Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Half Hitch Goods {Rolling Shoppe}


Since moving into my Hayes Valley office space a few months ago, I have made a habit of escaping to Patricia’s Green and Proxy SF for some fresh air. For those not familiar with San Francisco, the Proxy SF is a two-block space for rotating happenings, food, art, and retail located in Hayes Valley.  If you haven’t experienced it yet, you must visit the Proxy when Carrie Caillouette and her unique rolling shoppe, Half Hitch Goods, are parked there.

Half Hitch Goods, is a rolling boutique that is presented out of the back of a vintage VW Vanagon Doka. Half Hitch carries an assortment of gift items and promotes thoughtful gift giving with a commitment to impeccable style, timelessness, quality craftsmanship, and beauty. Carrie believes the secret to gift giving is finding personal items that have meaningful product stories; whether it be that they are intricately made by hand, made of recycled materials, or perhaps that they are made by a local vendor.  Carrie and her husband visit the studios of the artisan's featured to learn about their creative and production process. They document their visits through their online Journal.

Although Carrie only purchased her shoppe-on-wheels a year and a half ago, they have been through a lot together. Carries first inspiration and sourcing road trip in the truck left her stranded in a state park due to engine failure.  Carrie has since replaced the engine and worked with a local metal vendor to creatively outfit the back of the truck with appropriate storage and display ability for her shoppe. Carrie is slowly gaining trust in the truck’s abilities and has a few road trips with the shoppe on the calendar. You can catch Half Hitch at the Los Angeles Parachute Market on March 22nd and 23rd and at Proxy SF on April 6th. Check out her other upcoming locations HERE.


Photos by Britton Caillouette

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Molly M. Designs.







While training as an architect, Molly Mcgrath had a realization that spun her career in a different direction than she had expected. The laser cutter Molly was using daily to produce architectural models inspired her signature jewelry, wall hangings, and homewares line. 

I recently visited Molly's workspace hidden away in a Wells Fargo building in the Mission District of San Francisco. Although small in square footage, Molly's studio is open, airy, and full of inspiration. The mid-century desks and tables are neatly organized with stacks of colorful materials, papers, glues, and jewelry chains and clasps. I was in awe of how much detail and time goes into each and every piece she produces. Molly starts the design process with a sketch inspired by traveling, nature, architecture, patterns, textile designs, and optical illusions. She then drafts her concepts into Autocad and uses the laser cutter to create an intricate layered design. Molly's pieces consist of many cut layers of leathers, suede, paper, thin wood veneers, and other reclaimed materials. Her use of metallic leathers, vibrant colors, and beautiful hand chosen textiles creates a unique kaleidoscope feel in her pieces. 

This is the perfect time of year to share Molly's work with you as holiday shopping and the hunt for a few one-of-a-kind gifts is just around the corner! Take a look at Molly M. Designs most recent pieces for sale here

-b.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

{Rustic Modern Bedroom} Room Anatomy Additions.



Check out my most recent Room Anatomy feature on Sacramento Street blog! Here are some additional sources for finishing touches to help you create a similar space in your home. 

-b.