Small Biz Shout-Out

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For the final days of National Small Business Week, we wanted to give a shout out to some of the small businesses that we stock at KAMP, and to let you know why we love them (and why you should too).
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We should quickly also note that almost all of our vendors at KAMP are small businesses in some way, shape or form. It's just that, while you can find some of the products we sell at many shops across the country/world, others can be very difficult to find in person, and it's a few of those smaller scale, small businesses that we are focusing on here. No matter the size of the operation though, we select our inventory because of the product's function, durability, integrity towards the environment, and the company's commitment to people living and working around the world.
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TRADLANDS
First up is Tradlands (pictured above and below, including on KAMP Counselor Mandi). This Portland-based small business is the vision of designer Sadie Beaudet, who wanted to create timeless, heirloom-quality clothing for women with menswear influences. A statement from Sadie: 
"Tradlands is about you, the woman who knows that quality is always in style, and who knows that one great piece can make a whole outfit.

It’s for you, the woman who loves simplicity and elegance in her wardrobe, and who wants her clothes to make her feel more like herself.

It’s for you, the woman who cares about where her clothes come from, how they’re made, and how her choices impact her community.

It’s for you, the woman who wants her clothes to last the seasons with her, to look and feel as good in five years as they did the day she bought them."
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In addition to Tradlands commitment to style and quality, it sees the quality of life of its craftsmen/women as equally important. To maintain this, they ensure livable wages for all stages of the boutique manufacturers they partner with, and regularly visit those production facilities in the United States, Mexico, Italy, and China to monitor working conditions and meet in-person the individuals constructing their garments. This multi-level commitment, to people, products and ethically-sourced materials, is not inexpensive to maintain, which is why production runs are small batch. When you encounter Tradlands in-store or online, know that you may not have another opportunity to purchase those exact pieces again any time soon; when they are sold out, they are sold out for good. Though, this is a good thing too. You can take pride in the fact that you are pretty unlikely to run into another woman wearing your same clothing, but if you do, strike up a conversation since she's likely to care as much about the things that matter as you.
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KAMP Counselor Mandi in her Arapahoe Red Shirt by Tradlands
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DESO SUPPLY CO.
Much like Tradlands, Deso is a company that is as committed to style and function as it is to the livelihoods of its employees and partners. Their garments and accessories for men and women are all assembled by hand in a production facility in San Fransisco:
"Bulk garment manufacturing can often overlook quality in an effort to produce large-scale quantities in a timely manner.  Too many overseas factories have awful working conditions and unlivable wages.  We opted for domestic manufacturing in order to oversee the product development life cycle and development a genuine relationship with the humans producing our garments.  The quality of our garments comes from experienced sewers that are paid a livable wage and work in healthy conditions right in the heart of San Francisco, CA.  We source materials from the most reliable high-end manufacturers in the world whose values and standards align with ours." 
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The vibe of Deso is adventure and authentic living at any cost, and their punk, DIY-sensibility shines through in the styling and color options available. That said, this is performance wear at its nucleus, and if you end up wearing one of these items out, then take heart in the fact that you've been on some real adventures, my friend. 
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KAMP Counselor Jason shooting himself in a Deso Cotton Cap in Mallard
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GPP items in-stock at KAMP
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GOLD PAN PETE
Life has a strange way of presenting meaningful coincidences, and KAMP's relationship with Gold Pan Pete is one good example. Based in New Zealand, GPP is our store's sole jewelry offering, and is a brand that we've been following and fans of for at least as long as KAMP has been a business idea. It was a huge surprise when we discovered that Alex Moore, the designer behind the line, was born and raised in the St. Louis area!
"It wasn’t until a couple years later that Alex found out that making jewellery runs in his blood. The art of jewellery making and goldsmithing has been in his family for at least 150 years. Alex’s great great grandfather and great great uncle were jewelers when they first came to America from Germany and set up Kessler Family Jewelers. From Kessler Family Jewelers in St. Louis to Gold Pan Pete Design in Cromwell/Queenstown, New Zealand, the tradition lives on."
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Each one of Gold Pan Pete's pieces are handcrafted, so no two items are identical. That uniqueness comes with pedigree too; in addition to the familial history making jewelry, Alex mentored under award-winning Italian jeweller Antonio De Gaetani.
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You can see another Gold Pan Pete design on KAMP Counselor Mandi in the Tradlands photo above.
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St. Louis Magazine selected one of Gold Pan Pete's design for this spread
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This post could go on and on, but hopefully, we've shown enough to get you inspired to come out and support these lines and the other Small Businesses available at KAMP: your city-based, small business for adventure! 
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In case you missed it, all long sleeve items, in this post and more, will be on sale in-store for this weekend only (5/5-5/6)!