this is so exciting! not only do we have a guest post/interview with the owner of LiveME maine-inspired apparel and accessories, but he's giving away a LoveME tote bag!!! find out how to win the tote bag at the bottom of this post.
we can all thank pinterest for this blog post. one day as i was pinning i came across the LoveME camp mug and fell in love (ha, ha). the LiveME products, all with different slogans, are are so quintessentially maine, if you get married here it would be awesome to include them in your wedding.
here is my interview with owner chris avantaggio.
How did LiveME get it’s start?
BeerME was actually the first design. It started as a t-shirt design I created for a bunch of friends. Every year we would go to the Maine Brewer's Festival and wearing bright colors made it easy for us to find each other in the crowd. In the fall of 2009 we wanted to do something a little more fun, so I put this t-shirt design together and we printed them on blaze orange t-shirts. It turned out to be pretty popular so I just kept making them.
What was the second design you came up with and how do you think up new ones?
I think the second design was LoveME, but we released 4 new designs several months after BeerME became LiveME. Now we have around 12, and only release a couple of new designs a year. We try to make them appealing to what people love about Maine.
When did LiveME become your full time job?
LiveME is still a passion project for me. It's a lot of late nights and weekends. I currently work full time as an advertising Art Director.
Do you sell in retail stores in Maine or only online?
The best way to shop our entire collection is on our LiveME website. But you can also find a selection of our merchandise in Portland at Zane, Old Port Card Works, Mexicali Blues, Newbury Comics and at Central Street Farmhouse in Bangor.
What if someone wants to purchase a large quantity of, say, LoveME camp mugs for their wedding, can you accommodate special orders like that?
Absolutely. We have done many bulk orders for weddings and the camp mugs make perfect glassware for signature cocktails and drinks. We also do a lot of custom orders such as tote bags, koozies, and t-shirts for wedding favors. We have a contact section on our site for inquiries.
Where are your products made?
Almost all of our apparel is made in America and printed in Portland, Maine.
What’s the most popular product you sell?
The BeerME and LoveME t-shirts are topsellers.
What’s the best part of running your own small business?
What’s one thing your customers should know about LiveME?
Where a small family run company that loves Maine!
HOW TO WIN A FREE TOTE BAG
want to own your own LoveME tote bag?! of course you do! all you have to do is follow these simple instructions:
- go over to LiveME's facebook page and "like" it
- leave a comment on this blog telling me which is your favorite LiveME design
- that's it!
i'll pick a random winner on valentine's day, february 14, 2013 and announce the winner on my facebook page and my twitter account. you may only enter once. feel free to "like" my facebook page, too, although that's not necessary to win.