We love when an origin story involves an exotic location. In Wild Habit’s case, it all started with a trip south—waaay south—fused with a passion for the great outdoors. “We were roommates on a study-abroad program to Antarctica and just got along so well we started talking about doing something after graduation,” says Sue Fan of her meet-cute with her design partner and BFF Danielle Quigley, a fellow photography major. Fast forward to a trip north—this time to Iceland—and their mission became crystal clear (like glacial ice, right?): “We were always picking stuff up while walking around outside. We played with ideas about what we could do with these beautiful found materials,” explains Danielle.
Those ideas became concrete two years ago when they launched Wild Habit, a line of sustainable art and homegoods made from brick-a-brack like antlers, feathers, and bark that the pair pick up on their hiking trips. Now expert foragers, Danielle and Sue are constantly on the move from their home base in San Diego. “It’s all about wanting to bring a beautiful part of the outside indoors,” Danielle says of their mission. And if they have it their way, everyone will have a little something wild inside.