Let me introduce myself: Miriam, 33 (I knooow!), alumni of QMUL (English lit, 2013) and founder of www.simple-animal.co.uk I would like to tell you a little bit about Simple Animal and how it all came about.
I always wanted to have my own business, because I am a very freedom-loving person and don’t like the confinement of 9 to 5. I figured that a t-shirt label would be easy enough to run and gave it a go. Also, I wanted to make a change to the regular heartless and environment-damaging oil print and produce something that doesn’t create waste and is easy on the environment. Little did I know then that it would be a lot of work to actually put this thing into practice.
Although the name Simple Animal suggests differently, the label actually stands for lots of things that are not that easy to achieve: Simple Animal is an ethical and vegan fashion label that features screen prints of happy animals and vegan slogans on organic, ethically produced and fairly traded tees and totes. There was a lot of research involved and when I won the ‘Try it’ and ‘Grow it’ awards with QM Careers & Enterprise, I decided to exhibit at the Ethical Fashion Show in Berlin in 2015, which was very cool, but also involved day and night printing and general preparation. I would still say that it was totally worth the hassle, as I love the look on people’s faces, when they see something in one of my designs that makes them happy and they buy it.
You can find Simple Animal online (on the website and on Etsy) and on social media:
We also frequent the Maker’s Market at times and will be at the Animal Aid Christmas Fayre on the 4 th of December at Kensington Town Hall. Looking forward to seeing you there! If you’re not around and still want to get a lovely, handmade, soft Christmas pressie, here’s a little goodie for you: use code ‘QMUL’ on www.simple-animal.co.uk to get 10% off every full-price item. If you’re still too broke, have a look at the ‘imperfectionists’, which are slightly flawed tees that find rescuers who buy them for a small price.
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