RambleGood In The Wild: Smith Rock State Park, Oregon

RambleGood In The Wild | Smith Rock State Park | Oregon

We got into the business of handmade travel goods because we love to travel. Travel will always be at the very core of RambleGood and therefore, we're excited to begin a new series of photography based posts: RambleGood In The Wild. Within these posts you can expect scenes of the beautiful places around the world that RambleGood fans have traveled with their handmade travel goods.

We hope you'll share your own travel photos once the shop opens next week and you get your hands on your own head sock, scarf or bag. We've already received some gorgeous images from South America, which we'll be sharing with you soon.

Whether near or far, our particular itch involves seeking out beautiful natural places around the world. Just a couple of weeks ago, the RambleGood team spent about ten days exploring the high desert and volcanic features of eastern Oregon where our head sock came in particularly handy on a hike in Smith Rock State Park.

RambleGood In The Wild | Smith Rock State Park | Oregon
RambleGood In The Wild | Smith Rock State Park | Oregon

The RambleGood 2015 Launch Collection

RambleGood Launch Collection

We've introduced ourselves, given you a peek behinds the scenes, and now we're pleased to share our 2015 Launch Collection with you for the first time! 

We've been hard at work developing these four pieces for well over a year. Each of them created out of a need we found for simple, washable, and durable travel gear which also gives back. All four products have taken a beating through our testing process close to home in Washington State and around the globe in places like Portugal, Mexico, Peru, and more.

For this special limited edition collection, we based the custom designed fabric off our logo and signature color. The fabric was printed with water based inks and each piece was carefully hand assembled in our Seattle, Washington studio. Learn more about our belief in the power of handmade here.

At RambleGood, we believe in doing good while doing business. For each Launch Collection piece purchased, $1 will be donated to the Institute for International Education. The IIE’s mission is to advance international education and access to education worldwide. Read more about our mission to do good here.

RambleGood Infinity Scarf & Large Drawstring Bag

Infinity Scarf

An infinity scarf is the traveler’s best friend. For the fashionable, our infinity scarf brings a pop of color in a packable size. For the practical, our mid-weight jersey fabric brings just the right amount of warmth for those summer nights and makes the perfect eye cover to keep the light out if you're traveling far north in the land of the endless sun. 

Large Drawstring Bag

Our large drawstring bag is big enough to stuff with a lightweight sleeping bag or a weeks’ worth of laundry from one person. Made with 100% organic cotton, it packs down small enough to hide in the corner of your bag – ready to be whipped out for whatever its purpose may be.

RambleGood Head Sock and Small Drawstring Bag

Head Sock

If our infinity scarf is the traveler’s most well known best friend, our head sock is a traveler’s secret weapon. We put this mid-weight jersey fabric tube through the rough and tumble of miles of hiking, countless hours of transit, and plenty of soccer games. It’s our most versatile product, so wear it around your neck, over your head, around your ears, or use it to wipe the raindrops off your camera.

Small Drawstring Bag

Originally designed to fit women’s shoes, our 100% organic cotton small drawstring bag is extremely versatile. Use it to separate delicate laundry, to hold your current knitting project, or to pack your poolside essentials.


Win A Launch Collection Bundle

Now, our shop isn't quite ready to open yet - but we're so close, we just have to start celebrating! We're giving away a full set of our limited edition launch collection to one of you! That includes an infinity scarf, head sock, small drawstring bag, and a large drawstring bag. Use the application below to enter and learn more about the terms and conditions. 

Unfortunately, due to all the laws and regulations out there (and that we don't have an attorney on staff), this giveaway is only open to legal residents of the United States over the age of 18. Who can, upon being notified of winning, provide us with a street mailing address. Apologies to our international friends, hopefully we can offer another giveaway in the future which is open to you! 

Behind the Scenes: 2015 Launch Collection

Behind The Scenes At RambleGood

Have you had a chance to check out our About page yet? If not, I just want to share a little excerpt which is key to begin this post. 

We believe handmade goods have the power to connect us.

While we could have outsourced the production of our products to a small factory - thereby increasing the volume of our collections and decreasing the workload on ourselves, that path doesn't fit within our value structure. Nor does it reflect why we started RambleGood in the first place. 

I've always been a maker and have a great appreciation for handmade products. What I love about them is that they connect you to another person - the quilt on my bed was made by my mom and one of my favorite necklaces was carved by an artist in Hokitika, New Zealand. After years of studying conflict and conflict resolution my biggest take away was; the more we know about each other, the more we're able to relate to each other and find common ground. In my view, there lies the value of handmade - and it's ability to connect us. 

So, in the spirit of what we're all about - here's the first peak behind of scenes of the makers behind RambleGood.

Behind The Scenes at RambleGood
Stacks of organic cotton fabric, printed by Spoonflower, await their first wash.
Our Chief Sewing & Cutting Officer, Zeke, measures knit fabric while cutting head socks while wearing one of our tested but not produced designs.
Behind The Scenes at RambleGood

Introducing RambleGood

Introducing RambleGood

Adina here, RambleGood's founder, I'd like to tell you the story of RambleGood. Where we came from, who we are, and where we're going.

Let's get started.

The Origin Story

Back in the summer of 2013, I was on a two week camping road trip through the Canadian Rockies with a deadline looming at the end of the trip. Two months earlier, I had challenged myself to set a date to decide what was next. I scribbled notes and jotted down product ideas.

make small, purposeful, handmade travel items

investigate printing on fabric costs and/or printer costs

help people and non-profits

raise awareness

luggage tags - an island series where a percent of the profit would go to a nonprofit working on issues of sea level rise

open a handmade shop

From all that scribbling, a pathway emerged and I carefully headed down it. Until that moment when I scribbled the last note - I never thought of myself of as the type of person who would start their own small business. Today, I can't imagine doing anything else. 

With almost two years of designing, testing, and a whole heck of a lot of learning under my belt - I'm finally ready to launch our first collection of limited edition handmade travel products. 

RambleGood

Now that you have a bit of the back story, let me officially introduce you to RambleGood - we sell handmade travel goods with a cause, do our best to inform you about the world we live in, and support non-profit causes doing good work around the globe.

Our travel goods will be released in small batch, limited edition collections, each designed around a theme to support and raise awareness for a particular non-profit organization. The fabric for each collection is custom designed in-house from my original watercolor paintings.

Behind the scenes at our Seattle office, you'll find myself as well as my husband Zeke, working on everything from product design to shipping to shooting photos for this website. We've steered away from "hiring-it-out" until we can afford to bring on our own staff so we can connect directly with you through all aspects of RambleGood. 

The Future

Next month we'll launch our first small batch limited edition collection. Our Launch Collection is our way of getting out of the gate sooner rather than later. You see, we've funded this launch without loans or credit - simply by stretching our own budget. So while this collection will offer only one color option and very limited stock, our future collections will offer several with different prints of fabric on all a larger set of products. 

This brings us to our exciting plans for the summer - beginning a crowd-funding campaign to support the launch of the first two full collections! As I mentioned, we've funded this launch so far by stretching our own budget. That being said, we're also still using a 10-year-old printer and renting time on a serger at a local sewing studio. In order to bring RambleGood to the next level, we're going to need your help. We have all sorts of unique goodies planned for this campaign, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list to get the latest news.

While we have grand plans for RambleGood's future beyond the summer - we're open to sailing wherever the wind takes us with this new adventure and that's where you come in!

We want to hear from you...

What travel gear are you on the look out for? 

What non-profits are doing good work near you?

What countries would you like to see featured on our products?