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!