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Wise Eyes

Monday, February 14, 2011

There is something sacred to age old symbols, motifs that are woven in and out of culture across space and time. Communication through symbols is one of our greatest inspirations and aspirations.  For our Navajo pack we created a custom woven in a dusty palette based on the medicine man's eye, a design indicating wisdom and foresight -- something we could all hope for.   Available in an all over pattern on the Homer, it's also paired with a hemp canvas body on the Ramos and the Guerra.  Our hemp is a pesticide-free, sustainably grown fabric with a larger weave than our traditional canvas and a rich, earthy tone.  Wisdom in a shoe?  We've heard of charm bracelets -- think of these kicks as charmed footwear. 

Mahalo: the incredible lightness of being

Friday, February 4, 2011

Our Spring season is finally here and this year we were lucky enough to shoot the lookbook, family style, on the North Shore of Hawaii (and a little on Maui on the road to Hana).  You can check out the full lookbook here.

Ray Potes, our trusty lensman, came with and introduced us to his amazing family.  Pat and Brooke were incredible guides and models, while Blake, Jordan and Roachy were the most gracious hosts.  Thanks to Cholo for feeding us the best Mexi food on the island and for letting us shoot and skate at a paradise within a paradise, also known as his home. Special thanks as well to the dude in the pickup who towed our car out of the mud at the skatepark.

In Hawaii, the aloha spirit is more than just a friendly attitude of acceptance, hospitality and compassion. It literally refers to the sharing, in the present moment, of life’s energy and essence. It’s impossible to escape that sense of interconnectedness and joy when there. This Spring • Summer 2011 collection is inspired by the lightness, relaxation, and simple pleasure of traveling, especially near the water, and shooting the lookbook on the North Shore was the embodiment all those things; an epic adventure made even more amazing by the help of family and friends.

The past year or two have been difficult ones, collectively, from many perspectives. We’ve been tried by personal, professional, ecological, political and financial challenges across the board, from one end of the globe to the other. It’s times like these when focusing on family, friendship, natural beauty and simplicity are what continue to inspire and to support us. They are renewing and rejuvenating, and never fail to remind us that when seemingly everything comes tumbling down, there are still things in this world that are worth persisting for.

But we’re not trying to get too heavy on you! Really, if anything, this collection is a celebration of all things that keep you light. 

Our Spring 2011 collection is available in fine stores and online now.

Spring 2011 Coming Soon

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

With the Holidays and New Years over, our Spring 2011 is set to be released soon! Here is a preview of the collection shot in North Shore, Hawaii.

Holiday Ship Windows and a $10 Coupon

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

For all you holiday shoppers, see below for our shipping window guide.  In order to get your goods delivered by Christmas:

1) Shipping by GROUND, orders must be placed by midnight on Sunday night, December 19th.
2) Shipping by 3 DAY, orders must be placed by midnight on Monday night, December 20st.
3) Shipping by 2 DAY, orders must be placed by midnight on Tuesday night, December 21st
4) Shipping by NEXT DAY, orders must be placed by midnight on Wednesday night, December 22nd.

All orders are subject to availability. 

As a bonus, enter KEEP10HL for $10 Off your holiday order!

Stocking Stuffers: 10 for $10 and Under!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

The holidays have arrived full force but don't worry, we've got you covered.  Here are our top ten picks for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa picks, or little somethings to show you care. 
1. Sailor Knot Bracelets $5 Hand woven by a husband and wife duo who have made these corded bracelets in their family for decades!  The original rope bracelet. They shrink to fit on your wrist.  Mediums for teens and smaller adult wrists.  Large for adult wrists.  These bracelets remind us of people we had crushes on during East Coast summers.
2. Guatemalan Pouch $8 Woven in Guatemala in bright colors and patterns.  These come in assorted colors, so we never know what we're going to get.  Textiles are a serious art in Guatemala with each village having a color scheme and each symbol meaning something.  They're like language woven into fabric.  Plus they're the perfect size.  Not too small, but a good handful. 
3. Douglas Fir Tip Tea $8 This uncaffeinated tea is just pure Douglas Fir needles.  It is lemony, piney, woody and delicious with a spoonful of honey.  The ultimate winter beverage.
4. Charley Harper's ABCs $9.95 A board book for the kiddies and with the incredible art it's for grown folk too.  American graphic design icon Charley Harper's visually stimulating design is both comforting and enthralling.  There are certain books growing up that will always be burned into our minds and this is one you want your youngin's to have as a guiding light.
5. Happy Socks $10 Swedish socks that are soft, combed cotton, woven in Turkey and more fun than a Friday night.  Get these and add some secret flair to your wardrobe.
6. Paine's Balsam Fir Incense $4.50 Straight outta Maine, this incense burns amazing!  Woody, piney goodness that brings the forest inside your home.
7. Keep Sunnies $5 Cheap, chic and good for your eyes.  Seriously, what's not to love?
8. Keep Koozie $3 The ultimate, under-appreciated household accessory.  Nothing is lamer than a tepid canned drink.  Get a koozie and make life better.
9. Zines $5 Epic zines.  Some by sharp shooter Ray Potes and some by the SF mind warp collective the Wormholes.  Defy dimensions, expand your mind, open your heart.
10. Juniper Ridge Soaps $6 This is one of our favorite companies.  They wild harvest their goods and they come in recycled packaging  Did we mention that 10% of their profits go to protecting the Western Wilderness?  Everything they do is clean, amazing smelling and good for the world.

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