Sometimes I need to stand back and remember how much we have accomplished as entrepreneurs since the conception of the company. Insane still is that we have accomplished so much despite my brother suffering a severe injury this year and dealing with a long and arduous recovery that is still not over. Things got hard. We re-branded three times. We started out with pop culture before shifting gears a little bit and making some waves in the fitness industry before finally - FINALLY - coming home to what we thought we should have been doing from the beginning: pin ups. And not just pin ups but the celebration of women. Liberated women who embrace their sexuality. Women who have fun. Women who are fearless. And men, of course. Funny and hilarious men. The brand came together because we stopped fighting ourselves. We chilled out. Brother and sister decided that they should just be themselves and things would come together in the way that things always do. We conceived of Cimpoe Gallery on a whim so why not trust ourselves and trust the brand? Let’s have fun. Let’s celebrate our weird sense of humour. We dared ourselves to stop worrying so much and here we are, still kicking. We are wild horses. We are outlaw space bandits. Goddamn. How fucking cool is this?
And speaking of cool, we attended our second Make It spring show this past weekend and it was a spectacular show, through and through. It wasn’t an overtly busy long weekend but there were some great moments throughout the duration of the event and honestly, getting that visceral, real world reactions to the current collection of pin ups just made all the aches and pains disappear (however figuratively). Peter and I stood back for the first time ever and allowed the collection to just breath. Our open concept booth made it easy for viewers to truly enter our world. People stood back and then stepped closer to look at the girls. Or laugh at Deadpool on a unicorn. We talked about birds and parrots with our fans and got the word out on the Greyhaven Exotic Bird Sanctuary. The feelings were all there. Awe. Admiration. Laughter. There was so much support from our peers and fans alike that by the end of it all, we were left full as ticks by all the love being thrown at Cimpoe Gallery. This is what it is like when you put yourself out there. Sure, it’s hard. It can be so fucking hard. Peter still felt a great deal of physical pain throughout the show but he did not let the pain get him down. He pulled through, taking long breaks and painkillers, because he wanted so much to just be there for his fans. He has lost so much time and missed out on so many show, he was NOT going to miss this one. It was everything to him to be in attendance and stand among his artwork after suffering so much bullshit this year. He stood there proud because he is STILL standing. Fuck yes. FUCK YOU. This was a good show.
So what is next? So much. I can’t spill all the beans to my lovelies - all of you fine and exemplary creatures - but please stick by us as we start work on the next series of images. You might see some changes on the design side as a certain lady behind the keyboard (moi) gets to work on fine tuning the vision we have for the company. The website may change a bit. Or it won’t. But it is will be fun. Trust me. Always trust me. I’ll make sure you guys get off at the right stop ;) Life is good.