black anchor workshop

These days it seems like everyone has a cause, a mission, something to support. It's the age of Kickstarter - which, if you aren't aware, is the world's largest funding platform for creative projects. Since it's inception three years ago, Kickstarter has fostered the funding of over $300 million for thousands of projects. Some of the best Kickstarter success stories include the funding of mega-popular video games, albums for up-and-coming bands and iPhone apps. Through the creative network I am blessed to have, it seems like every time I log onto Facebook there is a new Kickstarter venture on my newsfeed. Out of the many causes I run across, one campaign has caught my eye as of late and I'd love to share it with you.

Enter: Tacoma-based Black Anchor Workshop, the dream of my new friend Stephen Jones. In brief, Black Anchor is all about amazing lifestyle goods that are rugged, simple, functional and beautiful. To see the Black Anchor Kickstarter endeavor (which ends TOMORROW), please follow this link. I love Stephen's beautiful video explaining the project, featuring cameos from several of our mutual friends. By the way, if it seems like Seattle is the coolest place ever, you're right:

I had dinner with Stephen and his beautiful soon-to-be wife Ally the other night and as we got to know each other over delicious burgers and equally delicious beer, I fell in love with his heart for well-crafted quality design. He has a dream - a pretty rad one at that - and is actually doing something about it (what a concept)! What originated as sewing a bag for a friend has rapidly evolved into a business. The Black Anchor Kickstarter campaign has reached their funding goal already, but if you feel so inclined to throw a couple dollars towards beautiful leather craftsmanship it would be so appreciated. I can't wait to see what will come out of this.

Do you know of other creative success stories in-the-making? Share in the comments below or shoot me an email at I'd love to hear from you!