There’re a lot of reasons to love Strawfoot Handmade’s blog: the humble attitude (Strawfoot is described as a “small endeavor”), the newcomer’s enthusiasm (exclamation points are a common sight), and, of course, the designs themselves (anyone who has ever dealt with a spilled beach bag will appreciate the “snap-top” totes, for example). Garrett was nice enough to share a few words with us about his ideology, his passion, and his favorite IPAs.
RYE & RIVET: When and how did you start creating your products?
GARRETT: I didn’t start sewing until May of 2010 and have been at it making bags for about a year now. My wife and I got a an old 1960’s sewing machine as a wedding gift and I started making all kinds of things, but I needed a better machine for the heavier fabrics I wanted to use. We found a vintage industrial sewing machine and everything started from there. My bags are heavily influenced from vintage workwear, old military supply bags, and hunting jackets…. so it made sense to use waxed canvas for most of the bags.
R&R: What three words would you use to describe your brand’s ideology?
G: Handmade, resilient, rustic.
R&R: What does “Integrity” mean to you in terms of modern production?
G: Producing the highest quality product possible without exploiting someone else. This means not cutting corners in production or using cheap materials because it will help your profit margin, or having products made in a factory with poor standards. I chose to make all products myself in my shop because it allows me to ensure the highest level of craftsmanship in every bag.
R&R: Who is an inspirational icon for you at the moment?
G: Wendell Berry.
R&R: What’s your drink of choice?
G: I prefer a hoppy India Pale Ale. I really like Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery’s IPA or Lagunitas IPA.
Thanks again to Garrett for talking with us. To see more, head over to Strawfoot Handmade.