Quirky and delightfully unexpected, Sharp Shirter tees feature one of a kind designs we can not ignore. The brains behind Sharp Shirter, Dan Lachman, turned his hobby that was meant to curb his video game addiction, into a life changing business. With that said, there should be no question as to why Sharp Shirter is the focus of our latest Storenvy Contest! We took a moment to chat business, Puffins, and keepin’ it real with Dan.
PART 1. Sharp Shirter
How did Sharp Shirter get it’s start? (who’s idea?)
Sharp Shirter began as a hobby when I was in 10th grade. My dad was trying to get me to stop playing video games so he suggested that making t-shirts might be a better way to spend my time. For the next 6 years Sharp Shirter grew slowly, but it wasn’t until I graduated from college in 2009 that I jumped in with both feet. My parents let me take over their house in Maryland and for the next 4 years I conquered it room by room until I had about 10,000 shirts in storage. We all decided that was a good time for me to switch over to a real warehouse.
Where did the name Sharp Shirter come from?
Honestly, it was just a name that came to me when I was brainstorming ideas in high school. I had no idea that it would have any relevance to the brand identity. Now that all the shirts revolve around animals & violence, I’m pumped that I went with it because it all makes sense.
Animals are a common theme throughout your products, which animal is your favorite and why?
Well, sloths were the cats of 2013 but I think they may be on their way out so I’m looking into up-and-coming animals. It’s hard to pick out a favorite but I’m gunning for panthers.
What challenges have you faced running a small business?
EVERYTHING. Well, the biggest ones have to be
1) Inventory control
2) Learning how to schedule a proper work day
3) Understanding how to teach a role in your company and then not be a control freak when it comes time to pass the torch
Do you have any advice for people struggling to go for it and start their own business?
Baby steps. Don’t invest too much money into anything. There’s a lot of temptation to go big fast but ultimately you need to find out the real demand in your product before you spend a significant amount of money. I learned that the hard way when I thought I had a good design and bought a couple hundred units of it. I sat on that inventory for at least a year.
PART 2. Dan
Favorite item in your closet?
My closet is virtually empty. I spend my time thinking about what other people are going to wear.
What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Puffins (best cereal ever)
The Room (worst movie ever)
Puffins & The Room (amazing combination)
What is your favorite non Sharp Shirter product on Storenvy?
A Sharp Shirter employee has been eying those galaxy bow ties HARD.
What is your favorite thing about the Storenvy platform?
I like the word “envy”. It keeps things real.
When we were brainstorming ideas for company Christmas gifts we knew that we wanted to give everyone on the team something unique, something authentic, something that represented the love and passion that Storenvy brands have for their products. Quite simply something that had substance.
After a few ideas we landed on teaming up with Storenvy brand Black House Project to commission backpacks for the entire team. We’ve been a huge fan of Nigel’s work from the day he opened up shop. His backpacks are absolutely beautiful, his passion for every piece he makes is undeniable and the quality of what he does is unrivaled.
Nigel, immediately dove into crafting these works of art for the team. We realized shortly after that we wanted to make the backpacks even more “Storenvy”. Right around this time an amazing designer with some of the coolest patches, bags and hats we have seen opened up shop with us called Mokuyobi Threads. It only seemed right to pair these two amazing stores together for a truly unique product.
What we ended up with is nothing short of magic!
Remember, every time you open your wallet you have an opportunity to make the world a better place by supporting authentic people and brands that have passion and love for their work.
Meet Auburn Kelton, this week’s “Person We Envy!” Hailing from Huntsville, Alabama, this graphic designer’s got a hankering for the written word. In fact, Auburn’s love for literary worlds inspired her to pursue art seriously. This isn’t limited to visual art - she also crafts tea blends! If you’re looking for tea named after your favorite book character, you know who to hit up. And for this, we’ve only got fandoms to thank.
But don’t confuse Auburn for a homebody; this girl’s thirst for adventure transcends book covers. On a Saturday, you’ll probably find her in the great outdoors backpacking, camping, canoeing, or caving. We’re wondering if she preps by sipping on her Katniss tea blend. Either way, Auburn’s made the world, fictional or real, her oyster. You go girl!
Read on for more about Auburn, including a playlist she curated just for us!
1) Storenvy: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Auburn: I’m currently in Huntsville, Alabama.
2) Storenvy: What are you up to these days?
Auburn: Right now I’m into designing tea labels, quote graphics, and fandom art. It’s a fun life.
3) Storenvy: Wow, so you’re a graphic designer and a fandom artist! Which fandoms inspire you to create?
Auburn: Yeah! I’m drawn to books that have beautiful imagery because it makes it easier to picture scenes and characters in my head, as well as making for a more enjoyable read. I love classics, and I have boxes upon boxes of old books that I’ve picked up at book sales. While those influence my art, I don’t often directly draw characters from them, with the exception being Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins and The Percy Jackson and the Olympians and The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan are the books that actually influenced me to start really focusing on my art about 2 years ago.
4) Storenvy: Cool! Any current obsessions?
Auburn: Tea, always. I create my own tea blends and I’m constantly drinking it. My sketchbooks are full of label thumbnails and ingredient percentages that I later turn into teas, mostly based on my favorite characters, through Adagio Teas.
5) Storenvy: What’s your favorite childhood toy?
Auburn: I think I had a Beanie Baby brown rabbit at some point that I absolutely loved to death. Literally. It’s probably falling apart in some corner of the attic now.
6) Storenvy: What are you typically up to on a Saturday?
Auburn: Camping- some friends and I will take weekend trips and go backpacking, canoeing, or caving. It’s a lot of fun and I love every minute of it.
7) Storenvy: Curate us a mini-playlist of your three favorite songs of the moment!
1. The Paper Kites - Bloom
2. Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Strangers
3. King Charles - Polar Bear
8) Storenvy: Right on! Now let’s talk Storenvy. What’s your favorite envy and why?
Auburn: Probably Koyamori’s Terrarium Zine. Watercolors are one of my favorite mediums, and I especially love her work. Also, terrariums are some of my favorite things! They’re like little plays set up inside a garden.
9) Storenvy: What about your favorite brand?
Auburn: Definitely The Love Parcel. I just think the whole idea is super cute and the variety of items is fantastic. I can’t wait to get my hands on my own little parcel someday! Whether I’ll be willing to part with it and actually send it to a friend is to be determined.
10) Storenvy: Why did you join Storenvy?
Auburn: I originally joined Storenvy to buy some garden gnome earrings. I mean, there’s also this amazing color scheme, user-friendly layout, and the option to create your own marketplace store- but those garden gnome earrings from Tiny Love Stories is what did it.
Oh gnome sweet gnome! Thanks for talking to us, Auburn!
Shop more of Auburn’s envies here!
If you’re looking for gorgeous, whimsical accessories and jewelry with playful pops of color, featured brand Acute Designs has got your needs covered.
When we discovered that storeowner Regina, or Gina for short, was also the mastermind behind the lifestyle blog Acute Designs, it was a no brainer that she’d be the curator for our next Blogger Collection. From unique, everyday hair accessories to modern jewelry, one thing is clear: Gina definitely made the right decision quitting her day job to devote time and energy toward her passion.
A self-proclaimed “huge dork” obsessed with Mad Men, Regina couldn’t resist curating a Mod-centric collection. Her timing was perfect! Mad Men enthusiasts will soon be bidding farewell to the series, as it’s final season premieres this Sunday. Read on to find out who Gina’s favorite Mad Men character is; it may surprise you!
Your blog has a lot of posts regarding lifestyle and beautiful wedding accessories, what is your favorite topic to blog about and why?
I love sharing weekly snapshots (99% are of my dogs) and recipes (it’s a great excuse to bake). I also really love my “books lately” posts where I share what I have been reading and so many friends and readers chime in with their own recommendations. I have received the best book recommendations from those posts.
What made you start blogging?
I had a boring, cubicle job and wanted a creative outlet. I wanted to get into freelance writing and thought owning a blog would be a good platform for practice. The blog morphed into my handmade accessories business which has changed and grown so much over the years. I no longer work in a cubicle and spend a majority of my time creating and fulfilling orders rather than writing! It’s funny how things work out.
If you could give 3 tips to new bloggers, what would they be?
Be authentic. A reader knows when you are trying too hard or not being yourself and it’s kind of a turn off. Have fun! Be yourself and blog about what you want to blog about - not just what’s in this month.
Make a fun or interesting “about me” page. The nosey person in me loves a thorough about me page. Also, make it easy for people to contact you. You never know what someone might want to say :).
The design does matter. There are so many amazing designers out there who offer inexpensive templates for blogger and wordpress. Support a small business, spend $50 (or less), and buy one! It will make you look like you know exactly what you’re doing….even when you don’t. I wish someone would have told me this five years ago because my blog was scary looking at times!
Your Storenvy store is stocked with amazing accessories, when did you realize you wanted to start your own business?
See #2 :). It really just started once I became immersed in the world of blogging and social media, I had the thought, that so many others have had, of “I can do this.” New businesses are popping up every day. There are some amazingly creative and talented people out there. I don’t really consider myself either of these things! I just work hard and try to make smart decisions. Hard work and being nice to others in the biz really pays off.
How did you find inspiration for the collection you curated? Is Mad Men one of your favorite shows?
Oh my god - YES. I am a huge dork and obsessed with Mad Men. It is one of those shows that I heard about for years and I thought “I should watch it, but what if I hate it…I will feel like a loser.” But one night, I decided to watch an episode. I finally closed my laptop four hours later and went to bed. Within ten days I had watched four seasons. I couldn’t stop! It is such a beautiful show and so well-written. The writing impresses me every single episode.
Who is your favorite character on Mad Men and why?
I should be politically correct and say Joan or Peggy and while I do love them….my favorite is Don Draper. It’s strange because he does really bad things and makes horrible decisions but I love him and always, always root for him. I think this has to do with how well his character is written - even though he’s a total jerk, we root for him. I also think maybe I am attracted to horrible men? I am sure my husband would not agree!
What’s your favorite mod accessory and why?
Don Draper’s hat - it has become somewhat iconic.
Meet Amber Saylor, this week’s “Person We Envy!” Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, this stylish gal rocks a sleek, snow white pixie and head-to-toe black like no other. You might call Amber the ultimate “Modern Goth.” Her 700+ envies tell us that she’s been killin’ it in the style department since day one. Naturally, we were super stoked to chat with her about life, style, and music. What we found? Amber’s just as rad as she looks! But get this- there’s video evidence somewhere of her dancing maniacally to One Direction in an empty park. ‘Nuff said.
Read on for more of Amber’s Saturday night shenanigans and a mini-playlist she curated for us!
Storenvy: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Amber: Born, raised, and still living in Cincinnati, Ohio!
Storenvy: What do you do for a living?
Amber: During the week I am a stay-at-home Mom and on the weekends I work at a warehouse in Kentucky while my son is with his dad.
Storenvy: You have such rad style! How would you go about describing it?
Amber: Thank you! I had a friend refer to the way I dress as “Modern Goth” on a few occasions, so maybe I’ll call it that. I wear a lot of black. Like, a lot. Whenever I wear colors, people actually joke that the world is ending. I also wear a lot of gray, white, and minimal prints. Even though that sounds pretty basic, I try to keep it anything but. I’m an avid believer in mixing the past with the present - anything vintage or new on the runway could catch my eye!
Storenvy: What’s your latest obsession?
Amber: Bralettes, snow white hair, and platform gym shoes. Ugh, I cannot get enough. Ever since I saw Nicole Richie sporting what looked like spray painted white hair, I haven’t been able to stop trying to find a way to get it!
Platform heels usually aren’t my style, but for some reason, I adore platform gym shoes or flats. Creepers are my favorite. It’s also nice because I’m only 5’5” and the guys I date are 6’ or taller.
For bralettes, it’s the simplicity and the clean lines, and in some cases, metallic or lace. Even if you’re in a tank top and jeans with a bun, you can have a bralette peeking through and you’ve instantly added a bit of intrigue to your outfit.
Storenvy: Now for the hard-hitting questions. What are you typically up to on a Saturday?
Amber: More than likely, I’m up for day shopping with my son. Sometimes I think I dress him better than I dress me! Otherwise, I’m probably with my best friend goofing off and watching ID TV until the street lights come on. Then we’re off on adventures, like visiting abandoned buildings or driving to places we’ve never been to just to say we have. We’ve also been known to visit empty parks, blaring One Direction and dancing like fools … I have videos, it’s embarrassing.
Storenvy: We love it! Create a mini-playlist for us?
1. BOY - Drive Darling
2. Pity Sex - Wind-Up
3. Niki & The Dove - Somebody
Storenvy: Now let’s talk Storenvy. What is your favorite Storenvy brand?
Amber: I’d have to say it’s a tie between Love Junkee and Poison. Love Junkee was actually the first brand I remember absolutely fawning over … for days. I couldn’t stop. Poison, I just found recently. Both brands have an array of what would be considered “IN” now and then items that make them both stand out.
Storenvy: Why did you join Storenvy?
Amber: I remember coming across Storenvy and seeing so many different styles, brands, and items. I wanted to check it out and I’m so happy I did!
We’re happy to have you! Thanks for chatting with us, Amber!
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STORENVY CELEBRATES ONE YEAR OF BRICK AND MORTAR IN SAN FRANCISCO; REDEFINES TRADITIONAL POP UP EXPERIENCE BRINGING ONLINE FEATURES OFFLINE
Storenvy revamps pop-up to mirror online experience, curating collections and authentic and emerging brands and offering a brick and mortar opportunity
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 8, 2014 – Storenvy (Storenvy.com) celebrates one year of brick and mortar at its San Francisco pop-up shop at the Crocker Galleria with a reimagined shopping experience. The pop-up shop now includes offline shopping features that match their Storenvy.com counterparts including “Featured Collections” and “Featured Brands.” Now, with products and brands curated for the pop-up from Storenvy’s over three million products from over 75,000 brands, the pop-up will truly represent the Storenvy experience.
“It’s amazing to think we started with a one-month lease at Crocker Galleria,” says Storenvy CEO and founder Jon Crawford. “Here we are one year later and we’ve not only redesigned the experience, but have expanded the products and brands being featured.”
After the success of the first month at the shop, it became apparent that Storenvy was going to outgrow the traditional pop-up model and instead became home to its brands’ pop-ups, allowing a rotating selection of local brands to have a brick and mortar experience. And now, the new design allows shoppers to experience Storenvy as though they were on the site, browsing “Featured Collection” vignettes showcasing brands from all over the country, get a behind-the-scenes look at “Featured Brands” and checkout seamlessly from multiple brands with a single transaction.
“It’s really important for us to engage with and involve our community in everything we do,” says Storenvy Director of Community, Adam Hendle. “We’re a social platform – so naturally, we tapped into our super-talented brands to help us make our pop-up a truly authentic experience. In fact, the pop-up shop manager has a brand on Storenvy and our remodel project was lead by another one of our brands. ”
Storenvy’s pop-up is located at the Crocker Galleria at 50 Post Street in San Francisco and is open Monday to Friday from 10a.m. to 6p.m. For more information, please visit Storenvy.com/popup.
Storenvy is home to emerging brands and authentic goods. It’s a place where you can launch a custom store at your own URL in minutes, and a social Marketplace where you’ll discover amazing things you can’t find anywhere else. Storenvy is changing the way consumers discover new brands and products by creating a social and community-driven experience fueled by inspired brands with stories to tell. Storenvy was founded in 2010 and has received $6.5 million in funding from Intel Capital, Spark Capital, First Round Capital and others. The company is based in San Francisco and is hiring. For more, take a peek inside at Storenvy.com.
I like getting my hands dirty, learning about crafts, and seeing the process that goes into making a product (be it physical or digital!). I also have a weak spot for red licorice. Prior to working at Storenvy I spent some time working for a small mom and pop shop helping them make their products and seeing what goes into running a small brand. After saying goodbye to them and Chicagoland, I spent the following year in NYC pursuing my own brand, making waxed canvas + leather goods, selling online and experiencing what it means to start, build and maintain your own brand. I also geek out over other small brands which I showcase on my blog Those Who Make.
Why I’m excited to be here
As someone who has spent the better part of the past 4+ years frequenting websites that help people sell/share their brand online, I really wanted to join a company that does just that and I was stoked when I found an opening at Storenvy! I feel everyone is capable of creating an awesome brand that they’re passionate about and these are the brands that I’m passionate about helping, sharing, and encouraging.
My most recent fav. is 12 Years A Slave, although Zoolander will always be a close second.
Something people don’t know about you?
My birthday twin is Shaquille O’Neal
I like books that have a lot of traveling in them : On the Road, Blue Highways, Harry Potter
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Owning a dog + cat
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Meet Megan Gov, this week’s resident “Person We Envy.” Intrigued by her colorful, fun-in-the-sun Envies, we sat down with the true California girl to talk style, life, and Storenvy. What we found? Megan’s got effortless style in the purest sense. Also, we’re going to make a crazy guess that her middle name begins with a “G.” Read on for her interview and to find out why.
Storenvy: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Megan: I am from Davis, California and I am now living in Stockton, California.
Storenvy: Describe yourself in three words.
Megan: Optimistic, hardworking, trusting.
Storenvy: Favorite quote?
Megan: “Faith is not something to grasp, it is a state to grow in” -Mahatma Gandhi
Storenvy: What’s one thing that people might not know about you?
Megan: My mother messed around with my birth certificate, so my middle name is the first word of my last name.
Storenvy: You have awesome Envies! How would you describe your style? Where or who do you get inspiration from?
Megan: I don’t really have too much of an inspiration. I usually envy clothes I find nice, certain items that I find cute or interesting, or items that I believe that more people should see. My style? I am not too sure, I guess trendy or cute?
Storenvy: What 3 products are at the top of your Storenvy wishlist?
Multiple Strap Back Bustier-Burgundy by Love Street
Rachel Farabaugh is an artist and entrepreneur with the brightest of spirits (she’s owner of the super rad Storenvy store, Bohemi + Chic). With her drive and eye for design, we had to take the opportunity to chat with her.
Creative, kind, and adventurous, you can expect to see Rachel strolling down the streets of Los Angeles looking effortlessly fabulous while enveloped in all the colors of the wind. When she’s not creating, she’s sharing her vision by Envying gorgeous women’s apparel, decor, and art.
Storenvy: Where are you from and where do you live now?
Rachel: I’m from Menominee, Michigan. I currently live in Los Angeles, and have been living here for the past five and a half years.
Storenvy: What’s your favorite song?
Rachel: It changes frequently. Right now it’s a tie between “Wolf” by First Aid Kit, and “Breezeblocks” by Alt-J.
Storenvy: What’s currently your favorite item in your closet?
Rachel: Black studded leather boots from Anine Bing.
Storenvy: If your soul was a color, what color would it be?
Storenvy: You’ve mastered bohemian chic! What’s the secret? Any styling tips you can give us?
Rachel: Thank you! I wear leggings or tight jeans paired with soft and flowing tops that are easy to layer with scarves and jackets. Top that off with a great pair of boots, a hat or headband, bracelets and feather earrings and you can’t go wrong. It’s all about looking effortless and comfortable in the clothes you wear, so choose a style that suites you well. It takes time to build a full closet of pieces to coordinate so make sure it’s a style you can own and love for more than one season.
Rachel: I just love these necklaces because they’re the perfect balance of glam and natural elements. I prefer rougher cuts that show off the natural look of the stone over perfectly cut and polished pieces. This necklace is the perfect example of Bohemi+Chic!
Rachel: Bachman’s Sparrow. It was this product above that first got my attention.
I’m kind of obsessed with headbands and am always on the lookout for new ones. When I saw this one photographed so beautifully, I immediately wanted it and had to check it out. I then discovered that it was made by a local artist who makes all of her pieces by hand in her studio. That is the kind of brand I can get behind and support!
Thanks for chatting with us, Rachel! Shop Rachel’s Envies!
It’s a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a good eye for design must be in want of a rad online marketplace for well-designed goods. Well, friends: Michael Smith is that man, and Storenvy is that marketplace. Through his curation of Envies, Michael is spreading love to his nearly 100,000 followers. We were lucky enough to talk to the modern Envyman about himself and our relationship (OMG, it’s been more than 2 years and we’re still going strong!).
On a Saturday, when he’s not Envying the best of the best, you can find Michael on his porch carving out the human soul in wood. While he gets deep into the grain of our being, read on for his interview, where we discuss spirit food, music, and most importantly, animal memes.
If you were a food, which would you be?
Beef brisket, slow cooked and smoked.
Which of your Envies are at the top of your wishlist and why?
#1- Because I could use an awesome apron for spoon carving.
#2 - This has to be the coolest desk lamp ever.
#3- Love the artistic nature of this gig poster.
Favorite Storenvy brand?
Black House Project. Nigel is making some of the coolest and quality stuff on Storenvy.
Your envies are eclectic and yet they’re incredibly cohesive! How would you describe your aesthetic?
Well-designed. My Envies tend to vary across categories, but what holds them all together is good design. That is design in the traditional art sense or, great product design. Good product photography never hurts either.
Doge or Grumpy Cat?