What is Fields Outfitting?
What is Fields Outfitting?
Hi, I’m Ryan Volatile, founder of Fields Outfitting, this is our story.
Fields Outfitting is a product of curiosity, connection, and a profound appreciation for Argentina, a country that I have called home since 2013.
In 2015, a friend who would eventually help me found the company, gifted me a fantastic pair of pants - the Argentine Bombacha de Campo - an old workwear staple. The Pant made its way to South America by way of France (before Argentina was a country) as they had a surplus of left over pants they had produced for the Ottoman Empire during the Crimean War.
The pants were in heavy rotation in my wardrobe but looked and felt as if they hadn’t received any updates since the 19th century. So in 2017, with no funding, no experience, and a full-time office job, I partnered with a local workshop and decided to give it a go. And so Fields Outfitting was born.
Since then, a lot of things have happened! I quit my office job, got married, and launched Fields in the United States.
We created Home Goods and Kitchen collections, and built out our apparel offering quite a bit as well!
While our collection of unique Argentine goods has evolved, we have stayed true to who we are. We curate and design products that are unique, artisanally, or hand-made, possess superior quality, and are culturally and emotionally significant to us.
We follow three simple rules at Fields Outfitting that help guide what we do day in and day out:
One of the main reasons I started Fields was so that I could make an impact, and give back to a country that has given so much to me. We build long-lasting relationships with the people behind our products, pay them fair wages, and try to empower and uplift them by telling their stories and sharing their creations. While I am speaking through my lens, the Artisans and Makers are the real stars of the show, and I prefer telling their stories to mine.
While we are an e-commerce brand headquartered abroad, we make a huge effort to connect with you, the customer, and build a meaningful relationship. If you are ever in Buenos Aires, send us a message and swing by the showroom!
One of the things that most captivated me when I moved to Argentina was the pace of life. Getting away from the culture of “everything now” was hard at first, but then deeply refreshing.
We take our time when making things, we do them with purpose and enjoy the ride. 100% of our products are made in Argentina, and the vast majority are made by hand using locally sourced raw material.
Not only does this feel like the right thing to do, but sourcing and producing locally reduces carbon emissions and helps us be a more sustainable startup.
If you are going to spend the better part of your life working, you might as well enjoy it! Luckily I found something I love. That doesn't mean it is easy - so I constantly remind myself to make things I want to wear, and use. Sometimes they are classical, sometimes they are off the wall, they may not always sell out, but I have to enjoy making them.
I try to meet people as many people as possible, be kind, be generous, constantly learn, and have fun while doing it.
There you have it folks! Me, my small (but awesome) team, and the craftspeople that make our goods put tons of love, dedication, and no small bit of skill into making Fields Outfitting come to life.
If you've got any questions, ideas, feedback, or just something cool to share, don't hesitate to reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
Ryan Volatile - Founder - Fields Outfitting