Albuquerque & Santa Fe

I spent the better part of last week exploring the Land of Enchantment, the state of New Mexico. As some of you may have noticed, I'm a guy that enjoys the "way things used to be" from high-quality American made craftsmanship to classic cars, Rock & Roll to train travel (coincidentally rocking and rolling along the train tracks...) so for this trip out to New Mexico, I decided to take the Amtrak train from Los Angeles to Albuquerque to meet with a friend coming in from New York. 

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Michael Hayes
Wickett & Craig

Prior to introducing our new collection, I had to visit Wickett & Craig whose leather is a new addition to Sandast family. I typically do not travel in a month of Jan and a rural Pennsylvania would be the last place I would've thought of traveling to.

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Chris Pak
Tuscany & Firenze

I am extremely glad that I had taken this trip.  Not only I was able to achieve what I wanted and more, but more importantly, the fact that I had finally visited Tuscany & Firenze and it changed my perspective of Italy entirely.

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Chris Pak
Varese & Northern Italy

I thought I had done enough traveling for 2016 and I did my best to avoid traveling to

Italy again this year. However, with the holidays approaching and

my supplier scheduled to close for 3 weeks,

I was already searching for the cheapest tickets to Italy.

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Chris Pak
Sedona, Arizona

From the moment I decided to re-do the entire collection,

it felt like a race for the past 3 months. I needed a small break. Somehow,

I stumbled into Sedona, Arizona and I knew this was the place I wanted to visit.

Probably because of the excitement,

I woke up at 2am on Friday morning and was off to Sedona.

The drive was long and tiresome, but when the beautiful landscape started to appear,

all the fatigue disappeared immediately.

 

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Chris Pak
London

"The sun never sets on the British Empire" is a phrase that I have heard a lot.

One can definitely feel the might of the once most powerful

empire on the streets of London with all the government and

cabinet buildings on Whitehall street.

From Trafalgar plaza to Big Ben! Stepping into the British Museum

you can see London's entire history from the collection of arts and heritages from its previous colonies. 

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Chris Pak
Sandast Studio

Located in Downtown Los Angeles, this workshop has been Sandast's home for the past 4 years.

When I found this location, it was one big empty place. Right after signing the lease,

I got a call from a friend saying that he has these beautiful woods for absolutely nothing. 

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Chris Pak
Dallas, Texas

As some of you may know, I have decided to re-do my entire collection from scratch a few months ago.

 As an American leather company I wanted to create a collection that

reflects the heritage of American value.

And what better place is there to visit and learn than Dallas, Texas?

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Chris Pak
Chicago & Midwest Value

I had no idea how beautiful Chicago was prior to visiting the city a month ago.  

The season and the perfect weather definitely helped,

but besides all that, the city itself was beautiful...

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Chris Pak