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Quilting - how our great grandmothers dealt with FOMO

Posted by Grace Brian on

We all know what a quilt is - or we at least have some idea. To some people a quilt is just a kind of blanket that old people have, to some, quilts are a Pinterest inspired wedding decor, and to others, quilts are a a physical manifestation of excited energy that had nowhere else to go. Technically, a quilt is a blanket made of three layers, the first is the top, this is the labor intensive, decorative layer that is full of personality. Here the maker chooses a pattern, colors and fabrics and tediously cuts out precise shapes and...

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Is a Sustainable Lifestyle the Secret to a Happy Life?

Posted by Grace Brian on

For centuries, we have tried to find the answer to one seemingly simple question: How can we be happy? There are hundreds of answers and theories to this question which range from chemical to physical, and conceptual to material. But, what if, in all our searching we have been getting farther and farther from the answer? What if, what we yearn for, is very simple after all? What if what we are searching for is more connection? Connection to the earth and the people around us. We are, despite our efforts to distance ourselves, just animals after all. We came...

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So what’s the deal with this button down shirt?

Posted by Grace Brian on

Every company has that one thing that is popular - the thing that is always out of stock, that for some reason, people just love. For us it is our Utility Button-down. Thanks to The Garment, we have sold a record number of these shirts in the last month and we have a huge list of people waiting to be notified when they’re back in stock. While we’re waiting, we thought we would tell you a little bit about this beloved shirt, where it came from, how it’s made, and why we love it. As most of you probably DON’T...

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Learning to backstrap weave in San Juan La Laguna

Posted by Grace Brian on

I was introduced to backstrap weaving when I studied abroad in Lima, Peru. I was there for only two months, but you really can't avoid it. Indigenous men and women, hunched over their portable looms, were set up everywhere - from city squares to shopping malls. When I passed these artists I couldn’t help but stop and stare. I tried to make sense of their movements - raising the warp, shifting the yarns, and inserting the weft. I had some weaving experience, but the looms I had used were huge, non-portable contraptions that cost thousands of dollars. I was fascinated by...

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Real talk with Maggie Perrin-Key

Posted by Grace Brian on

We recently did a collab with our very own Maggie Perrin-Key (or MPK as she is lovingly referred to - we know a lot of Maggies) - we got some bags sewn and she painted them. We love our plain natural classic tote, but let's face it - it is LITERALLY a blank canvas, and unlike myself some people DO like color in their lives. Maggie lives in Roanoke and works part time with us, and part time at a local business she co-founded called Treehouse Collaborative. She spends the rest of her time painting. Y'all being a full time...

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