Construction

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.

Moving the HQ

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.

Catching Up

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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

 

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The Anchor Construction

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

 

Delivery and Fitting

Anthony Ladesich of Mile Deep Films and Television with Ryan Watkins of Bailey&Watkins

Couple Skate Construction

As all of our bags are 100% handmade we think its nice to show the process from raw material to completion. For story and completed photos: The Couple Skate

Updates!

B&W Gazette Wallet in the Marketplace

B&W Gazette Wallet in the Marketplace

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!