By Rebecca Allen, ABOC, eyewear architect
I first came across The Crybaby Club in 2016 at a local maker’s event held at Urban Outfitters. I was going to meet a friend who owns a crafting business, and while I was there, I met Natalie, creator of The Crybaby Club. I was drawn in to her business after seeing their lovely little heart-shaped pin with “Memphis” on it. I immediately snapped it up, along with the matching sticker. Shortly after, I followed them on Instagram, and my obsession grew when I saw a pin with the words “I may cry but I can still get things done” showcased on it. Because I am not only a sensitive soul but also a hard worker, this pin really spoke to me.
Since this fateful meeting and because of our similarities, Natalie and I have grown to become friends! I encourage everyone, not just females, to check out her work and their website. They feature other artists, as well as their originals.
When Eclectic Eye lost power for a week after the Memorial Day storm, our generous friends at City + State let us join forces to set up a pop-up shop at their store. While I was there, I saw Natalie’s pins on display and sent her a silly picture of me missing my Memphis heart pin. She decided to come check out the pop-up shop, and we started talking about a possible collaboration featuring a special pin for Eclectic Eye. Natalie showed me some designs that she had already drawn out, and our idea was born.
The community of Memphis is important to us, and we’re always honored to collaborate with local organizations, groups and individuals. We are so excited to continue to feature local artists here at Eclectic Eye in addition to the art shows we regularly host at our store. We look forward to similar collaborations in the future!
Stop by to check out some of the Eclectic Eye + The Crybaby Club pins on display at our store!