Journal

What a year it’s been!

Posted by Laura Stewart on

 What a year it's been! 8 new designs, 15 new color combinations, 3 redesigns and a new line called the Porch & Hound Collection. It has been a year since we closed and I officially took over Andover Trask. I am in awe at how much we have grown in that short period of time. When I bought Andover Trask, I did not have experience in design, marketing, ecommerce, taxes and all the other ‘business’ aspects that come along with owning your own company. But, I had passion. I had 3 new designs drawn before I signed on the dotted...

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The Porch & Hound Collection

Posted by Laura Stewart on

  Not just a brand, but a lifestyle. Sitting on the porch has always been a big part of my life.  As a child, our screened in back porch was an extension of our living space.  Our front porch, the backdrop for high school prom pictures.  Today, I spend an obscene amount of time on my front porch, coffee or refreshment in hand, listening to the birds, the train or just watching the world go by.  My neighbors all know, if we're on the porch, that means 'Bar is open' and 'Welcome!'  There have been several occasions when a neighbor will...

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What's in a Name?

Posted by Laura Stewart on

     As many of you know, the names of our bags have significant meaning. Matt has a strong love for literature so he honored that through his work, creating a line named after Southern authors and their characters. When I bought Andover Trask in December, I knew the style Matt so successfully started would transition beautifully to something I love as well, the Virginia horse country. With my Southern ties and my equestrian history, I have named my first design after my passion.      I am beyond excited to introduce The Belle. Southern Belle you might ask? Well,...

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The Next Chapter...

Posted by Laura Stewart on

For a month, I have been trying to tackle the task of rewriting the ‘About us’ section of our website. The truth is, I don’t want to rewrite it. Matt was an integral part of Andover Trask and I want his story, the start of Andover Trask, to remain as it is, a vital part of the company’s history. Although the company has changed hands, it only means Matt’s chapter has ended - but like any good book, the story is far from over.I heard about Andover Trask in May 2015 when a friend introduced me to the brand. After...

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Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South

Posted by Matthew Weaver on

Carnegie Survey of the Historic Architecture of the South

For as long as I can remember, I've been fascinated and obsessed with historic architecture. And in the South, at least, a love of great old buildings brings with it the regular pang of heartache when those historic structures are for ever reduced to rubble, whether by neglect or intentionally to make way for development. We do a particularly poor job of preserving our historic architecture here, and our general lack of building codes often allows grand old buildings to be razed and replaced with characterless edifices of stucco and vinyl. This is an ongoing conversation in Atlanta--and I'm sure throughout the South--and a passionate group of us Atlantans get together from time to time to consider ways to embrace and preserve our scant stock of historic buildings.

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