I first heard about Draught Dry Goods more than a year ago on Tumblr of all places. If you know me, you know all about my love for Made in the USA goods. Keeping products and services right here, where they belong, in the good ol’ US of A brings a smile from ear to ear. Their Tumblr page drew me to their website, which later drew me towards Twitter where I finally got a chance to drop Caesy a message. I have been thoroughly impressed by the quality of products Draught Dry Goods has been turning out. Not to mention the frequency. Wallets, cell phone cases, belts, notepad holders, keychains, bags, cycling gear and quite a few collaborations. The product line is deep and ever growing. All made with the finest leathers, canvas, cotton and paper goods. Made by hand in Portland, Oregon.
AGW – Thank you for meeting with me Caesy and spending some time talking about your wonderful Made in the USA goods. Can you tell me a little about how and why you started Draught Dry Goods?
Caesy – Draught started as an extension of my creative pursuit, or process. I was predominantly interested in fine art, and a design/fashion project seemed like an interesting place for that skillset to function and flourish.
AGW – You have created a very generous offering of goods that include leather wallets, bags, keychains, belts, camera cases, cycling bags and I think I even spotted a motorcycle carry bag. Did your selection of goods derive from anything specific or did you create items you wanted for yourself and knew others would appreciate?
Caesy – The latter. I design pieces that I want and/or need.
AGW – How did you decide who to collaborate with and how was it working with other designers?
Caesy – I generally collaborate with friends. Sometimes I collaborate with strangers doing interesting things. Sometimes I collaborate with strangers I want to be friends with. It is always a pleasure to work with other designers.
AGW – Can you give me a little hint as to what collaborations may be coming soon from Draught Dry Goods?
Caesy – Not really. I’m doing some hats and letterman’s jackets for autumn.
AGW – You already have a great deal of stockists carrying your goods. Where can we hope to see your goods next?
Caesy – South America? I hope to see my stuff in South America.
AGW – With so many companies trying to make a dollar these days, it seems Made in China is the most popular label on tags these days. Why did you decide to keep your products handmade here in the USA?
Caesy – I produce things domestically because that is the most realistic business model for a project of my size. There are still plenty of domestic production resources and suppliers in the states, and I really enjoy my relationships with them. Unlike some other designers, I certainly don’t do it out of some sort of ill-conceived notion of patriotism. If I lived in China, I would probably make shit in China.
AGW – With an already great selection, what direction do you see your products going in the next few years?
Caesy – Wallet chains that drag the ground, bags made of corn husks, a Draught Dry Goods four-wheeler or snowmobile, kitchen cutlery, custom textiles.
AGW – What other designers, artists or fabricators inspired your journey?
Caesy – Vito Acconci, Isaac Reina.
AGW – All of your products are made with quality products and carry an attention to detail that could only come from years of experience. How did you hone your skills?
Caesy – I just do the best that I can, and work as hard as possible. I hone the other skills by reading lots of expensive magazines, and smoking grass.
Thanks again Caesy for taking some time to answer my questions and provide some great photographs of your products. His sense of style, materials and color choices are definitely eye catching. Reading the above, you can also tell he is a pretty cool guy with a good sense of humor. The kind of guy you’d like to grab a pint with. That new waxed iPad carry looks like it will have to find its way home to me very soon.
For more on Draught Dry Goods, visit their website at draughtdrygoods.com