I’m Louis. I was born in ’91 and grew up in/around St. Louis, MO, mostly out in the country. I’ve bounced around living in Nevada, NYC, and Oregon, and I’ve been in the Bay Area of California since late 2017. I make all the stuff. I work closely with Meggsaladsandwich, though we don't necessarily collaborate. I’m grateful to do what I do. I’m grateful for all of you.
All materials used to pack and ship my products are biodegradable and/or recyclable. It’s mostly paper products, plus some super special tape from Ecoenclose. I do all the packing and shipping myself.
I believe clothing and textile goods could use extra attention contemporarily as we in the US have virtually stopped producing textile goods in recent decades. We need clothing. We need it to be made in a way that we can all sustain.
Why is everything made in USA? It’s not about nationalism, and it certainly isn’t anything against free trade. It’s not even about quality. It’s the simple fact that I have found myself in the US, and I recognize that the need for clothing is universal. Let’s share the load. It’s about minimizing transportation emissions. It’s an effort to avoid exploiting the economies of developing countries. It’s about supporting manufacturers with transparent working conditions. It’s about supporting domestic farms and the domestic yarn industry. It’s about creating meaningful work. It’s about community.
Why cotton? Cotton is a plant. Cotton is biodegradable both aerobically and anaerobically. This means it can break down relatively quickly, even in a covered landfill. Cotton feels good. I’m interested in using other plant based textiles too, and I intend to avoid synthetic/petroleum-based fabrics completely.
My posters start as either ink on paper drawings or linoleum block prints. I then have these designs reproduced as hand pulled screen prints by the fine folks at Sun Night Editions in Oakland, CA. Check them out for screen printing and relief printing services.
Feel free to contact with any questions or comments: LOUIS@LOUISBICYCLE.COM