Punch Brand is best known for crazyheads®, the character driven lifestyle brand founded by designer Glynis Tao in 2005.
The idea for crazyheads developed years ago when Glynis attended her first comic convention with her husband Jason. She was inspired by the creative and elaborate costumes the fans wore at the shows. She set out to find a way to contribute to this very distinct and colorful world. “I bought a meter of fleece and experimented with sewing a few kitty and bunny hats. I sold out of them at the next show!” A short time later, crazyheads was born.
Punch Brand has had the privilege of developing custom products for Google and well known artists around the world. In 2011 they were commissioned by Google to produce custom Android beanies and hoodies, which are now sold on Googlestore.com.
Over the years, crazyheads has grown into a lifestyle brand of cute, animal ear clothing and accessories. In early 2013 they expanded into the kidswear market with the launch of crazyheads® kids. You can find their products in kids boutiques, novelty shops and gift stores in Canada and the US.
Punch Brand's goal is to be recognized as the most sought after innovator in trendy character based clothing. They aim to be the "go to" design company for custom made and private label clothing design based on characters or mascots.
About Glynis Tao
Glynis is the Founder and Creative Director of Punch Brand an innovative apparel & accessory company, known for crazyheads®, the character driven lifestyle brand she created in 2005 and crazyheads Kids, launched in early 2013.
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Glynis developed an interest in fashion design very early on. She studied in Toronto to earn her Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Fashion Design at Ryerson University.
During the past 15 years she's worked in the apparel industry, she's held various positions such as technical designer, product developer, buyer and product manager. Working for many well-known companies domestically as well as New York and Hong Kong. Prior to Punch Brand, she was Product Manager at Reebok Canada Inc. where she managed the NFL and CFL (Canadian Football League) licensed product lines, working closely with the teams' owners and equipment managers to outfit the players every season.
Although it was an amazing experience, Glynis felt she wasn't able to express her creative potential working for someone else. Her strong passion to create her own product line drove her to pursue Punch Brand full time and she has never looked back.
Her most memorable moment was getting a call one day from Google Android Marketing requesting to have custom-made Android hats and hoodies. The challenge was that they needed to be delivered in a short time frame. Glynis was able to draw from her production experience to deliver the products on time. She approaches tasks with a "get it done" attitude that's managed to get her company repeat orders since the day Google contacted her in 2011.
Glynis' goal is to share her own brand of unique designs with all the fans around the world. In her spare time she likes to travel (especially to warm, sunny places), collecting cute "things" for her inspiration shelf, trying out new recipes, watching Project Runway and practicing Yoga- things that make her smile!