There's sooooo much junk in the world...

It's totally ruining the view, not to mention the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.  But, maybe worst of all, it's changing how we see the world.  It's lowering our expectations for the things we build, and buy, and use.  From buildings to boots, the things we make should be beautiful, they should get better with use, and they should wear out only after many years.  When they do start to wear, we should be able to fix them, not throw them away. 

But it also matters where things come from, who makes them, and what impact that process has on that place and those people. My intention for Ryaton is to show that it is possible to adhere to these principles and still produce the things that the world needs, without cutting corners, without shifting the burden onto other far away places and other far away people.  If we are going to use a product, we need to be willing to take responsibility for what it took to make it.

So can we just make things better?  Just stop making junk?  Well, it's not going to be easy.  We've been heading down the road we're on for a long time.  But with an open mind, and a good pair of shoes on our feet, we might just get there by taking one step at a time.

Greg Morgan
shoemaker, designer, emailer, weed puller, etc.

What I stand for is what I stand on.
— Wendell Berry