Emily Proud: Watercolor Originals for Half Hitch Goods June 24 2015, 0 Comments
Emily Proud is a California native who is taking the San Francisco art scene by storm with her unique watercolor style, color use, and ability to exercise control. She plays with fine lines as well as looser intentional bleeding and shading, pushing her medium. Emily plays with various techniques and the inherent properties of watercolor in order to establish a very unique look across her collection of work.
We have been lucky enough to get a hold of four of her original works that represent the lightness of summer. If you fall in love with one of these please snap it up quickly, they are all one-of-a-kind.
Trunk Show X Mohinders June 23 2015, 0 Comments
We can't wait to showcase these gorgeous, detailed shoes by Mohinders made by hand in India. Constructed of high quality leather, durable and comfortable soles, not to mention a totally unique look! Come on out and meet owner, Michael Paratore with us at Proxy In Hayes Valley S.F. this Saturday. Details below....
Dainty Gold Jewelry by Hortense June 17 2015, 0 Comments
The most delicate and simple 14k gold Hortense necklaces and bracelets hit the online shop this week! We are loving the new colors of "Wish Me Luck" Bracelets which are a staple. Her gold necklaces in rose and yellow gold with such simple designs you can make a subtle impact with just the right amount of sparkle. Made in California by hand.
Photo by Charlie Gressett for Design Sponge
Super Fly: Sailing Ship Kites June 01 2015, 0 Comments
New for summer: Designed in Brooklyn at Haptic Lab and made by artisans in Bali our sailing ship kites are the most quintessential summer decor element not to mention an homage to "play". So get off your phone and get outside with the breeze on your back and fly one of these ship kites (choose white or indigo).
Checkout simple assembly video below...
Launching Our Newest Collection: For The Littles June 01 2015, 0 Comments
Introducing: The Madre Gift Box For Mother's Day April 30 2015, 0 Comments
We are proud to announce our first gift box offer with Mother's Day in mind. We have to admit, it's pretty killer. Details for ordering are here. Order by Sunday May 3 for USPS delivery or available for local SF pickup as well. Quantities limited!
Men: Notoriously Hard to Buy For? March 18 2015, 0 Comments
They can't be that hard to buy for, Men. So why is it always so tricky? Our theory is that it is because they are particular and they don't want a lot of "stuff" around.
We think men are easy to buy for, take it from us: When buying gifts for men, try to focus on delicious edibles, luscious body products, a nice beard oil, and even a great tea. Then every few years, guys love a new belt or leather item, or even something extraordinary and one of a kind. Like one of our handmade items but want to order something special and slightly different? No harm in asking. For special orders or for guidance just send us a note firstname.lastname@example.org. We're always happy to help!
Trunk Show X AYK March 10 2015, 0 Comments
Come out and shop our collection and not to mention the divine leather goods by AYK. We are raising awareness for designer Angie Kim's Kickstarter to take her handmade bag business to the next level. Best part is, all you have to do to donate is buy a bag (queue the drool!).
Hope to see you all there! We will be out with our collection on Sunday March 15th too (just no AYK) so hope you folks can make it on Saturday.
Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis February 03 2015, 0 Comments
She still has it now, 50 years later - Barbara Lewis, Baby I'm Yours.
Cupid's Bodega - A Valentine's Day Shopping Event February 03 2015, 0 Comments
Trunk Show X Lilikoi Design + Letterpress December 09 2014, 0 Comments
Come out and meet us for a special trunk show at Proxy this Sunday in San Francisco on our truck with Lilikoi Design + Letterpress. Designer Andria Sato will be with us showing her holiday cards and giftables. Also, if you come on down, you can hand print coasters on the spot. See you there!
Black Friday Deals You Won't Want To Miss November 27 2014, 0 Comments
Black Friday can be really overwhelming, here are some local deals that you won't want to miss out on in the bay area (and most are online too for out of towners!). We know you've been “shopping small” all year long, and now is the time to continue that trend. Time to kick start your holiday shopping with deals, and using your purchase power to make an impact for small businesses. Here are some of the deals we know about....
- Half Hitch Goods: 11/28-12/1, take 20% off all orders $150+ with code BLACKANDWHITE
- Seed Store: 11/28 20% off jeans and jackets. 11/29 free gift wrap a free tote with any purchase over $100 and 20% off accessories. 11/30 raffle and a kid’s gift and card making station with Milk and cookies (11a-2p). 12/1 free shipping online and 20% off on all orders
- Cara Bella Skin Care: Offering discounted signature facial ($45 regular $150) and peel ($49 regular price $400) now - 11/30
- Foggy Notion: 11/28 Hosting a trunk show with Key & Kite showcasing wooden pendant jewelry, and decorative objects
- Anomie: 30% off all orders $50+ on 11/28; 20% off all orders $50+ from 12/1-12/7
- Reliquary: 11/28 free RELIQUARY tote bag giveaway to anyone who spends over $200. Plus 10% off online on 12/1 with code HOLIDAZE
- Merch: 11/28-12/1 10% off jewelry
- Legion: 11/28-12/6 teaming up with St. Anthony’s. Donate a gently used jacket or coat, get 20% off any new item
- Sweet & Spark: 11/28-12/1 25% off with code SHARETHESPARK25
- Acrimony: 11/28-11/30 30% off online and in store; extra 10% off on Friday only (that’s 40% people!)
- Podolls: 11/28-12/1 20% off all Podolls Brand online and in store; free shipping and a “Slowness Is Beauty” tote bag with purchase over $150
- Gather: 11/28-12/1 20% off orders $200+, and 10% off orders $100+ online and in store with code HOLIDAYKICKOFF10
- Freda Salvador: 30% off in store and online 11/28-12/1
- Dish: Free perfume with every purchase 11/28-12/1
- Social Studies: 15% off purchases $100+, 20% off purchases $200+ and free gift with purchases over $300
HELEN LEVI - BROOKLYN, NY November 20 2014, 0 Comments
Almost two years ago Helen Levi introduced herself, I took one look at her work and it resonated immediately. We decided to work together. I think I was her second wholesale account or maybe first five.
I wanted to take a minute to write a little bit about our connection with Helen and if you aren't much of a reader, skip down to the pictures below. Britton took some photographs of Helen's pottery studio when we were in Brooklyn in the spring. Since March, we've been saving the photos to release when we were back in stock on her goods. Well, we are back in stock (but not for long!). Shop the collection here.
Helen's aesthetic is grounded in the contrast in settings of her past. She grew up between the chic and modern city of Manhattan, and a rustic country residence in rural New York. The polarities come through in her work, for example, perhaps in her decision to juxtapose clean simple glazes with dark brown rustic clay, contrasting tones and colors, or giving sleek glazes an organic drippy effect on a modern silhouette.
Similarly, when folks ask about the aesthetic of Half Hitch Goods, I always try to describe it. Essentially, it's all about the tension between polarities that we are drawn to with the Half Hitch look. Anytime you mix: rustic with clean, modern and vintage, bright and dull. You have a tension that is magnetic. That is the "je ne sais quoi" that Helen's ceramics embody as well. Usually we attain this through our mix of goods, but in regards to Helen, her ceramics are a total embodiment of that which is "Half Hitch".
Expect The Unexpected
No two pieces are alike, in fact Helen is not interested in replicating things, or repeating, or even attaining perfection. We share the love of that distance from perfection. It is easy for us to embrace, as it's more natural for all of us.
An Every Day Art
Ceramics are an art with purpose, instead of being conceptual, her pieces are more physical. Less about the idea of the art and more about the process, and the physics of the finished product. I love to think of Helen Levi Pottery as an art frozen in time and artful things you are meant to live with.
All of our pieces by Helen Levi have been made individually by Helen, and most of them were co-designed. We work together on dreaming up functional and emotional pieces that you'll find useful in your daily your life. Embrace and treasure the lack of precision in Helen's pieces and in your life. See the collection here.
Popcorn Party November 20 2014, 0 Comments
Entertaining is always something we wish we could do more of. When budget and time are an issue, try making a simple duo of sweet and salty popcorn for your guests and build out a little easy snack spread. It's simple, inexpensive, not to mention delicious. We made two kinds of popcorn for a "Lady Shop Owners Social" we hosted the other night: Salted Caramel and Parmesan Truffle Oil. Here's what you'll need and how to do it.
- Truffle Oil (if you prefer savory with a little finely grated parmesan)
- Caramel Sauce (if you go the sweet route, even add a little bit of vanilla salt)
Trunk Show X Young In The Mountains November 12 2014, 0 Comments
Two Year Anniversary Promotion October 30 2014, 0 Comments
Hey everyone, it's been a wild last couple of years! Thanks for joining us on this crazy journey while we find the most high quality products, grounded in stories and meaning. Today only (Thursday 10/30) take 20% off all orders over $100 with code CHEERS2YEARS. Don't delay or we might run out of what you are eyeing!
Trunk Show X Ella Lou October 21 2014, 0 Comments
Non-Perishable Goods - Portland, OR October 16 2014, 0 Comments
It was the tail end of the summer, and we were dying to hit the road again. We headed north until we got to Portland and paid a visit to one of our design partners Shay Carrillo and Elizabeth Baena of Non-Perishable Goods.
Arriving, we noticed an amazing vintage Dodge van in the driveway with total #campvibes and we knew we were in the right place. We went around the side of Shay's home to the back to discover a little green oasis and a perfect little garden party was all set up and waiting for us. Fresh figs that matched back to the olive green linens with Stumptown cold brew and gluten-free pastries. So impressed with the presentation and company, we sat and instantly connected. Having all lived in San Francisco at one point, we had a lot in common. We discussed our mutual love for beautiful, hand crafted things, and told stories of how we came to do what we love, and love what we do. I learned about how the two partners met, and about their shared love for indigenous craft and U.S. made items as well. Shay and Elizabeth blend their efforts, passions and sensibilities to come up with NPG, their textile and design company.
Inspired by their energy, knowledge and journey. Here is a glimpse at their garden workspace below. Shop our collection of their cocktail napkins and everyday napkins as well as children's crayon wallets. Also, (at the very bottom...) see our recent feature with their cocktail napkins in the new Gluten Free Forever Magazine.
The Northern Sky // Britton Caillouette October 15 2014, 0 Comments
I guess you could say it is sort of a myth that Britton and I work together on Half Hitch Goods. My husband and by default, silent partner (Britton Caillouette) is my photographer for most of what you see on our Journal here and he certainly offers daily help, opinions and support with the business. But Britton is actually also a film director. Here is his most recent release that I thought might get us all ready to ride the mountains this winter. The short film is called The Northern Sky. It is described as "...An intimate, raw and unique look inside the mind of snowboarder, shaper, and surfer, Taro Tamai. It’s a movie that snowboarders, surfers, and anyone with a work ethic alike can enjoy and appreciate."
Brit is known for his intimate portraiture and documentary style approach to filmmaking. He made a critically acclaimed film called Sliding Liberia, a few years ago with Nicholai Lidow. The film is nearly impossible to obtain a hard copy of, but if you can view, is amazing. He's always stewing on many creative ideas but currently is working as a commercial director signed with Farm League. It seems odd to post this about him, maybe boastful and not humble. But sometimes I'm so proud of his beautiful work that it seems so selfish not to share it. Known for going to the belly of the beast, to deep parts of the world that are rarely photographed, it seems most relevant to explore his work today in light of all of the war, disease and unease that the world is facing at the moment.
From our family to yours, enjoy!
Furoshiki Gift Wrap October 03 2014, 0 Comments
Often we find a gorgeous scrap of fabric or a printed tea towel that is perfect to use as a "furoshiki" or Japanese fabric gift wrap. Furoshiki is a type of traditional Japanese wrapping cloth used to transport clothing and gifts. In the old days, Japanese people would wrap their belongings in a furoshiki at the baths in order to keep from mixing up eachother's clothing. Ultimately the technique of folding things in cloth was used amongst traders to keep order with goods and gifts while on the move.
Seems like a perfect symbolic wrap for a Half Hitch Goods gift, doesn't it?
To show you how we do it, we snapped some of our own casual shots of the furoshiki method. You know who specializes in this and is on a mission to eliminate single use plastics using classic furoshiki wraps instead? Molly de Vries of Ambatalia. She sells beautiful and sustainably produced textiles and is pioneering a new, old way of living without the use of plastics in her life. As she moves toward a "non-disposable life" she offers simple, beautiful products that function in your home to help you do that. We also offer some beautiful tea towels here and here that can help you execute this kind of wrap and also promote a non-disposable life. If you'd like furoshiki wrap on your purchase, just select "gift wrap" at checkout and add to the notes section "furoshiki" and we will be sure to make it happen.
Wild Sage Honey: A Feast For The Face September 24 2014, 0 Comments
We know you are all wild about our Wild Sage Honey. Add it to your tea, greek yoghurt, substitute it for sugar in baking, even eat it on a spoon. What you may not know is that it is very beneficial to add to your facial skincare regiment and we have been feeling like it might be selfish of us not to share what we are doing with our generous 3 lb bottle.
Cleanse your entire face and neck, pat dry, and apply a thin layer of raw and unheated honey to your face, eye area, and neck with clean fingers. Let it be for at least 20 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Moisturize as usual. Do this a few times a week.
Benefits of this practice:
- Is an antioxidant so it neutralizes free radicals promoting healthy skin and is anti-aging
-Is very hydrating to it can improve elasticity and texture of the skin as well as give you "that glow"
-Can also clarify pores because it opens them up making it easy to clean them out
-Is an anti-irritant/anti-inflammatory so it is very soothing on sensitive skin
-Was used in ancient times as a wound dressing to promote healing and prevent infection because it has natural anti microbial properties
-Has antibacterial properties that speed up healing of wounds including acne. A recent study found that the chemical makeup of honey has high osmolality. This means that the sugars interact with water in such a way that microorganisms can not develop. Also, when its sugars come into contact with fluids that weep from sores, hydrogen peroxide is chemically produced which can provide antibacterial benefits and speed healing.
Well, it sounds too good to be true but just try it a few days a week and see how it goes, if you need a good raw, unheated honey we recommend ours. The cat is out of the bag.
9.27.14 Half Hitch Goods X Hook Fish Co. At Proof Lab September 24 2014, 0 Comments
Haus Of Half Hitch August 29 2014, 0 Comments
During the month of July we hosted a fantastic pop up in Hayes Valley SF along with our partners at Metier SF, Emily Proud Watercolor Paintings, and The Podolls apparel. Peek at some photos below and don't miss our extensive press to see what all the buzz was about.
MAST BROTHERS - BROOKLYN, NY August 27 2014, 0 Comments
On a recent trip to Brooklyn we stopped in for a visit with one of our favorite partners: Mast Brother's Chocolate.
Two boys from the midwest living in Brooklyn began experimenting with chocolate making in their shared apartment years ago. Slowly producing and testing small batches, they gained a dedicated following of family and friends, and they finally quit their jobs to go into business together launching what is one of the worlds first premium craft chocolate brands sourcing directly from farmers and roasting right in NY. Today their handmade, bean-to-bar chocolate is revered by chefs including Dan Barber and Thomas Keller for its purity and elegant tasting notes.
At the forefront of the American craft chocolate movement the mast brothers made headlines when they sailed twenty metric tons of cacao beans harvested in the Dominican Republic to New York in a three masted schooner sailboat. It was the first commercial import by schooner to the Port of NY since 1939.
When we visited their pristine facility, this is what we saw through our lens. Photos by Britton Caillouette.
Just for fun, we sent our Brooklyn design partners Anne McClain of MCMC Fragrances and Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette NY blank white Mast Brothers chocolate bars as part of the "Sketchbook Project". I thought it would be cool to see what these two creatives would do if given the chance to design their own wrapper for their neighboring chocolate company. They were inspired by their talented studio neighbor Helen Dealtry who designs water color inspired textiles. What do you think? Pretty pretty, huh?
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