After the first pillow, Mimi discovered that making pennant pillows was a fantastic outlet for design and a great balance to her full-time finance job. In the summer of 2012 MG Designs was born and Mimi began selling vintage pennant pillows at art and craft shows in the St. Louis region and launched an etsy.com page.
In 2013 Mimi designed a vintage inspired St. Louis pennant pillow that has been carried in the Missouri History Museum Gift Shop. In 2014 she designed a Christmas pennant pillow featuring Santa and North Pole. 2016 was a big year for MG Designs. Not only did Mimi create a line of vintage inspired vacation pennants featuring 11 different locations, she was also featured in the May issue of Log Home Living and the September issue of Country Living.
In 2017 Country Living called again and featured Mimi's Santa Pennant Pillow in their December issue!
Her Tennessee pennant pillow was featured in HGTV.com 15 Essential Decor Items You Need for Your Dorm (July 2019).
Holiday Decor Magazine showcased her Santa pillow in 2019. And Flea Market Home & Living placed a vintage pennant pillow from MG Designs on the cover of their Summer 2020 issue!
Business grew so much that she taught her husband to sew in order to keep up with demand. Now Eric is a co-owner and designs pennants as well. If you have questions or a custom order please click here to contact Mimi.
As a child, Mimi took an interest in all things artistic. From pottery to painting, she was intriqued by the colors, the lines, and the design. As a teenager, she discovered fashion and began working in a local retail shop in St. Louis that specialized in women's clothing.
Her love of fashion led her to the University of Missouri where she studied Textile and Apparel Management. She continued to work in clothing after college at a national retailer, but eventually moved into the finance industry.
While on vacation in 2011, Mimi's love of art and design was rekindled as she visited many galleries and shops. She was also inspired by the wave of artists and designers that are creating new objects from vintage items. She was specifically drawn to several vintage travel pennants she saw along the way and couldn't get them out of her mind when she returned to St. Louis.
As luck would have it Mimi was able to find a vintage pennant from her brother-in-law's high school and decided to make a pillow as a gift featuring the pennant.