WHERE PRAIRIE MEETS SKY

"Most come for the Badlands. I came to see where prairie meets sky" - USNPS Ranger Komar

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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."

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SHOPLIGHT: WILSON & WILLY'S

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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.

Make time to visit with your friends at SPOON & STABLE and THE BACHELOR FARMER. Minneapolis - we love you.

Desert and Denim Vest

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.

Wool blanket fabric lining - made in Oregon - and hunted deerskin, interior welt pocket

Wool blanket fabric lining - made in Oregon - and hunted deerskin, interior welt pocket

White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim

White Oak Cone Mills selvedge denim

Custom Ginew snaps and hardware

Custom Ginew snaps and hardware

Stay-tuned, we have a limited run of the DENIM VEST with some oh-so-fancy stitching by our pals at FORT LONESOME

The desert and denim vest are a perfect combination

The desert and denim vest are a perfect combination

SHOPLIGHT: CANOE CLUB

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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."

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CANOE CLUB carries a wide range of the Ginew collection. Go there to learn more about the story of the HERITAGE COAT - RIDER JACKETS - VESTS.

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Spring Coast Escape

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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.

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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...

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PART TWO: FOLK FIBERS + GINEW + MEDEL BANDANAS

After driving back to Portland, OR from Austin, TX - definitely without shortage of amazing views and back roads - it was time to complete the bandana project. We worked with Walker and Magnetic North in SE Portland, who kindly opened up their studio space. The natural dye process with Maura (FOLK FIBERS) was amazing and, as a group, we wanted to stay true to the dyes and the unique qualities of each piece.

Much thought and experimentation went into the decision to choose the correct process to affix the designs. Screen print, resist, and discharge techniques were all considered to accomplish our collective vision. Given the unique qualities of the naturally dyed fabric and the intricate designs, we settled on discharge printing the bandanas. Screen printing seemed to "cover up" the beauty of the naturally dyed fabrics, whereas the resist was not able to maintain the integrity of intricate details. Discharging allowed us to apply a resin which would essentially reverse the dying process without fully eliminating the presence of the natural dye color. After "pulling" the resin through the screen and applying it to the bandana, we heated each bandana individually. It felt like magic! With heating the opaque resin would react and the design would brighten and appear crisp in a matter of seconds. All 240 bandanas were complete in time for the El Cosmico Trans Pecos Festival of Music & Love in Marfa, TX.

Special thanks to our dear friends Chap & Maura of FOLK FIBERS - who graciously hosted us at their ranch outside of Austin, TX. AND special thanks to NICOLE MASON who came by the studio to shoot the discharge process from beginning to end.

Analog - slowing down - being present - and enjoying the scenic route. Vision accomplished!