May 2019

What started as a simple moving of my desk to front has snowballed into a complete remodeling of our entire studio. First, it was the light, to expansion of our Studio, to remodeling our workshop. Although it is still on-going, but with our workshop area settled, we plan to take it slow from now on.

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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