Music to Work to

We don’t consider ourselves to be the coolest when it comes to music but we definitely define ourselves as music people. Scott is all about the Tom Waits and I still can’t get over my love for Bright Eyes and anything Conor Oberst.

When I find songs I like I typically add them to a playlist on Spotify and eventually work it into a mix I can hand out to people on their birthdays or whenever. 

Lately, I’ve been turning on my Spotify mix when we work and we both find ourselves relaxing, sinking in to the music and the creative process. 

I have listed the playlist here for those of you who aren’t on the Spotify bandwagon yet. But I also included the Spotify link if you dig that kinda thing.

Happy listening from Headlands. 

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Strangers- The Kinks

Graceland- Justin Townes Earle

Sweet Virgina- The Rolling Stones

At The Hop- Devendra Banhart

Live Forever- The Highwaymen

Jesus, etc.- Wilco

Papa Hobo- Paul Simon

Buddy- Willie Nelson

End Of The Line- Travelling Willbury’s

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free- Nina Simone

The Man in Me- Bob Dylan

Forget the Flowers- Wilco

Blue Monday- Fats Domino

Sweet Dark-Haired Man- Joan Shelley

Handle With Care- Jenny Lewis & The Watson Twins

Ingrid Bergman- Billy Bragg, Wilco

KRS-One- Sublime

Sam Stone- John Prine

The Sandman, The Brakeman and Me- Monsters Of Folk

Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters- Elton John

Family Tradition- Hank Williams, Jr. 

Let Me Back In- Rilo Kiley

Memory Lane- Elliott Smith

 

https://open.spotify.com/user/126643259/playlist/4Rq9Tj2jgWRoqbAet2Lgz0?si=OOqCUmu9S9yyOan4KGWn4w 

Small Family Business

We are a small family business. We get so caught up in the other aspects of our brand that we forget to mention this one. Our brand is so much about the history of California, specifically Dana Point, and the hide trading that once took place here. However, our brand is just as much about the present and the future.  In March of last year we welcomed our son into this world. We took some classes, read some books, assembled the cradle, registered for all the “must-haves” and sorted through the hand-me-downs we were fortunate to receive. We even hired some help for the leather business to keep us on track while we were busy changing diapers. And although we were preparing in all the ways we knew how, we could never truly be prepared for what he has brought to our lives.  

He inspires us to continue to create quality leather goods that will last well into the future and to show him how good for the psyche creating anything can be. We want him to be around us in the workshop while we create, even if he just sits and plays with his toys, because we think about how in the future he could one day ask how something is made, and we can show him. Or how one day he may dig through the scraps and create something of his own. He may have an interest in designing or music or painting because he was raised in a creative environment.

Don’t get us wrong there are days where we would rather sit on the couch and fall into a youtube black hole and days where we actually do, but the point is that when an order comes in we make it back up to the shop, put in the time and take something to completion.

So many lessons in life are learned in the workshop and it excites us how the shop becomes a classroom in those moments. It’s an amazing place to be with a tiny human by your side watching your every move.

We cannot believe that he will soon be one year old and how much we have all grown this past year, him especially! This business and parenthood has truly been a lesson in remembering the past, appreciating the present and always, always planning for the future.

The blog is back...for now!

Blogging is hard to keep up with. Our goal for the next 12 months is to add a new post each month, seems easy enough...

Our friend Samantha Meseroll is an exceptional photographer, videographer and all around fun person to hang with. She recently created a video for our pals at North Menswear and when we saw it, we knew she was just the right person for a video we had been wanting to do. We told Sam we wanted to try and pick up the vibe of our town, showcase a little bit of our process, and of course feature a little bit of our prized '86 El Camino. We weren't sure how she was going to combine the sun drenched imagery from the bluff, with the dark studio shots but she nailed it! We chose the song '3 Bit Blues' by Kid Koala because we love the modern mixing, with the old school blues. Sam is so humble that she did not even want to put her name at the end of the video, so we decided to write this blog as our way of saying thanks and to give her all the credit. We hope you love the video as much as we do and get a sense of a day in the life here at Headlands.

The Huntington: Library and Gardens, San Marino CA

There are so many great places to explore in Southern California. From the ocean, to the desert, to the mountains there is always something to be seen. In San Marino (near Pasadena) there is an estate open to the public that houses an amazing collection of art, literature, and botanical gardens.

What compelled us to visit the Huntington was the various gardens and their famous bonsai collection. When we got there we headed straight for the Desert Garden. The Desert Garden is full of very old and very rare cacti, succulents, aloes and unique varieties of desert plants from all over the world. This area ended up being one of our favorites. Filled with vivid colors and dangerous textures, a desert landscape can make you feel like you are on another planet.

After the Desert Garden we continued our trek through the Australian Garden where we saw the largest and most beautiful Eucalyptus trees we have ever seen. Next we meandered through to the Japanese Garden. This is the area where we spent the majority of our day. There is so much to see in addition to one of the most storied and gorgeous bonsai collections outside of Japan (so some say). There is even a traditional Japanese home replicated here, along with a tea house, koi pond and a zen garden.

After a quick lemonade break we found ourselves strolling through the fragrant rose garden. We then headed to the tropical greenhouse, a delicate building that is argueably the most beautiful building on the property. Within this area the bog was notable as it housed various carnivorous plants such venus fly traps and pitcher plants. After that we played at the children’s garden. Our friends brought their two children and we all played like kids in this interactive adventure area.

At five minutes to closing we snuck into the Chinese Garden, which needs much more time to truly appreciate. However, in that five minutes we saw many impressive features, such as the meticulously hand-seeded rock paving.

As we were exiting we got a quick picture of a Alexander Calder installation that you are not supposed to take pictures of... But he’s a personal favorite, so we broke the rules. We feel terrible about it.

We are already planning our trip back so we can check out the things we missed such as the paintings and the rare book collection.

Have a look at our pictures and if you are ever in that area we encourage you to see it for yourself.