Meet the Maker: Drift & Amble
Drift & Amble is a small, independent printing and design studio found in downtown Salida, Colorado. A longtime Flea vendor, owner Farrah Fine designs an abundance of handmade goods such including hand screen printed apparel, handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, and much more. The company strices to source clothing from socially responsible companies while also providing fashionable, soft and unique garments for men, women, and kids.
WHAT DOES YOUR BRAND MEAN TO YOU?
My brand is a direct reflection of my life and past experiences. It’s about doing what you love and the pursuit of happiness.
what was your inspiration for starting your brand?
I wanted freedom from client work. I loved designing and seeing my work come to life, but just needed a break. I have a BFA in printmaking, so combining design and printmaking just made sense.
first product you created?
A scooter-bike onesie. My husband’s from Amish country and they’re the only mode of transportation allowed within the community (with the exception of the horse and buggy!).
why do you do what you do?
Because I can. Working for myself is a gift because it enables me to go on river trips, ski when it snows, and most importantly, meet new people. As an independent designer, you’re so secluded behind a screen. Being a maker gets me out from behind the screen. At times, I can also be my own worst enemy. I’m pretty competitive with myself and always see ways in which to improve and perfect.
how has your process evolved?
I’ve become more efficient and after 5 years, started training employees to help me with the process and print.
What's your favorite product or collection that you've created?
I used to print on recycled shirts. People love them, but the demand for specific sizing (on recycled shirts) was unrealistic.
WHAT's the best part of your day?
Happy hour! Having the ability to make time for relationships and create my own schedule.
advice to other seeking a similar path in life?
Be realistic. Be authentic. Hustle. And don’t take yourself too seriously.
best part of being a colorado maker?
The rich maker community! So many talented makers in Colorado doing creative, inspiring things.
on the denver flea wish list:
The Unisex Bear Lightweight Zipup to always have on hand, since the weather changes by the hour in Spring!
Follow DRIFT & AMBLE:
QUICK FACT #1
All apparel is designed and printed in house, at our Salida brick & mortar store by myself, Farrah.
QUICK FACT #2
I started designing and printing t's because I knew I couldn’t be a river guide or a ski bum forever!
QUICK FACT #3
We’re serious about conservation - we only use recycled packing materials for all online sales.