Renegade Craft Fair

We are delighted to be setting up shop at the San Francisco Renegade Craft Fair and making our debut appearance at Renegade Craft Fair in Los Angeles! We will exhibit along with 300+ makers and designers. Renegade is a celebration of new and seasoned independent designers and makers alike.

San Francisco - Find us on November 19th and 20th at Fort Mason.

It’s free to attend!

 

Los Angeles - Find us on December 10th and 11th at Grand Park.

See you there!

Urban EDC Supply

Urban EDC Supply, only available online, the curate tools and accessories for the adventurous urbanite.

Their mission ‘is to equip you with heirloom quality gear that can be passed down through the generations, telling a rich story as it ages with you’ and we couldn’t agree more.

Pollen + Wool

Pollen + Wool is a beautifully curated Mill Valley boutique store. Located at 21 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley - the store is so worth the visit.

The owner and designer of the space, Kristina De Pizzol, describes the store;
“This is meant to be a special place that centers on valuing what you think is important in life. It’s not an exclusive place. It’s a place where you’ll find things that are beautiful and unique. But it’s also a space where you can make things, hold events and is more of just a lifestyle.”

We are delighted to be paired with this wonderful store as our new stockist. Check it out! :)

A Verb For Keeping Warm

Vartan is delighted to announce that we are now stocked at A Verb For Keeping Warm.


The Oakland, CA based shop values high quality products made from beautiful fabrics – and that’s where we fit in. 😉

In addition to the retail store, they also offer classes in knitting, sewing, natural dyeing, weaving, and spinning. They are a great source for yarn, fabric, natural dyes, and fiber.

Check out their site!

Glass House

We would like to introduce Glass House, from Salt Lake, UT, our latest stockist! We are so delighted to be represented by this brand.  :)

 

Glass House is a beautiful store focusing on interesting, unique furniture and household items.


We fit into their description perfectly - “At Glass House we offer new (✔️), unique (✔️), and unforeseen items (✔️) and experiences that will delight you (✔️).”  You can find out handmade dinner napkins as part of the collection.

I would recommend checking out their online store (if you can’t make it to Salt Lake) and their blog - it’s a good one.

Why We Love Linen

Here at Vartan, we are big fans of the beautiful fabric that is linen. We produce all of our products out of it – and there’s good reason why.

Linen is one of the oldest fabrics that the modern world uses today. It is made from the flax plant, a long reed-like-plant, making it an easy to be spun into thread.

Although linen has a delicate, elegant touch and appearance, the fibers are incredibly strong. It is twice as strong as cotton, hand-washable or dry-cleanable, and great for absorbing dyes and prints.

 

When working with linen we appreciate the nature of this woven fabric, we observe how the fibers react with the dyes and how the cloth takes on new forms of life as we sew and produce our wonderful product!

 

For a closer look at how we best use linen you can browse our shop page. We know you’ll love linen as much as we do!

Maker and Moss

If you find yourself traveling to Hayes Valley in San Francisco, don’t miss Maker&Moss. We are excited to announce that Maker&Moss is our newest stockists! They carry a unique selection of high quality designs from local artisans and craftspeople and we are honored to be included.

Check ‘em out!

See other places you can find Vartan here.

Heather's Fashion Goals

1) Ultra-dark lips. 

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2) High-waisted grunge. 

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3) Lavender hair. 

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Hello, I'm Heather. You'll usually find me behind-the-scenes at Vartan, as a large part of my work focuses on social media, website, writing, and various other often web-based things. This month marks my one year anniversary at Vartan. Cheers!

Fantastic Functionality - Jess Carter Ceramics

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Jess Carter is a ceramic artist, creating pieces both beautiful and useful.

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 “I strive to make work that is thoughtful and highly functional; work that calls to the user everyday, begging to be put to work. I want to make those special pieces in your home that start a conversation and bring people together.”

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All images used with permission from Jess. See more of her work on Instagram @jesscarterceramics.

Pocket Squares: The Classic Fold

Channing Tatum on point, from People

Channing Tatum on point, from People

The Classic Fold - it’s all in the name. It’s effortless and always in style. Find out how to get that super-smooth look with our handy guide:

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How simple was that?

Check out some smokin’ celebs sporting the Classic Fold:

 

Ryan Gosling, from GQ

Ryan Gosling, from GQ

Daniel Craig - if it's good enough for Bond, it's good enough for anyone. 

Daniel Craig - if it's good enough for Bond, it's good enough for anyone. 

Our Linens were Featured in Everything Home!

Everything Home is an online magazine published on Issuu. Everything Home attracts a wide readership -- all of their content and photos are contributed by the mag’s blogger and Instagram followers. It’s truly a supportive community effort.

Well, our talented friend Kennesha Buycks has written an article (complete with her own photos) for Everything Home’s January 2016 issue.

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Kennesha created a tablescape with natural elements and our Gray Dinner Napkins -- you can see those photos as well as her other works on Instagram. She runs Restoration House Interiors, dealing in DIY, design, and blogging (check out her website.)

We won’t spoil the article for you - Read it here! It starts on page 63.  

...But have a sneak peek:

A special thanks to both Kennesha Buycks and Everything Home. 

SFMade Holiday Craft Fair

We’re incredibly stoked to make our debut at the 2015 SFMade Holiday Fair! And we can’t lie, we’re even more excited for the shout out they gave us in the New Makers section - thank you, SFMade. :)

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Don’t miss it!

December 12th, 2015

10:00am - 5:00pm

California College of the Arts - The Nave

1111 8th St. San Francisco, CA

For more information, click here.

 

 

 

 

Meticulous Crafting: Scissors & Cloth

Carlos Morin owns and operates Scissors & Cloth in downtown San Francisco, where he painstakingly transforms mere fabrics and materials into incredible, beautiful, and wearable pieces. It’s all in the details, and Carlos knows how to do it right. Focusing on sublime customer service in addition to the meticulous handcrafting, a visit with him will ultimately result in a perfectly tailored, perfectly executed, perfect-for-you piece of clothing. And trust us -- you’ll definitely be back for more.

An Interview with Carlos Morin

Please, do tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a meticulously-handcrafting- shirt-making-master.   

CM: It’s interesting actually.  I used to be an apprentice electrician in Texas…doing construction in the Texas heat.  I hated it.  I thought electricity was magic because I couldn’t see it and since I couldn’t see it, it didn’t make sense, so I was horrible at it.  But I needed a hobby and something to get my mind off of that crappy job.  So one Saturday, I was taking a nap and I heard a voice say, “You need to make clothes for people.” So I woke up, put my feet on the floor and decided that’s what I was going to do.  I hit up my mom for basic sewing lessons the next day and I’ve been obsessed with it ever since.  I quit my job as an electrician, moved to Dallas to attend fashion school, and have been literally following my dream ever since.  I’ve had numerous jobs but the entire time,  I’ve been working towards this one and only goal.  And I’m still not done.

What is the most satisfying detail of a meticulously handcrafted shirt?  

CM: A freshly pressed seam.  It’s funny to think about, but the second I stitch a seam, I press it with heat. Whether it’s a straight seam or a curved one, the fluidity of an unwavering line really turns me on.

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Besides quality, of course, customer satisfaction is a pivotal priority in your business model. How do you find your clients respond to this in our currently antithetical environment?   

CM: My clients don’t receive the type of customer service shelled out in other stores.  I take my time with my clients and really try to understand their wants and needs.  I’m a consumer too -- when I walk into a store and I’m going to spend money in your spot, then I want to be treated accordingly.

I think good customer service is a lost art and I feel a lot of people miss it so I do what I can to bring it back.  So far, they love it.

What’s the absolute craziest piece you’ve ever made? Pics or it didn’t happen.

CM: I think one of the crazier pieces that I ever built was a custom-tailored lined hoodie with leather details and a detachable hood.  It had a laser engraved leather label inside with my scissors logo burned into the label.  It was for one of the founders of a startup. I met this cat while driving for Uber a year ago.  I was reppin’ my brand in a similar piece and he was digging it, so he asked what I did. We got to talking and his secretary hit me up a couple weeks later.  At our first meeting, we sat for 3 hours going over every detail.  I have a white board that I was using to design “highdeas,” so when he saw it he laughed --  he could totally relate.  Anyways, I got us a six-pack so we got drunk and just talked design all night.  We met three times over the course of three months while going over samples and refining the piece.  When he came to pick it up he was stoked and actually asked for the samples, which was funny because the samples are unwearable.  He just wanted them to showcase the process it took to get to the final piece.

Would you give us a little insight on your designing and making thought-processes?

CM: I process everything for a while before finally sitting down to build.  I’m really into balance and consistency, so a particular piece can’t have too much of one thing and not enough of the other.  I really struggle over pieces when it comes to design and how it should be constructed, so that’s why it takes me so long .  My design philosophy is combining elements of formal wear with casual elements, resulting in a piece that you can appropriately wear in an office environment and then out to happy hour after work.  A lot of people try to do this, but I feel I’ve really captured that look.  For instance, take your average red and black lumberjack flannel shirt and formalize it up by adding an English spread collar with angled cuffs.  Now you’ve taken that basic casual flannel shirt, combine it with formal elements, ie, the collar and cuffs, and you’ve got a piece that’s unlike any other flannel you’ve seen.  Or perhaps I’ll take a formal weave such as a houndstooth or herringbone fabric and build it in a casual manner, adding topstitching everywhere and pockets on top, a button down collar, and now you have a piece made from a formal fabric, but the casual elements make it a really interesting piece. I feel that I’ve been able to do this very well.

And... just for fun: A) How long have you been growing that beautiful beard? B) Any beard care tips for the stylish, contemporary man?

CM: HA!  I’ve had it for eight-and-a-half  years. It’s just like anything else on your body… you need to take care of it.  I use various oils, from coconut oil to jojoba oil, grapeseed oil and even olive oil.  There are plenty of beard oils you can purchase that contain all these ingredients but since I live with 3 girls, there are endless hair-care products sitting around.  I always shampoo and condition it in the shower and when I’m done, I rub coconut oil throughout to include my beard, hair and then my skin.  I love the way it feels and smells and it makes my hair silky smooth.  The ladies love it too, and the oil keeps my skin looking young.

CM: Although one time, I was in a hurry at Trader Joe’s  picking up a bottle of olive oil for both cooking and my beard.  Instead I grabbed a bottle of GARLIC olive oil unknowingly... and smelled horrible all day.  Taught me to slow down a bit and pay closer attention.

We can't lie. That definitely gave us a good laugh. Sorry, Carlos - but a special thanks to you. Keep on craftin'. Check out Scissors & Cloth on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

All images are used with permission by Carlos, from the Scissors & Cloth Instagram page.