The idea behind Tree Tribe is to create consciously, build community, and give back to the Earth.
Our community focused approach means we take requests, and sometimes our Tribe comes up with ideas that get turned into actual products... liiiiiike the Envelope Clutch!
Those are sketches from Bekah, who reached out to us with the idea she drew up after finding out about our Leaf Leather material and products.
We tested a few variations based on the sketches, and ultimately decided not to go with the zipper pouch on the outside, but overally pretty close to her original vision.
And we love it!
We did a little Q and A with Bekah to get to know her more and share the story.
I was born in Brighton, England, but my parents moved to Wales when I was about three months old and I’ve lived in West Wales all my life.
Tree Tribe came up as a sponsored post on my Facebook news feed and I instantly loved the leaf leather concept! I took a look at the website and absolutely loved the brand but was a little disappointed not to find a purse made from leaf leather with all the features I look for.
I’d been wanting to replace mine for ages and would have ordered one right away. I commented on the post and was super surprised to get a response saying that you liked the idea and if I had any design ideas to drop an email so I did!
As soon as I was told I could send you an email with my ideas I grabbed my notebook and quickly drew up exactly what I’d been looking for. I’m one of those people who has an idea of what they want but it’s not something I’ve been able to find so this was a great opportunity.
I wanted something that would have space for all my cards since so many places have loyalty cards these days, I also wanted a section with a zipper to keep change safe and secure. I need lots of storage so that’s what I designed. I needed something that would be big enough to fit everything in without being cramped, but small enough to fit into most bags.
I was thrilled when Tree Tribe said they loved it!
I haven’t travelled all that much yet, but out of the places I have been, the Scottish Highlands is my favourite. I live in Wales so I have a lot of natural beauty around, but nothing quite beats Scotland for that.
More Scottish awesomeness
If we’re talking about places I haven’t been yet, I would absolutely love to visit Iceland and see the Northern Lights; maybe that’s a little cliché but I don’t care. I’d also love to see the Mardal Waterfall in Romsdal, Norway.
Right now, I’m excited to get started with my Fine Art Degree. I enrolled at the beginning of the month with the Open College of the Arts and I cant wait to get into it.
Not working on much at the moment, I want to get into this degree before I give myself too much to do, but you can follow my progress with that if you’re interested at rebekahshambrook.wordpress.com, I also have a personal blog at bekahshambrook.wordpress.com although it desperately needs updating.
We appreciate your initiative and creativity to join in and bring a new design to life. Best of luck with the degree and design career :)
To see our Envelope Clutch and other wallets, you can check them out here.
Let’s start things off with a small bit of advice. Start using your travel journal before your trip.
Seriously, you’ll realise how important it is, when you are looking back at your adventures, to record even the slightest bit of planning to ensure that your trips have meaning and purpose.
Before all the memories and ticket stubs begin to flood the pages of your journal, make a list of things you want to see, food you want to try, or dedicate a page to language phrases you can use on the daily.
Fresh out of university after four years studying ecology, zoology and conservation genetics, I was well and truly ready for an adventure.
I wanted to book a plane ticket, pack my bags and head out the door as soon as possible.
But two things were stopping me. Firstly, money. Spending four years studying doesn’t mean you’re exactly raking in the cash. Secondly, when I got back and started looking for jobs, what would an employer think of a recent lengthy, self-indulgent holiday?
Then a solution came to me:
Why not combine some adventurous traveling with work experience?
In THE POWER OF MYTH by Joseph Campbell with Bill Moyers (1988), Campbell states that “Chief Seattle was one of the last spokesmen of the Paleolithic moral order. In about 1852, the United States Government inquired about buying the tribal lands for the arriving people of the United States.”
“The President in Washington sends word he wishes to buy our land. But how can you buy or sell the sky? The land? The idea is strange to us. If we do not own the freshness of the air and the sparkle of the water, how can you buy them?”
- Chief Seattle