It’s no secret that we love decade celebrations…and this spring we are celebrating 10 years of Enid’s gorgeous presence and creative guidance on all things Nuu-Muu.
Enid’s official title at Nuu-Muu is “Designer.” Unfortunately, that title simply can’t do justice to the degree of impact she has on our operations, our aesthetic, our everything.
The virtual halls of Nuu-Muu echo with the visual voice of Enid. Her contributions to this company are so varied and so vast that it is difficult to put them adequately into words. Thankfully, I am free to use a few images to share a bit of her legacy.
My favorite recent example of this is the Valentines she created that we delighted in sending out as our first official Nuu-Muu mailing. Not only were they stunning, but each one was hand stitched by Enid’s very own hand. And, for full disclosure, I begged for three of them and am in the process of getting them framed for me and for each of my daughters. [#heartfull]
Enid is the one who made it possible for Nuu-Muu to create prints exclusive to our brand. That process is so flipping fun and one of my favorite parts of Nuu-Muu. After a delicious hour scanning old digital files, I picked out just one iteration of one print from one season’s brainstorm (one I loved that we have not yet made!) to share. In that hour, I marveled, for the 1,000th time, how incredible it is what comes out of Enid’s head and heart. At the time, we called this one Water Flower. (Tell us if you like it…we are all ears!)
Here is another one, some of you will recognize. Eventually Flamenco and Samba came from this beginning.
If we make it, Enid had a hand it how it’s put together. What is exceptional about her process is how patiently she considers every detail, every outcome, every possible hindrance. She works at it until the pocket, for example, is perfect. And, for all of you reading, there are some super exciting new patterns up her sleeve. Stay tuned! (!!!!!!!)
When we communicate as a company, Enid is the one who makes sure it looks good. And make sense. She is constantly adding value to the zillions of projects that come her way. Of the hundreds of graphic images she has created over the years, this one caught my eye today. Enid sees it all differently…and our beautiful world expands in her capable hands.
You would think that most of the graphics deal with dresses…but alas, such is not this company! I also love this one for a World Bicycle Relief fundraiser:
Although it seems impossible that there is anotherpart of her role at Nuu-Muu, Enid also manages the majority of our photo shoots. She organizes the models, the photographers, the props, the lists, and even the weather. (!) Photos are a huge part of our business and Enid’s eye is involved in them from start to finish. I love this simple one of Ginger.
So, this is the thing…not only does Enid feed our souls, she feeds our bodies. She is the one we always hope will be in charge of treats, and thankfully, she is almost always willing. Her baby boy already knows where to find the cinnamon jar in their spice cupboard – which gives you some kind of idea how much time they spend in their kitchen! And popcorn. The ridiculously popular popcorn Enid made for World Nuu-Muu Day. Everybody asked about it. LIKE, literally, EVERYBODY. But that is totally normal concerning food items from Enid – they are always insanely good. The key, I think, is that she takes her time. If it takes 2 days to cook something the right way…she takes it. And the people rejoice. I am eager for my next trip to Bellingham specifically because Enid said she would make me cinnamon ice cream. And that is worth a trip!!!!
No month in the year would be as much fun without Enid, but particularly April…and if someone has to fool you, let it be her!
The rest? There is still so much we could say. It wouldn’t fully reflect our appreciation for Enid if we didn’t mention her calm reason, her care and concern for our company’s wellness, and her fiscal responsibility with respect to Nuu-Muu’s bottom line. She and I finally traveled as a duo last fall, attending a conference in San Francisco. I was delighted to let Nuu-Muu take us out to a nice Indian restaurant at the end of a long day of learning. And Enid did let herself enjoy it. Although if she was on her own, I am pretty sure she wouldn’t have allowed the indulgence. But E – you are worth every bit of every way we can find to celebrate your contributions. And you get bonus points for your darling boy who loves to test drive the fabric samples.
Enid’s mark on Nuu-Muu is profound. And her mark on our hearts is indelible.
With love and gratitude,
All of us at Nuu-Muu
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