We are excited to welcome Kelly Amber Garcia to the blog today to share a little bit about the inner workings of Stash Co!
"My name is Kelly Amber Garcia and I am the Operations Chief of Stash Co in Sealy, Texas. We design and build leather goods and furnishings. Specializing in the use of reclaimed textiles + woods, and new North American Bison and Brazilian Hair Hides."
"We are a small artisan business with strong focus on providing unique goods and individualized customer satisfaction. Our days are fluid and occasionally unpredictable. We often joke that if one of us even steps out for 15 minutes, at least 5 new exciting things happen. This has seriously happened to me when I’ve gone down the road to make a UPS drop off… maybe four times. haha.
I love that no two days are the same here at Stash Co. Since we put mindful production above everything, we are currently a small operation and therefore we wear a lot of hats. We do it all from taking out the trash and scrubbing the walls to scouting materials and building merchandise. Our task list is endless and keeps us excited to come to work everyday."
"My favorite thing about our workspace is that everything that we use right down to the space we are in is repurposed for us to carry out our job. The space we are in was first created for building mattresses, then Cheryl’s (Stash Co Owner) grandparents used the space for a decorating center, which is still running at the front of the building, and now we utilize the majority of the factory to design, build and sell bags.
We use a lot of traditional bootmaker/leather worker tools as well as repurposing other items to fit our needs such as woodworkers clamps, a customized vacuum press, office binder clips, and one of my favorites, the customized drill press for sanding and punching."
"Stash has been collecting unique containers for more than 20 years. You will find most of our tools in old toolboxes, coffee cans, vintage mail sorting cart, garden crates, milk crates, cotton baskets, recycled pin cases, and a variety of other individual organizers. Again, the majority of the space, tools and organizers have been repurposed to fit our needs as bag builders.
Everyone has a Belgium garden crate on there work tables with their name in chalk on the front to case our workorders, tools, notebooks, ect… Inside my crate I keep a giant mason jar for all my most often used tools (scissors, rotary, scratch awl, lighter, etc…) and a small tray of thing I will need throughout the build process."