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THE NUT OF IT ALL
Working together, growing a business, and hopefully providing people with products that make them very happy is such a blessing. We are so grateful we get to do this. Our friends at Blundstone made a lovely video that offers a wonderful peek behind the scenes, you can watch it here.
The daily pinch! Hidden right here on the town line in Newport, RI was the coooooolest old auto garage that we fixed up and made our own. It’s chic and swank and industrial (aka chilly) and is always filled with great music. It affords plenty of room to hide in the aisles of inventory, roller skates defo approved, and the kitchen always stocked with nespresso and chocolate. If only it was easier to hug a building!
Chief Creative Officer
Every one of our products starts as a watercolor painting by this very talented and modest artist. Her paintings perfectly balance on the line between beautiful and (ahem) cute. She always seems to know ahead of time what is going to be in fashion, which was apparent in 1988 when she was the first kid in the tri-state area to wear Tretorns. Studying Fine Art and Fashion Design at Massachusetts College of Art, she was asked back to teach Fashion Illustration. She then worked as the designer for the Boston Ballet, and started her own freelance company before realizing cards were the perfect place for her illustrations. Her two boys now think she draws too many bears. Some of Ali’s loves include small talk, egg salad, and leftover scallops in the communal microwave.
Chief Executive Officer
Jenni’s desk is indoors only because her cord can’t reach all the way outside. (Don't tell her things are wireless now) She has a hard time concentrating on nice days, but ever the optimist, she starts her day ridiculously early to fit in all the things there are to do! Don’t be offended if you never see her out at night, because at exactly 07:59:59pm her eyes glaze over and she’s off to lu lu la la (awkward to find out in college that not everyone uses this name for bedtime.) While studying biology at St. Michael's College, Jenni took a semester to sail on a schooner which started a career sailing private yachts and ended up in Newport selling sailboats. Now she and Pippi love to help share Ali's art with the world (and watch her get left to do the small talk. )
Chief Operations Officer
How does one logjam a high speed computer program? Have Pip type. The cursor will disappear and the computer will start to overheat in its frustration to try and keep up with her superspeed. Hence the reason Pip is in charge of operations.... everything gets done, and quickly. A Loyola graduate, she taught middle school in San Francisco, and relocated to the east coast to be closer to home. She was given the name Pippi by her family when she was tiny because she was just cutest little pip in the world. She has a remarkable talent for making the fanciest coffee (she actually knows why s l o w l y pouring the water makes a difference), dances to remind herself to be nice on the phone, and exists on shopping, ice cream cones, and candy.
Inventory & Production Manager
production team AND INVOICING MANAGER
PRODUCTION AND SHIPPING TEAM
PRODUCTION AND SHIPPING TEAM
Floofy Office Merrymaking Team
the artwork (heartwork?)
It usually takes all three brains to come up with the words, but every painting comes from those crazy talented phalanges of our eldest. How many pictures and stories are IN those hands!? To make an idea come to life with beautiful, fine art mixed with funny... we have an insatiable appetite for what's coming next.
We have really cute bandaids here, because paper cuts are real! Our production team is the bomb ass rap song, and keeps this place running, smooth as skippy.
The east wing, where we let the sun shine in! The phone actually rings up here so the music is great but a tinsy less pumping than in production.