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Celebrating 10 Years of Cuteness

It’s hard to believe that I started this company over 10 years ago. Last year was our 10 year anniversary and we celebrated with a new product launch, swag giveaways, party hats at conventions, Facebook contests, and our first Kickstarter campaign. It was a busy year to say the least. I’ve been running Punch Brand for as long as I can remember, I mean I’ve been working in the apparel industry for nearly 20 years and half of that was owning my own business. It’s a big part of my life and I probably wouldn’t have been able to do it for this long if I wasn’t for the passion I have and all the wonderful fan support I’ve been getting. I cannot thank my fans and customers enough. You are the reason I keep doing what I do. I’ve been wanting to put together a commemorative album with all the memories and photos taken through the years. So I finally put together a photo album containing the best of the best photos. I had to sort through literally thousands of photos, if you can imagine. 10 years is a long time and a lot of memories. I enjoyed putting the photo album together, it was like a walk down memory lane. And to remember all the wonderful people I met and collaborated with and who have helped me through the years. I would like to share some of the photos with you. Please enjoy!

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Help Save An Elephant

Dear Fans,

I have a very serious and important message I would like to share with all of you. I believe in strength in numbers and the positive effect we have if we work as a group. Last night as I was going through my emails, I came across an email from an organization I support avaaz.org. It was in regards to the crisis our oceans are facing and need immediate protection. After I signed my name on the petition, I was redirected to the homepage where I saw an extremely disturbing and heartbreaking image of a faceless elephant. Brutally and savagely murdered for it’s ivory.

This was from a mass poaching in Central Africa in 2012 where 600 elephants were killed within 3 months! The poachers spared no elephant, they went for the entire herd including their young 🙁 This image caused me great distress and upset me so much I couldn’t get it out of my mind ( I cried for an hour). How could someone harm such a majestic, gentle and intelligent animal? It reminded me of the cruelty humans are capable of and so I feel absolutely compelled to do something to help these amazing animals.

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Photo Credit: WWF

I believe there are more humans who are willing to do good and help support organizations such as WWF and Avaaz who are actively working to protect these creatures, put an end to illegal ivory trading and capture those savages responsible for this horrible massacre. The fact is that 100 elephants are killed each day and there’s been 100,000 elephants killed by poachers in Africa in just 3 years!!! We must protect these beautiful creatures and put an end to ivory trading before they are extinct.

That’s why Punch Brand’s plan is to donate 10% of its sales of any plush hoodie or vest by the end of this year with a goal of donating $1000 to WWF, and other charities such as Elephants Without Borders and Save The Elephants. Just to show how serious I am to this cause, Punch Brand will start with a contribution of $500. So please share this message and take the first step to help protecting elephants.

Will you help me in my quest to protect these magnificent animals?

XOXO Thank you!

Glynis

To learn more about Elephants, and to help protect them please visit these links:

Rampant poaching threatens former elephant stronghold in Tanzania

Great Elephant Census results revealed

African Elephant Numbers Plummet 30 Percent, Landmark Survey Finds

100,000 Elephants Killed by Poachers in Just Three Years, Landmark Analysis Finds

WWF: Endangered Species/ Elephants

Why are elephants important?

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It’s all about the Feels…

We’re more than half way through our first ever Kickstarter campaign. This experience has been exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. We had fun making the video, putting the project together and promoting the campaign. We’re hoping we’ll meet our funding goal by November 7th, so if you haven’t yet made your pledge or you know any alpaca lovers out there please share our Kickstarter link: http://kck.st/1GzaAkE

These alpaca-style vests are so soft to touch it’s like you’re wearing clouds. To explain just how soft these vests are we’ve enlisted the help of voice actress Tiffany Grant aka Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Watch her reaction for touching the vest for the first time:

 

 

 

 

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I faced the fire: my experience on Dragons Den

Last month was an exciting month for me. I was invited to pitch in front of the Dragons on the CBC hit show Dragons Den. I’ll tell you how it all went but first let me go back to how it all started in the first place. As a business owner it’s a given that the must watch show for any entrepreneur is Dragons Den. I’ve been a fan since the very first season the show aired. I’ve considered going on the show for years but didn’t have the courage until last January. I heard they were doing auditions in different cities and so I decided to try out at the one in Vancouver. I arrived at 10am and there were about 40 people in front of me. It was a snowy, blustery day in downtown Vancouver. I waited for nearly 2 and a half hours before I was called on. So on my turn I stood in front of one of the producers, there were 3 auditions going on at the same time. I had a clear message of what I wanted to say during my pitch. I don’t think I was nervous, since I felt like I’ve been preparing for this day for years. And all the hard work I’ve been doing for years was all coming together into this one pitch. It felt good, very invigorating! I felt confident and knew I did my best during the auditions and whatever happens is out of my control. After that I went and had lunch with my husband.

I got the call back within a week. It was quite exciting to hear that I was selected to pitch out of thousands of people across the country who applied for the show. On top of that they were hoping that I could produce custom Dragon hoodies for the dragons. I had just over a month to prepare and get 5 custom dragon hoodies made. There was much work to be done. It would be quite a challenging task to pull off in the short time frame. We had to do everything from scratch – fabric sourcing, pattern making, grading, cutting and sewing. It was a short time frame but I managed to pull it off. The custom Dragon hoodies turned out fantastic!

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I flew into Toronto the day before the taping. When I got in it was a beautiful sunny day, even warmer than Vancouver. My sister in law picked me up and then we headed downtown and checked into our hotel. The next morning when I woke up it was a snow storm. How could it have gone from 20C to zero degrees in one day? I guess that’s Toronto weather. I got to the audition on time and waited for my turn. There were 3 other pitchers in front of me. When it was my turn my heart was beating real fast, like I could literally hear it. It was quiet walking into the den, I could hear my own foot steps. As soon as I got into the den and stood on the marker, the Dragons were all there looking at me… there was no turning back.

Through it all it was an awesome experience. I was assigned a producer who was there all along. He coached me through the process, helped me with my pitch and gave me tips on how to make an awesome pitch. It was an unforgettable experience. Oh and I got this certificate, t-shirt and framed photo for being on the show. I’ll know when my episode airs 2 weeks before and I’ll be sure to let you know.

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GHSF x crazyheads collaboration

Dreams do come true! Remember my post back in Dec 2009 where I was talking about my wish to do a collaboration with Lights? Yep that was 4 years ago, well my wish came true when Lights and her husband Beau Bokan from Blessthefall visited our booth at Fan Expo Canada and then later contacted us to do a collaboration together. My first reaction was “is this a dream? Pinch me if this is not a dream”. I got to go backstage and watch Lights perform at the PNE last September. That marked the kick off to our GHSFx crazyheads collaboration together. Beau is the lead singer for Blessthefall and also has a clothing line named Golden Hearts Shine Forever. We decided to design one of our smitts based on the GHSF teddy logo, using the bones as inspiration I was able to add stuffed 3D bones to the black hooded smitt. And voila! Today was the official launch on the GHSF merchline website. If you are a fan of GHSF or crazyheads then go now and order one of these limited of 50 hooded smitts. To buy go to—> http://ghsf.merchline.com/

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