Two years ago to the day (Nope, this has been sitting in my drafts waiting on me to not forget I wrote it), Old Try went from my brain to Old Try, Inc., a registered corporation in the state of North Carolina.
What a crazy awesome two years we've had. While I mainly like to look forward (except for the fact that our whole business if based on looking back into our own genesis stories...), this post is all about reflection. For remembering how much can happen in a year. For how much the Good Lord has blessed us. It didn't come without it's fair share of late nights, weekend work sessions, familial stress or sacrificing time with friends to try to make this as great as it can be.
In year two, we've launched a bunch of posters. We launched a boat load of shirts. We made a bowtie with Starboard Clothing Company. A shirt with High Cotton. Some prints for the West with Buffalo Jackson. A print with Garden and Gun. One with Historic Beaufort. And got into stores in Tex., Ala., Miss., Vir., N. Car., and Tenn. And started selling on Taigan. At West End put us in their catalog. We danced a couple of times with Huckberry out in San Francisco and Urban Daddy out of NYC.
We saw our city come to her knees on Patriots Day. We responded by making a print that raised over $4800 for victims. We made a print for the Charleston Waterkeeper's Waterball. Cause Cyrus & Co. are doing good for the harbor, and we want to help. We made a print that raised money for schools in the Delta in Mississippi. We were able to send some funds down to Oklahoma to help with the tornado relief. We've donated to silent auctions and fundraisers and tried to use business to do good.
Folks have been kind to us. We were in the Southern Living Idea House thanks to Tracery Interiors. Had a story written on us on BostonInno. In Mississippi Magazine. Featured in Print Magazine. And a couple of tours of our little apartment in Arlington from DesignSponge and Apartment Therapy. Valet Mag thanks to Max at AllPlaidOut. Notcot. Folk Magazine thanks to Back Down South. We teamed up with LVO and had one heck of a night in Mississippi.
And we've started to do some design/consulting work. Right now for just a couple of clients. But later, hoping for some more.
But perhaps the biggest thing is that Old Try allowed Marianna to leave her job and run this full time. Thanks to y'all, for liking what we're doing enough to let it become a livelihood for 50% of our family. Hopefully within another year, it'll be that way for the whole House of Whitson.
Word is that most businesses that fail do so within the first two years. Well, we've made it past that point. Here's to lucky number three.
And thank you all. From the bottom of our hearts.