Creative Profile: Allison Tryk of EarthLust
We started carrying EarthLust bottles at Aldea more than eight years ago because we identified so much with their mission: to provide consumers with planet-friendly, durable, and chic products so they will naturally gravitate towards the eco-conscious options. Earlier this week we met up with Allison Tryk, the green-spirational San Francisco-based owner of EarthLust, and had a quick chat with her about EarthLust's origins and her recent inspirations.
Where are you from originally and how did the local culture shape you as a designer/maker?
I was born in Albuquerque, and grew up in Cleveland. My parents were hippies, so we didn't fit in very well in suburban Cleveland Heights. Their commitment to sustainable living probably influenced my decision to start a reusable bottle company. Not really fitting in probably helped me to not care what people think and design for myself.
What initially inspired you to make your product?
I wanted a stainless steel bottle, but couldn't find one that was an accessory. They were all functional and utilitarian at the time. I designed images that I liked and Aldea was one of the first stores to stock them 6 years ago.
What is your favorite step in the creation of your product?
The design process, the implementation is usually challenging.
What hobbies inspire your designs/products?
I have chickens, so they're on a bottle. We also love to travel and find inspiration there.
What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite shape and why?
Oval, it's a very organic shape and not quite as perfect as the circle.
What is your favorite texture this season?
Leather, if that's a texture. Even though I'm a vegetarian…
What did you see of interest today?
A large pop up dinner in San Francisco where everyone was wearing white. It was visually interesting.
What is your motto?
There's a solution to every problem, but it may require a glass of wine.