“Alphabet I” by Paul Klee (1938)
…and the inside. The neat thing about sashiko stitching with a saddle stitch is that the inside mirrors the outside unlike traditional sashiko stuff. Also gives a bit of an idea what the outside might look more like once it darkens.
Last Friday’s project that I realized I didn’t post. Sashiko round II. Tried a new pattern. Veg tan outside with chestnut lining. Thought it’d be fun to witness the stitching start to pop as the leather darkens and patinas. I think we might be a go on this! Possible future Explorations project. Keep an eye out.
One of my New Years resolutions was to give myself more time and opportunities to do more creative/fun work. In between straight crafting, fulfilling orders, and all the other admin work that goes into running a small company, I found myself really missing the whole creative process and missing the creative freedom to stray from what’s pictured or offered in our staple collection. We consider ourselves very much of a craft/design house rather than a regular brand that creates seasonal and/or fixed lines. So in that spirit, we’ve deemed Fridays “Friday Funday” in the studio which I’m hoping will essentially be the field that we sow our little ideas that just might sprout and grow into Explorations projects or even pieces that might find their way into our staple collection. What if we have a crazy idea to make leather wall clocks? Let’s try it!
Friday Funday and the Explorations projects will also allow us the creative freedom to do some fun deviations and mods to our existing projects. Maybe we wanna make a two-tone Dopp Kit? Or maybe make some Key Clips with brass hardware? Why not?!
2014 is gonna be a fun one. Woo!
Folio in English Tan. This leather is called Dublin and comes from Horween in Chicago. Been really digging it lately. Tanned with the same base recipe as cordovan (except with cowhide) but with an extra step of impregnating with oils/waxes which gives it it’s water resistant qualities as well as it’s amazing pull-up. Basic formula is a veg tannage so it’ll age and evolve nicely. Was using it only on the Day Tripper before but am now opening it up to a bunch of other products! Woo!
One of my New Years resolutions was to make more time for things like this. It’s easy to get stuck in purely production mode and the creative process is so needed to balance rigorous hours of crafting. Ideas have been piling. Fridays are now deemed “Friday Funday” in the Teranishi studio. This sashiko stitch idea definitely needs some refinement - I didn’t plan much and just went for it - but I learned as I went. Can’t wait to try again. ALSO, there’ll be a new section on the website called “Explorations” to house these ideas/experiments/explorations. Stay tuned!
What are some of your favorite brands that you discovered after opening?
Teranishi and Cause & Effect. I was introduced to Teppei Teranishi through a mutual friend after the shop opened. I really appreciate his minimalist approach as well as the functionality of every single one of his pieces. Each piece is really a work of art.
East + West has been such a strong supporter and I couldn’t be more happy to sit alongside some wonderful company in their St. Louis shop.
Here’s a shot of Brian repping his Day Tripper this past Market week in NYC to boot! (photo courtesy of 3Sixteen’s Insta):