OUR STORY



I don’t always know where to start when it comes to telling “our story” or addressing the section of “about me”. So I’ll just give you a quick rundown. My name is Colette Johnston and currently, I reside in Atlanta Georgia with my Husband Toby and our furry dog child Huck. We’ve all been together for over 6 years and have lived in various places such as, Bozeman Montana, La Veta Colorado, and Redding California. In 2018 Toby and I decided to take one last big move and go across the country to Atlanta and start all over, AGAIN. We both are in our early 30’s and decided “Heck. Let's just throw our life’s passions in a blender and see what comes out.” So I’m sure you are asking, how does Knollwood fit into all of this? Well, in the timeline of the past 6+ years, it was in Bozeman Montana that I found a leatherworker who would sell me scraps so I could play around with the idea of leatherworking. It was in La Veta Colorado that I stole a giant piece of my inlaws dried up vegetable-tanned leather and hand sewed up my first real Clutch (the folded clutch style on my site). After posting it online I started to get inquires about selling my items. Then comes Redding California, where we decided to completely renovate my attic into a small shop workshop and officially launch Knollwood to the world. A few years later when it came time to take the big move across the country to Georgia, I honestly wasn’t sure if Knollwood was coming with me. I had grown tired of the way I was running my business and I felt my desire for creativity slowly die. It got to where Knollwood was a burden, not an outlet. When we got to Atlanta I was surprised by the “maker culture” and the amount of continuous positive support for me to keep Knollwood going. So I decided to change up the way I ran my business. I decided to push myself in the areas of quality, product specialty, and design creativity. Before now, Knollwood had items in unlimited stock, and you wouldn’t get your product for up to 2 weeks do to production time. Also, there was rarely ever new items or colors to keep things fresh. With this new and improved Knollwood, all items the are premade, so when they hit the website they are ready to be shipped. With that, there is a limited quantity on all items. Changing up this system has allowed me to be able to constantly add new designs, colors, and just go with the creative flow of what I’m feeling and what customers are asking for. All items are made by me, and my Husband Toby helps with the visual side and various tasks. Huck helps by getting his hair on everything and constantly having a snaggletooth for me to look at. I hope you enjoyed this “About me” Knollwood session. If you want to stay more connected, you can follow us on Instagram, or add your email to our mailing list. You may or may not receive a blog/Knollwood update in the future #Ifieverstartthatblogisaidiwasgoingtodo.


ME

ME

Toby and I at Auto Camp in California. This was for a photoshoot. We don’t usually let random people stay in our airstream for no reason and take pictures of us …

Toby and I at Auto Camp in California. This was for a photoshoot. We don’t usually let random people stay in our airstream for no reason and take pictures of us

This is the great clutch that started it all. It is about 4-5 years old.

This is the great clutch that started it all. It is about 4-5 years old.

Huck Johnston

Huck Johnston



Here are some pictures/symbols you will see a lot with Knollwood.

This is the Orange Party Symbol. An old tradition we had growing up was to grab an orange off the tree, cut it up, eat it and call it an orange party. It was the single most incredibly simple fantastic part of my day. I’ve always looked back on that time and appreciated the simplistic outlook on life we had as kids. So now being older “Orange Party” is a term I use to represent enthusiastically enjoying life, in its most simplest form. All future blogs and email listings are titled “Orange Party”.

This is the Orange Party Symbol. An old tradition we had growing up was to grab an orange off the tree, cut it up, eat it and call it an orange party. It was the single most incredibly simple fantastic part of my day. I’ve always looked back on that time and appreciated the simplistic outlook on life we had as kids. So now being older “Orange Party” is a term I use to represent enthusiastically enjoying life, in its most simplest form. All future blogs and email listings are titled “Orange Party”.

Not sure if this handsome man needs an introduction, but this right here is Huckleberry Johnston. Also known as, Huck, Mr. boy, Boopa, Trouble, Handsom, just to name a few. Huck is a boxer Lab. We got him when he was 10 weeks old at Pet Smart. He has become the goodest of good boys, and if you ever meet him he will most likely bark at you and demand you pet/cuddle at the same time (it’s very confusing).

Not sure if this handsome man needs an introduction, but this right here is Huckleberry Johnston. Also known as, Huck, Mr. boy, Boopa, Trouble, Handsom, just to name a few. Huck is a boxer Lab. We got him when he was 10 weeks old at Pet Smart. He has become the goodest of good boys, and if you ever meet him he will most likely bark at you and demand you pet/cuddle at the same time (it’s very confusing).

And then we have Pearl, Toby’s 1953 Ford f-100 (No she’s not for sale). Pearl has been with us the longest. She holds some of Toby and I’s favorite stories we’ve had together. I’m pretty sure Toby will be asked to be buried with this truck one day. If you ever get the chance, ask Toby to take you for a ride. Just be warned there is no real air conditioning. Instead, there is a small plug device near your window that opens a vent to the outside.

And then we have Pearl, Toby’s 1953 Ford f-100 (No she’s not for sale). Pearl has been with us the longest. She holds some of Toby and I’s favorite stories we’ve had together. I’m pretty sure Toby will be asked to be buried with this truck one day. If you ever get the chance, ask Toby to take you for a ride. Just be warned there is no real air conditioning. Instead, there is a small plug device near your window that opens a vent to the outside.