A short while ago, I was invited by the always gracious brothers Bray, Chris and Kirk, out to their relatively new work space located just across the Hudson in Jersey City.
A conversation with Chris and Kirk is a dynamic thing, always shifting and always interesting.
In the space of a few hours, we covered numerous topics, ranging from the disappearance of craft guilds, teenage rebellion, bike riding, jackalopes, Amish country, and of course, what they have in store for upcoming seasons and their expanding product line.
Needless to say, Billykirk's bags and leather goods are known for their quality craftsmanship, timeless design and functional durability. Started in 1999, the Bray's always had a notion that they would work together and that that thing would be called Billykirk. It took a while to manifest, but the result was the combined talents of the two brothers.
There's a good interview over on their site where they talk in depth about the start up and ethos of Billykirk.
Personally, I've always been interested in the spaces in which people work and was so happy to have been asked over to have a look. Two of the nicest guys you'll meet, I caught up with Chris and Kirk as they were putting the finishing touches on Spring '11 and preparing for upcoming market appointments.
A huge thanks to the Brays for having me out and letting me spend some time and take some pictures.