Of A Kind Hawkeye Wallet

Of a Kind and Canoe collaboration Dreams are coming true over here in Austin, TX! We're excited to share our Of a Kind collaboration, the Hawkeye wallet. It's available in black buffalo calfskin or a hand dyed oxblood with a tooled leather strap. Since Of a Kind launched, I have always dreamed of  working with them, so this collaboration marks a major milestone for me. I feel really honored to be in such good company with designers like Jesse Kamm, Creatures of Comfort, and Mociun. I cannot say enough good things about Of a Kind; the hardest thing was keeping it under wraps because I was so excited!

Of a Kind and Canoe collaboration

I had such great conversations with Meghana Ghandi, who put together a few wonderful articles about what I'm listening to, and the inspiration behind the new studio and butcher shop. My story has a bit of a winding path, but she crafted a beautiful bio that really feels like me. Maybe that's a strange thing to comment on, but when you're a maker who sometimes struggles to tell your own story, it's so refreshing to hear someone else tell it well. I really value working with folks that are so good at what they do, and the Of a Kind crew is really, really good at what they do.

Austin Kinfolk Dinner

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You guys have heard me gush over Kinfolk magazine for a while, so no need to hold back my excitement about being part of their Austin Dinner event happening on Saturday, 3/31. We will have our Canoe knives and wood burned salt cellars on the table, and are so glad to see a great mix of Austin makers and artisans there as well. Many thanks to Julie and Nathan for bringing us on board.

Canoe wood burned knives, no. 6, available here.

Miss Natalie wood burned salt cellar, available here.

SXSW Fader Fort + Converse Recap

After avoiding the chaos of SXSW, I dove straight in last Saturday with a day of customizing Converse at Fader Fort. Converse set us up in the VIP section of the fort, so artists and their entourages could get their new Converse decked out. I am so out of the loop about music these days that I had no clue who was who, but we could tell who was really important based on what kind of shoes they were comped.

I brought in my leather tools and set up a mini-studio to create custom leather shoe plates for folks. People would walk by and see me hammering away, wondering what the heck I was up to. Leather tooling = performance art in my book, so I just kept plugging away and managed to tool for 4 hours straight, which is a damn nice way to spend a Saturday.

All of the musicians were extremely nice (honest!) and excited to pick out what their shoe plates would say. Some folks went with their initials, while others tried to cram in funny phrases. I had a blast working with Goldie Glo, who had me create 5 pairs of these for his team, including Mr. Esquire. We got some business advice from other musicians, which was more charming than it sounds. Because of the time constraints, I couldn't dye the leather, but I am planning to keep working on this idea and it may make an appearance in the Canoe shop soon.

Tony Goodwin making magic happen. He nailed a crazy request for an elephant, which no one wanted to touch. Anything super tricky went straight to Tony.

Prepping for some serious spray paint work.

Masterful pair of shoes by Callie Thompson.

Bleach magazine

Bleach magazine recently shot their first men's photo shoot and featured our Canoe key chains and fail+Canoe leather cuffs. We're big fans of Jaqueline Fernandez and the Bleach crew, having met them last year through Dog and Pony. Here are some sneak peeks of the shoot, which was also featured in CultureMap.

The new issues launches on February 29th with a party at Beauty Bar and pop up shop with Dog and Pony and Laced with Romance, and DJ sets by Grimes. See you there!

Photography by Katy Shayne Stroud, styling by Hunter Lohse.