There is a lot of room between Wisconsin and Oregon. We've made the trip a number of times and each time there is something new. New routes, new people, and new appreciations. One thing that stands out is where the West begins. Ask ten people, and you will likely hear ten different answers. Our answer - the West begins when you cross the Missouri River. There is a sudden and distinct change in landscape and feel. The great Midwest goes from dense forests into the long, open, and flat (SO FLAT) lands of North & South Dakota. But cross the Missouri and you've made it. Made it to a place of wonder and enchantment - a place that has inspired and broken people - and a place which cannot be experienced at 80 MPH. We slow down - take the alternate routes - and stop to see and feel the energy of each area. Camping along the Missouri River and making a slow and intentional drive to Billings, MT...what surprises. A herd of buffalo - grand views - the song of the winds - and the crisp, clean air of Spring time. Our time along the "Little Muddy" was the best.
Nestled among a number of independent and unique shops in Mangwondong Seoul, KOREA is the recently relocated and newly opened SLOWROCK. We first met up with the SLOWROCK team, Josh & Sam, while at Selvedge Run in Berlin. Amanda and I enjoyed talking with them about each item in the Ginew collection - from components and construction, to inspiration and story. Their shop is meticulously curated to offer limited items with classic, timeless design and superior quality. Their vision for SLOWROCK is to offer people in Seoul the opportunity to directly encounter brands from around the world which are not widely available in Korea. By approaching each store visitor as a friend and not as a potential sale, Josh & Sam seek to create lasting relationships and effectively share the stories of each item in their store. We are delighted to be carried in SLOWROCK and wish them much success. Currently, the SLOWROCK stocks a handful of Ginew jackets and tees - look for more items to be carried in the future. Strong work Josh & Sam!
To say there are roads less traveled in Oregon is an understatement. Far from paved roads and even further from the buzz of the city is a state of being where sunrise and sunset are your guide. The weather is slowly warming up in Portland and it is almost time to get "The Raven" - our 1971 F250 - out of the barn and go exploring. Driving to the end of the pavement in an old truck invites stories and circumstances rooted in nostalgia. We love it. We met the end of the pavement and kind folks in Imnaha, OR. "I drove a truck like that in high school..." The opening line to a timeless visit in the general store sharing stories and common, human experience. Our hosts shared about their life, their community, and made certain to point us in the right direction to see the main event of Friday night. The sunset, high above the treeline in a vast bunch grass prairie. The "road" - a single lane, stone track doodled onto the landscape...which you could see for miles and miles at the crest of the prairie. The best advice of the evening..."Well, y'all better hurry up. You do not want to miss it." For sure - thanks for the hospitality and the front row seats to life in your community.
In designing the Ginew Heritage Coat, we recreated a meaningful garment as it was worn by our grandfathers and great-grandfathers in daily life. By exploring our Anishinaabe and Oneida heritages, we came to appreciate the rich history of work and dedication. When we wrap ourselves in this coat, we wrap ourselves in the ways of our ancestors. The premium, American-made materials of our Heritage Coat are not just wool, cotton and brass; they are oral histories, old photographs, and traditional lore. Coats such as these were more than mere garments: they were work tools, worn in the machine shops, forests, and fields by relatives who dedicated themselves to the hard labor of providing for their families.
New this season is the addition of the Ginew® “WE WALK TOGETHER” wool blanket fabric lining - exclusively woven for Ginew by PENDLETON®. It is customary in our communities to wrap a newly joined couple in a blanket to symbolize their union. The WE WALK TOGETHER blanket colors represent the sacred day (sunrise to sunset) and wampum belt (purples), teachings which impart values to guide us in our life together. The lodges are in the shape of traditional Ojibwe and Oneida dwellings. The crest fuses timeless symbols from each of our tribes, the dwelling (Ojibwe) and Skydome (Oneida). Together, the colors and symbols represent how we value our traditional beliefs in our home as we walk this journey of life together.
Winter has released its grip on Portland FOR SURE! The past few days have been surreal - February with sunny, 60-degree days, and flowers busting through the yard. Time to roll up the sleeves and get to adventuring...perfect fit for this year's adventures is THE SHOP JACKET. Can't wait to break the jacket in working around the property, hiking through Oregon, and tinkering with the OLD FORD TRUCK. Get ready...it's time to get outside in Oregon.
The Shop Jacket by Ginew & HOUSE OF LAND is a conceptual and design exploration with manufacturing by Dehen. Our goal was to produce a sturdy, practical jacket that transforms to the wearer. From the natural cotton to custom-made d-rings, every detail was considered and built in the USA. It was a privilege having our jacket manufactured by a family-owned factory in Portland, Oregon. We hope you appreciate its quality and wear with pleasure.
Inspired by early car clubs, we designed a classic jacket with a modern fit. The Shop Jacket is made of 11.5 OZ RHT natural denim from White Oak Cone Mills. The jacket features front button closure & cuff, raglan sleeves, internal chest pocket, front side welt pockets, and custom-made brass d-ring sinches. Available on ginewusa.com and workbyland.com.
We have returned to Portland from Europe and Selvedge Run 2018. What a blast! It is always a treat to meet up with friends, meet new ones, and visit with innovators in the industry. This season the venue of Selvedge Run expanded to the MARSHALL HAUS - a beautiful, well-lit space which fostered a great sense of community and built upon the success of previous Selvedge Run shows. This is definitely the show for Ginew. This year we were able to spend extra time with INDIGO FERA and PALLET LIFE STORY. In addition, we were able to spend more time visitng with unique shops from around the world - namely BURG & SCHILD, DIVISION ROAD, FOUR ACES, GOTEBURG MANUFAKTUR, JEANSLIFE QUALITY CLOTHING, STATEMENT STORE, AND DENIM HEADS in Prague. The highlight of the time after the show was a jam packed, 24 hours in Prague with the DENIM HEADS team. Get there as fast as you can and have the time of your life - thanks DENIM HEADS! There are a number of surprises coming in 2018 - with the release of a couple new items, so stay tuned for updates. Special thanks to the SELVEDGE RUN TEAM! - you did an amazing job and continue to exceed expectations.
We have enjoyed many hours on the road this year. Currently, we are in Berlin for Fashion Week 2018 and winter is in full effect in both Portland & northern Germany. The days may be cold, yet they are slowly & surely getting longer. Just this week song birds began returning. We are delighted. Their return only means Spring is around the corner and time to get The Raven out of the barn, dust her off, and try more of those wide-open, Western roads of Oregon. Raven is ready to soar. My present mood is reflective - I reflect on the high desert drive across Montana, Washington and Oregon this past Summer. Living out of the bed tool box and taking as many side roads as possible. Spontaneous - free - intentional. What is over the ridge...around this bend...along the river bed. In the coming weeks, we will start our excursions into distant corners of the Pacific Northwest. To get outside - watch the sunrise & sunset - listen to wind through the sage - feel the rushing rivers of Spring thaw - and take in the moments that really matter. Can hardly wait. We look forward to sharing our adventures with you AND to learning about yours. Here comes the Spring and it's calling to all of us. Listen up - take action - get moving. The blue roads are calling. Here's to your next adventure!
Greetings from the moody and rainy UPPER LEFT COAST! As the greys move in and skies perpetuate soft, muted colors...it's time to sit back, wrap up in a blanket and reflect on the year. Around here, this is the beginning of the winter hibernation...which provides ample opportunity for warming up near the fire, dreaming up new ideas and sipping on some of the best coffee on the planet (HEART & RUBY coffees). This year has been fantastic - we've traveled near and far, made new friends and cherished those long-time friends, AND some dreams came true this year. We love using PENDLETON® fabric in our lives as our relatives have done for years. 2017 marks the year we are able to start using a custom Ginew® wool blanket fabric woven for us by Pendleton®. From the hatching of the wild idea, working with our friend DYANI WHITEHAWK (CETANSKA) and the Pendleton® team, to delivery of the fabric...it's been a dream come true. The "WE WALK TOGETHER" design is a fusion of our lives together - a fusion of our home and how we have chosen each other on this journey - and how we choose to hold our cultural values dear in our home. The blanket features traditional designs from each of our tribes (Ojibwe, Oneida & Mohican) which have been combined to represent how we live our lives. We respect each other's culture and ways as we draw each other near. Watch for the use of the fabric in upcoming releases AND stay tuned as we will likely have a re-run of the blankets available next year. Oh yeah, if you've ever wondered what it feels like to wrap yourself in your own, custom Pendleton®-woven blanket...just scroll down. Thank you for following along our journey and dreaming with us.
Scenic Road...I'd say. The Summer was full of back-road, behind-the-wheel time in Raven - our F250 Camper Special. Old trucks drive a different pace, perhaps a different state of mind. Either way, there was something about that little hand-painted sign on the side of the road. "Turn here. Scenic Road." As if the road I was on was not scenic enough... Different country for sure - no billboards, no telephone or electricity poles, no hustle. Wide open space speckled with infrequent cattle and the hope of a head-nod and/or simple wave from a stranger, a fellow traveler. I am not entirely sure where I was - somewhere between Western North Dakota and Eastern Montana...between comfy and really hot...somewhere between conventional borders separated by conventional states. This state - being. The wind knew the way and I could not help but heed the advice of the simple sign. I turned off the lone paved road and floated across the sage brush and crushed stone. Big grin and loving the subtle Detroit rumble. Mile after easy mile of sagebrush wind and Western meadowlarks... Every inch of this road lives its name. Go find it.
We are thrilled to announce the release of our first jean. The Crow Wing Jean is a classic, American five-pocket jean with a regular rise - straight leg fit made of 2017 White Oak selvedge denim...and finally an American jean with NATIVE STYLE! There are so many brands making fine jeans (many our friends and peers), so why introduce another jean to the world? Well, because Erik could not find a jean that fit him just right...thus we developed a jean that would fit him for all occasions. We wear jeans for everything, which can mean to an office meeting, about town in Portland, or at play in the great Pacific Northwest outdoors. A jean must fit right, look great, and meet the demands of real, hard work. Just yesterday Erik went to a friend's ranch to load up the ole Ford truck with horse compost for our traditional foods garden. Delicate work? Nope. At the ranch? Crow Wing Jean. Expatriate in the Alberta Arts district? Crow Wing Jean. Replacing concrete flooring and walls of the new studio? Crow Wing Jean. You get the picture - the Crow Wing Jean is up to the real challenges of work and play.
The Crow Wing River runs through the heart of the former Gull Lake Indian Reservation - an ancestral Minnesota Ojibwe territory - and we couldn't think of a better namesake for our first jean. We love to include elements of our family traditions in our clothes - so we have adorned the jean with a deerskin patch hunted by us and have included traditional tribal designs from each of our communities on the bandana pocket lining. Both of these elements are traditional to our ancestral clothing styles and we honor our relatives by including such details in every garment we make. Check them out - look closely - you'll notice intricate details of our family history and unique Native style in the jean. So fun...
We've teamed up with INDIGO PROOF - Portland's own eminence of denim repair - to offer $20 off the first repair of any Ginew jean purchased directly from Ginew. It's simple: contact Rain at Indigo Proof, send her your jean along with the Ginew repair card, and they will take care of the rest! It's our way to say thank you for being a part of the Ginew journey AND ensuring you get the specialized repair your jeans deserve for a long and happy adventure. Stay tuned for the BLACK CROW WING JEAN in the coming weeks and a new cut to launch in 2018.
If you are looking for Ginew products in Portland, Oregon - look no further than MADEHERE PDX. We are excited to announce our newest stockist - MADEHERE PDX located in The Pearl District at NW 10th Ave & Couch Street. MADEHERE focusses exclusively on designers, makers and manufacturers who are all from Portland, Ore - AND they carry over 400 brands! The shop features a wide array of beautiful and useful goods - all with a direct connection to Portland and the spirit that makes our community so vibrant and creative. MADEHERE aims to support local design, makers, and manufacturing by providing a premier experience in their bright, modern, and open showroom. Stepping through the doors you will be greeted by smiling, sales associates who are excited to share their vision and the stories of the Portland products they feature. It is such a pleasure for us to visit with the sales associates because they know the intricate details of each item in the shop, while maintaining bright enthusiasm about their mission. Go find out for yourself - enjoy The Pearl District and all that Downtown Portland, Ore has to offer - and don't forget to jump into a meaningful dialogue with the MADEHERE PDX team about their mission and the designers, makers, and manufacturers they feature.
"I feel connected here - to humans, to a beautiful environment. This place nurtures me on so many levels" - Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, Phd.
Welcome to Gardena, North Dakota - a tiny community on the edge of the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Just a skip away from our friendly neighbors to the North - Canada. With a population of 29 people, Gardena seems like the last place to find the most influential voice in American Indian fashion. However, this tiny town is home to Jessica Metcalfe - the owner and visionary behind the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. We met Jessica through friends from Santa Fe, New Mexico years ago and jumped at the chance to visit her. A short detour while driving Raven (our F250 pickup) from Wisconsin to Portland, OR - we had to visit and find out for ourselves. What makes this tiny community so special...and the perfect place for Jessica to root her life and business? Gardena is truly a window back in time - with dirt streets, big lawns, and buildings slowly returning to the earth. Yes, Main Street - it's dirt. And First Street - better yet - it's grass. Despite the humble feel, there are big things going on in Gardena. Jessica used to be a professor for Arizona State University, living in a city of 1 million people, but the call to home and the desire to help her community was strong. She packed up her bags and moved back to Gardena to invest in her home community - the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation - and to continue growing her business - the BEYOND BUCKSKIN BOUTIQUE. Together we walked around town, met neighbors & family members...and were able to slow down and see why Gardena is the right spot for Jessica. No more General Store - it returned to the Earth - but the foundation now serves as the largest raised bed garden I've ever seen. The day of our visit, Jessica and her mother were planting potatoes and onions for the community. (IN - planting the vegetables IN the foundation of the old General Store!). Resourceful - generous - dedicated - this is what small town America must be to survive and, perhaps it is the display of these values that what larger places can learn from. Jessica purposefully moved back to Turtle Mountain to make an impact - to contribute to her community and provide a vision for opportunity in commerce and education. We love what Jessica is doing. We encourage you to learn more about her story, check out the STAR TRIBUNE article about our friend - a "style maker" - "community leader" - and to us, someone who is a visionary. Looking toward the future for American Indian artisans and designers, in a way that builds upon our strengths and fosters opportunity for the next generation. Chi miigwetch Jessica!
The drive from Billings, MT to Oregon is ruggedly inspiring. Rural highways, old-growth forests, wide rivers, and grand mountain ranges...absolutely stunning. Crossing the Snake River into WA and heading South, we climbed a steep grade to be greeted by intense heat and distant views of rolling fields of wheat and prairie. 106 degrees in an old Ford pickup truck - windows down, vents open. Next stop - Joseph, Oregon. A long-overdue visit with friends at THE JENNINGS HOTEL was in order to celebrate our arrival into Oregon. Spending the weekend in "The County" was the perfect respite from time on the dusty road trip trail. Wallowa County - "The County" - is aptly described as a mountainous hinterlands - a place where the high prairie collides with alpine mountains. Visit and you will encounter a genuine mix of gracious hospitality and practical self-reliance. To cap off our first day back in Oregon, we drove out to a prairie to share a slow meal as the sun took its sweet time dipping below the horizon. We were guests in the countryside, home to the bear, elk, and deer that shared the evening with us. If you need a break on your journey - look no further than THE COUNTY. Get there as quickly as you can, and settle into a pace of life predicated by the world around you.
Welcome to Mitte (the center, the heart) of Berlin, Germany - a city perfect for creative and independent people to thrive. Berlin is home of renowned BURG & SCHILD - an industry-leading shop for men who appreciate quality and tradition. Each brand and product in the store is hand-selected by the team, whereby they concentrate on unique brands which adhere to timeless style and high-quality, limited-run production. The shop embodies the ethos of respect and quality, with a customer base that truly understands and appreciates the experience of breaking in a pair of selvedge denim jeans or a leather jacket for years. To meet the high expectations of their customer base, the shop team focuses on excellence in the products they care, the service they provide, and their unique shop identity. The Burg & Schild is an experience - go find out for yourself. Meet the team, talk story, share a drink and let the team do the rest.
At Ginew, we are proud that Burg & Schild is our very first European stockist. The shop is actively featuring the world premier of the GINEW CROW WING JEAN - a regular rise, straight leg jean made in Los Angeles with 100% USA-sourced materials. And, you read the product description correctly, we hunt the deer we use to make our leather patches.
"Most come for the Badlands. I came to see where prairie meets sky" - USNPS Ranger Komar
We love road trips. Not the raging, interstate highway road trips. We love the back roads, the blue highways, and the opportunity to meet amazing people. On our recent segment driving the Raven from Wisconsin to Montana, we had the chance to take it slow and visit with the people who comprise the fabric and core of America. One such chance encounter was with USNPS Ranger Komar at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Western North Dakota. Our visit to the park occurred after Mother's Day and many weekenders had already left the park. What a stroke of luck for our tiny group. We spent a portion of the morning with USNPS Ranger Komar learning about little-known facts of the USNPS Ranger experience and the North Unit of the Park. What a treat to get to know the person behind the USNPS RANGER uniform and hear about their journey.
Ranger Komar grew up in the Northeastern states of America, but we quickly learned she has lived all over the world - from remote villages of the Dominican Republic and Peru, to the major cities Barcelona, Budapest, Dusseldorf, and New York City. Recently, her "...inner spirit of wanting to 'run away to the woods' grew stronger in each passing day." She recalled being on a packed, rush-hour, subway car in New York City while reading the job posting for the Park...and realizing that more people were riding the subway car with her than the entire population of Medora, ND. Ranger Komar put a lot of thought into her decision to move West stating, "I spent quite a bit of time thinking about possible future paths. I thought about the environment I wanted to be in, the people I wanted to work with, and the message I wanted to be sending with my work. The USNPS fit the bill." Now she spends her days as a public servant and steward of the National Park - where each day presents a new opportunity to interact with park guests and the stunning landscapes of Western North Dakota.
The USNPS Ranger uniform is iconic - with classic style and exquisite touches steeped in history, which honor the experience and life of a Ranger. The manual of instructions is fifty-six pages long!
Thank you USNPS Ranger Komar - you enriched our visit to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We benefited from seeing the landscape and history through your eyes and learning nuances that can only be taught through patience and being intentional. The most memorable moment of the visit was when our group crested a hill in the prairie - it was stunning to see the land meet the Western sky. On queue, you noticed our amazement and appreciation of the moment and softly spoke, "Most come for the badlands. I came to see where prairie meets sky."
Say hello to WILSON & WILLY'S, now stocking Ginew in Minneapolis, MN. Tucked into the vibrant NORTH LOOP, the shop compliments the city's perfect balance of art, business, and culture. We recently stopped into the shop to visit with the team and spend some time in the neighborhood. From across the street, we could immediately tell that Wilson & Willy's is up to something special. Their vision for storytelling, experimentation, and collaboration is clear as you browse the carefully curated brands and house label. We immediately noticed the feel of the shop. It embodies a clean, industrial feel, which is made cozy by warm lighting and natural wood grain shelving. The team at Wilson & Willy's takes great pride in serving their customers, making certain they go the extra distance to ensure personal responses to all communication. For instance, the team answers their phone rather than sending you to voicemail and will email you back immediately once they have an answer to your questions. Wilson & Willy's is a perfect fit for Ginew - the team takes great pride in quality and transparency throughout all phases of product development. The little things matter to Wilson & Willy's - just like they matter to us. Thoughtfully designed details, meticulously sourced materials, and truly valued perspective of American manufacturing - these things matter and make a difference. Find out for yourself. Go check out Wilson & Willy's - we know you will love what you discover.
The desert and denim vest - two of our favorites. During DESERT & DENIM 2017 we spent early, crisp mornings gathered to watch the sunrise. Slowly and expectantly, we would see the possibilities of a new day taking form. Extremes in the desert are no joke - from high 20's in the morning to 80's during the day - you better be prepared for the swift change in the elements. The Ginew Denim Vest is the perfect addition when encountering the desert - be it on foot or cruising. Each vest is 100% made in the USA - down to the threads and tags - with subtle and intentional nods to our cultures. The shell - made of Selvedge Denim from White Oak Cone Mills in Greensboro, NC - and the lining is wool blanket fabric made right here in Oregon by Pendleton. Inside you will find a welt pocket made from the softest deerskin - hunted by us with our family each Fall. Finished with custom snaps adorned with our very own Ginew crest symbol - which is a fusion of our tribal symbols for home, life, and creation. The Denim Vest is the perfect companion for your journey - in your town, around the world, or into the rural and remote places where you seek silence. The desert and the denim vest make a perfect match. Go ahead, follow the call and check out night vibes and celestial skies.
Meet Raven. The Ginew truck - a 1971 F250 Camper Special. After two years in the shop and barn, Raven was dusted off for the journey to Portland. We did not intend to keep the truck long. After finishing up training in Seattle, Erik moved to Wisconsin to be with Amanda. Job finished, apartment cleaned, and ready for a new chapter. The only problem was the cost of renting a U-Haul exceeded our savings. Luckily, Erik found a stonemason eager to sell the oldest truck in his company fleet...much cheaper than the price of a U-Haul and with a topper. Deal. Done. Erik and his father made some minor repairs and packed up all of our belongings. Then drove from Seattle to Wisconsin on the "HIGHLINE" - HWY 2.
After that trip, Erik just could not part with the truck. Each year since, we have fixed something. Sometimes something small, other times something bigger. Most recently - the engine needed work...and our friends back home worked on it with us over the past 18 months. Just like our collection, we have incorporated little details into Raven. We had some fabrics remaining from our first run of Heritage Coats which we used to repair tears in the bench seat. We made sure to remain true to the spirit of this truck, while making some subtle and custom additions.
The best part about Raven is taking your time and watching the world go by at 55 MPH. Driving in Raven is like riding a couch across the country. If traveling any faster, we would likely miss the little gems of the journey. We love rolling the windows down, braids blowing in the wind, and following our whims through places less traveled. Sit back, relax...enjoy the ride.
New to the West End of Pearl Street in Boulder, Colorado is CANOE CLUB - a menswear store of appreciation and story. The team behind the shop has a vision for a comfortable shopping experience, where everyone will feel an instant warmth the moment they step through the door. From the McIntosh stereo spinning records all day, to the meticulously curated selection of Japanese whiskeys, a visit to CANOE CLUB feels like time spent with close friends. At Ginew, we are excited to be a part of the CANOE CLUB experience. We appreciate the high value they place on the smallest of details and the pride they take in working with a family-owned business. When in the Boulder, Colorado area - make time to visit the team at CANOE CLUB. Enjoy some vinyl, whiskey, and good story among your new friends. They are waiting for you and, as they promise, "No pressure, just good vibes."
Greetings from Portland, Oregon! Spring is shifting into Summer...almost over night. Around here, it means people begin to wake up. Seriously. Portland's long Winter nap has come to an end and it is the season for exploring and visiting with friends. Our first adventure of the year was to the Oregon Coast. Amanda and I had ambitions of driving most of the coast, but found a pleasant and lonely stretch of beach that we just could not leave. As the seasons change, storms often blow in from the ocean - raining one minute, bright and sunny the next. We cannot wait for the coming adventures. Coast - Mountain - Dune - Desert - and the quiet, two-lane roads which get us there. EXHALE...Summer is here. Finally - we will pack up the dogs and visit the people and places in Oregon that never cease to inspire. Look out - here we come.
A morning on the beach with Stinky and Pippa. No one around for as far as you can see. This is what awaits us this Summer...