I wrote the original version of this blog post back in 2015, about two years after launching the Emily McDowell brand. As I write this update, it’s 2021, and we’ve just changed our name to Em & Friends. If you’re trying to decide whether to name your business after yourself, I’m hoping this information can help you make that call.
When I started my business, I tried (but not that hard) to think of a good name. When I didn’t come up with anything I loved (after not that long thinking about it), I decided to just go with my own. “Hey,” I thought, “it worked for Jonathan Adler and Diane von Furstenburg!” I am
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For Valentine’s Day, I worked with San Francisco ad agency Camp+King to create this insane thing: laser Valentines projected onto the San Francisco fog, in the world’s first use of fogcasting. I worked in advertising for many years before starting my own company, and it was really fun and strange to be on the other side
July was wholesale gift show season again, and I went to Atlanta, then to my mom’s induction into the Quilting Hall of Fame in Indiana, and to Columbus to visit my friend Allison at Igloo Letterpress, then came back to find out our totes and towels were delayed again. We also exhibited at our first
I realized I forgot to show you guys a picture of the ambulance I didn’t buy! Here it is. We would have painted it. It was awesome. The whole inside was wood paneling with built-in shelves. Coming off my near-miss ambulance purchase, at the end of March, I made a last-minute decision to spend the first week
Originally, I was planning to write one post recapping 2014. But then I started writing, and it turned out we did a lot of stuff in 2014. Way too much for one post. So I’m posting this recap one quarter at a time. We had a pretty intense year, with a lot of success AND a lot of
I could seriously write a book with all the lessons I learned in 2014. It wouldn’t necessarily be a GOOD book, or useful to anyone else yet, but 2014 was nothing if not filled with lessons. Some people might call those lessons “mistakes,” but I don’t look at it that way. I can’t. If I
Attention People of Los Angeles! We are having our first-ever studio sale on Sunday, December 14th from 1-5pm, and we would love to see you there. We’ll also have gift wrapping and some other special guests BESIDES the ridiculously cute Hamlet the Micropig; details will be added as we nail them down.
I have a lot of heart for this piece — it’s one of my favorites. We’ve recently discontinued it in its former color scheme, but this new lighter, brighter version is now available in the shop as an 8×10 print!
Hi guys, Next time you check out our shop, you’ll notice something awesome: all our prints, dish towels, tote bags and tiny card sets are CHEAPER! Yep, we’ve lowered prices on all those things by up to 25%! (I know. That pretty much never happens, right?) But we’ve made some changes to our production processes,
I should start this off by noting that the person who inspired this post didn’t say her professor gave her crappy advice. I said that. Here’s the actual question I got from “Shirley” (not her real name) via email a few weeks ago: “My question is related to the fact that I gave up hand
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