2014 IN REVIEW

And so, another year passes by at the speed of a blinking eye. 2014 was personally one of my hardest years but also one of tremendous growth. Professionally, 2014 brought great changes to S&C and I couldn’t be more proud of where the brand stands today. Here’s to letting the hardships of the previous year go with grace and looking forward with excitement to what 2015 has to offer. A year in review:

 

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2014 began with me becoming a new homeowner – a truly momentous accomplishment if you know anything about Vancouver’s real estate market (guys, Vancouver is the second most expensive housing market IN THE WORLD. I know, we can’t believe it either…).

 

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In February I headed to NYC to take part in a tradeshow. I can safely say that the connections I made here changed the game for S&C.

 

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This year I took on the some of the biggest orders I’ve ever filled and this support allowed the brand to grow faster and further than I could have hoped.

 

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In 2013 I barely travelled, so in 2014 I made sure to remedy that situation. I spent time in rain forests, on beaches, camping under starry skies, tucked in wooded cabins and driving along endless highways in the vast expanse of Los Angeles.

 

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I also spent quite a bit of time in the city of Portland working with a factory. Moving away from crafting all of S&C’s product myself has meant that I am able to focus on the aspects of my business that truly inspire me (like textile dyeing for example). To have found a manufacturing partner that shares my beliefs in responsible production, local sourcing and livable wage labour has been the best gift of the past year. I am so proud of this professional step and am extremely excited to see how the partnership moves and shapes S&C in 2015 and beyond.

 

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And then winter came. A time to reflect, bundle and make plans for a brand new year. As always my dedication is to live my best story and I want to thank all of you for coming along for that ride. Happy New Year!

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VIAJE RESTOCK

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Our Viaje Clutches are now back in stock – each one dyed by hand, each one unique. The S&C version of snowflakes…

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Happy holidays everyone! The studio will be closed this week as we take a few deep breaths from the season’s mayhem and spend time with family and friends. Wishing you all the very best for the rest of 2014 and into the new year!

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HIRING

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Hey guys – we are hiring! My lovely studio assistant is leaving me for an adventure abroad and I need help running the studio in her absence. I am looking for someone based in Vancouver, Canada for one day a week (day available has to be between Mon – Fri) to help with the general running of S&C. Duties include:

Shipping
Studio maintenance
Material prep
Dye work
Data entry

If you, or someone you know, are interested in seeing how a small, handcrafted business is run please send a resume and a brief introduction statement to info@scoutandcatalogue.com. Interviews will held in the first few weeks of January. This is a paid position.

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NOCHEBUENA

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We’ll be at the Nochebuena market this Saturday (December 20th) if you have any last minute S&C shopping you need to do. Details above.

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AROUND HERE

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It’s been a long time since my last ‘Around Here’ post – life has been a blur of holiday orders, gift shows and sparkly light magic :

1/2) I visited one of the prettiest pop-up shops in town.

3) Our Oaxaca Totes and Viaje Clutches sold out so fast we are working on more. The dyeing has begun and they will be available in January 2015.

4) On Saturday we were a part of a very cute holiday pop-up – if you are a last minute shopper we will be at one last market this Saturday (Dec 20th) before Christmas.

5) Finally got my tree decorated at home. Fist bumps for holiday cheer!

6) Sparkly lights everywhere these days. I love this time of year….

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TGIF!

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Happy Friday everyone! I’m celebrating the end of the week with a new phone. It feels like a huge luxury to no longer have a phone held together with stickers…

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SEATTLE POP-UP

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Hey Seattle! If you want to get your mitts on some S&C product (including a few items that are now sold out in our online shop) drop by the Craft & Culture pop-up event happening today until December 7th!

(photo credit : Scott Everett)

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LOS ANGELES BOUND

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I’m heading to LA tonight for a week out of the cold! S&C shipping won’t be affected and keep in mind this is the last week for US customers to purchase items and have them arrive in time for Christmas at regular shipping rates.

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HELLO DECEMBER

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Happy December everyone and happy Cyber Monday! Today is the last day of our Black Friday sale so make sure you take advantage of 20% off everything in the online shop before it’s too late. Thanks to everyone that has bought from us over the past weekend (and over the last year) – your support is what keeps us in business and it never ceases to amaze me that I get to do what I do.  Over the next few weeks we’ll be packing up holiday orders, taking a brief break in LA, attending a few markets (hello Vancouver!) and starting to work on Spring 2015 – so stay tuned….

Remember – until midnight tonight enter code GIVETHANKS14 to receive 20% off of everything in the online shop!

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BLACK FRIDAY

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OUR SALE IS ON! Enter GIVETHANKS14 at checkout to receive 20% off of everything in the shop from Black Friday (Nov 28th) through Cyber Monday (Dec 1st). * Does not apply to gift certificates

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BLACK FRIDAY/CYBER MONDAY SHENANIGANS

 

Black Friday is ON y’all!! Starting tomorrow (Nov 28th) until end of day Cyber Monday (Dec 1) everything in our online shop (excluding our gift certificates) will be 20% off. Just a little sale to say thank you for such an amazing year – we could not have done it without you. Just enter GIVETHANKS14 at checkout to receive your discount.

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YELAPITA LOVE

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Our Yelapitas are back in stock and this season you can choose from a black or natural leather strap. We’ve also introduced a classic brown leather option just to make choosing tricky.

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SAN MIGUEL TOTE BAG

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San Miguel de Allende is one of our favourite places in Mexico – and on this dreary winter Monday it seemed fitting to name our new tote bag after it as a reminder that life will exist again after the holiday hustle! This tote is a rich light tan suede with thick black leather handles – perfect for strolling through idyllic Mexican markets or fighting your way onto the rush hour subway. Available now in the online shop!

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NOMAD SCARF MAYHEM

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Having a moment with 100 indigo Nomad Scarves I’ve been working on for Urban Outfitters. Life has been a blur of dye pots and ironing sessions…

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HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES

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It’s that time of year again (I can’t believe it) – holiday postal deadlines. Listed below are the ordering deadlines to make sure you receive your S&C loot in time for December 25th. These are for regular shipping rates/speeds – you can always request faster shipping (email : info@scoutandcatalogue.com) if you’re past your deadline. Please keep in mind we are located in Canada.

Order before dates:
Canada : December 8
USA : December 3
Everywhere Else : November 26

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SCOUT & CATALOGUE NOTEBOOKS

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We started this company while scouting a new culture (Mexico) and cataloguing it for friends and family (on this blog) and so are very excited to now stock notebooks that allow you to scout and catalogue your own adventures. Made in the US from 100% recycled paper and sold in packs of three. Enjoy! xo

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TONALA PEQUENA – NEXT GENERATION

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Our Tonala Pequena zip wallets have now been listed in the online shop! I’m so excited about these wallets as we updated the construction this season to create a larger, higher quality product. The marbled leather is now on both sides of the piece and the edges are treated with beeswax for a smooth finish. Each wallet is marbled by hand in our Vancouver studio and crafted in limited runs in Portland, OR. The leather will deepen in colour with time and wear making each one unique to it’s owner…

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VIAJE ALERT!

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Our Viaje Clutches are now available in the online shop in four new colours : Earth, Shadow, Indigo and Midnight!

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TONALA MEDIA MARBLE

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Available in the next few days in the online shop – Tonala Media Clutches in marble! You guys asked for a larger marbled leather piece and we were more than happy to oblige. Four different colours to choose from – pink, black, blue and eggplant…

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