April 17, 2017
Recently we received this awesome letter! Thank you, Jonathan!!
Rebecca and Eva,
Apologies if I go long here. My daughter was born on August 6th, 2013, and by the time she was a year and a half old, when the Princess Awesome Kickstarter launched, we already knew that she was into awesome stuff. In fact, her big thing at the time was pirates. When she was about a year old, maybe six months, my wife found, second-hand, a pair of baby boots (like calf-length, not insubstantial) that had skulls and crossbones on them.
She looooved those boots, and she loved things like “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” But when she got too big for those boots, I looked around for something, anything, similar, and I had no luck. Pink flowers and other traditional-gender-norms things were easy to find (and she likes those things too, she wasn't sad about her ladybug/Snow White combo here), but not awesome stuff. She was going to be a superhero for a Marvel-themed party, so now she owns a Thor costume (really pajamas, but they have a cape and everything). She loves that too, and she totally has her own Mjolnir. But I was frustrated with being unable to find things for her to wear that matched her interests. And then Princess Awesome came along.
When I saw your Kickstarter, it was exactly what I was looking for at exactly the right time, so I got her (in different sizes) the pirate dress, the dinosaur dress, the hidden ninja dress (which is just the most amazing pattern ever!!!! Look at this cute little pattern-NINJA!), and a busy dress as well (trains, if I'm remembering correctly). They came just before her second birthday, which was pirate themed, so she got to wear her awesome pirate dress with all of her friends at her birthday party the Saturday after her birthday.
She hasn't backed down since then, either. She loves and still demands to wear her dinosaur and ninja dresses (and her busy dress), although her interests have changed a little bit. Nowadays, she's really into Little Einsteins, Power Rangers, and Paw Patrol.
She also recently visited a fire station to see the firefighters and their trucks and equipment. You can, then, imagine my delight when you sent an email saying you'd put a fire truck pattern in stock. I bought that for her, of course, and while I'm pretty sure it hasn't arrived yet (I'm out of town at the moment so I can't say for certain), I can tell you that when my wife showed her a picture of the dress, she exclaimed "it looks just like Marshall [from Paw Patrol]!" She'll surely wear it out before she grows out of it like all her other Princess Awesome dresses, which is a feat considering how durable they are.
So, thank you. Thank you so much for giving my daughter the clothes that she wants. Thank you for showing her that it's cool to be interested in pirates and dinosaurs and ninjas and fire trucks and trains. Thank you for giving her the tools that she needs to show her enthusiasm for those things to everyone. You've made her childhood, and you came along at just the right time to do it. I just know that she's going to have a blast growing up along with your company, and I can't thank you enough for letting me and my family be part of the beginning of all of that. Keep being awesome and keep letting my princess be fearless.