Friday, March 31, 2006

interesting little facts...

Hmmm...

As much as I'm a creative person, I'm almost a contradiction of myself, because I'm also a statistics person. I love facts, numbers, and seeing patterns.

I can't help myself. [that of course, said with a nasty grin on my face...]

But, I just reckoned I'd give you a few of the interesting little facts happening here in the world of Misters & Misses.


The Top 3 Countries now wearing The Clooney Collection

1. USA
2. Canada
3. Germany

[however, it's a run for the money between Canada & Germany!]

The Top 5











Germany's Absolute Favourite
[simply found this rather interesting...]

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Welcome, one and all

My original post listing the places where people came from to our web site surprised even me. I think it would be amazing to keep a running list of the cities and countries, so I am going to log back in to this posting every day and build up a list.

In alphabetical order, we have so far been visited by:
Aachen, Germany
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Aberdeen, Washington
Ahoskie, North Carolina
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Allen, Texas
American Fork, Utah
Ames, Iowa
Amman, Jordan
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Anchorage, Alaska
Ancona, Italy
Angers, France
Angleton, Texas
Anhui, China
Anjou, Quebec
Ankara, Turkey
Annandale, Virginia
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Antalya, Turkey
Antwerp, Belgium
Apopka, Florida
Arcachon, France
Argentina
Arlington, Virginia
Arroyo Grande, California
Aschaffenburg, Germany
Asheville, North Carolina
Athens, Greece
Atlanta, Georgia
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Auckland, New Zealand
Austin, Texas
Australia
Austria
Baden-wurttemberg, Germany
Bakersfield, California
Ballwin, Missouri
Baltimore, Maryland
Bangalore, India
Barbados
Barcelona, Spain
Barnard, Missouri
Bari, Italy
Basel, Switzerland
Bayern, Germany
Bayville, New Jersey
Beaverton, Orego
Beijing, China
Beirut, Lebanon
Bel Air, Maryland
Belgium
Belleville, Ontario
Bergamo, Lombardio, Italy
Berkeley, California
Berlin, Germany
Bethpage, New York
Bethpage, Tennessee
Bien Hoa, Vietnam
Bloomington, Illinois
Boca Raton, Florida
Bochum, Germany
Bolzano, Italy
Boston, Massachusetts
Bothell, Washington
Boulder, Colorado
Brainerd, Minnesota
Brampton, Ontario
Bratislava, Slovakia
Brazil
Bremen, Germany
Brentwood, New York
Brisbane, Australia
Bristol, England
Bronz, New York
Brooklyn, New York
Broomfield, Colorado
Brussels, Belgium
Bucyrus, Ohio
Budapest, Hungary
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Buffalo, New York
Burkesville, Kentucky
Burlington, Vermont
Burnaby, British Columbia
Bursa, Turkey
Cairns, Australia
Cairo, Egypt
Calgary, Alberta
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Camden, New Jersey
Campton, New Hampshire
Canberra, Australia
Cape Coral, Florida
Cape Town, South Africa
Cary, North Carolina
Cataluna, Spain
Champaign, Illinois
Chandler, Arizona
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Charleston, West Virginia
Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte, Vermont
Chicago, Illinois
Chico, California
China
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland, Wisconsin
Clifton, New Jersey
Cluj, Romania
Cologne, Germany
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Colts Neck, New Jersey
Columbia, Maryland
Columbia, Missouri
Columbus, Georgia
Columbus, Ohio
Como, Italy
Concord, California
Copenhagen, Denmark
Coudersport, Pennsylvania
Courtenay, British Columbia
Coventry, England
Covington, Kentucky
Cowansville, Quebec
Crystal Lake, Illinois
Culver City, California
Czech Republic
Dallas, Texas
Dearborn, Michigan
Denmark
Denver, Colorado
Derby, England
Des Moines, Iowa
Detroit, Michigan
Dodgeville, Michigan
Doha, Qatar
Dornbirn, Austria
Dresden, Germany
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dusseldorf, Germany
East Brunswick, New Jersey
East Palatka, Florida
Edmonton, Alberta
Elmhurst, New York
Englewood, New Jersey
Espoo, Finland
Essen, Germany
Esslingen, Germany
Evanston, Illinois
Evansville, Indiana
Everett, Washington
Fairfax, Virginia
Fairfield, Connecticut
Falls Church, Virginia
Ferndale, Washington
Finland
Frankenmuth, Michigan
Frankfurt, Germany
Frederick, Maryland
Freeport, New York
Ft. Collins, Colorado
Ft. Worth, Texas
Fullerton, California
Fürth, Germany
Gainesville, Florida
Garland, Texas
Gennevielliers, Ile-de-France, France
Gent, Belgium
Germantown, Maryland
Gilroy, California
Giza, Egypt
Glen Cove, New York
Glendale, California
Goleta, California
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Graz, Austria
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensburg, Pennsylvania
Guangdong, China
Guangxi, China
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hamburg, Germany
Hamilton, Ohio
Hamilton, Ontario
Hamm, Germany
Hammond, Louisiana
Hannover, Germany
Harrison, New York
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
Hebei, China
Heilongjiang, China
Hemel Hempstead, England
Henan, China
Henderson, Nevada
Herndon, Virginia
High Springs, Florida
Hinesville, Georgia
Hokkaido, Japan
Hong Kong
Howell, Michigan
Howell, New Jersey
Hungary
Huntington Beach, California
Huntsville, Alabama
Hurghada, Egypt
Hyannis, Massachusetts
Indonesia
Innsbruck, Austria
Iowa City, Iowa
Iran
Ireland
Irving, Texas
Israel
Istanbul, Turkey
Italy
Ithaca, New York
Izmir, Turkey
Jacksonville, Florida
Jakarta raya, Indonesia
Japan
Jersey City, New Jersey
Jiangsu, China
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Kaiping, China
Kaiserslautern, Germany
Kanata, Ontario
Kansas City, Missouri
Katowice, Poland
Kassel, Hessen, Germany
Khania, Greece
Kiel, Germany
Kingston, Ontario
Kissimmee, Florida
Knoxville, Tennessee
Kocaeli, Turkey
Korea
Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
Lancaster, New York
Lansdale, Pennsylvania
Lansing, Michigan
Lake Forest, California
Lake Mary, Florida
Lakewood, Ohio
La Pocatiere, Quebec
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lawrence, Kansas
Laval, Quebec
League City, Texas
Leipzig, Germany
Leiria, Portugal
Letchworth, England
Leyland, England
Lexington, Kentucky
Liaoning, China
Lille, France
Limburg, Netherlands
Linz, Austria
Lisbon, Portugal
Lithuania
Little Rock, Arkansas
Live Oak, Florida
Logroño, Spain
London, England
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Lubeck, Germany
Luxembourg
Lyndhurst, New Jersey
Macedonia
Madison, Wisconsin
Madrid, Spain
Magdeburg, Germany
Mahwah, New Jersey
Mainz, Germany
Maison-laffitte, France
Malacca, Malaysia
Malaysia
Malden, Massachusetts
Manchester, Connecticut
Manchester, England
Manhattan Beach, California
Manila, Philippines
Mannheim, Germany
Manville, New Jersey
Maple Ridge, British Columbia
Maribor, Slovenia
Marietta, Georgia
Marseilles, France
Marshfield, Wisconsin
Martinsburg, West Virginia
Martinsville, Virginia
Maryville, Illinois
Maywood, New Jersey
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Melbourne, Australia
Memphis, Tennessee
Meriden, Connecticut
Mesa, Arizona
Mexico
Miami, Florida
Mifflintown, Pennsylvania
Milano, Italy
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Modesto, California
Monterey, California
Monterrey, Mexico
Montpellier, France
Montreal, Quebec
Morocco
Morton Grove, Illinois
Moscow, Russia
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey
Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
Muncie, Indiana
Munich, Germany
Munster, Germany
Naperville, Illinois
Nashua, New Hampshire
Nepal
Neuwied, Germany
Newark, New Jersey
Newark, Scotland
New Brunswick, New Jersey
New Delhi, India
New Haven, Connecticut
New York, NY
New Zealand
Nice, France
Ningbo, China
Nivelles, Belgium
North Arlington, New Jersey
North Tonawanda, New York
North York, Ontario
Norwalk, California
Nürnberg, Germany
Oakville, Ontario
Oberosterreich, Linz, Germany
Ocala, Florida
Offenbach, Germany
Ogden, Utah
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oldenburg, Germany
Olympia, Washington
Orebro, Sweden
Ottawa, Ontario
Owensboro, Kentucky
Owings Mills, Maryland
Padova, Italy
Paducah, Kentucky
Pakistan
Palm Bay, Florida
Panorama City, California
Paris, France
Parma, Italy
Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Perugia, Italy
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Plainfield, New Jersey
Plano, Texas
Pleasantville, New York
Plymouth, Massachusetts
Pocatello, Idaho
Portland, Oregon
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Portugal
Potsdam, New York
Providence, Rhode Island
Provo, Utah
Purchase, New York
Putney, Vermont
Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
Quincy, Massachusetts
Raleigh, North Carolina
Ranco Cucamonga, California
Rastatt, Germany
Redondo Beach, California
Reston, Virginia
Reykjavik, Iceland
Rheinland-pfalz, Germany
Richmond, Virginia
Riga, Latvia
Rochester, New York
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Romania
Rome, Italy
Rossville, Georgia
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Rouen, France
Rowland Heights, California
Saarland, Germany
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Salem, Oregon
Salt Lake City, Utah
San Antonio, Texas
San Clemente, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Santa Maria, California
Santa Monica, California
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sarasota, Florida
Sasbach, Germany
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Saudi Arabia
Schleswig-holstein, Germany
Scottsdale, Arizona
Seattle, Washington
Sebec, Maine
Serbia and Montenegro
Shanghai, China
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Shiocton, Wisconsin
Sichuan, China
Silver Spring, Maryland
Sofiya, Bulgaria
Sooke, British Columbia
Southfield, Michigan
Springfield, Massachusetts
Springfield, Virginia
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Gallen, Switzerland
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Petersburg, Florida
Stamford, Connecticut
Stanford, California
Steiermark, Graz, Austria
Stockton, California
Stow, Ohio
Staten Island, New York
Strasbourg, France
Stuttgart, Germany
Summerville, South Carolina
Sunnyvale, California
Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia
Surrey, British Columbia
Sweden
Sydney, Australia
Syria
Tacoma, Washington
Taipei, Taiwan
Tallahassee, Florida
Tamil Nadu, India
Tel Aviv, Israel
Telford, England
Tempe, Arizona
Terre Haute, Indiana
The Hague, Netherlands
Thornhill, Ontario
Thuringen, Germany
Tilburg, Netherlands
Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
Tokyo, Japan
Toronto, Ontario
Trier, Germany
Trieste, Italy
Trikala, Greece
Troy, Michigan
Turku, Finland
Uppsala, Sweden
Valencia, Spain
Vancouver, British Columbia
Vancouver, Washington
Vaud, Switzerland
Verona, Italy
Victoria, British Columbia
Vienna, Austria
Vilniaus Apskritis, Lithuania
Warsaw, Poland
Washington, D.C.
Waterloo, Ontario
Watertown, Massachusetts
Wayne, New Jersey
West Haven, Connecticut
West Orange, New Jersey
West Roxbury, Massachusetts
Westminster, California
Weymouth, Massachusetts
White Rock, British Columbia
Wiesbaden, Germany
Wilmington, Ohio
Winchester, Illinois
Windsor, Connecticut
Windsor, Ontario
Winter Park, Florida
Worcester, Massachusetts
Worthing, England
Wroclaw, Poland
Wuppertal, Germany
Wyandanch, New York
Yonkers, New York
Yankton, South Dakota
Zhejiang, China
Zurich, Switzerland

Whew. I'm tired from that! Keep coming, and we'll keep putting you on the list!

Miss Tamara

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Who's watching us?

When you start a new venture such as the Clooney Collection, you really want to know who is watching it, and what they think of it. When you have a store, you're able to engage directly with the customers and ask them questions. What do you think of this item? What would you like to see different? Would you like panties with that t-shirt?

But when you have an online business, the only sales pitch you can do is on your web site and the only form of feedback you really get is when customers take it upon themselves to write either TO you, or ABOUT you on their own blogs. We're interested in what you have to say so please, let us know what you think!

There's also a fun way to see where folks are coming from, when they are on our web site. With a statcounter we can see that so far in the last 12 hours or so, people have visited from:

Montreal, Quebec
London, England
Calgary, Alberta
San Francisco, California
Berlin, Germany
Sherwood Park, Alberta
Vancouver, BC
Los Angeles, California
Modesto, California
Toronto, Ontario
Maryville, Illinois
Portland, Oregon
Chatham, New Jersey
Stamford, Connecticut
Cleveland, Ohio
Kansas City, Missouri
Jacksonville, Florida
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Louisville, Kentucky
Charlotte, Vermont
UK (no city given)
Stuttgart, Germany
New York, NY
Antwerp, Belgium
Austria
Frankfurt, Germany
Netherlands
Reston, Virginia
Atlanta, Georgia
Australia
Copenhagen, Denmark
Melbourne, Australia
Ithaca, New York
Lexington, Kentucky
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Burkesville, Kentucky
American Fork, Utah
Arlington, Virginia
China
New Zealand
Frederick, Maryland
Sunnyvale, California
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Plano, Texas

Wow! We're like the United Nations of t-shirts.

So a hearty hi, hello, how are ya, bonjour, g'day, Guten Tag, Lay ho, Dag!

We're so glad you're here (I am channelling Mr. Rogers right now) and we hope you like what you see.

Miss Tamara

Monday, March 27, 2006

About Us

If you've come to this wee little blog via mistersandmisses.com, you might have seen a little "ABOUT" link. Just so we don't chase you away before you wanted to leave and in case you found the blog before you went shopping, we'll reproduce that info here...just promise to go shopping afterwards. We're not going to get Clooney to run for President by ourselves, people!

Angela Gwinner

I am a photographer & designer currently living in Europe. (George, I'm not too far away from Lake Como....I'm just saying...)

Originally from Canada, I eventually found my way here while travelling the world. I am now working on the master plan - to be able to call both here and there, home. As a true Sagittarius through-and-through, the jet set life suits me just fine.

I have a pup called Lenny (yes, after Lenny Kravitz of course...) and at times, I simply call him Lenny Bo Benny.

Between running my business as an accessory designer (this is where Lenny Kravitz comes in again, as he's been seen wearing some of those designs as well) and hoping to eventually get my portfolio in photography in place to follow my dream of having my photographs on book covers of lovely novels, I exhibit my photography as well. I need an agent to represent me and my photography, yes I do!

And in a sense, maybe that's what this project is all about. Sending the message out that something's got to give, and at the same time showing respect, but also keeping the playful soul within us.

I believe that we should all live boldly and confidently... very much to my favourite quote by Emile Zola... "If you asked me what I came into this world to do, I will tell you: I came to live out loud."

Tamara Nowakowsky

I am a journalist/entrepreneur currently living in Vancouver, BC.

My former debate team coach called me "a true child of the universe" and I've spent my time since then trying to live up to the title.

What that means is that I'll try pretty much anything. As a writer and television and radio reporter/host, I've had an incredible variety of adventures. I've ice climbed and ice raced, flown a glider and a United Nations AWAC jet. I've toured chocolate factories, museums and art galleries, and gotten to know some big-time celebrities. I've spent time with animals of all kinds — whales, bears, sled dogs, and race car drivers. I've done television segments on everything from the lighter side of life (handmade corsets, glow-in-the-dark-bowling) to more serious subject matter (invasion and war, fires and murders).

I've worked for U2, been a nude model, a clown at the zoo, and a 911 operator.

I've had Rheumatoid Arthritis since age 6, and know what it means to have to work hard to overcome a limitation. This is a daily exercise for me, like another full-time job. I have titanium toe joints and am slowly working on upgrading the rest of the moving parts in my body, with a double purpose...to have pain relief and attain superhero status!

A la Oprah, one thing I know for sure is only boring people get bored.


So that's us.

Look around, check it out. Go and see the Clooney Collection and other goodies on our web site.

And when you go, just remember...come and visit again soon!

Friday, March 24, 2006

Late night thoughts

As more attention is directed towards us for our little venture and we sort of try to inch ourselves out of the glare of the spotlight, I find myself thinking about what it must be like to be a big-time celeb whose every move is dissected. The only real conclusion I have come to is I wouldn't want it for a minute. I've hosted television and radio shows, but they were always pretty small, and offered a manageable level of public attention. As much as I'd love to get back into TV, I'm not sure I'd answer the door if the big time came calling.

I once saw an interview with George Clooney where he talked about making the distinction between members of the media who report the news, versus those who make the news. He said (I'm paraphrasing) that he has time for those whose role it was to report on events of the world and keep citizens as informed as possible. He has no time, and considerable (and understandable) disdain for those who cause problems and events to occur that unrealistically shape the way a person looks, and take advantage of the situation to misreport what is more salacious than factual. I have always prided myself on being one of the former...but I suppose in this venture I am now one of the latter.

I have to reconcile this as I know that we both, Angela and I, have not undertaken, or taken, this little venture lightly. I mean sure, it is a matter of, "Hey, wouldn't this be funny?" but there's also a dead serious side to what we are proposing.

The thing is...we mean what we are saying.

It's not such a far-fetched idea...George Clooney for President. People are smiling and chuckling at the messages on the t-shirts but it really could happen. We think the world would be a better, and safer, place for it.

Granted, being the President of the United States is not all about charisma and eyes that wrinkle and twinkle when you smile. Many women love George Clooney because he is handsome, and because he has a deep, buttery voice. Mmm hmm. That's a given...but that's not all our pal George has to offer, either.

We actually go a step further. A handsome President of the USA would be nice but more importantly, a truly intelligent, involved and caring one is essential at this point.

Say what you will about salt and pepper hair and twinkling eyes, but this man's mind is what makes us hot. We admire his intelligence and understanding of politics and affairs both at home and globally, and his willingness to get involved and speak up about how he feels his country is doing.

Does it matter than a person has spent his life in front of the cameras, and not in law school or working his way up through municipal and state politics in the race to the Presidency? I'm not so sure about that. You can have men and women who were practically born in the Oval Office, and they're still incredibly ill-equipped to handle the awesome responsibility that comes with working in that same space.

Miss Tamara

The Map of Things...

Is it Friday already?

I really can't believe how quickly this week has already passed, and then to think that it was just Tuesday when this project launched and introduced itself.

An idea. And a mission.

Or maybe it's the admiration and respect for Mr. Clooney himself that inspired this all.

I've been having fun following a "map" of all the places that the shirts have travelled to, or will be travelling to shortly.

It's a habit that I have, even with my other company. For some reason, I find the intrigue in the thought, thinking that products I have created [or designed, concepted, brought to life?] find themselves in places far away. That is definitely what reaching out is all about. The internet lets us already reach out to a map with no boundaries, but this is the way I like seeing it...

An idea starts between two friends. Both from Canada, however the one [Miss Tamara] currently living in Vancouver, the other [Miss Angela] in Germany. And yes, we have plans to meet for tea on the Seine in Paris this summer, but I digress...

We reckoned this idea was primarily going to be a "North American" attraction, and how wrong we are. The orders are coming in from yes, the US and from Canada, but I think it says a lot about "current affairs" and Mr. George Clooney himself, that orders are coming in from Norway, Germany [but of course!], New Zealand, Holland, Australia, Ireland and England too.

And that my dears, is a pretty amazing thing!

As a designer and photographer, I'm a very visual person. So I reckon I'm going to have to make myself a map on the wall and playfully trace the travels that this project takes.

Let's find the messages everywhere... on the streets of Copenhagen or Chicago, Toronto to Torino, Los Angeles to New York and all the wonderful places in between.

Fancy putting yourself on our map too?

Tamara and I have been having great fun in the past week, and the weeks prior to us launching... and now we're hoping you have just as much fun, and especially fun while wearing your new Tee-Shirts.

Spread the word you lovely things! It does make a difference... and together we can create a voice!

Loves,

Miss Angela

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Day two and counting

Day two of Clooney madness is drawing to a close. It's certainly been an interesting one.

In terms of attention from the public and media, today Too Stylish talked about what we're doing, but we're just not sure what it says. Here's a sample: "Misters and Misses is een Canadees bedrijf dat wordt gerund door twee jonge, creatieve meiden Angela en Tamara. De 'Clooney Collection' is één van hun eerste projecten die ze vanwege twee aannemelijke redenen op hebben gestart. In de eerste plaats zijn ze er beiden over eens dat George een geweldige man is."

If anyone knows what that says - translation please!

Salon.com also mentioned the Collection, as did the Shirt Snob (though that link isn't working for me right now) and also Democratic Underground.

Ang and I have also been watching the web hits and the orders come in, and it's so interesting to see where folks are coming from. All over the world, really...hi y'all...

Right now we're wondering how we can capitalize on this attention and traffic. We've got plenty of other ideas, so please don't forget about our lovelies in the tittenmops and fabulass collections...we'll be doing an official launch and release about those in the coming weeks but you could be one of the first to have a piece of this goodness.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

oh hello george...

Well, it's taken me long enough to come by and say hello.

But here I am.

I'm absolutely ecstatic about the response we've received so far. Tamara and I have had so much fun [and yes, sleepless nights thanks to the the time exchange between Canada and Europe...] putting this project together.

And finally, here it is, online and happening. But better yet? Knowing that soon, very very soon the first George Clooney for President! and By George! Clooney for President and keep the george, lose the bush! shirts are going to be worn and flaunted out there.

So George, in case you do get around to reading this, here's us just letting you know... we think you could very well be the man!

Thanks so much everyone...for the great emails, response and making this little big mission of a project happen.

Here's me saying... Good Night, and Good Luck [from Germany]

Miss Angela

Media HITS it

8:30am
After Lainey's nod in her newsletter last night, I just woke up to find that The Bosh mentioned the Clooney Collection as well! I'm going through our web statistics right now and the hits are for the most part half and half from either of the two.

Sweet Johneen over at GKFA has also featured our bit about our line in her Taste and Style section. She's a fellow Canadian from Halifax, Nova Scotia so we are very very pleased to have another Canuck nod.

And I just heard from the editor over at the fashion goddesses shefinds.com and now they're covering it as well! They're writing a piece about how our man George donated his Oscar swag with the proceeds going to charity. What a class act, that guy. I mean really, how many more diamond encrusted cell phones (or whatever ridiculously expensive gifts they were giving away) does a person need?

Speaking of charity, please check out one.org, linked here or below. That's the charity we've decided to give 1% to from sales of the Clooney Collection. It's a charity George supports, and it's one we think does work that needs to be done.

I have other favourite charities as well, and commit funds to them whenever I can, so 1% is certainly not all we'll be giving away.

I'll report back later about other media hits - woo!

Miss Tamara

10:30am
Clooney Studio has just picked up the Clooney Collection story!

They say..."Thanks to Tamara Nowakowsky for writing about her website, mistersandmisses.com. Selling "the Clooney collection", clothing featuring such cute slogans as "keep the George, lose the Bush" it promises to donate 1% of all sales to the ONE campaign, whilst promoting George Clooney for president.""

Thanks for that mention! My partner in crime (errr, business) is Angela but she's been quiet so far...she's going to comment or post soon, I just know it. Ah...Ang?

12:05pm
Just got an e-mail from a writer with Splash News - sent her images and phoned her. She's going to write a feature! She said that their stories are picked up by agencies and publications around the world. Wow. I am liking this. When we were speaking she said that she read about the line on Us Weekly. So of course I toddled over there, and it seems they're making fun of me and the line! Sort of, anyway...

They do paint me out to be a rabid Clooney fan. Well, I'm a Clooney fan all right but not so much on the rabid side. Ya gotta make media releases that catch attention though, and ours did. Besides, I stand by every word I said. And the fact that I have a sweet boyfriend too, so I'm not on the Clooney hunt...

Check out the US Weekly piece!

By the way, their angle is that Clooney is being set up for a fall from grace. Agree or disagree? You can comment on their blog - please do!

Monday, March 20, 2006

And they're off...

Lainey wore our "By George! Clooney for President" tee on her hit on E-Talk Daily tonight! You can see it here under gossip.


Waiting for the first glimpse of a product that you've put work into is perhaps a little like waiting for a baby. The fact is, the gestation period for this new line of ours was nowhere near that of a real baby, but like giving birth to anything new - we have put great thought, effort, and hopes into our planning. We hope that the Clooney Collection will make people smile, and that it will also make people think. We're not just trying to be cheeky with this slogan, after all.

If it can get people talking...and heck, even get Mr. Clooney himself even slightly considering the thought, then our mission is accomplished. So for the time being our focus is on getting as many people to find out about our line as possible!

It's quite fitting that Elaine, our hometown gossip girl, broke our Clooney Collection first to the masses. She's gotten quite a following and is always in the know about the low-down in Hollywood.

Elaine has always been very supportive of other people just trying to make it in their chosen area - one of the things we find so great about her.

We were really pleased at how eager she was to wear the first tee and support us in our venture. Media support and coverage is the most important thing to put effort into when starting a new business...how else does a company with a small to nil advertising budget get the word out about their goodies?

A big thanks to Lainey for her support!

Miss Tamara

Friday, March 17, 2006

Here we go!

en·tre·pre·neur
n.
A person who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for a business venture.
[French, from Old French, from entreprendre, to undertake. See enterprise.]
A risk-taker who has the skills and initiative to establish a business.


Whew, I'll say!

Well, we're just a few days away from launching a brand, and might I say spanking, new venture!

Ang and I are both such true entrepreneurs that this is what life is all about for us...we came up with an idea, based on a posting in my private blog about George Clooney, we tossed around various iterations of it, had a few sleepless nights, a few early mornings, a few Vancouver-Germany phone calls, and here we are, ready to go with it!

That's just the way we like to do business.

Angela and I have both had our own businesses for some time now. For me, it's really been since I had a lemonade stand as a kid...and I lived on a farm, where it was an important event if someone actually drove down the road so yeah...it didn't do too well. We've also had various successes and failures, but like all entrepreneurs (as evidenced by American Inventor), we just keep picking ourselves up, dusting ourselves off, and going at it again.

We hope that folks will like what we're doing with this new partnership and venture. Today it's t-shirts, tomorrow the world!

We're starting off with the Clooney Collection for a reason...or for two, really.

1. He's amazing. I mean he's just a total package guy. I am sure I don't have to explain myself any further but I will anyway. He's intelligent, involved, articulate, and oh yeah...he's not too hard on the eyes.

2. There's a reason we're launching "keep the george, lose the bush" as one of our first offerings. We're just plain freaked out about that other George. You know the one...the guy in charge of arguably the world's most powerful army? We may be Canadian, and we might live in Canada and Europe, but there's no doubt that what happens in the US affects our entire planet. Scary that such a person should have such power. It's just time to get someone else in there and see if we can't clean up some of the messes. (That's probably the only real political commentary we'll be making on the subject...)

Please come on back and read about what we're doing from time to time!

Miss Tamara