Other than my parents, there are two other key figures crucial to the development of my brand and work. The first of them being a business and life mentor that helped setup and finance my project in 2007. He has given me a sense of stability, been a sounding board, and has acted as a voice of reason throughout the years. He is removed enough from what we do to have an unbiased approach to problem solving that has been incredibly beneficial.
The other important person is the owner of our main soft goods factory. I wouldn’t be where I am now without the hours of hands-on learning and ability to work freely throughout his massive, state of the art facility. Watching, learning and befriending the people that make this factory function has given me invaluable knowledge and a deep appreciation for the places where things are made.
For my work, there are usually two very different areas of inspiration; one involving construction and process and the other relating to the aesthetic and conceptual nature of the project.
“Construction and Process” is inspired by the properties of materials, manufacturing techniques, and available tools. Putting an object together is a sequential poem of parts and processes. I try to leverage that to create something new and interesting. Most of what pushes a new product relates to this category.