For 2017 I had two main goals. I wanted to finish the Senders hat and I also wanted to adjust the long term vision for Sten.
The hat (of course) turned out to be much harder than I thought. Sewing one is hard but making a product that’s possible to produce is harder. All seams have to be optimised, there are surprisingly hard decisions ta make (e.g. velcro, button or some other closing system) and the blueprint has to be adjusted to fit other than myself. It has been a steep and roller coaster like learning process. I think I’m happy with how the hat turned out now and some more hats are on it’s way out for testing.
For the long term vision I wanted to make the brand even more local. Change the goals, from having some distant idea of making a living from it, to making good products and having fun while doing so. I also like to be more transparent about the brand and to work even harder on making it friendly to the environment (e.g. replace the last small bits of the non nature materials). I’m not there yet – the work will surely continue during 2018 and we’ll see in a year :)
We’ve been working together with local artist and climber Christoffer Stigberg to make 20 unique boulder brushes! We have 10 of them and he has 10. You will have the chance to get them at the special occasions below. Stay tuned for more info!
We are working on opening the store for all EU countries. For now send us an e-mail if you are ordering from outside Sweden.
The inspiration picture (above) is from the beautiful Swedish west coast (archipelago) that also happens to be a boulder paradise. Imagine climbing slabs in the warm summer nights when the sun sets over the sea… I miss it as soon as I’m leaving. Luckily it’s not more than an hour away from central Gothenburg.
Thanks for the overwhelming response to our new Sten boulder bag! A boulder chalk bag made in Sweden from re-used old jeans. The first bags where shipped last week and from what I’ve seen on Facebook they have come to use already :)
When you order you can write if want a dark, light, black or mixed bag and we’ll make our best to match it. For now you’ll have to order via the contact form then I’ll send you a photo of the bag before you’ll get the payment info.
I’ve been working so hard for this and finally the Sten boulder bag is DONE! A boulder bag made by old denim jeans, waxed with bees wax and paraffin to keep dirt out and the chalk in. It’s hand made in Sweden.
We believe in reuse. The jeans on the picture here is a pair that I inherited from a friend 17 years ago. You can send your old worn out favorite jeans to me and I’ll make them into a bag. If you are interested in that please contact me. Of course you can also have me select the fabric for you. We’ll probably have other materials available later as well. If you have any preferences in color, wash or fabrics please let me know. We are not totally done with the pricing yet but are guessing on 500 SEK including one Sten boulder brush.
The bags are made by hand in our own studio in Sweden and we are really proud to make that work. Making our own products is new to us so expect delivery times to be a couple of weeks. We’ll work on that and learn to be more efficient as we go, please bear with us for now.
Sewing the boulder bag was meant to be the first product for Sten. I mean, how hard can it be? Really hard, as it turned out. Luckily the boulder brush was easier. When I started I didn’t know anything about making patterns or producing. It has been a steep learning curve and my attempts have been like a roller coaster. One day I felt like a genius, the next not so much.
Many people have helped make this product possible. Thanks to all you. A special extra mega warmest thanks goes to Sofia, Johanna, Fredrik, Mikaela, Dagny, Ea and Padde. You are the best!
P.S. We are glad for all feedback so please share with us!