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Peep A Couple Of Our Favorite Maker Moms on MOTHER MAG August 22 2014, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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, 0 Comments

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. 

 


The Launch Of Our Rolling Shoppe February 02 2014, 0 Comments

Well, we finally did it!  After one year in the making we launched our Rolling Shoppe out of our Volkswagen Vanagon Truck.  All shiny and new she premiered at the Bluxome Street Winery in SF and then went on to settle into a few weeks at PROXY in Hayes Valley where we showcased our collection for a few weeks wrapping Christmas gifts like crazy!  In that time we met Leslie Santarina of Spotted SF and she took some great images for her blog.  Photos below and her write up here.  {All photos by Leslie Santarina borrowed with permission, all rights reserved}.  Our list of up-coming events can be found here, and we will be adding to it all the time.  We are jumping out of our skin with excitement to see what 2014 will bring with our new venue for taking our products near and far.

 


The Perfect Match - Valentine's Day Trunk Show 2014 January 29 2014, 0 Comments

UPDATED : Due To Rain we are rescheduling this show for thursday & friday this week {2/13-2/14} 

We are excited to be hosting a trunk show on our Rolling Shoppe on 2/8 & 2/9 with designer Christine Trac of Abacus Row Jewelry in our home town of San Francisco.  Please come, meet Christine, and enjoy sweet treats on us while you shop fine handmade things for your lover.  


Mendocino in 15 Photographs January 14 2014, 0 Comments

Though we love a good long distance road trip, admittedly some of the most scenic views and stunning settings exist right on our very own Northern California coast.  In 15 photographs taken by Brit on his vintage Leica M5 we hope to show off our backyard for once.  Come on out and see it for yourself and stay in one of the quant Bed and Breakfasts in the town of Mendocino to discover the outdoorsy hikes including the Pygmy Forest, shopping handmade local goods, and of course ... the people watching is quite fun.  For us this was more of an inspiration trip than a buying trip so we hope to inspire you as well.  You can practically smell the salty air.


Half Hitch Rolling Shoppe December 29 2013, 0 Comments

Well folks, the road met the rubber, and also a vintage rare truck outfitted with some custom walnut wood shelving nestled in pristine white metal frames.

Starting in this December, we took our online shop on the road selling our curated assortment of gifts, necessities and provisions from our 1985 VW Vanagon Doka T3 Transporter.  More details and photos to come on the buildout process.

 


Festive Collective - Freda Salvador Pop Up 12/13 - 12/14 December 10 2013, 0 Comments

Visit us this Friday 12/13 and Saturday 12/14 at the Freda Salvador Flagship Store on Union Street for a holiday shopping experience in San Francisco!  11 AM - 6 PM


Goody Goody Gift Swap November 26 2013, 0 Comments

We are loving this great holiday gift swap concept.  Please consider joining, we did!  It is a gift exchange for creatives meant to pull us away from our devices and technology for a minute and help us connect & receive physical homemade, thoughtful or inspiring objects.  Sign up and pass it on!


The Hill-Side Joy Ride - Modified Herringbone Fabric November 15 2013, 0 Comments

Sandy & Emil Corsillo went on a joy ride to slow things down.  They drove down to Virginia to meet up with Bob the weaver and explore the making of their Modified Herringbone Fabric used in this beautiful scarf.  Check out their journey in the below video.

 


Sweet & Spark Contest November 12 2013, 0 Comments

Our friends over at Sweet & Spark are celebrating their first anniversary, we are helping them celebrate by pitching into their contest on Facebook.  They are giving away a bundle of great items from some great new companies including our MCMC Perfume Oil and a $50 gift card to their own site which showcases a curated collection of vintage jewelry from the 1940's-90's.  Check out their great pieces and click on the flyer below and enter to win (ends monday 11/25/2013 so hurry)!


The Hill-Side Old Virginia Modified Herringbone Scarf November 06 2013, 0 Comments

One of the new winter scarves in our collection by The Hill-Side this holiday season is the "Old Virginia Modified Herringbone" pattern created by "Bob the weaver" in his backyard on a Crompton & Knowles shuttle loom that dates back to the late 1930's.  Bob's family has been weaving fabric in Virginia since the 1870s and he invented this complex pattern himself.  We hope you appreciate it as much as we do and please enjoy the story in this clip. 


Fall/Winter The Hill-Side Collection Has Arrived October 23 2013, 0 Comments

Today we are excited to introduce our Autumn/Winter assortment of The Hill-Side scarves to our site.  We honed in on a navy and forest green trend and we think you will love these as great unisex scarves to keep you warm this holiday season.

Below are some great photos from the newly released The Hill-Side lookbook titled "Twelve Brooklyn Apartments" which was shot by photographer "Backyard Bill" featuring shots of their textiles across 12 apartments in Brooklyn incorporating the personalities of the people who live there through their furnishings and personal items that you see integrated in the photography.  The lookbook gives a light-hearted look at the new collection in its natural environment. 

Old Virginia Modified Herringbone Stripe Scarf

Diamond Quilted Gauze Stripe Scarf

Border Stripe Flannel Scarf

Asagi Turquoise Chambray Scarf


Gifting Can Actually Make You Happier October 21 2013, 0 Comments

After attending Brit Morin's Re:Make conference a few weeks ago, one of the speakers, Kacie Hultgren mentioned that she heard someone say that being generous and gift giving actually can enhance one's mood and happiness.  Well, that resonated with me.  As a seasoned gift giver and the owner of a mail order gift boutique, I did a little bit of digging into this topic.  I found that about four months ago the Harvard Business Review posted an interesting article written by Elizabeth Dunn and Michael Norton, where they dug into the topic of generosity by doing a series of small experiments and short-term studies. They found that while money does not necessarily buy happiness, "modest forms of generosity can make us happy" and that "spending even a few dollars on someone else can trigger a boost in happiness".  I wanted to jump up and down for joy reading this, as this is one reason I dreamt up Half Hitch Goods: Spread the happiness that I feel when I have found someone the perfect little gift.  So take a few minutes to gift someone something, because "spending even a few dollars on someone else can trigger a boost in happiness".  Odds are, you won't regret it, in fact, it will make you feel good.

 

Photo by Front & Main


Kinfolk Flower Potluck October 15 2013, 0 Comments

After returning from a short weekend trip to Boulder, Colorado we found so much inspiration in the turning leaves of fall. Here is a great idea to host a flower potluck and share seasonal branches you find or pick up at the market.  If everyone brings something fresh, seasonal and interesting, and then when you share the bundles, everyone goes home with something beautiful.  Even better, lift your spirits by giving your bouquet away to brighten someone's day. 


Trunk Show 10/5 @ Re:Make October 01 2013, 0 Comments

Come on out and shop the artisan market at the Fort Mason Pavilion in San Francisco this Saturday October 5th for an event hosted by Brit + Co.  There will be over 80 vendors selling mainly handmade and artisan made goods including scads of local products.  The event runs from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. and its FREE.  Oh and don't miss our shout out on Refinery29...


Kinfolk From Above September 26 2013, 0 Comments

Patient video by Kinfolk Magazine capturing a patient hot air balloon ride and the view from above.