Those of you heading to Lollapalooza this weekend already know that you've set yourselves up for a real treat. Being in the Windy City isn't the only thing that's gonna blow you away. Amiright? That lineup is A+ and so are my jokes.
What you might not know is that Brainstorm was approached to create designs that will be sold as official merch. We are really excited to share this bit of news with you and also want to thank the good people at C3 Concerts for asking us to be a part of Lolla's 25th Anniversary!
So, if you're at the festival, make sure you have your eyes peeled for these beauties.
Heck, post an Instagram picture if you're wearing some of our designs and tag us @wearebrainstorm. We'd love to see it and pretend we're there with ya watching Local Natives together.
For the rest of us who are feeling mighty jelly right about now, let me find a silver lining: we don't have to use any port-o-potties this weekend. Also, a couple of our designs are available in the Lolla online store right now! Here's the women's tank and here's the men's tee.
Posted July 26, 2016
It was March in 2015. We were on our way back from the grocery store. Jay was driving. I peeked at my phone after an email beep, (as we both have a tendency to do). The beep revealed a simple subject line..."hello from Patagonia". What! I can remember the moment vividly because of how quickly my excitement escalated. I opened the email, scanned it without reading and babbled some words to Jay, trying not to get him worked up since he was driving. He of course got frustrated at my incoherence so I went back to the beginning and read it to him as calmly as I could. The art director told us how he was a fan of our work and how he scanned our about page and saw Jason in a Patagonia fleece and that sealed the deal for a reach out. Amazing! We've been long time fans of this great company. Mutual admiration is a powerful thing! So after a few weeks and a long chain of email brainstorming, we landed on the three designs to be licensed. One of them was a fully custom piece, merging our Ski Resort and Mountain Hiking prints with climbing icons. So much fun.
So here we are, a year and five months later and we finally got some samples in! Only the women's tanks are online. It's looking like the mens shirts will be released later in the summer for Fall '16. You can see the first tanks here and here!
This is definitely a woman's shirt. But I had Jason try it on for this quick photoshoot anyway. I thought it looked nice.
Posted July 12, 2016
June called and invited us to take a road trip to the Maine woods with friends. We hopped on 95 north to stay at Sara's family cabin. Maple joined us for an off-grid weekend adventure. There were naps. There was Monopoly. There were chips and dips and lots of eating in general. There were boat rides and beautiful sunsets. We feel lucky to live near these things.
Posted June 16, 2016
We recently adopted a dog from a local rescue and we're so freakin' in love. We named her Maple and she's a mix of Australian Kelpie and some kind of terrier (we think). She came up from Mississippi and is about 1.5 years old, (though we're not sure about that either). We don't know what her early life was like but we do know that she was abandoned. She lives with us now and is getting to have the childhood she deserves! She's a bit of a nervous nellie and we've been working with her to make her more comfortable with sounds, men, kids, etc. In her 2 months with us she's improved tremendously and is becoming the sweet Maple we knew she could be. She's a smarty and is hyper aware of everything because of those big wolfie ears. She comes to work with us every day and has turned our studio into a doggie playground (which we are totally fine with). We're dealing with a health issue for the first few months with her (heartworm) but she is a perfect addition to our little Brainstorm family and we're very lucky to have her in our lives! If you're thinking about it, rescue a dog NOW.
Posted June 6, 2016
Together since 2007, married in 2015. We rented a house in Upstate NY for four days. It was a small, hearty, and mostly barefoot DIY affair. A mini group of friends and family gathered for a little BBQ picnic/love celebration on Friday and Saturday. Chances with Wolves rocked the dance floor with the ultimate Motown funk. We ate good food, drank as much delicious beer as our bodies would allow, and camped out under the full moon. It was a magical (and pleasantly non-traditional) way to celebrate our eight year romantic and and business relationship. The summer leading up to it was a hectic one that included a big trade show in NYC the week before. We were in project management mode all summer, and treated the wedding planning like a true Brainstorm collaborative event. We were so lucky once we arrived because people went into full rearrange and decorate mode on Friday night. Everyone cooked for each other and helped each other set up camp. Everyone found a job and they never even had to be asked. We felt so loved. It felt like the best family party ever and it lasted the whole weekend! Here's a few of our favorite shots from the weekend. I would have done more but it takes a while to put a post together and we've got shit to do. We're married now! Leave us alone! :) Thanks to Adam Taylor for shooting the weekend!
All photos by our talented friend James Adam Taylor
Posted April 10, 2016