M S International, Inc. Expands Porcelain and Ceramic Collections with New Introductions

M S International, Inc. (MSI) enhances its already expansive porcelain and ceramic offerings with the release of three new collections: Optima, Livingstyle, and Turin. MSI’s newest porcelain and ceramic lines take cue from some of the year’s hottest tile trends, namely linear looks, cement looks, and stacked stone looks — all while echoing the renewed interest in alfresco living. Optima distinguishes itself as MSI’s first truly commercial through-body tile line. With a contemporary cement design and competitively priced, Optima is ideal for architects and designers who want to give office buildings, retail outlets, hospitality projects, and other spaces modern flair while staying on budget. The pioneering line includes finishes to accommodate high-traffic entryways (matte), interior spaces (polished), and outdoors areas (textured) — for a unified, professional look. Optima is offered in multiple colors and in 12×24 and 24×24 tiles, with coordinating bullnose trim and mosaic tile. Livingstyle brings everything there is to love about natural stone to the surface in a high-performance, large format porcelain tile collection. Designed for indoor and outdoor use,...

Tempest In A Tea Bottle: Billionaire GT Dave Brewed A Fortune (And Plenty Of Bitterness) From Kombucha

Before entering his kingdom, George Thomas Dave dons his crown—a blue hairnet pulled over a fashionably short buzz cut. He pushes open the doors of his year-old factory, releasing a gust of cold air and the scent of vinegar. The interior is all steel and ­fluorescence, light glinting off Dave’s diamond-sheathed Rolex, the metallic studs on his dress shoes and the platinum rings on his forefinger, ring finger and little finger.  Winding his way through the place, he watches a batch of his bestselling organic ginger kombucha get pumped into 16-ounce glass bottles, 100 at time. Each has a white label touting the fermented tea’s ingredients (electrolytes, probiotics, enzymes) and purported benefits (reawaken, rebirth, renewal). Dave reaches the end of the 200-foot bottling line, where four robotic arms fill, stack and move cases of kombucha. He spent $40 million building in Vernon, California, 5 miles south of Los Angeles, allowing him to produce more than 1 million gallons a year. “This is the next level for us,” says the impeccably cheekboned Dave, known as “GT” since before he began brewing kombucha at his mother’s kitchen table. George Thomas Dave convinced America to love a tan...