We had the good fortune of connecting with Jenn Isbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jenn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The word bespoke has long-since been used to describe the design and creation of a product tailored to a specific individual. This has been the foundation of my brand from the very beginning.
With more than 30 hours of labor in the creation of a single light, my dedication to bespoke craftsmanship has been the single largest contributing factor in the success of the Sand+Suede brand.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There are so many hurdles to overcome along the way; from the welding and powder coating of the FIBERLIGHT frames to the logistical nightmare of arranging freight handling for a 6ft Viking Light Tumbleweed Chandelier. But in the end, it’s all worth it when I get to see, firsthand, the positive impact my lights have on a space and the people within it.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in the high desert of Southern California affords a lot of opportunities to experience things you can’t find anywhere else in the state. When friends visit for the first time, I like to show them the hidden treasures the desert affords like hikes to view ancient native petroglyphs, natural hot springs and the unique flora and fauna of the Morongo Preserve. When it’s time to relax, I love to show off the desert’s unexpected culinary surprises like La Copine and Kitchen in the Desert. There’s never a shortage of gallery events and outdoor art installations, so Noah Purifoy’s Outdoor Museum is always on my list.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m eternally grateful to the many talented design firms like Hatch Design Group and that have commissioned my work the years.
All photos taken by Jenn Isbell