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Homesteading with Shele Jeanne Jessee

Homesteading with Shele Jeanne Jessee

Hide tanner, maker, horsewoman. Just a few ways to begin to describe Shele. She lives her life rooted in tradition on the Central Coast of California, on Salinan-Chumash territory. Follow her here.

Photography by Ben Christensen

Shele Jeanne Jessee grew up on a 1200-acre ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Northern California. She comes from a long line of homesteaders and makers. From a young age, she was taught the importance of connection to the land by raising her animals for meat, hunting with the men in her family, and riding horses.  Shele has always loved to learn and make with her hands, a value of western tradition.

“I have a deep devotion for raw materials, that are sourced sustainably. All of my hides are sourced in California and are considered a by-product of the meat industry.”

Currently living on the Central Coast of California, on Salinan-Chumash territory Shele continues to live a life connected to the land. With a background in permaculture design, horse training, primitive skills and homesteading, she keeps busy and considers work as a meditation and part of her service.

“All of the hides that I offer are considered a waste product. Any deerskin products are either from deer that have been hunted or are unwanted. All of the sheep, goatskins and buffalo hides are a product of the meat industry and are most often thrown away. I believe we have the right to choose what we eat and I believe in using the WHOLE animal.”


She tans hides the old way: with her own two hands, no chemicals, and time. I refer to this method as traditional. Using brain tanning methods, a type of fat and wood smoke-alchemy occurs, rendering a beautifully preserved hide to be used for a lifetime. 

“Hide tanning is one of my favorite practices, I am grateful that this is the way I get to spend my time, and I have been deeply steeped in the tradition for the last 10 yrs. I crave a good story, and everything I offer has one to tell.”


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Keeping Tradition Alive with the Harris Sisters

Keeping Tradition Alive with the Harris Sisters

The Harris sisters are a trio creating traditional Native American beadwork in their hometown of Pendleton, OR.

Photography by Sean Carr

Harris Sisters Co was founded by sisters Katie, Anna, and Mary in Pendleton, OR. The sisters are from the Nez Perce, Cayuse, Umatilla, and Karuk tribes and specialize in traditional beadwork.

A brief history of beadwork

Native American beadwork, like quill work before it, is a decorative art form. Utilitarian goods such as clothing, dwellings, horse gear, and utensils were at one time ornamented with quillwork and beadwork. Over time, the older ways of life have disappeared. Even though clothing and dwelling styles have changed, and the original needs for horse gear and certain utensils have vanished, decorative beadwork continues to flourish.

Today, beadwork has come to symbolize the Native American heritage.

Reference: https://www.kshs.org/kansapedia/native-american-beadwork/17880

HSC was started by the sisters wanting to create plateau beadwork while keeping their style as traditional as possible.

An updated classic, this button-front shirt dress features single point flap pockets and a deep back yoke for western appeal. Made with a supersoft blend for all-day comfort that doesn’t make sacrifices in style.

Katie creates beaded buckskin dresses, purses, horse regalia, beaded belts, beaded bracelets & earrings.
 
Anna has started tooling leather as an artistic outlet and a love for the western lifestyle growing up in Pendleton, home of the Pendleton Round-Up. She crossed paths with her now mentor Pedro Pedrini, and has continued to develop her skill in leathercraft recently finishing a set of fully tooled tapaderos. Even in her tooling style, she creates the traditional plateau flowers through her leather.

The youngest sister, Mary, is a sewer and beadworker.

Visit their work here.

A classic addition to any wardrobe, these Pixie boots are a fitting companion for anyone with a strong appreciation for objects that are made well and get better with age.


From staples to statement pieces, our Women’s clothing is inspired by the West and designed for the adventurous.

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A Modern Farmhouse Renovation

A Modern Farmhouse Renovation

It’s not every day you get the opportunity to reset and go back to a simpler way of life. LA-based photographer Jenavieve and partner, Kyle take us on their journey of renovating a 1920’s farmhouse.


LA-based photographer Jenavieve Belair is from Minnesota where growing up meant days spent in gardens by lakes and running through open land.

“It has always been a dream to return to that lifestyle of being around nature, knowing how to garden, make your own food, and appreciate the beauty of simplicity.”

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After discovering a 1920 farmhouse that sits on 5 acres, she and her partner furniture maker, Kyle Titterud knew they’d found the place to make that dream a reality.

This new venture has added miles to Jenavieve’s commute as a photographer based in LA and San Francisco but coming home to the farmhouse, @almond.oak.ranch already has its rewards.

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Kyle grew up buying and selling antique furniture with his grandmother. In examining antique pieces, she taught him the value of dependable production and how beautiful pieces can surpass generations. In developing his personal style, he prioritized learning from the best craftsman and in his education, he learned the art of forging timeless pieces – just like the ones his grandmother taught him to appreciate.

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As Kyle traveled the world, he’s been inspired by global craftsman, their processes, and designs. Through these experiences, The New Craftsman was born. Kyle is compelled by creating pieces that combine a traditional hand working style with a simplistic yet beautiful design, while retaining the soul of a long-lasting piece.

His new studio on the almond farm was one of the original buildings on the lot back in the 1920’s complete with an original almond tree right next to it. He set out to remodel by running new electrical, insulation, drywall, new windows, and doors. He painted the exterior black which gives the building a modern edge. Next, Kyle is putting up sugi ban cedar siding, which is Japanese burnt wood siding. He’s also extending the back for a wood mill and kiln to dry his own lumber from fallen trees. The end goal is to be completely sustainable while being powered by existing solar panels and milling lumber from fallen trees around the San Luis coast.

Truly a labor of love.

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Renovating the farmhouse is the couple’s next great adventure. The first project at hand is remodeling and modernizing the space while staying true to the farmhouse style. Kyle’s craftmanship and woodworking have served well. Next is soil testing for a lavender field and organic farm. They have big plans for the future that include a ceramics studio, crops, and adding to their 3 dogs, 5 chickens, a rooster, and duck. They hope to add goats and horses eventually. Follow their journey here.

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Everyday Essentials with Kirk Thurmond

Everyday Essentials with Kirk Thurmond

Born in Dallas, Texas, Kirk Thurmond is a singer/songwriter with a distinctive sound that spans several genres, including soul, pop, and R&B, with authenticity remaining at the core.

No dress hat beats the Stratoliner for understated character and stately presence. Made from high-quality felt and dyed in versatile shades perfect for all occasions, this fedora features a flattering teardrop crown. The classic styling is underscored by details like a grosgrain hat band, special edition Stratoliner airplane hat pin, and an interior roan leather sweatband.

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The Taylor Stitch and Stetson partnership hits its stride with denim. These pieces have an inimitable look, tendency to feel better after each wash and wear, and spot on ruggedness. Kirk wears the Democratic Jean.

Growing up in Dallas, Kirk was always surrounded by music. The 3-part harmony lessons from his father, coupled with the household soundtrack of soul giants, it seems he always knew what he would be doing with his life. “I can’t really remember a time when I wanted to be anything else. For a while there, it was the thing in my life that made the most sense.”

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Carpe Diem Featuring Cowboy Antonio

Carpe Diem Featuring Cowboy Antonio

Antonio James lives in Brownsville, TX. He’s a photographer, family man, and all-around cowboy.

Photography by Ivan McClellan

“I think a cowboy is any man that takes whatever the world throws at him, picks up his grit, and rides with it like GOLD.”

My name is Antonio and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I have a beautiful wife, some amazing nieces, and nephews, and family I wouldn’t trade for the world.

Let’s start there.
How does a kid raised in the city grow up to be a full-on Cowboy?

To answer that I have to go back to my mothers side of the family tree. My mother was raised in Prentiss, MS so even though I grew up in the city I was raised on Southern Hospitality. Taught the Cowboy Code well before I knew it was the Cowboy Code. My Mom and Dad raised us on “Yes Sir, No Mam, Hold the door for a lady, Respect your elders, Love your family, Lend a hand to all and leave the judging to up there, Remove ya hat when you pray, & All glory to god”.

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Uncle Willie has been the head of our family on my mother’s side for as long as I can remember and til this day I’ve never met a cowboy that comes close to him. We’d go down to his ranch in the summers and I’d just be amazed. Someone with my blood with all of these animals, all this land, and most of all, so much humility. I looked up to him.

Uncle Willie is the loudest and proudest man you’ll ever meet. Instilled in us the importance of Family. He’d tell us all of his cowboy stories, all about the good ol days when he was roping. I didn’t really bond to it until I was older already but I just easily fit into it because the most important part about being a cowboy is the heart of gold we are taught to carry and I’ve had that since the day my family tree was created. I also was taught and understood I have to do my own roping, no matter how good my uncle was. Our roots run deep, and our hearts run strong.

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A lot of people think “Cowboy” and they think of two different things: “Two revolvers on the hip” or “Bullriding, Roping, Ranching, and so on”. While I do rope, ranch, and “YeeYee” with a cold beer I don’t think that’s what makes me a Cowboy. That definitely isn’t what makes Uncle Willie a Cowboy. I think a cowboy is any man that takes whatever the world throws at him, picks up his grit, and rides with it like GOLD.

Most my buddies say I stand out in the Photography Community because I carry the cowboy heart into it. I’m a wild lil heart of gold. I’m ready for anything you throw at me. I’m known to see a hurricane coming and run towards it. I was told at the beginning if I wanted to be a successful photographer I had to lose the Cowboy in me.

Watch my tongue, Calm my act (you know the Hollywood stuff). I said “it ain’t like I can hide it” and turned the cowboy up even more. People love it because while we may be the wildest souls you’ve met on dirt, it ain’t nothing can’t depend on us for.

“I live for the rule of “All it takes is 8 seconds of grit, to win the big buckle.””

“I love this life. It’s a crazy world we are living in nowadays & it’s just good to still be able to leave the earth one lope at a time.”

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Edible Adventures with In Season

Edible Adventures with In Season

Words and photos by Sofia Jaramillo

In Season is a shared creative culinary venture that provides high quality, organic and locally sourced nourishment to gatherings under the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Teton Valley, Idaho by Franny and Blaine.

Just like their connection to the food they source, their relationship with each other is strong. Blaine grew up in the Tetons. Franny grew up just south of Munich, Germany, but moved to Jackson in high school where she met Blaine. They bonded over their shared love for food and zest for adventure.

In 2016, a bike trip across the Alps in Germany changed their lives. Along the way, they connected with farmers and the land. They learned about the pastoral food chain in the Alps and how it functions with the seasons. They arrived back in the United States inspired to practice the traditions they learned and ready to start a business.

Over 3 years ago, Franny and Blaine created In Season, a wood-fired pizza trailer business that goes beyond the traditional understanding of catering. With ethos centered around nourishment, community and the earth, they’ve transformed what started as a small sourdough bread share company, stationed out of their garage, into a unique mobile food experience.

Sara Jaramillo visits Franny and Blaine in Teton Valley, Idaho to share their Stetson Story.

We walk through a large canyon filled with lush berry bushes and flowers.  Franny and Blaine are foraging for edible plants for their next menu. With the help of their friends, Jenna and Amanda of Parakolo Provisions, and some books for referencing, they move patiently and presently through the canyon floor, their eyes peeled for edible treats like huckleberries, wild dandelion greens, anise and yarrow.

Nourishment. Community. Earth.

— In Season

Franny and Blaine have worked to develop authentic connections with local farmers and purveyors of their community as well as the land in order to make their venture work. It takes a village.

Blaine wears the Route 66 hat and the Modern Snap Front Western Shirt.

Franny wears the Bozeman Outdoor Hat and the Denim Jumper.

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Franny picks up goat cheese from the local Winter Winds Goat Farm in the morning. Young goats bounce around us gleefully and baby kittens roam the property. Later that day, they source veggies at Sweet Hollow Farm. With a warm smile co-owner Jonah Sloven, hands Franny a box full of fresh greens, squash, radish, carrots and herbs. Soon this brilliant package of fresh goods will end up on dinner plates for their guests. At both farms, I noticed the collective power of Franny and the owners. Together the farms and In Season are a strong force working to keep food systems local and sustainable.

Using high-quality organic vegetables from farms and locally sourced edible plants, each menu they make provides nourishing and healthy ingredients.

They are in tune with the forest and the farms and deliver food unique to each season.

In order to take their concept on the road, they launched a Kickstarter in February successfully raising enough funds to purchase a 1990’s horse trailer to build a mobile wood-fired oven.

Now with the finished trailer, they are offering backyard Sourdough Pizza Workshops. They hope to bring communities together while teaching about the value of locally sourced food.

What they offer isn’t simply a dinner, it is a transformative experience into the spiritual world of food.

For their first pizza workshop experience in Wilson, WY, Franny and Blaine show up to the dinner ready to share their respect for the food they source and an ever-evolving willingness to adapt. Professional stylist Mika Dubbe decorates a long picnic table with hand dyed clothes, local wildflowers and fruits. Aspen leaves chatter in the wind and the wood-fired oven burns. They rewild the palette of their guests. Sharing information about the ingredients of each course, they connect the bellies and minds of their guests to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem’s food system.

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For Franny and Blaine, their business is not only about how beautiful each dish looks or how delicious it tastes, it’s also about giving their guests something beyond the typical dining experience. The food they provide is not only exquisite, but the experience is unforgettable. They provide space to unwind, relax and connect to the land. With full bellies and replenished minds, guests leave the evenings experience with a new understanding of the power of community and food.

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