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Our Farallon Islands Story

This short sleeve button-down is inspired by the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco, a Natural Wildlife Refuge where sharks are known to hang out. The islands were named by explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo in 1539. "Farallones" is Spanish for cliffs or small pointed islets. On a clear day you can see the island peaks from Ocean Beach at the end of San Francisco's Golden Gate Park. The jagged outline of the Farallon Islands disrupts the otherwise smooth horizon. Since the islands are closed to the public you'll have to admire them from afar. However, you can shell over mucho dinero to participate in a Great White cage dive. Yikes! The islands are home to up to 100 sharks as well as an abundance of other wildlife. Researchers have named individual sharks staying near the Farallons. Regular guests include Gouge, The Hunchback, The Jester, and Stumpy.

We have spent a lot of time at Ocean Beach, as it lies just beyond The Sunset neighborhood, one of our favorite places to hangout. The Sunset neighborhood nurtures local crafters and makers just like us. Maybe that’s why we feel an affinity there. We share the love for locally made goods like ours and the feeling that it’s possible to leave a small footprint reminiscent of a big, colorful life. At the beach we think about the sea life that lies just 27 miles offshore. Ocean Beach is known for it's challenging surf and even on the coldest days you will see seasoned surfers braving the waves. We wonder if they know the company they keep in the waters.

What's your Farallon Islands story?