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Meet 

Your

Match Girl

TESSA YORK

Born in San Francisco and raised by two native New Yorkers, a deep appreciation for great cities and their iconic establishments was instilled in me from a very young age. More importantly, admiration and respect for the people working hard to make these institutions thrive. 

 

Somewhere along the way, I began collecting matches as mementos for cherished times that have shaped the great adventures of my life. I've found matches from all over the world and in doing that I've been lucky to explore different cuisines, restaurants, businesses and cultures that have taught me a great deal. I quickly realized that matches mean so much more than their basic function. It’s about memories, community, art and connection. Nostalgia has the power to comfort, honor and inspire.

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What started as a fun instagram hobby a few years ago has accelerated during the tumultuous climate of 2020. My creativity has previously been devoted to my 12 year career in fashion, working for retail giants such as Gap, Kate Spade, and Le Tote/ Lord & Taylor. Because of Covid-19's deep and challenging impact on my industry, I was forced to halt and redirect my creative focus. When many of you started to reach out asking about prints for sale, I was flattered and inspired.

In a few short months, Meet Your Matches has grown and evolved, offering not only matchbook prints but barware, classic photography prints, custom designs and most importantly to me, it's become a vehicle for fundraising for restaurant relief. And there's much more to come. 

I’m excited to continue to share my art with you and see what we can achieve together to make

New York City & beyond a stronger community. 

Cheers!