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L.C. Van Houten
Behind the Scenes: Our Photoshoot in Golden Gate Park

Behind the Scenes: Our Photoshoot in Golden Gate Park

If we're going to be completely honest with each other, I should tell you that photoshoots and the fashion world in general totally freak me out. As a curvaceous woman who prefers history to publicity and making over social media, I sometimes find it odd that I run a fashion brand. Still, I need photos to show how amazing you can look and FEEL in our creations but I tend to find the whole thing from model selection, styling, outfits etc totally overwhelming. My inner third grader emerges and wants to hide - you know what it's like to feel out of your comfort zone.  My...

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A Celebration of Women Makers - featured on Faire!

A Celebration of Women Makers - featured on Faire!

We were featured in a lovely bit of press about being a woman maker on Faire.com. Here's and excerpt and you can read the full article here.  Name: Creek Van Houten Business: Compass Rose Design Location: San Francisco, CA Before starting my own business: I worked in environmental nonprofits doing organic farming. I later went to business school and worked in the Netherlands in government consulting. I thought that was what I wanted to make a career out of, but decided to go back to the States. At that time, the economy was a mess — the jobs available were terrible. I had a brief stint...

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Unconventional Wedding Dresses

Unconventional Wedding Dresses

I watched Shrill this week - Lindy West is such an inspiring human being with her wit and honesty. Her rainbow flower wedding dress was also beyond spectacular.  I got married in red and black - I love an unconventional dress! I felt beautiful and very much like myself. 

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Grandmother's Button's - Custom Project #43

Grandmother's Button's - Custom Project #43

As we get busier, custom work becomes more difficult to do, but I LOVE IT. Transforming family heirlooms into wearable treasures is at the center of our craft. This project involved making three sets of necklaces and earrings for a set of granddaughters. A matriarch remembering her mother's buttons, now in a drawer with the thread still attached. I find particular joy in working with especially small unused items like buttons and charms - like these sets of Victorian cutout and faceted glass drop buttons.  And here is the finished product!  

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