Past Collections

Gravel & Gold, the shop, opened its doors in 2008. Since 2012, we have produced clothing, accessories, and home goods with an emphasis on handmade print designs. Everything (almost) is made in San Francisco, California. We've also had the pleasure of collaborating with a host of inspiring producers and artists in the Bay Area and further afield. We are honored to do this work we love with people of such excellent-high standard! Please enjoy exploring our archive!

EMprint Press

Emily Johnson, O Em! 

Em is a treasured friend, live wire, popsicle maker, and a superlative letterpress printer with two home bases: Portland, Oregon and Cody, Nebraska. In August of 2014, Cass was delighted to work with Em for a week at EMprint Press in Portland, at YU. Outside, the bike lanes were broad, the kitchen gardens in full force, and the shower piping hot. Ah, Portland. In the studio, Em bossed around her assorted big machines, and they settled on using her vintage Miehle letterpress to print four card designs—two by Lisa and two by Cass. 

Each card was a kind of experiment. Inconceivably, Em had never experimented with split fountain inking on her press, so dazzling new tricks were acquired by all. Lisa's fine line drawing Bath Belly made for an ideal design for letterpress, playing to the strength of the detail that is possible with this kind of printing. Both it and Cass's fabric print "Boobs" made tiny were printed with a rainbow split fountain. Lisa's mountain scene Go Stay Stay Go also featured a split fountain harvest moon / rotting persimmon on the flip side. And Nut was a two color separation that, again, offered instruction on the distinct capabilities of letterpress printing. 

Another exciting aspect of this round of production was that we decided to donate the proceeds for the sale of the Boobs Card to the worthy La Leche League of Northern California and Hawaii. It feels good to put those Boobs to good service!


All of us Ladies of Gravel & Gold commute by bike from around the city to our studio in the Mission. And most days, dropping into that sunny valley, we are apt to admire fellow riders with their Alite Bike to the Beach Bags slung on their backs. It's such a simple, yet generous and versatile design. And, with its single panel construction in the front, we couldn't help but notice what a great surface it offers to show off a print.  

So in the summer of 2014, we achieved a long-standing ambition to work with our neighbors, the wonderful team at Alite Designs. For this, what is we hope the first of many collaborations, we mingled their superb Bike to the Beach Bag with our print "Panda Face" for a super happy-making, urban picnic-OK backpack.

The canvas was printed locally at Zoo-Ink, the leather was cut, drilled, and stamped at, and Jean Saung sewed them up over at the Alite workshop. Our own Nastassia Clucas took the pictures at Sightglass that helped us spread the word.


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