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Meet Our Vendor: Son of a Sailor



Who are you and what do you do?

We are William Knopp and Jessica Tata, the husband and wife team behind Son of a Sailor. The birth of the brand is inextricably tied to our own relationship–when we first met and began designing together, Son of a Sailor was the organic result.

Son of a Sailor offers a selection of jewelry and lifestyle goods, each of which is designed, crafted and assembled with the help of the SOS production staff. Our jewelry line extends from beaded necklaces to men’s dyed leather bracelets — we strive to have a piece for everyone. Our lifestyle goods include hand crafted leather keychains, leather wallets, collectible toys, and wooden home goods, just to name a few. Every Son of a Sailor piece is designed and crafted with care and function in mind.

Much of the inspiration behind our handmade jewelry and accessories comes from the application of color, pattern, and geometry to materials with a rich history and story. We embrace the convergence of innovation, functionality, storytelling, and bright, bold geometry in all of our designs.


What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?

We just released our latest collection, FOUNDATIONS. FOUNDATIONS was designed as a return to the Son of a Sailor roots — Full of bold pops, pattern play, and color-blocking, we wanted to return to the design elements on which our brand was built. As with our original products, each piece in the FOUNDATIONS collection finds its name from a county in Texas. The launch of the line accompanies the addition of many new styles across all of our lines


What was your first memory of making something?

When I was 13 years old, I started a jewelry business with my friend Emily. I’m talking handmade pieces that we would tote around in our Caboodles, and sell at school!

As an adult, though? William and I met in San Francisco and we went to my favorite thrift/art supply store, Scrap, and brought home a myriad of random craft supplies. That was when we realized that we could sit around for hours doing projects and being perfectly content.


How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?

We’re traveling from Austin, Texas! It’s a little over 2,100 miles. We always fly, but would love to do a road trip up here one year!

Is this a full-time business for you?

Yes! Billy and I are lucky enough to call this our full time job! While we pretty much always end up working more than a traditional full-time position, I don’t think either of us would trade it. Additionally, Son of a Sailor is the proud home of 6 amazing employees.



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