Monday, December 29, 2014

Hello and Thank You!

Good Morning, Monday!  We are back in the studio just a few days this week, working on sewing up as many remaining orders as we can that did not ship prior to xmas.  We are giving ourselves a little space to recover from the intense holiday production schedule...we'll be back to normal starting Jan 5th.  So, just a heads up, we are currently on about a 10-14 day turnaround while we work on rebuilding our stock of bags and fulfilling all of the remaining orders in queue.  Seriously! y'all are amazing!  Thanks so much for the orders that keep coming in!!  We'll get them made and shipped out to you as soon as we can.  And, with that - hope you have super fun New Years plans!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014


And here I am, four weeks later, wrapping up the busiest holiday season we've ever had...thank you a million times over for all of the orders this year!! We are here working today then signing off for the rest of the week for a much needed break. If you see Gena or Lexi or Jesse on the street give them huge high fives and bear hugs for making MoopHQ the best place to be this year.
Much love,


Good Morning, Monday!  We have had quite a few weeks, eh?!  So much has happened and we can’t thank you enough for all of the amazing holiday orders (plus, I bought a house and moved over the weekend).  We apologize for cutting off orders on the 10th…there was just no way we could have made any more bags in time…Gena and I have been sewing like mad, and Lexi has been packing orders non-stop.  Luckily, we all get along and make each other laugh so through our delerious state of working, we’ve all had a good time.  We’ll be here sewing as many more bags as we can today and tomorrow then closing down for almost a week.  We are pooped!  But, for all of you who waited until the very last minute to give the gift of handmade, we have a solution - GIFT CARDS!  This lets your recipient choose any bag they want and you get to be the winner who gave them not only a thoughtfully handmade bag but, also the one they wanted!  
And, one quick announcement…we made a mistake on two runs of Paperbacks.  Not good for us but, great for you.  So, we’re making them available on the site this morning.  There are a handful of the Moop + Thread Paperbacks and a handful of Gray wax Paperbacks.  Here’s what’s wrong with them:  we mis-cut one piece and did not realize the dimensions were off until they were all sewn up so they’re about one inch shorter than our first quality bags (we’re calling them a casualty of our overworked brains).  As with all seconds bags, there are no structural issues, they are final sale and they are 25% off.  If you want one, grab it now.  We’ll only have the product page up today and tomorrow until 1pm EST, if there are any leftover, they won’t be available until our next seconds sale (and who knows when that will be!).
We’ll do our best to get as many as possible shipped before the holiday but, if you want to ensure it arrives in time for xmas, you’ll want to expedite shipping (you can do that at checkout).  They’re all ready to go so you won’t be waiting for us to make them.  But, remember, we’re a small small team..we can’t make Amazon style turnaround times happen in this place.  We hand wrap every bag.
Hope you’re off to a super great week!
Wendy & co.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Deadlines

While I was curled up in a ball last night with a bottle of chardonnay and watching Gossip Girl for the first time (I know…late to the game. And, yes, of course I started at season 1 episode 1) after the 12th day in a row if 12+ hours of manual labor, I really had no real thoughts…I was in total Blair, I mean BLISS! bliss.  I was in total bliss.. ok. yes, i have watched too much of that show.  But, seriously! I have also sewn as many bags as I possibly can each day and my neck hurts so cut me some slack…I can watch mindless bad t.v. and still be a good person. Anyhow, did you see the new photos of Addie with The Letter Bag?? (god I loved Sunday’s photoshoot) all of this is also a very long way of saying, I left the studio late last night and arrived here really early and as much as I hate to do this, I think have to cut off holiday orders because this will continue to be my schedule for the next 12 days.  Orders can still be placed on the website but, we can no longer guarantee delivery in time for Christmas for orders placed after 12/10.  We have so many in queue, we’ll be stitching these long days until the last day we can ship and have things arrive in time.  
Thank you a million million million for all of the orders!!! Now, back to work!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Moop just got prettier + some news

Good Morning, Monday!  I spent all of yesterday working on a much needed update to our website imagery. You know the feeling when you need to reconnect things back to their origins?  I had let the representation of what I do with my days slide too far away from my studio.  So, I scheduled a last minute photoshoot in our new space and it turned out exactly how I wanted. 
The last many months have brought an overwhelming amount of change.  All change that will lead to positive things but still, quite a lot to balance.  Sunday’s photoshoot was a reminder that good creative energy comes when you let yourself be aware of it, responding to it when it shows itself. I wasn’t planning on writing an emotional email this morning but, as you all know, Moop is not just a business for me, it is what shapes and influences my entire life.  And, when I have a lot going on, it’s hard for me to shelter one from the other. So, a quick rundown: My amazing incredible husband and I have decided to split up. This has been difficult and emotional but, ultimately a mutual decision that we both know will be better for all of us. We care for each other deeply, but it’s where we need to go to reach whatever the next stage of our lives are. At the same time, my lead assistant of three years left Moop for another job.  I am super happy for her, but that news paired with the studio move and the start of our holiday production season has made things more than a little crazy around here.  I am also in the process of moving to a new house with my daughter, back in the city and closer to my studio (eek! It’s super cute!)..that happens next Tuesday. This will eliminate a 3 hour daily commute, but until then, moving is tiring and consuming…especially for me at this moment in time.  No biggie, though, we'll just sling a few mattresses on the floor and live out of suitcases until mid-January. Oh, and also! we’ve had such amazing press over the last few months…that combined with your incredible support means our holiday production is in full swing as we head into our most successful holiday season to date.

So, we really are sewing and sewing and sewing, working as hard as we can!  But, all of this…this beautiful mess of change and evolution and forward movement is all good…really good.   I guess this might have been better suited to a “2015 is going to be awesome” email but, I felt the need to share this now instead.  I can’t thank you all enough for your support - you’ve helped me build a small business that will be here for a long long time.  We have lots of big and exciting things planned for 2015… I cannot wait to share with you, but I really can’t cram anything more into this long message.
Many many many thanks and a million hugs and kisses and tons and tons of Moop bags,
p.s. Click through to see the new site!

p.s. Our holiday turnaround time is closer to 5-7 days now so, our previously published deadlines may not apply...get your orders in as early as you can and we're gonna be making as many  bags as we can to get them to you in time for holiday delivery.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Moop + Tugboat + Reiko

I am so excited to invite you all to my studio for a holiday pop up shop with Tugboat Printshop and Reiko Yamamoto on December 13th, noon-5pm.  We'll all be there so you can do your holiday shopping.  Here's a link to a few details and the facebook event page here.  Also that day, Commonwealth Press is hosting a holiday sale in their studio so, come to Moop HQ, then head over to Commonwealth..or vice versa.  Can't wait to see you all then!