Basic Terrain started in our dining room with a cheap sewing machine and 6 yards of military canvas. Dave had recently picked up sewing again, something he learned from his mother as a kid growing up in Washington State. His goal was to make himself a pair of snowboard pants. I intercepted that with a hammock request. So with the army green canvas and some orange thread, a hammock magically appeared.
“Whoa, you made that?” I said.
Dave replied, “ Yeah, I can make some more cool stuff if I had a better machine." Lo and behold, 6 months later, he’s sitting behind two real deal sewing machines, surrounded by a pile of my clothes and fabric scraps. In that pile of clothes was a pair of Thai fisherman pants that I brought back from my trip to Cambodia. “Can you make these in denim?” I asked while holding up a pair. “Sure, that’s easy,” he said. And with that, the Eden pant was born (named after the town in Utah where we spend our winters snowboarding). Dave found his groove. He made himself a duck cloth jacket and some flannel shirts. He made a leather jacket for one friend and pants for a bunch more. Instead of snowboard pants, he made a full on ski bib. Everyone had the same reaction, “I can’t believe you made this.”
Did I mention he makes his living as a stuntman?
And that’s when it hit us- why don’t we start a company to make the things we like and the things we want to see, all inspired by our love of travel, adventure, and laid back living. That is how Basic Terrain came to be, a vision of where we’ve been and where we want to go. We’re trying to live our dream, and encourage others to do the same.
Whatever the dream, whatever the terrain.
So, what’s your terrain?