Clyde & Christopher:
Clyde & Christopher is a collaboration between Wendy and Julianna, old friends, dog-lovers, world-travelers, and problem solvers. Their meticulously handcrafted, socially responsible aprons are loaded with pockets for every essential to take a walk around the block or a hike around the world.
Christmas seven years ago, a handsome Australian Shepherd puppy came into Wendy’s life. During the harshest weather season in Atlanta — cold, wet, and windy — the walking regime began. When Wendy went out the door with her precious pup, something often got left behind; no poop bags, no tissues, no key to the house. Frustrated, she wondered where to get a coat with enough pockets to hold all the necessities, or, a dog-walking apron. She found that such an item did not exist and an idea was born! As time passed, Wendy would hear a friend moan about leaving behind a crucial item for a hike, trip, or excursion, and she would proclaim that she had dreamed up the perfect solution and would be producing said item in the “near future”.
As fate would have it, Wendy’s friend, Julianna, returned to Atlanta after graduating from Georgetown University, primed for a new challenge. Having rescued a puppy herself, Julianna began dog walking with Wendy. While out one morning, they came upon a pop-up creperie. Starving, the two friends realized that neither had any money to satisfy their craving. As they walked home (bellies grumbling), Wendy shared with Julianna her dog walking apron idea. Upon hearing the concept, Julianna insisted that product development begin.
Two fulfilling years have come and gone since that fateful walk. During that time, they have a built a partnership while having the time of their lives. Wendy and Julianna believe that there are many paths to adventure – some anticipated, some unforeseen. Their latest adventure has been building a business based on a foundation of friendship. Through all of the foolish mistakes and hard won successes, their friendship is stronger than ever.
Clyde & Christopher hope this amazing apron accompanies you on your next adventure.
Clyde & Christopher is excited to have the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented Anick Stephens. Born on the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, Anick has been sewing professionally since high school. During her career, she has tailored everything from wedding gowns to doll clothes. With Clyde & Christopher, Anick has refined patterns, created sewing samples, and continues to handcraft aprons offered on the website. In addition to her excellent work with us, she runs her own business on Etsy. Check out her store, Anick’s Boutique.
Kay Nwe, Ciin Sian Nuam, and Tha Hlei Lang :
By working with this wonderful team of seamstresses, Clyde & Christopher is able to offer many designs in a larger quantity. Kay, Nuam, and Tha, three ladies from Burma, met while working at a local non-profit that focused on teaching refugee women how to sew. Kay had risen quickly in this organization to the role of supervisor due to her natural sewing talent. While training Tha and Nuam, Kay realized that the three of them could join together as a team to empower themselves and other refugee women through the art of sewing. We are excited that with the growth of our dream, Adventure Aprons, Kay will realize her dream of creating an empowerment center owned and operated by refugee women.