We met in 2011 through a mutual friend. At the time, Chris was working on organizing an art show in Bucks County, PA that was focused on the art of screen printing. The concept for the show called, “Push-Pull-Print,” was to challenge artists who had never screen printed before, and help them screen print onto different mediums. Eric was on the participating artists, and he wanted to create art that was “both beautiful and functional.”
He asked Chris to then help him screen print images of animals from his farm onto pillows. They were a big hit at the art shows, and afterwards, he took a few pillows to local craft fairs. They sold out right away, and within 6 months, he sold over 1,000 pillows! In 2012, Eric and Christopher went into business together!
Eric said, “In the beginning, Chris would screen print pillow fabric in his basement, I would pick it up from his house, and then take it home and sew and stuff the pillows in my dining room. Initially, it was only 5-10 pillows, but when we started selling more and more, both of our homes were bursting from floor-to-ceiling in pillows! At one point, we even asked a friend to rent her barn to help store some of the pillow inserts.” In 2014, we stopped working out of our homes (and navigating through floor-to-ceiling pillows), and rented our first warehouse space in Perkasie, PA.
Fast-forward to 2020, and we now have 21 employees, and we design and make pillows, totes, tea towels, aprons, pillow ornaments and custom textile products in a 15,000 square foot warehouse in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania.
About 60% of our current business is designing and producing custom and private label products for over 550 brick and mortar shops, hotels, museums, and more throughout North America including: The Plaza Hotel in NYC, Beekman 1802, the Biltmore Estate, The Farm Sanctuary, Homestead Princeton, The Farmhouse Store Westfield, NJ, Elm & Iron, and many more!
In September 2016, we were named National Outstanding Encore Entrepreneurs by the SCORE Foundation. We were also named a finalist in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards and nominated for the 2015 Martha Stewart American Made Awards.
CURATED BY ERIC & CHRISTOPHER