I’ve been friends with the guys at @3sixteen for several years now and over a year ago (honestly, I think it’s closer to two or more...) I sat down with @andrew3sixteen and discussed music, design, business (or the lack of knowledge thereof) and life in general. The interview—with a couple small amendments to bring it up to date—is live now on their site. Link in bio. Thanks @andrew3sixteen @johan3sixteen! ✌️
Here’s the last of the stuff I made from the Midnight leather—braided key fob with brass hardware. Up now!
Key Clips in Midnight. Up now!
Enos in Midnight restocked and available now!
I used up the last of the midnight blue leather and made/am making some stuff. First up, a restock of the Arc wallets. Up on the site now!
I’m attempting to carve out some time while I’m home for the month to make some stuff for the shop. (Also trying to take advantage of this perfect weather)
The verdict is still out on the design in general, but that’s ok because the main point of this pack was to test out my idea for this opening/closure system. I like when clamshell packs flap open, giving you full access to your contents, but it can be cumbersome to zip/unzip the entire length of the clamshell zipper. The idea with this system is that you can grab the tail connecting the two zippers and open/close the pack in one quick motion. It actually works a lot better than I imagined. Perhaps there’s something like this already out there, and this is certainly piggybacking off of some other ideas, but I’ve never seen anything quite like this. I got super excited about it and tried to make it the morning I flew out for this trip but didn’t finish, so I brought out what I had and hand-sewed the rest. It was extremely laborious (aka it sucked) but I’m pretty pleased with how it’s working so far.
My brain is usually bubbling over with thoughts and ideas and sometimes I have to pursue them just to give myself some respite . Here’s one that’s been nagging at me. It’s a redesign of our Teardrop pack. Actually, it’s technically a redesign of a redesign that @rucksack_village and I did that we never produced. Anyhow, it’s a bit of a different take on pack design then my standard faire, utilizing YKK Aquaguard (water resistant) zips and an overall more technical vibe and function. The pattern looks deceptively simple but it was a beast to figure out. That or my brain is too feeble (maybe a bit of both), but I toiled. It’s got a DWR coated packcloth liner that’s floated (meaning the liner seams are separate from the outer seams) for optimal weatherproofing. I used darts to give it some structure and shape, which is something new to me, and perhaps my favorite thing I tried—a sort of storm flap visor. Sure, with the Aquaguard zips it may be somewhat moot, but I had the idea before I decided to use water resistant zips and I wanted to pursue it. I like to think it gives it some extra water proofing. Anyhow, I’m going to wear-test this guy and will maybe make a small batch after I get back from my upcoming trip. And yes, I sewed the zipper for the pocket upside down🤷🏻♂️
Beautifully aged Venture doing what it was meant to do. #teranishiinthewild via @nooooel