We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachel Denniston and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rachel, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I was one of those kids that was always making stuff. I wanted to make anything and everything myself and essentially live in my own universe of things I’d made. To some degree, I guess I’m still kind of the same today. I chose a creative career because creating is what makes me happy and is the kind of life I want to live— one surrounded by art and bringing beautiful and intentional things into the world.
What should our readers know about your business?
HFS Collective is a women’s belt bag brand based in Los Angeles. We celebrate the joy of less and the freedom inherent in living life hands-free. Our belt bags, designed to fit just the essentials, are a reminder of the ease of living a life of simplicity–a life filled with more experience, happiness, wholeness and joy in exchange for less stuff. Sustainability is always at the forefront of our minds when designing and we use only the highest quality, earth-friendly fabrics including Pinatex made from the waste of the pineapple harvest, eco-suedes made from recycled material, and naturally low impact fabrics like hemp and organic cotton.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Right now it’s a little challenging due to COVID to go out for an exciting adventure in LA, but most of the things I love about this city are actually outside. I would take my friend for a socially-distanced beach day in Malibu and smoothie at SunLife Organics. Another day, we would go for a hike in Topanga Canyon (my favorite is Tuna Canyon with its beautiful ocean views) and then afterwards pop by one of my favorite little shops called Moona Star Collective. Moona Star is so full of gems, it’s impossible to leave without bringing something home. One of my favorite things to do ordinarily is head to the Arts District downtown to Hauser and Wirth, a mega gallery with some pretty exciting exhibitions of contemporary art. Afterwards, I’d pop over to Cafe Gratitude for a bite and to the nearby Hennessey + Ingalls bookstore to peruse some art books and finish the day at Galerie LA, one of the best and only shops in LA for local, sustainable and ethical fashion brands. Then, if we still have time, I’d take my friend for a day trip to Ojai, where we’d take a dip in the hot springs, pop by the Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts (if you don’t know Beatrice Wood, please look her up!), and stop by the infamous outdoor bookstore, Bart’s Books.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
On the topic of creativity, I’ll dedicate my shoutout to a book that always helps me tap into my creative potential, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
Photo by Brittney Christie for HFS Collective