Meet the Maker: Fish Kiss
Fish Kiss is a lifestyle brand offering fun and whimsical printed gift items inspired by the people and places we love. Erie-based founder Anne Klein initially began with organic baby products and fabric, but because of the love she received for her artwork, has since grown her offering to include platters, prints, cards, and more, featuring all of the states across the U.S.
WHAT DOES FISH KISs MEAN TO YOU?
To me, it’s all about creating products that inspire the customer in a personal way. I
spend a lot of time researching my maps to put in as much detail as possible so that it
captures a wide audience with a variety of memorable locations and customs.
HOW HAS YOUR BRAND EVOLVED?
Fish Kiss started as a baby company, but turned into a lifestyle brand after a natural
disaster. When the Colorado floods hit, I had to earn some extra cash to help pay for a
damaged roof. So, I took to my community Facebook page and posted artwork hoping to
make a few dollars. It ended up becoming a big success with over a hundred customers
purchasing my artwork through the local community page, (thank you, Erie)! I quickly
realized that I needed to turn Fish Kiss into a lifestyle brand instead of a baby company.
WHAT WAS THE FIRST PRODUCT YOU CREATED?
A baby hat.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PRODUCT OR COLLECTION YOU've CREATED?
I get asked all the time what has been my favorite map to draw . . . I think
Massachusetts stands out because of its interesting silhouette and rich history; but, I
also loved drawing Arizona because I had been drawing east coast states for a while
and it was a nice change to draw a place with a completely different climate and terrain.
We really live in an incredibly beautiful country.
WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF YOUR DAY?
It's a toss-up between drawing and meeting customers at shows like the Flea.
ON THE DENVER FLEA TEAM'S WISH LIST:
The Colorado Map Platter, because what's better than a cheese plate AND being Colorado Proud at the same time?
Follow FISH KISS:
QUICK FACT #1
The name Fish Kiss originated from the goofy fish face kisses I would give my nieces and nephews.
QUICK FACT #2
It took 2 years to draw all of the state maps currently in the collection.
QUICK FACT #3
We made it onto Shark Tank - but then our pitch was cancelled right before
filming. Oh well, everything happens for a reason, right?