Made By Hand: Camp Wolf

A few months ago we were introduced to the adorable, handcrafted designs of Camp Wolf.  Designers, Cristin and Cora, repurpose denim along with Pendleton wool to create one-of-a-kind pieces that endure the active lifestyles of little ones.

Check out our Q&A with Cristin and Cora to learn more about Camp Wolf and the inspiration behind each of their handcrafted designs.

Plus be sure to enter the Minnetonka + Camp Wolf giveaway for the chance to win a Camp Wolf vest for you and your little one, along with matching Minnetonka mocs!

Tell us about yourself and your background and how Camp Wolf came to be?

Camp Wolf was born in Portland, Oregon out of a love for the Pacific Northwest and our passion for making unique things for the people we love.  Camp Wolf started as a kid’s clothing and accessories line, but since our launch in September 2013 has grown to include styles for men and women, too.

Believe it or not, we met through Instagram just over a year ago and live on opposite sides of the country (Portland OR & Richmond VA)!  We are both mamas to boys (Miles, 2; Henry, 3; Jack, 2) who keep us super busy.  We’re pretty amazed by how much we’ve grown in our first year, and sometimes we still just can’t get over seeing photos of our amazing customers and their children wearing things that we’ve made!

Tell us about the handcraftsmanship that goes into each Camp Wolf piece. How is each piece unique?

When it comes to our products, we believe in function, craftsmanship, and above all, individuality. All of our denim garments are repurposed and feature authentic, 100% pure virgin Pendleton wool, made right here in the USA.

Because all of our denim has been carefully selected from all over the country and is embellished by hand, no two pieces are exactly alike. This is what makes them truly unique!

Describe your design process.

If we had to pick one area of our business where living so far apart presents the most challenges, it’s here!  Since we aren’t able to work together in the same studio space, we begin designing a lot of our products independently.

Thankfully, it’s really easy to stay connected between endless phone calls, texts, emails, Skype sessions, and the good ol’ USPS, so we’re still able to be involved in one another’s creative processes.  Naturally we are drawn to different styles, and the way we create new products allows for each of them to be represented within our line.  We love that!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

We are endlessly inspired by the gorgeous materials that we use daily for our line.  Pendleton wool comes in so many beautiful prints and colors, and we love challenging ourselves to find new ways to use it.

Our boys are also a constant source of inspiration!  They all have such different personalities, and it’s so much fun to see our designs come to life on them.  It’s also a great way to test the durability of our products.

What’s been your favorite piece that you’ve created so far?

Our denim jackets are, hands down, our favorite pieces.  They are what started it all, and they are what truly embody our line.  The process of hand-picking a jacket and pairing it with the perfect Pendleton print to give it a whole new life is so much fun, and we’re always in love with the final product.  Knowing that our garments will be worn with love on adventures great and small is awesome!

 Photography by:

Margaret Jacobsen
Aspen Summit
Clair Morgan

#EverydayAdventure Photo Contest Winners!

This summer we challenged YOU to show us how you’re creating adventure all summer long.

We were overwhelmed by all of the inspiring Instagrams entered and are eager to announce the first, second and third place winners that epitomized the spirit of #EverydayAdventure.

First Place:  Noelle of Toledo

Second Place: Staci of South Jordan

Third Place: Carrie of Breckenridge

Stay tuned for 10 runner-ups announced on Friday, August 29th. Thank you to every one who entered and keep showing us how you’re celebrating #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc this Fall!

Everyday Adventure: Delightfully Tacky

From venturing out on a brave cross-country road trip in her RV to being an avid rock climber and yogi, Elizabeth from Delightfully Tacky is definitely an adventurer at heart.

Today we follow Elizabeth on a recent weekend camping trip she took with friends in the Pacific Northwest.

Check out our Q&A with Elizabeth below to learn more about what makes for the perfect camping trip and how she is celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

What’s your secret to planning the perfect summer camping trip?
Making sure all your friends are there!  Camping is always more fun with friends to make memories with.

What are your camping essentials?
Lots of food, a guitar for singing camp songs, s’more ingredients, enough wood to keep the campfire burning long into the night.

Favorite part of camping in the Pacific Northwest.
There are just so many great places to camp.  You can go for an overnight backpacking camping trip, or just a car camping trip, you can camp on the beach or on the top of a mountain.  So many different places to explore!

What’s been your favorite camping trip that you’ve taken so far?
We camped with friends this summer and even though it didn’t turn out exactly how we’d planned, it was a blast.

We were right on the river and even got treated to a 30 minute fireworks show from a cabin across the river after the sun went down, so random! The next day we went on a hike up to a little summit before heading home. So beautiful!

What other adventures are you planning for this upcoming year?
We want to do another similar camping trip with a bunch of friends, after we all packed our cars up to go home everyone agreed that we needed to do it again before the summer ended!  Dan and I also want to go on an overnight backpacking trip.  We finally got all our backpacking gear together so we need to break it in before the summer is over!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky

Product Featured: Thunderbird Boat Sole Mocs & Mukluk Hi Boots

Everyday Adventure: New Darlings

From backyard bonfires to cross-country road trips – this is the summer for adventure! Today we kick off our Everyday Adventure series with Christina and Robert of New Darlings.

Adventurers at heart, Christina and Robert packed a summer picnic and ventured to South Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, (in their mocs, of course!) to spend a relaxing day enjoying the beautiful landscape surrounding them.

Check out our Q&A with them below to learn more about how they are celebrating #EverydayAdventure this summer!

Everyday Adventure: Summer Picnic with Robert & Christina of New Darlings

Favorite way to spend a summer afternoon.
Summers in Phoenix are hot.  There is no way around that.  We’ve definitely become “morning people”.  We have found that it’s best to head out early, find a trail to hike, and welcome the summer sun.  We’d rather be outside, then cooped up somewhere. Afterwards, we’ll try to find some shade and have an early lunch.  We love getting out and being able to just talk and enjoy the blue skies that never get old here in Arizona.

What makes for a perfect summer picnic?
Picnics are a great way to spend a summer afternoon with the one you love.  When we both have the day off, we love to load up our picnic basket with our favorite blanket, some sandwiches, fruit and a refreshing drink or two. Don’t forget to bring your instrument of choice and your favorite hat & pair of sunnies to keep the sun out of your eyes!

Favorite part of living in the Southwest.
The sunshine and low humidity are some pretty great perks of living in the Southwest! But aside from the weather, we really love how this area isn’t fully established yet.  The local art and music scenes are still evolving and we love that we can be a part of it!

What other adventures are you planning this year?
We’re hoping that within the next few months, we can carve out some time to take a long trip to California and explore a bit.  We have a lot of fun projects coming up this year.  We have been blessed to work with so many amazing companies and talented people, and can’t wait to share everything we have cooked up!

Share your #EverydayAdventure @MinnetonkaMocc on Instagram all summer for the chance to win fun outdoor gear (and mocs!) for your next adventure!

Photos by Jaci Marie Smith

Product Featured: Thunderbird II Mocs & Moosehide Double Bottom Softsoles