We started Goldfinch in 2013 because we love beauty, textiles and old-fashioned hand processes. We travelled to find sources in Nepal and Mexico--places where making things by hand is still a way of life--and found amazing artisans who still dye, weave, embroider and sew by the old, un-mechanized, time-consuming methods. To be sure, we were awed to realize this wealth of knowledge, history and skill was alive and well. Most of our designs are inspired by the old traditional patterns, textures and techniques, which we then simplify and update for contemporary use.
Our studio is in Minneapolis, where we design and correspond daily with our partners in Nepal and Mexico. Producing our collection is at once thrilling, creative, satisfying, fun and quite impractical. We love it all!
-Debra Herdman and Caroline Vaaler (hover on photos for bios)