Big Sur

Apr 07, 2014

Noah Guy


In January of this year we took a trip to Los Angeles the long way: driving down the coast on Highway One. Starting out in San Francisco we headed south passing Santa Cruz and stopping in Monterey for tacos. After watching the sun set we headed into the night on the coastal Highway and into Big Sur.

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    The XL Boat Tote and natural DayPack that we brought on our trip

     

     

    At night and in darkness with no full moon to see by, the sounds of the waves on the shore are the only real point of reference. The noise is so powerful and somehow comforting all at the same time. In the darkness the immense crashing reminds me of my relative size, just a spec of dust on the big earth. Somehow that realization is comforting, just to know that I am no more important than that small tree across the bluff. After listening for a bit and staring into the darkness looking for white foam to catch a hint of non existent moonlight - we turned back to camp. We forgot batteries for the flashlight and set up camp in the darkness, feeling our way around for a sleeping bag, tent and toothbrush. The sounds of the waves our major companion, like a wall of noise building and then crumbling. 

     

    The next morning we woke up on a bluff over the surf break and perfectly moody Northern California weather. From our tent we could get up and see the waves crashing down on the rocks and get a face full of wind straight off the ocean. The bluff we were on was the last bit of California before the Pacific Ocean swallows up the land and becomes sea. The beach down below is short and covered with a huge rock. There is an arch-shaped rock right on the coastline where the waves crash through constantly. We walked down to the rocks and clambered around. With the perfectly diffused, overcast light and the inspiring crashing waves, we couldn't help but to take some of these photos on the shoreline. 

    me with the All Canvas Tote on the rocks

     

    Breakfast on the Bluff

     

    I think about bags and how they give us a certain freedom to move around and yet stay healthy and happy. Bring your sweater to stay warm, your favorite foods to avoid the chain stores, a notebook or camera to find ways to appreciate the new place your in. Packing even just for a short trip some of the essentials such as coffee/coconut water, croissants and avocados made for a really nice morning.

    As we ate breakfast near the campsite, the sun rose quickly over the hill and we could feel the temperature of the day approaching. After some time with the waves and filtered sunlight we picked up and moved on down the Highway One. Driving the open road we stopped along the way to meander around other beaches and aimlessly explore small towns until we finally arrived in Los Angeles. 

    Kirk Creek Beach in South Coast Big Sur

    Arch Rock & Boat Tote

    Utility Tote in Natural

     

     

     

    Aysia contemplating the rocks

    Heading South on the One

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Cowboy Simplicity

Jan 11, 2014

Aysia Stieb


When it came time to design a wallet, we drew inspiration from the old west. Being in California the desert is always near and the history of the west shows up in everyday things. Cowboys being the ultimate minimalists, would want a wallet that is rugged as well as simple. The leather we use is naturally vegetable-tanned in pennsylvania and is the same leather used in the best american saddles. It’s hand cut and sewn in our san francisco workshop where every stitch counts towards making the wallet last as long as the leather. The ultimate cowboy wallet, its as simple as a billfold can be, and because of that will last for years of use and wear in handsomely.

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Canvas Day Pack

Dec 18, 2013

Aysia Stieb

Our newest backpack is in fact an old style. Based on a 1970's nylon outdoor pack made right here in the Bay Area, destined for day hikes in Yosemite. We re-did the backpack in 18oz cotton canvas and cleaned up a few details to make what improvements we could. One creature comfort we added is a laptop sleeve that will fit a 15 or 13 inch Mac Retina Laptop. The other is an outside front pocket thats kept clean with a hidden snap showing just a touch of a leather pull tab to make it easier to open. The military spec alligator clip adjusters will keep the backpack straps in place and are fun to adjust. Comes in three colors.

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Nicasio Valley Editorial

Nov 29, 2013

Noah Guy

Just over the hill from Point Reyes and far enough away from shopping centers of Marin lies Nicasio Valley. A winding road hugging a shrinking reservoir, a town with only a church and a baseball field - Nicasio is the perfect inspiration for simplicity. We came here to bask in the exposure and squint at the sun reflecting off the baked mud. With plenty of space to feel small in, we spent a lovely afternoon feeling the sun on our skin.

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Photos by Color

Nov 27, 2013

Noah Guy

In November we gathered together to take some photos and have fun re-imagining our website. The three of us got to talking about color, and how simple and powerful an impression color can communicate. So we struck on the idea to show a clean start to our work by photographing each color bag that we make on its own complimentary color background. The following is some excerpts, bits and pieces from this experiment.

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    Natural Boat Tote and Utility Tote

    Olive Utility Tote 

     

    Snap Hook Keychain

     

    Olive Canvas Day Pack

     

     

    Waxed Cobalt Blue Duffle (Limited Edition)

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