Ryaton: Guaranteed to Keep You Looking Fresh Through the Zombie Apocalypse

Greg Morgan, aka Ryaton, makes solid, beautiful shoes. Hands down. They are wildly high quality. And he is not new to the game at all! He first vended with us in 2010 and we are thrilled to have him back with us again for spring 2017! Greg had this to say about his work: "Ryaton designs and makes the world’s finest all-purpose footwear, right here in Edmonton. *Goods guaranteed to keep you looking fresh through the zombie apocalypse.*" ....AWESOME!! We want those on our feet! You can keep up with Greg's fashionable footwear progress on instagram (@yaton) and read on down below to see what inspires him to create!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
RYATON: Getting better at making something is addictive, it’s tremendously satisfying to begin to see levels in your own development. But the better you get, the more nuance you can see, and the harder it is to get to that next level. This sounds bad.. But it’s a good thing, really!

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
RYATON: Women’s shoes! They’ve been a loooooooong time coming but I’m really happy with how everything has turned out this time around. They are, I think, a perfect balance between the typically serious Ryaton aesthetic and a springtime take on traditional women’s footwear.

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RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
RYATON: I hope to travel with my products a bit more, maybe even out of province?! And find some fun partners to work with, maybe stores, maybe other makers, that sort of thing. Keep an eye out later in the year for something new on the men’s side as well.

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
RYATON: Bison alum Andronyk Jewelry is definitely high up there. Jeanie is super creative AND skilled AND hard working. That’s what I want to be like when I grow up. But since I’m not a jeweler or metalsmith it’s more realistic for me to emulate the crew from Cobra Rock Boot Co. They do what I do, but somehow make it look glamorous and rewarding and inspiring all at the same time. I haven’t figured that part out yet. Grit & Grain is another past bisoneer that I really admire. Rachel’s work is stunningly beautiful and a delight just to hold in your hand. Plus, it’s pretty rare that I see someone who is harder on their hands than I am on mine. I respect that, ha ha!!


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Adamson and Son Brings Their Premium Custom-Made Leather Goods To Bison

Shaun Adamson, of Adamson and Son, is back with his rad leather goods!! He first joined us in December of 2017 and just like his impeccable work, he was a perfect fit! Shaun had this to say of his products: "I make handmade leather goods. I started by making functional pieces for myself, my family, and my friends and it just grew from there. I really like to make functional goods that people use and love for a long time." It really is stunning to see leather look as good as his does... Keep up with Shaun's progress on instagram (@adamsonandson) and read on down below for a good look at what makes Shaun tick!

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RB: What draws you to making/designing things?
A&S: I really like to make things people want, need, and will use. I actually spent most of my life thinking I was creative, but since I’ve been working with leather lots of people have complimented me on my creativity. I still doubt it sometimes, but I just really like simple things that practical and well made that will last a long time.

RB: What’s new for your line/business this spring?
A&S: I’m working on a purse prototype based on my mother-in-law’s and my mom’s requests. I’m still prototyping, but hoping to have it finished for Mother’s Day!


RB: What’s in your designer/maker/creative plans for 2018 (new materials? New ideas? New places?):
A&S: I think I have a leather shopping problem, ie. I like to buy every kind of cool and interesting leather I can find, but I’m trying to not have too many choices, so I’m trying to pare down to 5-ish best selling and most popular colours (although, I will likely still have fun one-offs and limited runs every once in a while). I also feel like I haven’t created a really new piece for a long time and I look forward to being able to do more of that (so if there is anything you’re looking for, let me know!)

RB: Tell us about a few of your designer/maker/creative crushes:
A&S: Oh man! I have so many! I really like Greg from Ryaton, the idea of making shoes seems really daunting. Further away, focusing on leather goods, I like Odin Leather Goods in Texas, One Star Leather Goods in California, and I’ve been really impressed with Little King Goods in Ontario. Locally, we have multiple Justine Ma pieces in our house, an Edmonton Neighbourhood Maps, and a Folk Fest print from Snow Alligator--I guess I like things that go on walls. Most of my pieces are named after the person who first bought it or inspired the design, which I think is just cool, so I suppose you could say my biggest inspiration is the people who buy my goods! 

www.adamsonandson.com <<< Check out Shaun's full line of products here!

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Get Off The Grid With Treibholz Designs

Markus Roth and Loni Johnson, of Treibholz Designs, have been experimenting with leather and wood since August 2014. Their quality is made obvious by the precision and functionality rendered in every piece.  Their values strongly lie in tradition and quality, the driving force behind everything they do. The two work together from their studio in Kelowna BC, to bring you heirloom quality, leather pieces. They'll be joining us for our November weekend of the fair and you can keep up with their fascinating lives on instagram / facebook. We're really looking forward to having their folksy charm around!

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Everything they do has seen hours of dedication and every material that they use is top notch. Exploration was what first brought the two together, what spawned their dream of Treibholz, and what drives them forward today.

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This March they started an adventure of turning a regular old school bus into a tiny home/studio on wheels! Their goal for the Spring is to have their new wheels fully renovated into a functioning work/living space. Being nomads has taught them how to live modestly, use only what they need and to always support what’s local and authentic.

Head on over to www.treibholz-designs.com to check out their full site and its beautiful shop!