Girls Can Tell gift co. began with little gifts I made for my friends - I was doing a lot of fun little doodles, and taught myself to screen print my illustrations on to useful things that I thought people would like. I was still working for an architecture firm at the time (and was admittedly pretty tired of drawing roof flashing details). In early 2006, I began selling my work online as Girls Can Tell, and in 2007, I left the field of architecture and accepted a position working for (then startup) etsy.com, as part of their community management team. By early 2009, I decided to take the leap and pursue my growing line of printed gifts full time, and Girls Can Tell gift co. took on a life of its own.
January 2016 marked the tenth anniversary of Girls Can Tell gift co. So much has happened in the past decade that it would have been impossible to predict what those first few illustrations ultimately created. One of the most unexpectedly great parts of this business has been the relationships that have developed throughout the years I’ve worked on the line.
When I began selling on a wholesale basis in 2009, I grew to learn how special the symbiotic connection is between shops and vendors. In 2013, I was so enamored of the many small businesses and local boutiques that were supporting Girls Can Tell gift co. through their wholesale orders that I opened my own brick & mortar in South Philadelphia, Occasionette, and gained an even deeper appreciation of the importance of this dynamic.
Girls Can Tell gift co. items are printed by hand just over the bridge in Camden, NJ by a team of expert printers. We source our materials as responsibly as possible, and new illustrations are introduced a few times a year to keep things fresh. In 2015, I began focusing on creating custom illustrations, and I'd love to draw something special just for your shop! Please don't hesitate to contact me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions at all - I'm always happy to help. And follow along with @girlscantell on instagram to see what's on the drawing board!