Downtown San Anselmo

Neve & Hawk combines creativity and commerce By Janna MandellAugust 26, 2016 0 Photo: JetKat Photography IMAGE 1 OF 6Neve & Hawk is at 641 San Anselmo Ave. in San Anselmo On a recent Saturday morning at Neve & Hawk in San Anselmo, the boutique’s namesakes are making themselves at home. The owners’ 9-year-old daughter, Neve, is working the register — and getting a lecture from her mother, Kris Galmarini, on giving the correct change. “Neve likes to be in charge,” said Kris as she stacked T-shirts that Neve had mistakenly punctured with the pricing gun. “We recently had a customer come back in and say, ‘I think I owe you $50.’ We didn’t even know Neve had rung her up!” Meanwhile, 5-year-old Shep (middle name Hawk) is dodging in and out of a fabric-made fort under the stairs while his father, Bob Galmarini, talks to a family about hand-dyeing fabrics. Q: Neve & Hawk started as a kids’ brand, but your new boutique caters to the whole family. What inspired you to branch out of the kids’ realm? A: Kris: Our mission has always been Fight for Creativity. This store is a big deal for us and gives us a chance to inspire more than just kids. We want to inspire entire families to get adventurous and creative, and that’s what we’ve based the store around. We spent a lot of time doing a women’s collection and bringing in men’s clothing and adventure gear — we don’t want to be known as a kids’ brand anymore. Q: How did you decide to open your first brick-and-mortar in San Anselmo? Kris: This is our community. People kept saying to us, “You guys would do really well in the city.” Well, that’s great but we live here. We want our store to be about growing our brand — inspiring creativity and adventure in families — but also to be a community space. In my head, I’ve always had a vision of doing classes where kids create gear for finding dragons and then go on a hike to hunt for dragons. That’s a dream to me, combining community, creativity and adventure in one. Q: While dragon-hunting gear isn’t on the calendar yet, several other classes are already sold out. How did you decide to offer kids’ classes like screen-printing and dyeing? Bob: Kris and I both grew up with super good artistic upbringings in our public schools. We credit our great art programs with what we both do now. So, I think the opportunity for us to do something to help keep art and creativity alive, and actually make a living from it as well, is something that we’d love to pass on to other families. Kris: I like to ask, “Look at this shirt you’re wearing — do you know how this was made?” And so, we also want to provide a space that helps answer that question for kids. Maybe an 8-year-old takes a dye class from us, or a sewing class and falls in love and that becomes a catalyst for their love of textiles and later they become a textile designer. That’s so exciting to us, to be able to ignite that in a child. Q: I know you have done a few collaborations with other makers. Can you tell us about some of your favorite joint projects? Bob: We recently collaborated with Album Surfboards (points at a pair of boards, 1 large and 1 small, hanging in the store). I met a guy from Album a little while ago and we became buddies. He has a couple of kids too, and I reached out to him and said, “Hey, it would be really cool if we could do a parent-kid set of boards,” and we went from there. Kris: We also loved the project we did with potter and artist Susan Gregory. We love adventure and designing and asked Susan, “How do we combine your beautiful artwork with adventure?” We collaborated on a hand-drawn travel mug with a cork top; they sold out immediately. David Nolen Swaim Owner Tam Realty Inc DRE-1070789 609 San Anselmo Ave San Anselmo CA 94960 415-710-5504 www.tamrealty.com

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