We’re so pleased (and honestly, a bit overwhelmed!) to announce that Ollie and Squish is the 2019 recipient of the Spoonflower Small Business Grant.
Spoonflower is all about empowering individual creativity and graciously supports small businesses like ours. They’ve been connecting illustrators, designers, and all sorts of creatives alike since 2008 by creating an online marketplace for on-demand prints. These prints can be transferred to fabrics and other great materials like wallpaper, gift wrap and home décor.
Honestly, there are so many reasons to love them. They support independent designers (in fact, they are the largest collection of independent designers in the world) which allows for a virtually endless supply of fun and quirky patterns for makers like us at Ollie + Squish.
Spoonflower also makes eco-conscious decisions that fit in perfectly with our ethos, too. They use organic and earth-friendly fabrics, and their digital print process uses eco-friendly water-based pigment inks and dyes which produce very little waste in comparison to traditional dyeing methods. They also don’t have a minimum yardage requirement when ordering materials, so it allows makers to order only what we need, cutting out excess fabric. Additionally, if any materials are returned to the Marketplace, they will donate them to programs that reuse the fabrics, such as the RARE bear sew-in.
Needless to say, we are so grateful to be recognized and supported by an organization like Spoonflower.
So, what’s that mean for Ollie + Squish?
With our grant, we will be creating an exclusive mini-collection of swimwear for your little ones this summer! It’ll be released in June and will feature the fantastic prints that you see below designed by the amazing Lemonni (@lemonni).
In this collection, we’ll be offering extended sizes ranging from 2T to 6Y, as well as the new addition of gender-neutral brief-style swim bottoms. You’ll have the option of purchasing these new bottoms or our traditional ones, as well as our rash guard.
We’re so unbelievably excited for this opportunity and can’t wait to share what we make with you.
Be sure to be following along our blog and Instagram as we will be sharing behind-the-scenes look at what goes behind making these extra-special pieces. And of course—we’ll let you know when you can get your hands on the new swimwear for your water-splashing, sunshine-loving wild ones.
Stay tuned friends!