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The Tagua Palm.
Ubiquitous throughout costal South America, these wide, medium-height palms have a very peculiar fruit. Encased in the clusters of hard, spiny pericarps are 5-6 egg-sized nuts. During the 1800s shipping companies used these heavy, nonporous nuts as ballast in their ships, consequently transporting huge quantities to Europe. It is there that local craftsmen and artists began to use this waste product, finding that it had the same hand and heft as Ivory, but at a fraction of the cost. Its popularity continued to rise until the advent of mass-produced plastics in the 1940s.
Our Sportshirt uses corozo buttons for a number of reasons: It is sustainable, has the durability of plastic, and has the same luxurious, milky feel as Ivory.
Our buttons are carved in the same design from dustbowl era workwear, the "Cat's Eye".
Our Cannonball Jacket was inspired by Erwin “Cannon Ball” Baker. He set a cross-country record in 1912 by racing coast to coast in 11 days, 11 hours and 11 minutes on an Indian motorcycle. This classically re-invented motorcycle jacket is made in our San Francisco studio of wind and water-repellent 10-oz. wax cotton from New Jersey's Martexin, a warm 100% Organic cotton flannel lining, and hardwearing corduroy facings.
The first batch is limited to just 27 pieces, get one while you can....
Umber & Ochre is a small clothing design studio in San Francisco. We specialize in creating simple, considered products from materials carefully chosen for their impermanent natures.Everything is designed and prototyped in our S.F. studio, and produced in small batches throughout the U.S.A.Our garments are classic and concise, emphasizing their traditional construction. Authentic details retain their functions and frivolty is trimmed to a minimum.We exclusively use globally-sourced, all-natural materials of the highest quality that are specially dyed and left untreated to age and develop with time and wear.The more you wear your Umber & Ochre products, the more you’ll love them.