from the heyday of coppersmithing in America. We got our start on the old Waldow tooling before upgrading to our own.
Organic Cookware purchased and DBA Certificate No. 763443 issued at Kings County Courthouse, Brooklyn, NY.
Organic Cookware contracts Hammersmith Co. in Brooklyn to manufacture solid copper cookware on legacy lathe and casting tools from the Bruno Waldow Co.
Brooklyn Copper Cookware, Ltd. incorporated, DBA retired, BCC website and first inventory commissioned, aging Waldow tooling tested and found (mostly) serviceable. Prototype pans reviewed by Alice Waters, Daniel Humm, Cindi
Pawlcyn and Joyce Goldstein. Florence Fabricant of The New York Times gets wind of the BCC project and is deferred until after the new year.
Brooklyn Copper Cookware website launches, interview and photography with The New York Times, failure of several lathe tools, first word-of-mouth sales. Times article appears March 23rd, entire uncompleted inventory sold out within hours. Online store remains open. Hammersmith has difficulty with fulfillment. Back orders pile up.
More tooling failures, tin shortages, iron foundry closes, Martha Stewart Living and Food and Wine magazines request articles.
Press coverage heavy, consistent fulfillment delays, back orders pile higher. Website shopping cart crash takes 3 weeks to restore. Collaboration with 11 Madison Park Restaurant.
Brooklyn Copper Cookware featured in Season 2, Ep. 2 of New York Originals. Back orders pass 3 months. Back orders pass 4 months. Hammersmith quality problems, first returns and refunds. Hurricane Sandy damages Bushwick shop. Hammersmith fired. Back orders refunded. Website taken down.
Despite production “failures”, concept is far more successful than envisioned. Work begins with Barbara Stork on new, original Brooklyn Copper Cookware designs and tooling. Design drawings circulated, responses surveyed, decision made to reopen and move production to Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin. Lane Goldstone joins to re-found BCC and construct all new website and ordering systems.
Brooklyn Copper Cookware v. 2.0 relaunches, pre-sales of first all-new BCC designs drive production. Introduced the 9.5″ Sauté, 6 Quart Casserole, Stocker and 3 Quart Rondeau and they sell out, funding second and subsequent production runs.
Tooling and introduction of 1, 2 and 3 Quart Saucepans, 11″ Sauté, 5 Quart Rondeau, 10 Quart Casserole and 3 Quart Casserole. Continuous press coverage from the likes of ChowHound, Saveur, Bon Appetit, etc. First small profit after 8 years. BCC backs founding of Daniel Moore Tinsmiths, LLC.
By 2020 several culture-wide events have accelerated already rising popularity of home cooking, we sell out repeatedly and retinning intake doubles. From March to December copper’s spot price rises 62%, sales increases average 30% year-over-year.