On December 1, 2016, STICK & BALL celebrated the opening of its first retail store and design studio in Mill Valley, California. The brand, created five years ago by local designer and polo player, Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn, captures the casual luxury in fashion and lifestyle surrounding the sport of polo played in the countryside. The new retail shop and design studio is located a few blocks shy of downtown along the bustling E. Blithedale Avenue.
Guests enjoyed celebratory sparkling wine from Sonoma's Gloria Ferrer, select estate wines from Napa Valley's Beaulieu Vineyards and Beringer, a cheese selection curated by acclaimed cheese expert, Laura Werlin, and empanadas by Mill Valley’s hot, new Playa Restaurant. Guests attending received gift cards for purchases in store and a lucky few won complimentary polo lessons at select California polo clubs such as El Dorado Polo Club in Indio and Wine Country Polo Club in Sonoma and tickets to the beautiful Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club.
The new store and design studio will feature an array of products including STICK & BALL’s signature, alpaca ponchos, equestrian and Incan inspired jewelry and belts, classic, hand-sewn, beautiful alpaca blankets and pillows, the brand's new, Italian leather accessories hand sewn in Los Angeles, pima cotton socks and silk screened horse tees. A new addition to the curated lifestyle collection are handcrafted boots by Lucchese, the legendary bootmaker of El Paso,Texas. The new shop also features walls of equestrian inspired artwork with the premier exhibit showcasing works for sale by English polo and luxury sports photographer, Dominic James.
“I am thrilled to be reaching this milestone after five years of starting the company and growing the brand. Our products and brand are unique in the Bay Area and designed to be timeless. Most of our pieces are made by hand with great care and workmanship to last a lifetime. We are excited to share our inspirations, our team of designers and our creations with our clients near and afar”, says Welborn.
The shop & design studio are open for business Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm. Guests are welcome to stop in and shop and to explore what is in the works at the new studio!
STICK & BALL
186 E. Blithedale Avenue, Mill Valley, CA USA
Photography by Jen Smith Tenaglia