The most beautiful list we’ve ever been included in. Thanks Hiut Denim, Co – You do so much more than just one thing well:
Some products, some services, some experiences are just right. It’s hard to know how to make them simpler, more beautiful or more useful. They bring together innovation, tradition, and a little design, to make something that is just right.
This list was put together by Hiut Denim Co. to celebrate those who decide to ‘Do One Thing Well’, which it turns out is a pretty hard thing to achieve. It takes us 75 different processes to make a pair of our jeans. And we only have to be world class at 75 of them.
From choosing the finest Japanese selvedge denim to perfecting the cut to signing each hand crafted pair. Yup, if you want to do one thing well, the only thing that matters is everything.
RSVP email@example.com for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Be one of the first 10 shoppers to receive a free gift with purchase and as always, a tree will be planted for every ware sold. Come see what all the fuss is about, support handmade, our beautiful earth, and all these amazing women.
It’s been a wild year, friends. 2016 is the year of the fire monkey, and while we could use a little less heat, we are still ever so grateful for the things we do have in our lives. We are grateful to live where we live, have what we have, and share what we share. We can’t always get what we want, but we do always get to choose perseverance, strength, and love.
On sharing, WILD HABIT has joined the amazing folks at RAIS CASE, 5ING, and Mr. B’s Necessities at 1834 S. Coast Hwy in Oceanside, California! Our shop space is one we are proud of where the community is so warm, welcoming, artistic, and growing by the minute. We can still hardly believe we get to share this space and on the infamous Highway 101 no less.
Our launch party is Saturday, November 12th from 5-9. We hope you’ll come celebrate with us and maybe even win one of three $50 WILD HABIT gift cards.
We’ll have a tree planted in Tahoe National Forest for every attendee and as always, be donating 10% of our proceeds to an amazing environmental cause – this year goes to the Surfrider Foundation.
Every little thing we do matters. Let’s always remember that and remember to continue to support the earth, each other, and love.
Hope to see all you wildings with a fancy drink in hand, a swing to your step in tune with the lovely live music, and enjoying some of the amazing food trucks and vendors at our favorite event of the year tomorrow. See you on the pier!
We are so pleased to showcase one of our favorite local jewelry vendors, Wild Habit. Danielle and Sue are wanderers, collectors and makers with a passion for nature and all things “wild.” Their jewelry is a stunning mix of natural stones, gold, feathers, greenery and even porcupine quills. We have a curated selection available in our shop and more pieces available in store. We’re proud to support San Diego artisans like Wild Habit. Read below to find out more about these ladies, their inspiration, and, of course, what they’re reading!
We create and design handmade home goods, installations, and jewelry from natural and found materials. We forage in nature to create beautiful, wild wares to bring the outside in. We collaborate and create handmade products and installations from our found, natural materials. Staying true to natural beauty and to our craft, we are impulsive in gathering (picking up anything we find interesting) and deliberate in our execution (finding the best way to show of the inherent beauty of the material). We illuminate birch bark, carve bones, wear feathers and stones. Our WILD HABIT keeps us exploring & creating – from our back woods to the beach to the mountains and world-wild. Making beauty from nature is what do and what we love – from jewelry to lighting, wall art to table art.
Tell us about the inspiration for your pieces.
There is no place we’d rather be than outside, enjoying the shapes, patterns, colors of nature and that is where our process starts. We explore and forage to find objects that inspire us and bring them into our studio to start creating. Sometimes a fallen log or dried out cactus will sit on a shelf for months until we find inspiration for its next life – a way to really show of its beauty. We want to bring that beauty of the earth into every heart and home, with the hope that by sharing the thoughtfulness of handmade goods, inspired by the earth, people will appreciate, conserve, and respect the land around us.
What does a typical work day look like?
The best days are the exploring days and the making days but not all days get to be that inspired. As a small business we do everything from sending invoices to wiring electrical sockets, so we try to reward each menial task with a fun making task (designing a new piece, visiting a new stockist). We usually chat in the morning about our goals (sometimes while walking our dogs), get some of the administrative tasks out of the way, and then we put on our jumpsuits and head to the studio to start making. From painting antlers, to cleaning birch bark, to designing jewelry, every day is different, creatively consuming and exciting.
How do you work as a team?
We went to Antarctica together 12 years ago and have been planning how to capture that magic and make something of it since. Our love for the outdoors, our complimentary creative vision, and all Earth’s natural treasures brought us together. And now we get to work together to share the things we find most beautiful. Usually one of us will get excited about a certain piece and then we start to play and see what we can make from it. We go back and forth with revisions and alterations until we make something we love so much we don’t want to see it go! It is such a fulfilling collaboration and our friendship grown so much since we started our partnership. We feed off each other’s ideas, energy, and creativity with every project.
Favorite spots in San Diego to play hooky?
We are learning that our work can easily and quickly consume our lives, so we need to be sure we take time to do things that inspired us to start WILD HABIT. Playing hooky is actually essential to keeping us creative! We make an effort to get outside and play most Fridays. We love going to the Del Mar Dog Beach, Mount Laguna to get a snow fix, music at Pappy & Harriets, and camping in Joshua Tree. While it could be considered playing hooky, we usually end up with pockets full of natural treasures and talking about what we can make with them. Luckily, we love what we do so it never feels too much like work!
We often have meetings at the San Diego Botanic Gardens. When working downtown, we love the San Diego Library rooftop, admiring the design in the East Village and eating oysters at Ironside or grabbing fancy coffee at Holsem.
What are you currently reading?
The Power of Habit, Breaking Wild, My Family and Other Animals, and always Mary Oliver everything.
Every year, in both our personal and business lives, we choose a word to be our mantra. It’s a word we look to as we start every day and one we try to focus our energy towards. 2015 was Artistry. We attempted to bring creativity and inspiration into our every day and into everything we made. We are artists, and with that slightly overwhelming title, there will always be ups and downs, but overall, we sure are proud of all the wild and beautiful things that happened. Here are just a few of our favorites:
sold out of our custom edition framed embroidered birch bark for Of A Kind
paired up with the estimable and beautiful Dallas Shaw as a blog contributor
went on a foraging trip to New Hampshire for some white birch and with that, made custom luminaries that traveled all over the USA – from Seattle’s Google Cafe to homes in California, Tennesee, New York, and New Jersey
Danielle Quigley and Sue Fan’s business plan for their handcrafted home wares and jewelry company is simple: “We pick up what we like and then we see what we can make out of it,” says Quigley, one half of the local duo behind Wild Habit.
Wild Habit‘s designs range from intricate chandeliers crafted from the birch tree bark to jewelry made out of porcupine quills and slices of antler. The pieces are painstakingly detailed, yet are simple and accessible enough to appeal to just about anyone with an appreciation for the great outdoors. Quigley admits that some of their stuff, like the sun-bleached deer skulls with hand-carved designs whittled into them, are “a little out there for some people,” but says all of Wild Habit’s products are found in nature and nothing, be it plant or animal, was harmed in the process of making them.
“We think these things are already beautiful to begin with,” says Quigley. “It’s important to point out that these things are found. For us, it’s all about bringing the outside in.”
“A lot of people aren’t from San Diego so we have a lot of people who are excited because it reminds them of home,” Fan adds.
The two met while at college and quickly found they had a shared love of the outdoors. A study-abroad trip to Antarctica was particularly inspiring and the duo soon found themselves crafting items out of the things that they had collected during their travels: bones, tree bark and myriad eye-pleasing rocks they’ve compiled from trips back east to places such as New Hampshire and Maryland.
“We started to have all these sticks and antlers piling up in our homes,” says Quigley, who says she and Fan soon started taking their collections and crafting them into items to give to friends.
Their work can be found in local boutiques such as Geographie in North Park and The Den in Carlsbad and Encinitas. The two work on their inventory from a studio in Encinitas and pieces like the “Woodstock Chandelier” can take up to two weeks to construct. Even with their passion now being a proper business, Quigley confesses that some things haven’t changed.
“My backyard is covered in birch bark from New Hampshire,” she says. “It’s weird to see it piling up out their with the cactuses and stuff.”