I always think its sounds a bit tacky and arrogant when people say “we have our new collection out for spring summer” etc etc , like they are some kinda Armani or something when really they’ve just changed the labels in their garments and stuck their label in. This believe or not happens a lot, i don’t get it, surely people would want to create something original for their brand? Creating things is SO awesome, you literally have a free rein on what you wanna do.
As Mama FeelsGood has progressed you can see how we’ve developed and learnt a hell of a lot from our mistakes and i think this makes us, us. I remember i designed a hot dog design print, i thought it was truly awesome, Matt (my husband) saw it and was like “what the hell is that, you can’t print that on a tee” and i was like “hey dude, it’s cool, it’s gonna be a hit”. Now when i look back on it i nearly pee myself with laughter and i can’t believe that i actually took it to a print shop to print . It’s a ” somebody tell her to step away from the photoshop filters” moment. Here it is just so you can have a laugh yourself:
I mean Everyone Loves A Weiner – ha ha ha .
When we first started we were recommended by a bigger surf style company to take our shirts down to Plymouth to get them printed, my friend the guy from the big surf company knew the owner of this huge print factory and we went down and had the big tour, chatted about how many tees we would get printed – chatted about the thousands of prints we could have done their and how they could help us source our nursing shirts themselves and different ways we could go with things.
All sounded great, then me and Matt took out our few boxes from the rental van we had driven all the way down in and said ok but for now could you print these 100 shirts for us (and that was a big amount for us then). They guy looked at us and must had thought “assholes” as he was more into thousands and not hundreds. We had them printed there (including the Weiner, i’m blushing with embarrassment as i type this) and they were the worst shitty prints we’ve ever had done.
They didn’t cure them for long enough (ie go through the dryer to set the print) so the ink came out in about 2 washes we had shelled out what was to us hundreds of pounds in our start up teeny budget and these guys couldn’t be arsed to print them properly. This broke my heart. I had taken ages in the design and manufacture of the shirts, picked the best super thick cotton and had them transported all this way over, just to take them down to Plymouth and have some prat out crap all over them !
This is one things i have learnt in business don’t think you are bigger than what you really are. Sure your clothes are amazing, you’ve got to have confidence because man they rock but don’t forget everyone has to start small and don’t let anyone or any company try and shame you into thinking in order to work with them you’ve got to be doing thousands darling ! Simply loose them and find someone who is right for you. These guys in plymouth might have been great for the bigger boys but for us they just weren’t into us and we weren’t into them. Turns out in the end the shirts they wanted us to use were pieces of crap too so we defo dodged a bullet there!
Finding someone with the same vibe as you is amazing, and when you do find them it’s like wow Peas& Carrots ! We were just meant to be together! I’m saying this because we have found a new manufacturer for our nursing clothes. We are expanding and spreading the feel good spirit and i am really excited about working with our new people. We will know where everything has come from,(not that we didn’t before) where it was made exactly and we can actually go there ourselves and check things out so you know you are wearing clothes that no one has been made to manufacture under shocking conditions (although i am taking my music with me so it depends upon you definition of bad working environment ha ha ).
So our new nursing shirts that are in the pipeline i think are awesome; i’ve taken a lot of the inspiration from places i love to visit ie california and eras i love ie 1950’s so be prepared for some laid back retro feel. I just can’t wait until they are here so i can show them to you guys.