We revisited the lovely team of Wood & Faulk at their new(ish) studio. Initially, founder Matt Pierce built his brand through a lifestyle and do-it-yourslef blog that archived projects he was working on. After 6 years Wood & Faulk now designs and manufactures a cohesive line of bags, accessories and lifestyle goods.
Pursuing his own interests in creating and exploring on his blog, Pierce gained momentum and the concept of the brand was born. Quickly Matt and his team have diversified W&F's product line, increased stockist and become a coveted lifestyle brand for those on the go. Matt continues to apply his curiosity and attention to detail to every aspect of the company, with a constant hands-on approach. The result is a growing and reputable company known for their quality and timeless designs.
The Thompson building (where Wood & Faulk now call home) was once a luggage company - fitting don't you think? Sitting dormant for sometime it was recently rehabbed back to it’s original glory, including the original steel frame windows wrapping the building, refurbished wood floors and addition of a few modern amenities.
Get to know a little more about Wood & Faulk with the Q&A with Matt as well as the slide show!
1. Why Portland? What was it that drew you to Portland or has kept you here?
Portland was the utopia for me. Coming from Kansas, it was so different with a more vibrant art/design scene, mountains and close proximity to the ocean. I still am shocked to turn a corner and see Mt. Hood on a clear day and it’s been 10 years now.
2. How did your brand start?
It started from a DIY blog, and due to consumer demand, I got pulled into this full-fleged manufacturing gig. It’s been great, I never would have anticipated it, but I love what I do.
3. What has been your biggest obstacle?
So many obstacles! I like to fix things, so I take things in stride. Growth is always an interesting puzzle. I’m feel like I’m getting an MBA with all the books I read and advice I’ve been given from amazing mentors.
4. What or who inspires your design?
Portland, Kansas, antiques, furniture, art, outdoors, cars, people, music… pretty damn much anything. I’m inspired every day.
5. Your favorite thing about your workspace?
The windows in here are amazing. Cold this last winter, but so helpful in the rainy season to have that much natural light. I tried to create an inspiring place for everybody and I think they all like it.
6. 5 things you can’t live without.
A watch, family, my employees, music and a comfortable place to recoup at the end of the day.