About Stitch & Rivet:
Stitch & Rivet is a bag and leather goods workshop based in Washington, D.C. The workshop specializes in leather bags and accessories including a line made of waxed canvas. Each piece is designed and patterned by owner Katie Stack.
Stitch & Rivet bags and accessories are known for their clean lines and modern aesthetic. Every effort is made to source leather and waxed canvas from American finishers and salvage warehouses with the goal of having one complete line made from American tanned leather. For Stack, creating a product line that is sourced from materials that are environmentally responsible is of the utmost importance.
Along with this social responsibility, each piece is created with a focus on quality construction and durable material. These products are made to be used and used well. Inspired by her time working in theater costume shops, where nicely made leather goods would be used over and over in various productions, Stack designs her products with a timeless appeal. Her aesthetic emphasises function and quality construction.
Stack also believes in being a part of her local neighborhood community. At the Washington, D.C. workshop, she currently employs 4 artisan-associates from the Washington, D.C. area. The workshop also showcases a carefully curated selection of handmade gifts and accessories made by local craftspeople, helping to encourage and grow their businesses.
As well as Stitch & Rivet’s Washington, D.C. workshop, you can find Stitch & Rivet goods in 30+ retail shops across the United States.
Stitch & Rivet has been featured in the Washington Post, the Washingtonian, and Stack has been named Best Local Crafter in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017 by the Washington City Paper’s Reader’s Poll.
About Owner, Katie Stack:
Katie Stack is the owner, designer and patternmaker for Stitch & Rivet, a workshop and leather goods line located in Washington, D.C.
Stack received her BFA in Costume Design and Costume Technology in 2003 from the Theater School at DePaul University. During her time at DePaul University, Stack expanded her costuming skill set by apprenticing with a millner at the Millinery Arts Alliance, where she learned to make hats for costume, high fashion and religious head-covering.
Upon graduation, she started work immediately as a costume craftsperson creating accessories of dress for theatrical productions in Chicago, Connecticut, New York and Washington, D.C. Most notably she worked on the productions of The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore starring Olympia Dukakis, which went on to do a Broadway run as well as Rose Rage a British adaptation of Henry the VI, Parts I, II and III directed by Ed Hall, which went on to produce an Off Broadway run and Henry IV Parts I and II which went on to The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford upon-Avon.
All theaters that Stack has worked for have won regional Tony Awards including Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Hartford Stage Company and Goodspeed Musicals.
She also has had the privilege of working under and learning from Tony Award winning costume designers such as Jane Greenwood and Martin Pakledinaz, as well as the very well respected Alejo Vietti and David Woolard. Under their tutelage she honed her skills in construction and patternmaking. Working with such well respected costume designers helped shape her style and aesthetic.
During her tenure as a costume craftsperson, Stack gained the skills to produce lots of product and learned how to manage small-scale manufacturing well. She started to experiment with producing custom knitting machine patterns. Stack hacked a knitting machine to create theatrical chainmail needed for a production of Cymbeline for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. Knitting chainmail was a particular specialty that usually took days to produce one item. With her new technique and technology, Stack was able to produce a chainmail sweater in under eight hours. She also became enamoured with the timelessness that the well constructed leathers goods found in the costume department. She learned that a good satchel bag looked at home in the 1890s as well as in today’s contemporary setting.
On top of her work as a costume craftsperson, Stack pursued her own small craft business. She started selling zippered pouches and canvas bags under the name Catherinette in 2003 at local craft markets and on Etsy since 2006. Over time her products evolved to include leather cuffs, wallets, felted wool headbands and earwarmers. She eventually came to rest on utilitarian leather bags and accessories under the name Stitch & Rivet in 2013.
She has sold her wares at numerous craft and wholesale markets including Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair, Charm City Craft Mafia shows and the American Craft Council in Baltimore, MD. She has lectured on design at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and has been named Washington City Paper’s Best Local Crafter in 2011 and 2015.
Balancing her costume work with her craft business taught her how to manage her time well and how to produce a large volume of work efficiently. She is able to interpret the marketplace and produce a well received product, which enabled her to make Stitch & Rivet her full time job and focus in 2013.
Most days you can find Stack at her workshop, busy making her leather bags, or at home in Herndon, VA with her husband and cat, Miss Kitty Salad Lamarr.