Owl + Mouse Textile Designs

American Made Since 2009

Alice Youngblood & Cristin LLewellyn

Kansas City, Missouri
Owl + Mouse Textile Designs is a small printing company based in KC, Missouri. All accessories, home goods, and baby gifts are 100% handmade.

Tell us about your business.

We began our business with the goal of creating accessible and affordable art. With backgrounds in fiber arts, we decided to make 100% handmade clothing that everyone can enjoy. We initially began making t-shirts and clothing but have since moved into making high end accessories. Our current line includes scarves, ties, organic baby accessories, and pillows. Starting with white bolts of fabric, we hand dye with custom mixed colors, print hand drawn designs, and sew original patterns to ensure that everything we make is unique and original. Our goal is to publicize and expand our current outreach so that our products are more widely available while still maintaining our high standards for quality. Recently we have been expanding into home goods in addition to clothing.

What makes your business stand out?

Mixing custom colors and hand dying our fabric in small batches ensures that our colors don’t look like those found in mass produced clothing. Printing with dye as opposed to ink makes the pattern become a part of the fabric instead of sitting on top of it. This creates a unique, vintage-like look. Making a product from beginning to end ensures that each items is completely one of a kind.

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best business advice we've received is that sometimes you have to take risks that may be uncomfortable in order to grow artistically and expand your business.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

    Vote for your favorite American makers.

  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

    Join us for our annual event in New York City.