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Trunk Show X Lilikoi Design + Letterpress December 09 2014

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

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

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.

Aesthetic

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

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.

The Basics
The Extras
  • 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)
Melt the coconut oil in the pot on medium heat and add desired amount of kernels (I found that just 1/2 of kernels yields about 6-8 cups of popcorn) and place lid on the pot. Shake the pot occasionally to keep the kernels from burning. Once the popping starts, continue to shake occasionally to keep the unpopped kernels at the bottom of the pot and prevent burning. Turn out the hot popcorn (be careful not to steam or oil burn your hands) into the large glass bowl. Drizzle, sprinkle, and stir in your accoutrement. EAT!

 


Trunk Show X Young In The Mountains November 12 2014


Two Year Anniversary Promotion October 30 2014

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


Non-Perishable Goods - Portland, OR October 16 2014

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

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! 

THE NORTHERN SKY from Farm League on Vimeo.


Furoshiki Gift Wrap October 03 2014

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

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. 

Try this:
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:
Honey.....
- 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


Haus Of Half Hitch August 29 2014

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.

Apartment 34 // Spotted SF // The Coveted // //7x7 Magazine // Sacramento Street //The San Francisco Chronicle // Hoodline

Original photography for apartment 34 by Aubrie Pick; portrait by Lisa for The Coveted


MAST BROTHERS - BROOKLYN, NY August 27 2014

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?


Peep A Couple Of Our Favorite Maker Moms on MOTHER MAG August 22 2014

We always aim to use our blog to help you to get to know our makers a little better.  When you hear the story behind the product and who produces it, it makes our things that much more special and deepens the meaning. This makes things more than things.  They are a giving of the person who made it, and ... well, you if you choose carefully. So the newly launched Mother Mag has highlighted a couple of our favorite mom, makers who we collaborate with here at Half Hitch Goods and we want to be sure you check out their story (click through on their names below to see the slideshow on interview Mother Mag).

Jen Garrido, painter, textile designer, mother, pro thrifter.

 

Jess Brown, our rag doll maker, clothing designer, mama, beach fiend. 

 


Sean Woolsey - Costa Mesa, CA June 03 2014

Sean is a talented wood worker and fine artist with a keen eye for innovative furniture design. We met him through the van community. His Instagram feed went wild as he was an early adopter and was taking a trip around the U.S. in his Volkswagen Vanagon seeking some inspiration. Turns out we had some things in common; not just on the van front, but he lives in our home town!  Recently he made us some special Tricuterie Cutting Boards, we picked them up in person and snapped some good shots of his workspace. With graduations happening all over the place, Sean seems like a great person to feature, who has been living and working from his heart. Also, with Father's Day coming up, it seems only proper to showcase a drool-worthy workbench setup. {Check out a few other meticulously hand made one-of-a-kind pieces by Sean that we have in store: Walnut Serve Board, Maple & Walnut Serve Board}.


Half Hitch X Scribe Winery X Helen Levi May 19 2014

For a special Memorial Day weekend pop up (this Saturday-Monday), we will be offering a limited number of these beautiful, exclusive Helen Levi wine tumblers made of brown clay with white glaze. Be there, or be square!


Honoring New Moms: Anne McClain & Jennifer Sarkilahti April 23 2014

Every year we take a trip to New York in the spring to catch up with our artist partners out East. This April we visited Anne McClain of MCMC Fragrances and her studio mate and friend Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette New York. Both of them have been made mothers since our last visit. In honor of Mother's Day this year, we were dying to meet their babies, see them in motherly action. Here are the beautiful photos that Brit captured on our play date at the park with studio mates and babies Kairo and Luca.  We also asked them about how creativity, routine, life, and work has changed since motherhood. Read the interview below our photography.

 

Interview: Anne McClain of MCMC Fragrances

How many moms do you share your Dobbin St. studio with and how many have had kiddos in the last two years?  

The Dobbin Mews now has five moms and six babies. All of the babies are under two years old. Actually, five of them are under one (Kairo turns 1 on May 7th)!  When I moved into this space three years ago having a baby was so far from my mind but now I can't imagine not having this community.

How has the studio vibe changed since all these recent births?

Our schedules are certainly different. I used to come in around 11am and stay until well after dark. Now I'm in at 9:30am and go home promptly at 4:30pm. We have chats throughout the day about what's going on with our babies - are they sleeping, how much are they eating, have the started walking. The moms understand each other and we cover for each other when we need to. 

What does Kairo like to do in the studio and can you get anything done with them in there?

I actually find I can't get anything done with Kairo at the studio! I like when he comes and visits though so on days my husband has him they'll drop by. When it's nice out, the park is just a couple of blocks away so sometimes we meet up for a mid-day visit too.

How do you organize your day?

I wake up way too early for my liking and spend an hour or two playing with Kairo and getting us ready for the day before our nanny arrives at 9am. Then I walk to the studio and work. I've become more efficient at work now and have had to cut out some projects. I tend to like to take on everything but these days I know I can't do it all. At 4:30pm I wrap it up here and usually stop by the grocery store quickly for some food. Kairo eats three solid meals a day now so it's fun thinking of new things to feed him. We have a rooftop garden and now that the weather is nicer we can play outside for a bit before bath and bedtime at 8pm. Then my husband and I try to watch something funny to unwind from our busy days- we just started Silicon Valley and it's hilarious. 

What’s the most challenging part of running MCMC and being a mom to Kairo?

Before I had Kairo, my mentality was that owning your business meant working around the clock nearly seven days a week and saying yes to every opportunity that came along. The challenge for me has been to learn how to balance my ambition and passion for MCMC with creating a regular schedule and routine for Kairo. I love being home with him and seeing how much he changes and learns every day, and I'm learning how to put my work completely aside during that time.

What fragrances were you wearing in your first year of motherhood?  Any strong memories associated with those fragrances?

The first three months or so after Kairo was born I was so careful not to wear any fragrance. He seemed so delicate and fragile. After he bulked up and I became less afraid of having this tiny guy in my life, I started to wear my fragrances again and I think he probably knows me by the way I smell when I come from the studio. In January, when he was nine months old, we decided to spend a month in Hawaii and I wore Maui while we were there. That scent will always remind me of that special time.

What kind of advise do you have for female entrepreneurs who are thinking about starting a family?

Just do it. There's nothing like being a mama. You will think your baby is the sweetest, more beautiful thing in the world, and you'll learn a new kind of love.

How would you spend your dream Mother's Day?

Sleeping in.

 

Interview: Jennifer Sarkilahti of Odette 

Where do you find inspiration for your work and how have you noticed your inspiration change since Luca?

I have always found inspiration in many different places. I love to travel, visit museums, read books, view art, etc. Since Luca was born, I haven’t traveled as much or been to museums lately but I’ve been sketching a lot and experimenting more in the studio.

What’s the biggest change you’ve experienced before and after having a Luca?

Before he was born, I had a tendency to work long hours and now my time has to be more focused. When I am in the studio, I need to be much more productive and when I’m with Luca, I want to try to be present in that moment. They grow up so fast!

What is you favorite spot you like to go with Luca?

We haven’t had a chance to explore much yet since we had such a brutal winter in NYC, but now that it’s warming up I like carrying him in a wrap or the ergo and walking around the neighborhood. We live on a park so we do a lot of park strolls.

What are some Odette pieces you have been loving recently since Luca's arrival?

I’m having a tiny gold earring revival. I just finished some new studs I designed specifically for multi-pierced ears so I’ve been wearing them a lot lately. Plus, they tend to be more baby-friendly than anything with dangly bits.

What is the first trip you'd like to take with Luca?

We’re still deciding on our first big trip with Luca but a few places on our dream list are Paris, Italy, Greece, and Tokyo.

What is your favorite baby gift you were given for Luca?

My friend Jenny of Wiksten knitted the most beautiful grey sweater for Luca. He wore it nearly every day this past winter. I’m going to dress up one of his teddy bears in it when he finally outgrows it.   

Tell us about your favorite thing to do when you have time alone? 

These days even just the basics like taking a bath, having a glass of wine and reading a magazine are a bit of a luxury.

How would you spend your dream Mother's Day?

I would love a picnic in the park with my boys. 


Trunk Show: Georgette Crimson April 22 2014

We are excited to announce our next trunk show this Sunday 4/27 at Proxy in Hayes Valley, SF for a special showcase of our Goods, along with Georgette Crimson. The clothing designer, Tina Reith will be with us, debuting her new Sp/Su '14 capsule clothing collection. Inspired by Sergio Leone's Spaghetti westerns, each piece in the Georgette Crimson line is made in the USA, with the finest quality and a focus on playful sophistication and feminine elegance. Please join us, 11-5pm this Sunday 4/27! 
(Look for our Rolling Shoppe @ Octavia St. & Hayes St.)


Half Hitch Goods Rolling Shoppe X Proof Lab April 14 2014

We are excited to announce that our Rolling Shoppe will be hitching up this Saturday at Proof Lab just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley {244 Shoreline Hwy, Mill Valley, CA 94941} 10 am - 6 pm. Please spread the word and come check out what is new on our truck for last minute Easter basket treats and early shopping for Mother's Day delights.


Visit Us @ Parachute Market in Los Angeles March 19 2014

Please visit our Rolling Shoppe at "Parachute Market" in Los Angeles this weekend March 22nd and 23rd from Noon - 7PM.  A seasonal design fair in LA hosting emerging and established artists, collectors and designers. This time, the third of it's kind, we will be exploring the theme of light via art installations and products etc.  Half Hitch Goods will attend by way of our Rolling Shoppe for our LA debut!  For more information about the Parachute Market design fair see here.  Buy tickets online in advance here.  

405 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013

 


Video: Helen Levi, Brooklyn March 19 2014

Our ceramicist and friend, Helen Levi was featured on Cool Hunting with a really great video.  She not only shows us how to throw a large ceramic piece, but she also talks about her background and specifically how freeing it is to make something that would feel good in the hand and be lasting.  Check out our exclusive ceramic pieces made by Helen just for Half Hitch Goods: Perfect Tumbler, Contrast Mug, Graphic Tech Clutch with custom adornment by Helen Levi.


Kinfolk Features Dandelion Chocolate Cafe March 17 2014

Our very own Dandelion Chocolate was recently featured on Kinfolk Magazine's city guide. Check it out and if you are in S.F. their factory and coffee shop is a must see, serving up rich mochas along side scrumptious confections.

Of course in the mean time you can purchase their coveted small batch bars individually on our website straight to your doorstep. We certainly are proud stockists because these days you will be hard pressed to find these complex chocolates elsewhere due to the limited run and very handcrafted process.  

{Lovely photography below borrowed from Kinfolk Online by Joanna Hun}.


The Making Of Our Rolling Shoppe February 17 2014

In 2012 when we came across this unique VW Vanagon Transporter "Doka" had no idea what it would take to built it into a shoppe-on-wheels. Working closely with metal ninja Keith Lang of Rasco Hayward, we came up with a unique and sturdy design with shelving and storage, that wouldn't alter the body of the truck permanently in any way.

The buildout was an organic process, involving a lot of trips out to Hayward to sculpt the final product.  I owe it to Keith for thinking up all kinds of creative solutions and design ideas, and for having the courage to take on a totally new type of project. He dove in with me head first.

Below are some images by Britton Caillouette, capturing Keith and me in his shop yard working out the kinks, smoothing welds, and tightening up the rig.