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Tiff Manuell 09.09.2014

We think we might’ve just found our creative soulmate! Seriously though, we LOVE everything about Tiff Manuell’s crazy fun explosion of color using organic shapes and painterly, drippy brush strokes!

In her own words about this little business adventure: “I want it to be spontaneous and to move quickly, for it not to be restrained by typical industry formats but more organic in its evolution.” We say, mission accomplished!

Check out her range of  bags, fashion, accessories and art at tiffmanuell.com! We’re partial to the bags ourselves. You can just never have too many!

 

  1. Marianne Humburg

    Love this!

    September 9, 2014 3:56 pm

we heart kansas city: KC Fashion Week 03.19.2014

The Kansas City Fashion Week can rival the best! We’re so proud that such a well put together event happens right here in KC!

This year, Morgan & Carrie missed it, but the newest Ampersandee, Kathy, represented on Saturday night and was blown away!

Did any of you get to go? Tell us, what was your favorite part!?

(Images via @kc_fashionweek)

  1. Jessica Zimlich

    I went for the first time to the Saturday show! I really loved the photo bus, can I say that was my favorite part?!

    Actually, I really enjoyed the pieces I saw come down the runway that were wearable. I’m all about the practical.

    March 19, 2014 4:34 pm
    • ampersand

      The photo bus is the best! We’re so sad we missed the show. It sounds like it was such a good one. We love the wearable pieces also. Really, we love all of it! Can’t wait for next year!

      March 19, 2014 7:42 pm

ANNOUNCING: 8 Days a Week, our second fabric collection! 02.24.2014

We have been waiting (not so patiently) to introduce you all to our second fabric collection with Windham Fabrics!!!! It’s called 8 Days a Week and it’s filled with hand-painted lettering, dots, stripes and a really unique fill-in-the-blank calendar grid, all  in super bold black, white and hits of color! You can use the numbers, days of the week and months to customize your very own fabric calendar to commemorate a special event, or simply use them all as pattern! We could not have made our vision for this collection come to life without the generosity of SO many people. We are overwhelmed with gratitude for all of them and for the hours they spent helping us put the pieces of this photo shoot together! Scroll through to see some of the amazing pieces that some wonderful people have made for us using 8 Days a Week fabric!!! In the next many days, we will be sharing details about all of these projects and the talented sewers behind each and every one! So please stay tuned!

So, as you can see, beyond the friends that sewed all of these beautiful pieces for us, we have a LOT more people to thank, and we want to start by doing them a bit of justice right here! To start off, these fab photos would never have been possible without our dear friend, who just happens to be a crazy-talented photographer, Jason of Jason Domingues Photography! Not only did he run around town to four different locations, he even volunteered his own backyard to be one of those spots! Yes, you read that correctly, the outdoor shots are in Jason and his wife, Allison’s, very own (super darling) backyard! Thank you, Jason, for your patience in shooting lots of sewn objects along with the lovely models we threw in there as well :) We are so grateful for your time and the super-quick turn-around of the images!!

Emily, our office assistant and Jordan, our summer intern, both worked tirelessly on helping us organize the mailing of fabrics to each and every sewer. This involved a detailed spreadsheet of addresses, fabric yardages for all the different patterns and lists of pieces to be sewn. We can promise you that we wouldn’t have kept it all together without both of them! Thank you, Emily & Jordan!!

We can’t go without mentioning the attentive and always helpful team at Windham Fabrics! We love to collaborate with Windham on our collections and just love our relationship with them! We are so thankful for their patience and support!

We also have many people to thank for letting us use their spaces! A long-time friend of both Morgan & Carrie, Darby Brender, the owner of the ever popular, trend-setting Fusion Fitness, allowed us to take over her studio for a few hours because we were just obsessed with the cool gray wood floors. Thank you, Darby!! Our office assistant, Emily, let us know that one of her friends was a new mom with a really darling nursery. Upon seeing pictures, we knew we had to get in there! So thank you to Emily’s friend, Amanda, for letting us invade your home, especially with a newborn baby! And one of our favorite local restaurants, Urban Table, allowed us to take over the comfy benches in front of their huge windows one morning! Don’t worry, we always repay them by having office brunches there :)

And last, but so far from least are our models!

Amya— the darling baby girl in the polka-dotted romper is the daughter of one of Morgan and Carrie’s friends, Patty, from our Hallmark days. Thank you, Patty for loaning us your sweet little lady for the morning. She was a natural!

Lilli— the daughter of one of our amazing sewers, Monica, also happened to be a perfect model! Much more info to come on Monica, but we’ll just say that on top of being a talented seamstress, she also has the most lovely kiddos. Lilli was such a great sport, twirling around in the adorable dress her mom made. Thank you, Lilli!

Michelle— you may recognize Michelle from our shoot for Cream & Sugar. We couldn’t resist asking Michelle to help us again with this collection. Can you blame us? She is as sweet as she is beautiful, not to mention hilarious. She was so generous to take time out of her busy schedule to model our polka dot skirt and headband, tote and clutch. Thank you, thank you!

As we mentioned before, we are going to be following up with more blog posts introducing you to all of the great sewers who helped us out! But for now, we want to at least give them credit as you scroll through these photos! A HUGE thank you to all of them for making this happen!!

Dayle Bennett: tote bag and clutch // Jordan Clark: pillows, headband and dog collar set // Carrie Dickerson: toddler shorts, toddler skirt and embroidered t-shirt set, stuffed dog toy // Stephanie Patton: baby quilt // Emily Perkins: shadowbox calendar art // Caroline Ritter: carry-all bins and crayon roll // Margaret Schemmel: toy ball, calendar pillow and crib skirt // Madi Sharp: headband and pillow  // Shari Shobe: quilt // Monica Spiehs: adult a-line skirt, toddler girl dress, baby romper and flag bunting // Emily Walters: notebook/ folio and pillows

We sure hope you love this new collection! It was truly made with love (and paint, brushes and scissors!)

Check out our full online brochure right here!!!

  1. Josephine

    Congrats on another FAB collection! I LOVE it! It’s so fun, the projects are gorgeous, and those colors are amazing!! I will now have that song stuck in my head, which I love, so no complaint here : )

    February 25, 2014 9:18 pm
  2. Laura Parke

    GIRLS!!! Such a lovely collection. I seriously LOVE all of it! I can’t wait to get my hands on it and start making stuff. Bravo, you two!

    February 25, 2014 10:32 pm
  3. Jane B

    Where do I get the pattern for your polka dot skirt!?!! Or better yet, where can I buy that skirt!!!!? I love it. And I love this fabric line. So. Much. Fun. Just in time for spring.

    February 27, 2014 12:41 pm
  4. ampersand

    Thank you so much, Josephine and Laura, you know it means a lot to us that you guys like the new group :)

    March 3, 2014 10:04 pm
  5. ampersand

    Hi Jane,
    During this whole week, we’ll be sharing all of the fab people who helped make some of these pieces including the skirt-and we’ll be sharing the pattern! So glad you like it :)

    March 3, 2014 10:05 pm
  6. Dayle Bennett

    Thanks for the shout out ladies! I love this collection. It’s so much fun!

    March 3, 2014 11:12 pm

ampersand design studio for mane message 12.04.2013

We’ve been fans of Mane Message hair ties for a while now and we always admire how the color and pattern collections are put together, so when the opportunity arose for us to actually DESIGN the patterns on the ties, we were all over it!!! It was just icing on the cake that the owner of Mane Message, Olivia Hayward, happens to be the sweetest gal ever! She let us do our thing and design whatever we wanted….we, of course, had too many ideas, but we just kept returning to the  black, white and gold collection. What can we say, even the rainbow-lovers love a good classic combo from time to time! This collaboration was just a little match made in heaven. Such a pleasure to work with Olivia! We hope you all love our exclusive collection!
From top to bottom: Black Glitter Hair Tie // Ampersand Stripe Print Hair Tie // Black Solid Hair Tie // Confetti Print Hair Tie // Gold Glitter Hair Tie // Geometric Print Hair Tie. That’s two glitter hair ties, one solid color hair tie and three print hair ties for $12.50!
PS – It goes without saying that these would be the most perfect stocking stuffer, right? We love that you get a little glitz, a classic black and then some fun exclusive patterns all in one package!
Find them in our shop now!
If you’d like to carry these in your own shop, contact us here for wholesale info: hello@ampersanddesignstudio.com.
  1. Christina | Sweet Lavender Bake Shoppe

    So excited for you guys! I just love Olivia and Mane Message!

    December 4, 2013 5:14 pm
    • ampersand

      Thanks, Christina! We’re excited, too! Olivia is great! It’s been such a fun collaboration!

      December 4, 2013 8:54 pm
  2. Kate

    Got these in my stocking! :) Love them!

    January 9, 2014 5:58 pm