CAMPER GENERAL STORE
We believe in inspiration.
We hit the road in a VW Camper every year for a month meeting people, stores, gathering stories, ideas and materials.
We believe in designing with a story.
Our story started when we stumbled upon 20 bolts of unused denim from the 1970’s in the garage of a friend’s family. At the same time, we gutted and rebuilt a 1964 Santa Fe Camper Trailer with plans to create a mobile store.
Our denim pieces are distressed individually by hand. There's no dying...only resist processes and a whole lot of California sun!
Our other pieces are made with selvedge from one of the oldest mills in Japan and military canvas from India. Everything has a source and a story. Each piece is handcrafted and unique.
We believe in utility pieces.
Our pieces satisfy everyday needs. We keep the designs simple with clean lines.
We currently make clutches, small zippered pouches, totes, cross-body bags, leather keychains, neckerchief, bandanas, pillows and napkins.
We believe in sustainability.
We utilize sustainable processes whenever possible from saved water from everyday use to drying in the sun. We use every piece of the hyde by making zipper pulls from remnants from our bags. Our denim scraps become wall hanging.
We believe in local.
Our textiles are created by hand in our studio and then passed to local seamstresses in downtown Los Angeles. We work together with them on our prototypes.
We believe in community.
We are kickstarting a lecture series/garden party held in the homes of Los Angeles designers, architects and store-owners in 2016, co-hosted by local blogs. We are firm believers that working together, sharing experiences, discussing manufacturing and small business needs is the way to grow.
We are excited to share our line with you.
Owner, Jill Epstein, is an artist, dreamer, designer and producer who lives in Los Angeles with her husband, 2 boys and a husky. When not slinging denim, she can be found roaming the west coast with the family in their '84 Westfalia.