A lot of things happened, then we were born. We had awesome childhoods filled with adventures, after a while those ended. We met in our junior year of high school while running for ASB positions. After we were elected, our deep seeded hatred of social norms and youthful desire to constantly test boundaries came to fruition. We had all kinds of fun with the schools money including The Cage, starting our own dodgeball league, and renting elaborate animal costumes for school assemblies (we once placed a friend amongst the crowd in a giant “Gandolph” costume just to add some confusion/excitement!) After all of the fun ended we split ways for a bit as Erin headed off to school and Paul entered the workforce. We both learned some things and decided to start a clothing company, our customers were awesome and we had some fun. After a bit we realized that most people have a “corporate headquarters”, ours was the back seat of Paul’s VW Rabbit. (I think people bought shirts because they felt bad for us). As young t-shirt “moguls”, smiling at passerby as we sold T-shirts out of the trunk of a Rabbit, we never thought we would have a place of our own.
With 9,000 dollars and a youthful ignorance about the challenges that lie ahead we set to work renovating a decaying old building downtown. Our only real asset was the fact that we were too dumb to realize the many reasons you don’t open a business at 19. Working 18 hour days that sweaty summer of 2007 and sleeping in the buildings’ loft, we lived off of rice and hot dogs for 3 months. Try to picture two smiling 20 year old guys showering in Whatcom Falls with camp soap, that’s us. After 2 additional months of legal wrangling, we called in a favor, pooling together our last $400 for a well known Seattle graffiti artist. Excited and out of money, we opened the doors before the paint was dry…
Come meet us,
Erin & Paul