My good friend Jon Gaffney is setting off on a year long road trip in a retrofitted van. While on the road, he’ll be partnering with the folks at Huckberry to document “America’s makers, bakers, movers, and shakers”. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them to suggest Jon visit your city and chat with you and your neighbors. Also, not to be missed, is Jon’s co-traveller and girlfriend Gale Straub’s website She Explores (read more here). It’s going to be quite a ride.
The folks of SeaVees (from the other coast) were kind enough to send me a pair of their Army Issue sneakers at the beginning of the summer. Since then, I’ve barely taken them off and have been instagramming moments with them. I wear them on weekdays and weekends, on vacation and at home, in rain and in sunshine. They are some of the most comfortable sneakers I’ve ever worn and the hemp breaks in beautifully. The style of the Army Issue is inspired by the sporting footwear worn by soldiers in the 60’s at Fort Irwin, Mojave Desert, California. SeaVees was founded in the 1960’s in Santa Barbara, CA. True to its roots, the brand embodies the carefree spirit of Santa Barbara along with an astute appreciation for authenticity. This is evidenced in their shoes – comfortable, utilitarian, and designed for adventures. I hope you’ll continue to follow me and my SeaVees on instagram!
Justin Chung, one of my favorite photographers, is working on his first book of photography. Faculty Department will be an exploration of the creative people that Justin has gotten to know. He documents them in their daily lives, exploring what makes these talented people unique and interesting . . . and in the end, will be an excellent documentation of Justin’s talents as well. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
My good friends Ursa Major up in the motherland (Vermont) have launched their summer sweepstakes – a year supply of their Essential Face Wipes! I never travel without these wipes, they are deep cleansing, fresh, and good for your skin (no parabens or any of that icky artificial stuff). They’ll be drawing one winner on August 15th so follow the link to enter. And stay tuned because every weekday till then, they’ll be doing a drawing for a 20-pack of wipes giveaway. It’s what I like to call, Christmas in August.
In honor of National Hammock Day, it’s only natural that we take a look at this icon of summer relaxation. Defined as a sling made of fabric, rope, or netting that is hung between two points, the hammock was originally used by natives of Central and South America. During the Spanish Conquest, Spanish colonials noted how comfortable the hammocks were for sleep and rest. By being suspended, the sleeper was protected from the hazards of their jungle environment: snakes, mosquito bites, biting ants just to name a few. Christopher Columbus introduced the invention to Europe when he returned home with a few from what is currently known as the Bahamas. Around 1590, the hammock was adopted by sailors aboard their ships to maximize space and comfort. The navy’s canvas hammocks swayed with the ship, helping with motion sickness and keeping sailors in their beds (in heavy seas sailors would be rolled out of their bunks). It was also adopted by explorers and soldiers travelling through wooded regions as it was easy to hang the hammock between two trees, and much more comfortable than sleeping on a bed of roots.
Today, the hammock is an icon of relaxation. Growing up in Maine we had a rope one hanging from the posts of our covered porch. I have pictures us three kids napping in it together. When we moved to Vermont, a hammock was the first thing we added to the backyard (forget garden design, a hammock takes priority). To me it’s the symbol of lazy summer afternoons swinging with a good book and maybe a dark and stormy in hand.
If you’re looking to procure your own hammock, Ten Thousand Villages has a couple that are handcrafted by artisans in Nicaragua. Why not support a good cause while you relax.