I've been fortunate enough to travel with the company over the past 6 years. These travels have taken me around the States to open our retail stores and to China, Italy and Mexico- everywhere we make product.
Within these travels I have always appreciated each community for the inspiration it shares with me. I'm inspired by: The people, streets, color, food and especially families in different cultures.
Now to the place where my ancestors are from- Israel.
Israel gave me joy in the most unusual places. I had time to people watching and discover street art everywhere!
I traveled with the essentials- Getaway Tote, Everyday Pouch and Flat Pouch. These were my tools for comfort and creativity.
The first few days in Israel I couldn't find my place mostly due to jet lag.... I don't think I spoke the first few days besides trying to eat the delicious and fresh food. My staples were Israeli salad, Coffee and Red wine.
What I discovered on my journey was a long-forgotten reminder, an old-world tradition.... of gratitude and desire to give back.
I heard an amazing man speak about his journey to climb Everest and save a man instead of making it to the top. If he had chosen to continue climbing, Ben-Yehuda would have been the youngest Israeli ever to make it to Everest's summit.
"How long will your body take the abuse of your mind?" -Ben-Yehuda
After I heard that quote, I realized how selfish the majority of my life can be. It is so simple to open your mind and ask questions. This trip gave me back a sense of curiosity in the human condition.
We all know the two common statements.
"Absence makes the heart grow fonder" and "Out of sight out of mind".
For me it's about the heart growing fonder.
This trip opened my eyes to human conflict and the desire to give and care for others.
How do we all create an environment that we can call community? I will continue to explore this idea as this trip winds in and out of my day-to-day experience.
I loved the Old City in Jerusalem.
Then to Tel Aviv.
I explored Old Jaffa in Tel Aviv.
The Port at Old Jaffa.
Took a pouch selfie with the clear blue Mediterranean.
The Cafes in small alleys.
Sound of the holy prayers on Shabbat.
The Greek market and flea markets and food stalls were something I’ve never seen before. I now understand what Will means when he wants the feeling of a Bazaar in his store. With oodles and oodles of creativity to explore around every corner.
And the street art on doors in Tel Aviv.
My favorite part of Jerusalem was the people and openness to telling me about their families. I didn't always know where I was going but that can happen even at home....
I'm not always sure of what's going on but my philosophy is to stick with it and ask for help when you don't know what to stick with.
"Keep telling your story until it's the story you want to tell."
Thanks for reading!
Will Leather Goods