Our Studio

Nov 27, 2015

Jessica Mejia

 

Who makes what you wear? As brands embrace a socially conscious identity, it’s hard to discern how transparent their sourcing production processes are. Unfortunately, what’s actually happening behind the scenes can seem mysterious, even misleading. If this is the case, how would you confidently know that your purchase is an authentic product of socially conscious practices? What questions about the materials and production are left unanswered?

 

 

 

 

 

It’s often left for marketers to sell you on a brand, often evading details about their production practices because it’s not something you’d want to identify with. They focus on elements of process without having actual control over the creations of the product. Transparency in pricing does not always mean fairly compensated factory workers. Offering “charity” to provide basic needs for factory workers who materialize their designs is an unsustainable patch on a system that ultimately exploits its workers. But they’ll avoid this issue, and leave you assuming they offer high quality products and carefully oversee every production step, not just design and marketing.

You have a right to know where and how your favorite products are made in order to make purchases responsibly. Knowing where and how your products are made establishes a trusting relationship between you and a brand.  Fortunately, we don’t have to ask you to trust that our practices are local and transparent– you can judge for yourself.  

 

 

 

Entering our San Francisco studio, you’ll discover firsthand what true transparency looks like as you witness every step of the production process come together in the same space. We’ve taken “Made in the U.S.A.” to a resonating new level by offering you an honest first person experience of what goes into the bags and accessories you wear. It is vertical integration at its core– no mysteries, no outsourcing– and it’s all available for you to see with your own eyes in our San Francisco studio. You’ll walk away with a very personal look at whose hands have worked on the products we know you’ll love for years to come.

 

 

  

This is not a new concept. But as we approached the 21st century, companies had unfortunately discovered shortcuts to increase profits and offer low prices, often by adopting unethical production practices. With that comes the loss of value in each product as well as a troubling brand identity. Awareness around these issues have improved numerous brand identities, but real transparency ought to be easily recognized. Instead of continuing such untenable practices we address the core issue: exploitation of those that forge our designs. We have not invented anything new; we’re simply putting more money into the product and the people who make them. The only way we can ensure that our factory is in good hands by being the factory. We’ve reclaimed what companies have done centuries before with a modernized vision of what in-house production should be.

 

 

 

We obsess over each step of the production process, allowing us to painlessly establish a well-oiled machine that produces a tight stitch. That stitch keeps your bag together and looking sharp as you wear it with confidence. Only through the effortless union between a socially conscious process we’re passionate about, and incredibly talented people, can we produce bags that look great and make you feel great.

 

We proudly make what we sell. You’re setting foot in the retail store and factory in the same space. From our hands to yours, we’re pleased to offer you products we’ve made ourselves.