If 2020 has done anything for people I hope that its given everyone some perspective on their day to day lives. Just about everyone has had at least some part of their lives upended by the pandemic, not to mention the myriad of other disasters that have reared up across the globe. I hope that it makes people count their blessings. I have seen a pretty significant increase in comments about folks reconsidering their day jobs looking to get into doing something like what we do here at Anvil. Now I don't know how much of that can be attributed to folks having a little more time on their hands than usual or if their day jobs have all of the sudden become such an incredible burden that they're considering changing things up. Regardless the reason folks seem to be considering more creative endeavors and I think that's pretty dang awesome.
It is incredibly important to encourage creativity. On some level it should be easy, but it's a whole lot of work to create. Committing yourself to seeing any project all the way through is a tall order. So people that choose to take that avenue deserve to be lauded and admired.
At Anvil our creative pursuits are pretty obvious. When you make an object from scratch you're being creative from start to finish and at the end of the day you have a physical manifestation of your process. But not all creative endeavors result in an actual "thing." Sometimes the creative process takes place in a more abstract way, as part of a moment or event. The fruit of that creative labor isn't something that can be held in your hands but is held in the mind. There's a bit of philosophy in there, but truly every moment is an opportunity to get the creative juices flowing. And when you live with that thought at the front of your mind you can make just about anything happen.
The Mini Long Wallet started out as a way to appease some of our customers that liked the long wallet but just wanted something a little shorter. Obviously we do try to listen to our customers' feedback because that's just good business. The original design wasn't even available as a stock item. But folks saw us make a few as requested by some of our customers on social media and before long it had a achieved a somewhat cult status in as much as a style of leather wallet can have a following. Eventually we had enough interest in them to make a version that was available on the website, and they've sold fairly well over the years. That being said, there's always room for improvement. We're constantly looking at ways we can better the styles and designs of our products.