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A few weeks ago we had the opportunity to go to the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah. We met a lot of amazing people, and in particular a lot of amazing women! We were so impressed with the number of women who are not only driven in their outdoor passion, but also in their passion to create product and gear for other women. One of the amazing ladies we had the pleasure of talking to is Stephanie, the founder of Cedar Ravine.
Cedar Ravine is a made in the USA company that features hand-dyed cloth (all done by Stephanie!) fanny packs, bags, scarves, headbands, hammocks, wallets and more. She not only runs a company that creates great product, she also supports the outdoors by contributing a portion of every Cedar Ravine sale to support The Nature Conservancy’s Adopt an Acre program.
We chatted with Stephanie for quite a while. We so much enjoyed getting to know her that we want to share a bit of her story.
She grew up in Placerville, California just outside of Lake Tahoe. Her mother was a free-spirit and she spent most of her childhood hiking the canyons near her home (on Cedar Ravine Rd.), riding her horse bareback through the mountains, and learning how to do many different crafts. Fabric dyeing was a favorite at her house, as was candle making, cake decorating and embroidery. She eventually moved to LA to go to UCLA and loved the area as it is a central spot to the beauty that is the South West US – deserts, mountains, and ocean – her favorite places to explore.
In 2002 she discovered rock climbing and spent the next few years climbing throughout Joshua Tree, Malibu State Park, and Lost Rocks in Northern CA. Then in 2007 she became a mother and many of her hobbies fell by the wayside. She had a second son in 2009. Finally in 2013 she realized she needed to get back to her creative outlets. Cedar Ravine was born! In her words, “Cedar Ravine emerged as a way to express myself creatively, while promoting a way of life that I think brings us as humans closer together – being outdoors in nature. I can’t say enough about how pure the experience can be, how humbling and connecting – and I was sure that I wanted to design products for folks who also loved adventuring in the outdoors.”
I asked her what her favorite part of owning a company is and she replied that she gets to set her own hours. But she still ends up working 7 days a week! Her sons get to join her and see her hard at work doing what she loves, while setting a great example for them!
She is currently one crazy busy lady! The day I emailed her asking her a bunch of questions she somehow managed to pack in taking her boys to Downtown LA with her for a production meeting, a press check, a 600-piece fabric exchange in a parking lot, and finally to pick up 82 finished wallets from one of her sewing contractors. She is also getting back into climbing with a group called @womenwhoclimbLA. For those in the area, they are a supportive and casual group of women, anyone welcome!
We were really impressed with the quality of her products. They are simple, beautiful, and personal. She personally hand dyes all of her fabric. She has really cool chalk bags and hammocks the she has collaborated with artists. I use my satchel bag almost everyday to carry books, sunglasses, my wallet, my dog’s leash….and whatever else I may need for the day! It is very high quality, sturdy, durable, and most importantly, cute! Not only is Stephanie a great woman, she makes great things!
You can follow her on Instagram @cedarravine