How is it so? Today marks NINE YEARS since we started The Local Branch. I was digging in the archives to find a photo of us in our little apartment, our first workshop, tucked in a mountain in Fairfax, CA- but alas, I’m sure there are some gems trapped on an old phone somewhere. Oh well. Where do I even begin? I guess the long and short of it is The Local Branch wasn’t really our end goal- it was our creative passion project that we put our hearts into and it lead us down a path we couldn’t have imagined. We were in our early twenties, we moved out west from Upstate NY with basically nothing to our names (and no jobs in sight, because yes, it was 2009), so we started something. We grew it super slow (and we still are) and we honestly didn’t ever think it would turn into our full time gig with the whole shabang but looking back, it all makes perfect sense. We followed our gut and listened to our hearts and made a plan and stuck to our vision and jumped and kept pushing ourselves and luckily, people like it - and so we still get to do it.
Thanks for believing in us when we were two 23 year old kids printing on vintage tees and sewing scrap pieces of leather, sharing one laptop and one car (ok, still us), knowing we had a voice and a new aesthetic and lot to say- we are so grateful.
Today and always, the curtain is pulled back. Want to ask us something about being a small business, working with your partner, how to start, how to grow, wholesale, retail, Airstream life, etc. etc. etc.? I’ll share everything we’ve learned.
If you’re wondering if you can do it, yes, you definitely can.
Cheers to NINE YEARS, The Local Branch! 🍻
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thanks for the tintype man moons ago @gilesclement