What we’ve been up to this week…

We had a stall at Gin in Teacups at the Arches, had a great time, met some marvellous people and ate fantastic onion rings. 
We got a lovely write up on the Life is Peachy Blog
We ‘re nearly at the end of our Indiegogo Campaign. Thanks to all who’ve supported by buying, tweeting and sharing so far. It’s really appreciated! Only a few days left!

Lion by Poosac

Kim is the illustrator and maker behind all the wonderful Poosac creatures.

Kim has created a design for Mimi and Will based on her ‘Freckles the Lion‘ toy.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

The design is taken from an original illustration by Kim, and is screenprinted on a yellow shirt.

Lion by Poosac for Mimi and Will
Lion by Poosac

What are we all about then, part two.

A couple of weeks ago, when we started our Indiegogo campaign, I wrote a blog explaining a bit about who we were, and the reasons why we started Mimi and Will.

As I said in that post, the idea sparked when we wanted to buy a children’s t-shirt by a designer we knew, and discovered that producing screen-printed shirts in a range of children’s sizes wasn’t really viable for independent designers. We saw an opportunity to promote independent design, work with some really exciting, creative people, and make some really good t-shirts.

When we were looking at t-shirt suppliers and screenprinters, supporting small businesses and making really good t-shirts were our guiding principles. Our t-shirts are fairly traded, high quality cotton, screenprinted in the U.K. using eco-friendly inks.

That means we’re doing our bit to support independent businesses (and the environment), but we’ve also ticked the ‘really good t-shirt’ box too; high quality cotton feels nicer to wear and they wash well, last longer than thinner cotton shirts, and so make great presents that can be handed down.

And why are these two things important to us? We’ve both dabbled in the maker/ seller movement and know how hard it is for artists, designers and makers to make a living from their work. And it’s not just ‘creative’ businesses that find it hard- according to Enterprise Nation, 99% of businesses in the United Kingdom are classified as small, but this is a sector that has little or no support in order to promote growth.

We’re only a tiny business, and we don’t pretend that we’re going to make a huge difference on our own. But we’d like to be part of the growing number of people who are trying, in some way, to make a difference collectively.

And the making good t-shirts part? Well, we just really, really, love a good t-shirt.

Emma Henderson

Emma Henderson is the designer- illustrator behind Showpony.  She produces screenprinted textiles and products ranging from printed chevron bags to her ‘hot dogs‘:  wheat warmers printed with images of dogs (and the occasional cat). Her work is stocked all over the world, in a number of small independent boutiques as well as larger stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters and Paperchase.

Emma also designs more complex, colourful patterns which are available through society6.

Emma’s designed ‘I Love Puddles’ for Mimi and Will.  It’s printed in shades of blue on grey marl.

I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson for Mimi and Will
I Love Puddles by Emma Henderson
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson

Some updates

Good morning! Welcome to anyone who’s recently found us through Facebook or twitter. I hope everyone’s looking forward to the weekend. We’ve apparently got ‘approaching cold fronts’ here in Glasgow- you types down south better remember your sunscreen though!

A couple of updates from Mimi and Will HQ for you; firstly, we updated our campaign page on Indiegogo to make the t-shirt ordering process clearer. In a nutshell, you choose the number of t-shirts you’d like, and click the relevant reward (one, two, three or four t-shirts). You don’t have to give us your design preferences or size information yet. Towards the end of the campaign, we’ll contact you to get your sizes and choices. We’ll get all orders to the printer and you should receive your shirts at the end of November, in plenty of time for Christmas.

We’ve also added another reward to our Indiegogo page. We now have ten shirts available at £15. There are only ten though!

Finally, we should have another announcement later on today. We’ve confirmed another two designers will be contributing designs to Mimi and Will. Stay tuned for updates! In the meantime have a browse at our collection so far: featuring designs by Emma Henderson of Showpony, Neil Slorance, Laura Donald and Kim Gurney of Poosac

First T-Shirt Samples

Mimi and Will A/W 2013 T Shirt Samples
Three T-Shirts from the Mimi and Will A/W 2013 collection
T-Shirts by Laura Donald, Neil Slorance and Emma Henderson

Our first t-shirt samples have arrived from the printers. We’ll be reviewing them with our designers, and will shortly be in a position to begin our campaign launch. Exciting!

Lions t-Shirt for Mimi and Will by Poosac
Lions t-Shirt by Poosac
Supersaurus t-shirt for Mimi and Will by Neil Slorance
Supersaurus by Neil Slorance
Puddles T Shirt for Mimi and Will by Emma Henderson
Puddles by Emma Henderson
Winter of Our Discount Tents for Mimi and Will by Laura Donald
Winter of Our Discount Tents by Laura Donald