Meet the Vendor: elSage Designs + Giveaway
Who are you and what do you do?
We are a husband and wife team printing unique and high quality goods through a block print/screen print process. Each and every piece is printed entirely by hand in our Skagit Valley studio.
Every design begins with an idea sketched out, it is then transferred to block and carved. The resulting block print is then screen printed with care and intention.
When we are not covered in ink, we are traveling with our kids, skiing in the mountains or surfing in the sea. We love adventure, small business, fresh mango, and good coffee.
Check out our work: shop.elsagedesigns.com
Peek behind the scenes on Instagram: instagram.com/elsagedesigns
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What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
We have recently added hats to our lineup. We’re excited about the first release- our Garbage Truck design on a black trucker hat. Our boys wear hats often and it can be tough to find rad options for kids. More hats are coming soon and will be with us for this Summer’s UCU show.
Is this a full-time business for you?
elSage is a full time gig for both of us. We started really small, printing everything on the kitchen table. It was a part time passion project for Phoebe who was home with our infant son in the beginning. Slowly things grew and our online following developed through social media. In June of 2012 Phoebe resigned from her job as a middle school teacher and dove head first into the world of craft events, small business, and the work life balance involved in being a mom to two boys. Jonathan helped out for the next two years when he could. As the business grew, he felt the itch to do something different. In June of 2014 Jonathan resigned from his career as middle school teacher to join elSage full time. This year has been a big one for us, full of giant leaps and huge successes. Sometimes we can’t believe that we built this great handprinted corner for ourselves where we can make our tee shirts say anything we’d like.
What’s your favorite item that you sell?
Our personal favorite item is our kid’s zip hoodie. Living in Washington and spending lots of time outside, it seems like the kids always need a layer that is easy to put on and take off. Our prints make both the front and back of the hoodies unique and kid’s love how soft they are.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
Our customers are a loyal group and we adore them for it. We hear often that they love the quality of our goods, our soft ink, and unique designs. My favorite response is the look on a little guy’s face when he sees our Garbage Truck design- it’s one that says, “how did you know that garbage trucks are the best thing ever?!!”
Win a garbage truck kid’s trucker hat!
To enter to win a garbage truck kid’s trucker hat by elSage Designs, leave a comment below. Entries open until Sunday, June 14th. Be sure to leave your name and email so we can let the winner know where they can pick up their prize at the UCU summer show.