We are pleased to once again be a part of the annual Warrensburg Main Street Piccadilly Gala which will be held this Friday, March 27, 2015. This specially created python version of our yet to be released women's clutch wallet, is our donation to the event. It will be a featured as part of the live auction and we couldn't be happier to support this great organization. For more information see Warrensburg Main Street's webpage.
We have no bones about saying that while we love the holiday season and all that comes with it, we are most generally more than ok to see it behind us. This holiday season proved to be no exception as most evenings we found ourselves burning the midnight oil in efforts to complete Christmas orders and bags. The up side to all that work is that we have three new, very different bags to showcase over the coming weeks! This week's bag, The Coffey, has been delivered and is currently being put through its paces in Portland, OR. We are really pleased with the way this bag turned out and were glad to see it go to such a deserving and excited owner.
1. Stay with us in the coming weeks as we display some of our latest builds.
2. Thank heavens for both the COMING and the GOING of the holiday season.
3. Thank you everyone who supported us with orders, words of compliment/encouragement, and general interest as we build our little business and home.
Things in the studio continue to be as crazy as ever. With bag projects, weekly sales, decorating and Thanksgiving festivities we are hopeful to find a little down time. This week saw us decorating the studio window, building the annual mega wreath for the building front, and working feverishly on projects. Ryan, Rhexx and Jojo did manage to steal an evening away to clean up and ride in Kansas City's Annual Christmas in the Park ride.
With holiday shopping is in full swing; this week we are offering one of our daily wallets, a couple of mens black belts, and a little something to warm your hands and sip your coffee from. Enjoy the season and remember these items are in limited quantity and only up for the week!
With the holidays right around the corner, we are officially launching the B&W WEEKLY SALE. There will be a smattering of new B&W textile/leather items, 1-off prototype pieces, as well as cool vintage and repurposed items that we come across. All items are available for 1 week or until sold out.
Free shipping or pick up at our studio.
Get them while you can!
First off...Happy New Year! Since officially closing on the sale of our old home and beginning work on the new building, production in the shop has had to slow to make room for construction time. As much of the existing structure wasn't set up for living quarters, we've been working tirelessly to get the place in shape.
So far our time has been spent demolishing unneeded walls, running new plumbing and water lines, tearing out/building walls, building kitchen and bedroom structures, and building the main bathroom within the apartment area. We are starting to get excited as portions of the finish work are coming into view.
As of now we are hopeful to have enough completed to move in by early February. Needless to say there is much left to be done. Good times ahead! See below for some pictures of work so far.
It's official...the headquarters of Bailey&Watkins is moving! We are so proud to announce that we have purchased, and are in the process of renovating, what was once The Dixie Theatre in Odessa, MO. This wonderful building was built, from our best information to date, somewhere just prior to the turn of the century. It began its life as a theatre house and was transitioned to a movie theatre when 'moving pictures' came into vogue. The amazing part is that much of the original theatre architecture remains within the interior of the building.
Our grand idea is to finish the frontage into studio/store/event space and to finish the rear portion into living quarters. We plan to journal our renovation journey right here on the site, complete with pictures and maybe even a few DIY tutorials. For a brief introduction to the building, here are some photos of the building as it looked on the day we signed the papers to make it ours.
As of late, we've been so busy working on bags that we were a little backed up on smaller projects. First order of business was repaying some favors. In appreciation for help sourcing 1930's Cone Mills Denim for The Anchor, we made leather braces for the owners of a vintage denim company in Ohio. Pairing contemporary leather, vintage horse bridle hardware, and 1930's Cone denim turned out to be a great mashup.
Following completion of the braces we had several wallets to finish up. Our previously released Gazette wallet is designed for the journalist; having had requests for a simpler design, we are officially releasing The Daily. The style of this wallet is slightly smaller with additional card pockets and an extra cash pocket. With this wallet folks will also have the opportunity to customize their wallet thread color and liner material.
This week is shaping up to be busy as we have meetings for the design of 3 new bags. One of which involves a benefit auction in Kansas City that we are VERY excited to be a part of. All of of these on top of transitioning to a new studio space. Feels good to be busy.
-Ryan & Tiffany
The Anchor was a colossal project from the focus of conception, design, sourcing of materials, material preparation, and general construction. We estimated the total time for completion to be near 100 hours. That stated, when the ideas came into reality we couldn't have been happier with the collaboration and finished product. For final bag shots and story: The Anchor
We've decided to revamp the B&W Marketplace. Our handmade items will now be available in the store until they are sold out. Despite this change, many of our items are still limited in quantity so if you see something you like be sure to pick it up before it is gone. As well, we plan to have weekly flash sales, featuring one of a kind repurposed vintage goods, up and running soon!
We are also pleased to showcase one of our latest Legacy Carryalls, The Couple Skate . This bag was quite fun to do as it was for a very special occasion and is remarkably different from our previous bag releases. Give it a look!
I have a love for vintage linens that can be traced to my great-grandmother's needlework. I own pieces of her collection that range from tatting to drawn thread work to knitting, some dating back to the 1920's. Over the past few years I have developed an affection for vintage embroidered and hand painted pillowcases. I began purchasing a few here and there with no particular purpose in mind.
With the birth of our daughter Rhexx, I found myself sewing more and more of her clothing. It was around this time that a family member told me about pillowcase dresses. Upon researching them I immediately knew what I should do with all of the beautiful pieces stored in the linen closet.
Some would say it is a shame to cut these vintage pieces up. I, obviously, am of the opposite mindset. Whether it be pillowcases or other vintage linens, I use my family heirlooms and the treasures that I find to create a connection with the past. I would much rather chance spilling wine on a hand made tablecloth then have it sit in a drawer unseen for the next generation to find.
Each bag we create is unique unto its owners story. As such, the materials that go into creating each bag must be specifically chosen to best convey a particular meaning. Whether it be bits of heirloom fabric, components of meaningful objects, or the use of specific colors to bring a history or memory to life; the selection of materials is a crucial piece of the bag building puzzle.
The story and history that is the conceptual framework for our latest bag build is both astonishing and touching. Its historical references range from Roosevelt's WPA programs of the 1930's, to a WWII navyman's wartime and post wartime experiences, to a son's eventual reconnection with his father's legacy through this historical timeline.
Everyone has a story and by weaving leather with physical artifacts, we seek to create a product that will maintain a daily connection to these memories. This method and theory is at the heart of our Legacy Carryalls.