MAKING THE LEAP
Pearson McGee and his husband Spencer Turnbull founded Santa Ynez General in 2019 with the vision of creating a luxury design destination in the Santa Ynez Valley. Pearson, who built his career working at luxury fashion brands, including executive positions with Neiman Marcus and Giorgio Armani, and Spencer, an accomplished attorney who practiced in Washington DC and Los Angeles, each pivoted away from their corporate career paths to seize their dream of building their own brand grounded in the bucolic Santa Ynez Valley. Having recently lost a number of loved ones, Pearson and Spencer were emboldened to make haste. "There's only now" became their refrain. After years in an industry of transitory styles and ever faster fashion, Pearson was drawn to the permanence of quality homewares and found fulfillment in creating beautiful spaces to bring people together.