Billy and Jessica’s lives are rooted in the art of making things. Their relationship began in San Francisco, where Billy met Jessica after returning from a year-long trip around the world. Before settling down in Texas, the two fostered a long-distance relationship by sending handmade gifts to one another. A graphic designer and screenprinter by trade, Billy’s work takes on organic forms while Jessica’s background in fine art photography gives her a strong eye for framing, precision and composition. Son of a Sailor was born out of their shared love of thoughtful design and the ways it can spark joy in the lives of others.
At Son of a Sailor, we hand-make and curate gifts that add a little color to life. Much of the inspiration behind our products come from the application of color, pattern and geometry to materials with a rich history and story. In our shop, you’ll find jewelry and lifestyle goods ranging from beaded earrings and bracelets to painted keychains, playful home goods and men’s leather accessories—all of which are designed with the intent of bringing happiness to life’s daily necessities.
We care deeply about the maker community in Austin and around the country. We believe that a rising tide lifts all ships, so we work hard to preserve the art of the handmade not only for ourselves, but for the other vendors we carry. It is through this collaboration that we’ve been lucky enough to form close bonds with our creative partners.
All Son of a Sailor products are designed by Billy and Jessica and produced by our talented production team in San Marcos, TX. Read on for a peek behind the curtain of our production process. (Or just stop by the studio. There’s actually no curtain.)
How It's Made.
Each and every Son of a Sailor product feels a human touch before it hits our shelves. Our production team hammers, cuts, paints, bends and sews each element together until it has just the right amount of spirit.