Kin Ship Goods in Charleston is all about the hand-made and the heck-yeah.
Back in 2009, Dan Davis and Hillary Harrison started screen printing greeting cards of their own design in their spare bedroom studio in Louisville, Kentucky. They were both working at an art gallery—Davis was a longtime screen printer, and Harrison was the gallery’s purchasing agent. Little by little, at least one of them always working a day job, they
added T-shirts and started a shop in the Etsy online marketplace. Their spunky, eyecatching designs got them noticed in Country Living and on blogs like Apartment Therapy and Design*Sponge and, when they outgrew the bedroom, they decided to move closer to Harrison’s family, back home in West Virginia.
Kin Ship Goods opened in Charleston in 2014 and has been cranking out new designs ever since. The pair describes their business as “a quality-of-life brand dedicated to bringing comfort to all creatures.” Creatures star on many of their shirts and other printed goods, from “Ask Me About My Cat” tees to “Stay Cozy” dog stickers.
Comfort also comes through cozy goods. In addition to hand-printed casual wear and West Virginia–and Appalachia-themed accessories, Kin Ship’s shop features smile-inducing home goods and keepsakes. Many come from small artisans like themselves—fragrant bourbon bar soap from crafters in Tennessee, sassy mothman pins by West Virginia artist Liz Pavlovic.
Davis and Harrison’s definition of “cozy” seems, satisfyingly, to mean something like “loving the place where we are.” Browse the website to see more of it. 613 Tennessee Avenue, Charleston, 304.346.0326, kinshipgoods.com, @kinshipgoods on Facebook
Some of our faves to take on your next outing
Wild & Wonderful Women’s Tank
Starry skies, clear streams, rolling hills, and a campfire—Kin Ship’s new women’s tank top design illustrates a lot of what’s Wild and Wonderful about West Virginia. Printed on 65 percent polyester–35 percent combed ringspun cotton with a scoop neckline and a curved hem, this fetching tank is available in women’s sizes S to XXL. $28
Fingerling Fish Knife
Even the mightiest fish caught in a West Virginia stream was a fingerling early on. This boxed, sculpted, chrome-handled fingerling fits nicely in your pocket for stylish cutting on the fly. The knife has a 2-inch stainless steel blade and measures 3 inches closed. Made by a 200-year-old cutlery. $10
West By God Bottle Opener
Lots of West Virginia–made beer is sold in cans these days, but you never know when you or a friend might face a bottle of local cider or mead. This home state proud brass bottle opener and key ring measures 2.5 inches and has “Kin Ship Goods” stamped on the back. $12
images courtesy of Kin Ship Goods