Packing Up Project 2012: Heading for Decker’s Studio and Boise

Well it was a long long journey from Los Angeles and Inspiration all the way to Las Vegas and Project.  The days at the show really opened my eyes to the bigger picture of growing a fashion brand and our host Andrew did an amazing job curating.  The last day was vaguely ominous as I knew it was near time to pack up.  Eric,  Caleb and I took a Project limousine for a quick jaunt to one of the other related shows called “Source”  .  We were looking for new materials and suppliers that could offer up fabrics and materials for our fashion brands hopefully made in America.  Sadly that did not work out well except we had an amazing ride with two young fashion bloggers from N.Y.C. who spent the limo ride texting notes via their iphones.  Cool and weird for them I am sure!  Well the show came to an end and we packed up the booth.  Unfortunately after nights of no sleep waiting for 3 hours to get a union truck to lug our stuff out of the building was no great pleasure.  Especially since we were very aware that we were going to somehow have to get every thing in our booth back  in the van!  This time we had one extra person and luggage.  Fabian the expert chainstitcher from Junkyardjeans is excellent company but the van was full to bursting.  We were in a race to Utah to meet up with world-famous motorcycle sculptor Jeff Decker to return his motorcycle gang cuts and squeeze in some hang time at his studio and restaurant. We were leap frogging with Jeff and his van all day.  When we finally pulled into Hippodrome Studios he greeted us with a big smile.  Jeff had a van load of rare motorcycle items to show off.  Of course Jeff owns his own Himel Bros Jacket and I have my own Decker belt buckle!

I will tell you that I have dreamed of doing this drive from Las Vegas to Boise, Idaho for 10 years.  Every month my good friend Eric does this from Idaho to L.A. and back and every year I say I am going to do the drive and come see his store.  Well this was my year.  Unfortunately for us, we were going to do it in a overpacked van, and due to a snow storm moving in across the desert, we were going to have to stay in a hotel for an extra night in Las Vegas and play some cards.  Sad for me really because I knew I wasn’t going to get any sleep for the long beautiful trip the next day. Regardless we hit the road in the early A.M.  The storm had passed leaving a light dusting of snow on the desert and I was in for my first real trip across the vast beautiful terrain of American wilderness.  I got to visit Decker’s absolutely stunning studio and resto, and managed to make it to Boise in one day of driving to boot.  The wildest, fastest road trip across America I think I will ever take!!!

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