April: Brands That I Love

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Happy Monday y’all

Today, I want to talk about a few brands that I love seeing pop on my instagram. This is not a sponsored post by any means but I have purchased a few of these things on my own. These will range from products, to shops and cafes! Let’s get down to business shall we:

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Sightglass is one of those coffee shops that has been on my list to visit for a long time. Their spaces are absolutely stunning and come on now…look at that tile! As a man who loves aesthetics and has studied light and how it effects and environment, Sightglass is doing it right with their beautiful spaces. Here’s more about them:

Our company takes its name from the 'sightglass,' the viewing window on our vintage PROBAT coffee roaster that exposes the complex and delicate process of roasting coffee. We believe that knowing the story behind your coffee—where it was grown, how it was processed, and who handled it along the way—is a powerful link from the cup to the wider world.  Ultimately, we aim to deliver the highest quality achievable in all aspects of our business, whether that be sourcing the most beautiful and wondrous coffees attainable or employing the most mindful and quality-focused practices possible. 

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I know…Everyone knows me for my subtle color palettes and my muted tones but sometimes I live for COLOR. As a man who studied color psychology, I can really appreciate a good pop of color. I also love beautiful cookware. Great Jones popped up on my feed some time ago and I couldn’t help to subscribe to their posts. When their packaging popped up on Pentagram’s website, I knew I wanted to look into their company more. Sierra and Maddy are making waves with their colorful cookware and I’m excited to see where they go. Here’s more about them :

We started Great Jones because we believe in the power and pleasure of making food with your own hands, even if you’re just frying an egg. We’re childhood friends of 20 years who first met at summer camp, where we bonded over a love of Chipwich ice-cream sandwiches and pizza pockets. Prior to starting Great Jones, Sierra worked as a food editor at New York Magazine and won a James Beard Award for her writing. She also hosted a show for CBS This Morning interviewing chefs. Maddy comes from the startup world; she managed consumer insights for Warby Parker and was a product manager at Zola. We’re both first-time entrepreneurs. The name Great Jones is a nod to Judith Jones, a cookbook author and editor who championed and published the work of Julia Child, Edna Lewis, James Beard, and many others. She died in 2017 at age 93. It’s also a reference to New York, where we’re proud to both live and build our business. We hope Great Jones makes you feel equipped and empowered to cook more frequently. And if you need help roasting a chicken, or you simply can't decide what to cook after a long day, we’re here.

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I’m a sucker for handmade ceramics. Trust me, I’m slowly building a collection of flatware that is all made from local and small businesses. East Fork Pottery’s instagram feed is absolutely stunning. Their stylist, Whitney Ott has created beautiful still lives featuring EF’s work. I love their work and I’ve heard amazing things from everyone who has a few of their pieces. Here’s more about the East Fork Team:

We are potters through and through. Trained through formal ceramic apprenticeships, Alex and John’s hands spent thousands of hours in the clay, making hundreds of the same form at a time and building an intimate familiarity between maker and material. We make a full range of dinnerware and other functional objects—from plates and bowls to mugs and serving pieces. Our collection is made from regionally-sourced stoneware clay and fired in a gas kiln, with food-safe glazes made in-house. The collection is unfussy, durable, timeless—made to use every day, for a long, long time.

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When I saw that The Sabah Dealer was being featured at Imogene + Willie, I was intrigued to see who they were. Not only are their products beautiful, they have a stunning brand story. The Sabahs look extremely comfortable and I can’t wait to get a pair for myself for the up and coming spring/summer months:

In 2013, Mickey Ashmore created a magical pair of leather shoes with a family of craftsmen in southeast Turkey. He called them Sabahs, an original shoe based on a traditional shoemaking method. Celebrated for their quality, comfort and unique look, Sabahs are still entirely handmade by that same family and we now travel the world selling them, one pair at a time. In addition to our traveling Dealer, Sabahs can be purchased in-person from the Sabah Houses in Dallas, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C. and by web order at the Sabah Portal.

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Canyon Coffee is another one of the brands that I absolutely love seeing pop up on my instagram feed. They’ve also created beautiful coffee guides and have been featured on Huckberry in which is where I found them in the first place. Their photos are absolutely stunning and their coffee is delicious as well:

Canyon Coffee was founded by Ally Walsh and Casey Wojtalewicz in October 2016.

We met in Beachwood Canyon in 2013. As our relationship grew, so did our love for coffee. Visiting beautiful coffee shops became a key highlight of our travels, and making better and better cups for each other at home became our treasured ritual—especially after spending weeks or months away from each other for our respective careers. 

Casey started working in the coffee industry in 2015, and was lucky enough to work at two of his favorite coffee shops in LA: Bar Nine (Culver City) and Menotti's (Venice). Working side-by-side with people whose passion and determination have set the bar for coffee in LA was inspiring, to say the least. It wasn't long after diving into the world that we had the idea: why not create our own coffee?

Our Coffee

What we love most about coffee is the joy it brings to our mornings—making it for each other, family and friends. We like to drink it black to get the full flavor of the bean, and because it's healthy! When it comes to Canyon Coffee, then, our goal is to find coffee beans that can be brewed black, at home, and taste delicious to a wide range of palettes.

Our Commitment

Good coffee takes love, and that starts on the farm with the people growing and tending to the beans. It's our aspiration to have relationships with farms so we can help ensure the well-being of the farmers and their families whose livelihood depends on the coffee trade. That aspiration became real with our first visit to Guatemala in February 2018 to meet farmers and start to establish friendships with producers.

If you’d like to check out these accounts, I highly would recommend it! These companies are creating beautiful things and have amazing brand stories behind their products.

Sightglass Coffee + Great Jones + East Fork Pottery + The Sabbah Dealer + Canyon Coffee

Cheers Y’all!

-Ty