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Interview with Dave Gauntlett, Co-Founder of Wind & Waves

A few weeks back we featured the up and coming belt company out of Rhode Island, Wind & Waves. Specializing in Stirling silver plated belt buckles made in Rhode Island, and leather work done in Ohio, these belts are proudly a Made-In-America product. Today we’re back with an interview with one of the co-founding brothers of the company, Dave Gauntlett. Dave spoke with us about his background on the water, the inspiration behind Wind & Waves and the process behind starting a company.

Where did the initial idea for Wind & Waves come from? What’s your background before Wind & Waves and did this background help inspire the belts?

I suppose you could say Wind & Waves found us. Wind & Waves is really an extension of who we are. How we were raised. Fortunately, my brother Rick and I have been blessed to have grown up “on the water” as they say; boats-wood boats. Growing up, our family’s summer vacation was usually spent in Cuttyhunk and occasionally in Nantucket. And we fished; It’s what we did all day, everyday. Later in life we fished for a living. Rick and I at one time use to commercial shellfish here in Rhode Island on Narragansett Bay. A great job! I’m grateful to have also spent some time getting paid to sail and on some world famous yachts I might add. Surfing and windsurfing can also be added here, too. From food to fun we love the ocean and all it offers!

A lot of kids have ideas which they would love to take to fruition. How did you taken Wind & Waves from an idea to reality?

Wind and Waves really evolved from our other business, GRILLIE. Grillie is an affinity product that began with our late step father, Ron Pearl, who line of hood ornaments in the early 80’s. A handful of years ago Ron began prototyping the idea of doing a decorative ornament but rather than putting them on a car’s hood they would attach to the grille of a car or truck. Unfortunately, Ron was diagnosed with cancer and passed almost 3 years ago now; It was a very quick good bye. Before that day came, however, he had a sit down with us and encouraged that we pick up where he was leaving off. And we did. It took a couple years but we got the product to where it is now and had a formal launch in NYC in January 2012 at the International Gift Fair.

In March of that year, we were showing our GRILLIE line at a salt water fishing show here in Rhode Island. We have a line of fish Grillie’s and with any new product there are always questions, and one of the more common questions inferred a reference to belt buckles! This was a relatively easy endeavor for us and also one close to the heart. We already had a local artist, a RISD graduate, Cathryn who meticulously sculpts each design in clay. Lucky for us, manufacturing is here in Rhode Island and we already had those contacts. There are a lot of ground work, such as internet searches, emails and phone calls necessary to any new project as well as learning curves, and unfortunately they can become expensive. (It’s true what they say. Measure twice!) But in the end there is a great sense of accomplishment holding a finished product in hand combined with a sense of pride in the fact that both our companies products are Made in America!

What’s your goal for the future of Wind & Waves and are there other products (beside belt kits) in the pipeline currently?

The Wind & Waves product line are either an exact representation of what’s out there, such as our belt buckles or a combination of materials familiar to us or anyone living the good life. For example, look at my ‘surf boards’. ‘Surfboards’ are a stylish and practical lap desk that are great for the home. I got tired of having my laptop wobble and burn up my lap while chilling on the couch. They’re made of teak and holly. Teak and holly flooring is found in more expensive boats and is referred to as ‘soul’. I cover foam with sunbrella and fasten the cushion to the board with stainless screw snaps. I make these myself. I oil the surface of them and they are easy to maintain. I foresee more products down the line that will include various materials and hardware found in boat yards everywhere…. All pledged to be made here at home in the USA.

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Boston Marathon Bombing

The thoughts and prayers of the Twines & Vines family go out to everyone involved in today’s terrorist attack, the entire city of Boston and the state of Massachusetts.  A few of our writers are from the Boston area and I personally have been to several Boston Marathons; this one definitely hits home.  

I would like to quote something which a friend and classmate of mine posted today on Facebook regarding the event;  Ward Scott is a sophomore at the United States Naval Academy and a proud American.

I normally don’t post about these things, but I felt compelled today. Boston’s a great city full of great Americans and great people.
Just at a time when popular support for the War on Terror is at what seems to be an all time low, this happens.. It’s incredible to see how time and time again, the terrorist for some reason thinks that his tactics of targeting innocent civilians will strike fear in the heart of the American, that his bombing our cities will shake us, will make us weak and prompt us to hide and revert to the pre-WWII isolationism that emboldened Imperial Japan and Nazi-Germany.
But just as Bin Laden learned, these attacks on our innocents do NOT shake us; these attacks do NOT make us weak. Contrary to their incredibly short sighted and historically ignorant strategies, tactics and goals, the United States only comes closer when cowards attack from behind.
Behind Boston, we will stand, and we will make sure that any ass-clown that thinks bombing a street in the US will scare us into isolation learns that you don’t mess with the U.S. I am certain that we as a country and a community will only come closer and rally behind this to ensure that this type of cowardice is wiped from the face of the Earth. I only hope that our leaders – especially our politicians – can do so in a more informed and responsible way than has happened in our past.

God bless the city of Boston… It stands today, and it will stand tomorrow.

*this is my own personal opinion and in no way reflects the opinions of the USN, USMC, or DoD

God Bless Boston and God Bless America.

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RIP Lilly Pulizter

Ms. Pulitzer passed away earlier today at the age of 81 in her Palm Beach home.  Ms. Pulitzer attended Miss Porter’s before she began her infamous career as a dress designer for her namesake brand in 1959.  The entire staff here at Twines & Vines sends our thoughts and prayers out to the entire Pulitzer family.  This writer will be bringing out his Lilly menswear tomorrow in memory. 

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Prep School Fashion Blogs

We were surfing along Google trying to find a new cover photo for the Facebook page when we stumbled upon The Exeter Dress Code, a student run blog focused on “street style” found on the Exeter campus.  You would expect to see this kind of blog focused on NYFW, not New England prep schools, but alas with some further digging we were able to find a number of these blogs.  Without further adieu here is a list of prep school fashion blogs.  If you run one, or your school runs one which is not featured on our list, please comment so we can add you to the list!

With no given bias, the men of St. Paul’s really seem to be stepping up their fashion this winter.  Keep it up; we are impressed.

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Cufflinks

With Spring Formals and Proms right around the corner, a lot of preps are looking to spice up the traditional cufflink game.  Seeing as all proper tuxedo shirts make use of French cuffs, cufflinks are a must. 

Lanvin Knot Brass Cufflinks

$226 – Purchase Here

Paul Smith Bugs [Wasp] Metal Cufflinks

$160 – Purchase Here

Burberry Gold-Tone Dog Head Cufflinks

$275 – Purchase Here

Miansai Knotted Cufflinks

$19 – Purchase Here

Salvatore Ferragamo Double Ganici Cufflinks

$250 – Purchase Here

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Everlane Bows

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The Liberty Floral Bow (top) and the Liberty Blossom Bow (bottom) from Everlane are easily two of the coolest bows I have seen in a long time.  Competitively priced at $35 per bow, throw one of these on to spice up your daily wardrobe.  Purchase at Everlane.

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GANT Rugger Holiday Collection

Subtlety vibrant colors  define GANT Rugger’s 2012 Holiday Collection.  Check out the entire collection at http://us.gant.com/ and see if there’s something that catches your eye for the Xmas list (or Dad’s!)

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The Weeknd’s Trilogy

Arguably one of the most anticipated releases of the year, The Weeknd is releasing his 3 mixtapes in one compilation including 3 new tracks.  Thursday, House of Balloons and Echoes of Silence are completely remastered by The Weeknd’s new team since signing to Universal Recently.  If you haven’t heard The Weeknd before, now is the time to step up and check him out.  (You probably have; he was featured on Drake’s Crew Love from Take Care.)  Trilogy is being released on November 13th.

 

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Kim & Kanye Halloween Costumes – Are words needed?

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Liquid Flow – $30 Off

Liquid Flow is currently running a $30 off sale until November 15th!  Just use the code: “October30” at checkout!  Liquid Flow are known for their go everywhere do everything shorts which come in a multitude of designs and patterns. The fast drying shorts come with a waterproof pocket, making them perfect for going from the links right into the surf or the hot tub. Pick them up now for Thanksgiving down in Palm Beach. Liquid Flow

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