Meet the Maker: Moore
Moore Collection is run by Taylor and Tanner Barkin, who told us that they "never stop thinking about the company" - so you could say that they enjoy it just a bit. Moore is the couple's way to turn their sense of creativity into a tangible product that others can enjoy.
Moore recently launched the Forestry Collection, a collection to t-shirts that celebrate the history and conservation of our national forests with 20% of proceeds donated to the National Forest Foundation, who will plant 1 tree for every item sold from that collection. The team launched the collection online but the Spring Flea will be the first chance to buy them in person at an event - just in time for Earth Day on April 22!
WHAT DOES MOORE MEAN TO YOU?
This company means the world to us because it allows us to push ourselves, to grow and to connect with other individuals in ways that just wouldn’t be done otherwise. Most importantly, this company is the highlight of our lives. Through good times and bad, it has become an outlet that has allowed us to do things that we never thought we would and accomplish things we once saw as near impossible.
WHAT'S A DAY IN YOUR SHOES LIKE?
Most days in our creative business are vastly different from one another but we typically have creative days and production days. Our production days consist of doing large batches of shirts in our Denver workshop to get us stocked up for the next few weeks. Our creative days are where we spend time on everything else surrounding the business to think of what’s next for our growth. Even on our “days off” we can’t help but brainstorm everything that’s next.
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?
The inspiration for our designs stems mostly from our surroundings accompanied with the eagerness to not be in one place for too long. There are many times where we say get in the car, let’s find some place new and see how we can fit our journey into new designs. We’ve also been really inspired by connecting with mentors and professionals in the community who have built their brands on quality standards and ethics who have inspired us as young, driven individuals to take our brand in the best direction we can.
WHAT'S YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?
We’ve hit many milestones across the way and while we can’t attribute any one thing to our success, we can attribute our consistent hard work and dedication to where we are at. With that said, our greatest accomplishment is pausing and looking at where we are now. We are two passionate individuals who have created a business we love, we’ve provided thousands of products to people who genuinely enjoy them and have built our workshop to be a fully functioning business all while just barely entering our twenties.
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR START?
In mid high school, we decided we wanted to mess around with printing t-shirts out of one of our parents garages. As we began printing more and more, we started to see where our skills could really take us. After years of success, failures and frustration, we began to become really good printers as we began selling a vast amount of products and doing custom work for other people. When we hammered out a solid focus for what direction our brand could go, we set out to create quality printed clothing items and have set out to keep improving everyday in any way possible.
QUICK FACT #1
All of our products are printed in house by the two of us (Taylor & Tanner)
QUICK FACT #2
We started making t-shirts as teenagers and haven’t stopped since
QUICK FACT #3
We’ve been running this business as full time students.