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Unlock (los)t angeles with The Giving Keys

THE VERY FIRST KEY

This story begins with a New York hotel room key. Actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that, in a way, we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again. 

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“KEEP YOUR EYES OPEN TO ALL THE NEEDS YOU SEE AROUND YOU. THEY ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.”

– CAITLIN

HOW CAITLIN CROSBY STARTED A GIVING MOVEMENT

Caitlin always knew she wanted a charitable dimension to The Giving Keys, and within a few months, she found the missing link. On a rainy day walking on Hollywood Boulevard, Caitlin saw a couple named Rob and Cera sitting under an umbrella holding a sign that read Ugly, Broke, & Hungry. Caitlin invited them to dinner, where she serendipitously discovered that Cera made jewelry. This was a magical a-ha moment where Caitlin asked them to be her business partners. Rob and Cera joined the team and started making Giving Keys the very next day.

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Step by step, Rob and Cera saved enough money for a hotel room, then an apartment, and then a home to call their own! Today, they are living in San Diego where Rob works for the San Diego Zoo and Cera is also employed.

This was the start of their company’s passion to help those who have been affected by homelessness. Today, The Giving Keys are carried in over 1200 stores in the US and internationally including Nordstrom, Fred Segal, and Kitson. They are busier than ever making keys for you  their community. Their products are worn proudly and intentionally by individuals from all walks of life who want to be inspired and touch others with their words. Read more about their impact here.

At NeoCon 2016, Bentley gave away Giving Keys in our Kinzie Design Center showroom to pass along their charitable message.

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Photos and story courtesy of www.thegivingkeys.com.

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Bentley Mills Inc. is the largest commercial carpet manufacturer in California proudly operating out of a LEED®-EBOM Gold manufacturing facility. Sitting on the corner of Don Julian Road since 1979, Bentley is deeply emerged in the culture of Los Angeles. For more than 35 years, Bentley has defined design, color, quality, and customer service within the commercial design community and carpet industry.