Our good pal – and London-dweller – Morgan Megannety brought a ‘Protect Ya Neck’ scarf for her brother back home in Canada. She told us how great his work was, and all the good stuff he’d been up to. A few days later a package showed up in the post, and we were very pleasantly blow away.
Since then Explorer’s Press has grown pretty quickly, and Brendan’s made it his full-time job. His products are super-cool and always well made, and he’s a top guy to boot. There’s a sort of aspirational pessimism in many of his ‘slogans’ which resonates with all the hippies, punks, weirdos, drop-outs and all the cool kids
Hi Brendan! How are you?
I’m good! I drank 5 coffees today.
How long has Explorers Press been going for?
I’ve been running Explorer’s Press since November 2013.
We love the explorer/adventure idea behind it all. How did you come up with it?
I just drew up the “Set No Path” patch one day and got some made up to trade with people. I had been traveling a lot, and I was making a lot of zines at the time. I just wanted something else to put in the packages. The response was overwhelming when I put them up online, so I started a little online store and it just grew from there! Tell us a bit about your background?
I grew up on the West Coast of Canada, and spent a lot of time growing up camping and hiking. I was a Boy Scout from age 9-17, so I had a lot of exposure to the beauty and wonder that nature has to offer. When I was in high school I got really in to in graffiti, urban exploration and decay. I like to think that both ends of the spectrum are represented in the brand; nature and the city. I see beauty in them both.
Whats your favourite product in the Explorers Press collection?
I’m really digging making these lapel pins, and the psychic one is definitely my favourite.
Is it just you behind it all, or do you have more in your team?
Its just me. I do all the design, pack all the orders and deal with other admin/customer service stuff. I like it that way! Its my full time job, and I’m fine with that.
Do you ever collaborate with others? If so, tell us about what you’ve been upto…
I’ve done a few collaborations on patches and t-shirts with a few tattooers. I love working with other people because I think it really broadens the style of the brand and brings in some imagery I wouldn’t normally use.
Any more new products coming? Can you give us a clue?
I’m actually getting some cool pocket knives produced! I like making things that I’d actually use. Some new patches and lapel pins, too. I’d like to do some rucksacks in the future as well…
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