12/31/21 Msg from Matt
Well, I guess that was 2021! I mean, obviously and objectively, that was an absolute shitshow. We wanted to end this year on a high note, and provide you with some comfort to wear as we watch what 2022 has in store for us.. from either our couches, or planes, or wherever we’re allowed to go lol. Sooo that's why Parmsuits!
In all seriousness, I have a lot of hope for this coming year. I’m currently wrapping up my first bout with COVID, and it was mild af. I’m hoping Omicron is a sign of things to come, and this thing just weakens and we continue to figure out ways to fight it. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about this dumb disease that disrupted EVERYTHING it’s that it seems to be only a matter of time until we get it, and it’s gonna be here for a minute, but we can probably make it through it.
Also, it’s kind of bittersweet.. 2021 is/was. Again, objectively a shitshow globally. I don’t need to list the reasons, you all know. BUT I can't say I hated it, because personally it was probably the best of my life (partially bc of you probably but I’ll get to that in a second). I met someone I once knew for coffee, fell madly in love, and I get to marry her now. I found Brooke (Hasluck, the COO of this company, who is a badass), or she found me, and she saved my life professionally and also probably IRL a couple of times. I adopted my son from another species, Fred, who truly kept me (sort of) sane during all of this mess and who continues to show me that dogs are as good if not better than people every single day. I connected with Heather McMahan, who before becoming a friend and business partner, was just an incredibly funny and nice lady that changed the entire trajectory of my life just by reposting some sweats that I designed. The rest of my family is healthy, and happy, and I have a really solid relationship with all of the people in it. Honestly I feel like I’m so lucky that I could keep going, but I won’t bore you plus I feel gross and bragg-y, and I’m sorry for that. To "keep it 100", as the kids say, a lot of really rough shit happened this year too, but I'm gonna spare you that also.
But the important part of this rant is that in 2021 I was able to turn what I started by accident, printing a handmade bowl of pasta on a hoodie for myself, basically a kind of joke-in-the-beginning hobby of a company into my full-time fucking job. And I say this all the time, but I really can’t believe I get to do this every day. I never did anything creative before I started this company in Jan of 2020, and I sure as shit didn’t see my life going this way at any point in my previous 33ish years. And I know btw that it could go away at any minute and I could go back to doing any of the 7 careers (at least, this is not an exaggeration) I had before I did this..
Really what I’m saying is thank you. Thank you, from the deepest part of my soul that I can summon, for doing any part in allowing me to do this as a job. I love it so much, and because of that I love you and appreciate you so much. If there is ever any single thing that I can do to make your life even 1% better, please reach out to me. Seriously.. email@example.com , and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can and help out in any way that I can.
Thank you, I hope you have had as happy and healthy 2021 as has been humanly possible, and that 2022 kicks the shit out of 2021 in every way that it can.
And as advertised, if you are somehow still here and reading this, then you absolutely deserve a discount code. Please use code APPRECIATEYOU22 FOR 22% off the whole “Appreciate you.” Collection through 1/7/22. If you click the link, it should auto apply the discount actually, and you’ll see the money come off at checkout.
FINE PRINT: Discount will only work if no other discounts are applied to order (free shipping etc. count as one), and doesn’t work on bundles. This is a backend thing that we can’t change, but if you want to use this you might have to do it on a separate order than the Parmsuit order. Because that’s a bundle. It’s a whole thing that we’re trying to fix next year, but as of now discounts are kind of a hassle through our site provider. I’m sorry!! I think that’s all, but I could be wrong it’s late and I don’t know everything!
FINER PRINT: You'll often see that sometimes I say "I" and sometimes I say "we".. the truth is is that it's mostly me and Brooke at this point that do all of this. (We have incredible teams that we contract to do production and fulfillment for us, to be clear. Also we have Lisa now. She’s part time at the moment and helps me with design work and does a bunch of awesome shit with graphics and you’ll be seeing more and more from her coming up.) Any good thing that has happened has been because of both of us. But with that being said, any crazy shit that I say is only my view lol. It's not the view of "the company" aka not necessarily Brooke's. Basically I just don't want Brooke to ever g