Los Angeles Leather Craft is a production house founded by Mitzi Guidry. She started the company with her fellow leatherworkers when the business they were working for, Wrangler Western Accessories, took it’s production overseas. Mitzi saw an opportunity to continue doing what she loved with talented makers and took a chance. She’s making beautiful goods and is a big inspiration for Canoe. Always good to remember that taking chances pays off.
Hey, Bay Area friends! Canoe will be part of the amazing KINDRED pop up shop this weekend at Makeshift Society (235 Gough Street). Our goods will be available all weekend long, Saturday 11-7pm and Sunday, 11-5pm. We are thrilled to be in such good company with Satsuma Press, Stone & Honey, Leah Duncan, Forage, Olo, and many more.
Many thanks to the talented Lynn and Teresa for organizing such a special and intimate event.
Our friend Jennifer Smith of Camille Styles kindly asked us to put together some favorite gifts for the holidays. Take a look at our round up and some questions we answered about the holidays right here. Happy to be in such great company with gift guides by Lizzie Garrett (from my favorite Tomboy Style), Samantha French, and Mary Matson!
As we get closer to Thanksgiving, I always like to stop and reflect back on what I am thankful for. The list is pretty long, but one I’d like to share is that I’m lucky enough to enjoy and experience a healthy and local eating lifestyle. Cooking and eating is a HUGE part of my life, and not just because I’m married to a butcher. I was raised in a kitchen, making, eating, and sharing food with family and friends. It’s a key part of my history, my present, and my future. It’s something that most of us take for granted, but we shouldn’t.
Someone taught most of us how to cook, how to shop for groceries, what flavors go with what, and how to plan meals. Not everyone is given those life skills, and that’s where Fresh Chefs Society comes in. Fresh Chefs is a new organization in Austin, TX that aims to connect youth transitioning out of foster care with community organizations, restaurants, chefs, farms, and grocers, and empower them with the skills necessary to take charge of their eating lifestyle.
This Thanksgiving, please consider making a donation to help support programming for Fresh Chefs in 2013. They only have $2000 left to raise in the next 8 days, so help us spread the word. I’ve been involved with Fresh Chefs from the early days, and I’m proud that my design students named and branded the non-profit group. Ben & I support this amazing group because they are truly filling an important need in our community and helping to change lives.
*Thanks to all your help, Fresh Chefs Society fully funded! Stay up to date on all their great events here.*
FELIZ just ended. Truly and with all my heart, it was a life-affirming weekend. Gathering artists that you’ve admired, some for years, some for months, into the same space and letting them share their stories and work was a privilege. There was such a collection of talent, strength, personality, humor, and love in this room that I was just overwhelmed. Here are some beautiful images by Triple Max Tons of the Sunday sale. I’ll have more to say once the dust settles, but, for now, enjoy some of the beauty of the weekend.
Hi friends, sorry for the radio silence this last week. The studio has been in overdrive as we get ready for FELIZ, which kicks off tonight at West Elm Austin (1011 West 5th Street)!! Tonight’s party runs from 6-8pm and I do hope you can make it out.
I’ve been working on tooled leather holiday ornaments, which I will be customizing for folks at the party tonight from 6-7pm. Here’s a photo of the ornaments just after being tooled–some are still drying (hence the darker leather). I’ll be taking orders to add your initials or a friend’s to these tonight, then dying/sealing them over the weekend. The final finished ornaments will be ready for pick up on Sunday at the big FELIZ sale on Sunday.
Speaking of Sunday, I’ll have the entire Luna Collection with me for sale at the show, plus old favorites like the tooled key chains and other great gift items. Below is a small sampling of the blue Vortex wallets I’m bringing, also available in black, too. Can’t wait to share these with folks and meet everyone!
We’re entering into count down mode for FELIZ, happening November 2-4th. To get the weekend started right, West Elm is hosting a wonderful party to help us celebrate on Friday, November 2nd from 6-8pm in their downtown Austin store (1011 W. Fifth St at Lamar). You can RSVP here. There will be food, drinks, and a preview of the lovely goods for sale on Sunday. PLUS, I will be doing live leather tooling, creating custom leather holiday ornaments for folks. You can place an order for an ornament and watch me tool it there at the party, then pick up the final piece at the Sunday sale. Tell your friends and hope to see you there!
Canoe is a modern leather goods line hand crafted by Natalie Davis in Austin, TX. Founded in 2009, we’re inspired by vintage workwear, well-worn boots, and outlaw country music. We're a proud member of the Longhorn Trail Leather Guild and committed to perfecting our craft.
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