I'm Mandie Bee and Kittees is my most recent creative endeavor...
My story begins in Excellent San Dimas, California,
where I lived with my two tuxedo kitties, London and Franki.
I originally came up with the "KitTEE" idea in 2012.
It is 1 part Dad joke, 1 part fashion, and 2 parts feline...
Kitty + Teeshirt = Kittees!
(ok, you get it)
I was very busy tooling away with my vintage inspired dress company, Heart of Haute, and my sweet 60's soul band from Santa Ana, The Moan, Kittees was just another whimsical idea pushed to the back of my sketch book for another day...
After the very sad death of my best little buddy, London, I decided to make some serious life changes...
I moved away from the home I knew to the Caribbean with my boyfriend (who happens to be a Leo....he's just a big kitty, really) where I helped work in his Youth Hostel. This was the beginning of my travel adventures and experiences in foreign places.
I trained a local cat to help greet our guests at the door, her name is Ojo. Out of all the street cats on the island, she was the most sociable and intelligent. I painted a sign at the front which read "please be seated, the cat will be with you shortly" and within 30 seconds,
Ojo would be in the lap of a loitering guest on the front porch.
After leaving the Caribbean, I found myself nestled in the
French Quarter of New Orleans.
Sadly, without a cat and in an apartment that wont allow me to keep one. I've made a point to divert my walks to purposely pass the French Quarter Pet Shop and the lady with the looming room on Chartres
as both are perfect places to hang with some hip felines.
Until that happy day when I can bring home a pair of new little fur babies,
Kittees will be as close to my feline friends as I can be.
I wanted to produce Kittees to share with other cat enthusiasts
and to give myself a creative project that was not only fun, but would allow
my inner curious cat explore the planet.
Kittees are original graphic designs made by me with the cat lady in mind.
All shirts are made to order in the United States.
A percentage of Kittees profits are donated annually to charity
to assist cats in no-kill shelters.
Just in case you were wondering,
Franki is happily living with
my family and is a major purr factory when I come home to visit.
If you're an artist and want to submit your ideas to Kittees,
send me an e-mail and we can talk!