My name is Monique and I hope that you enjoy my shop! I live in Newport Beach, CA and enjoy any time I can spend outside with my husband and daughter Brooklyn. I grew up in Idaho and went to college for Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising and Art at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During college I was a tour guide and deckhand on a dolphin watching boat, which lead me to work as a deckhand on a cruise ship after college. This allowed me to travel around the world and save money to move to New York to further my education at the Fashion Institute of Technology. After I attended FIT, I started my career in the fashion industry and then moved to Southern California.
For the past twelve years I have worked as a textile, graphic and apparel designer for a wide range of surf and swimwear brands. I wanted to utilize that experience and influence to build my own line of fun, vibrant stationery and gift items. There is something special about the handwritten note that can't be replaced by modern technology and I want to help preserve this special tradition. The main focus of our brand is to create small works of art that can brighten up your day. The collections are inspired by nature, art deco, fashion and pop culture.
Violet Flamingos' goal is to use sustainable, recycled materials whenever possible. All of our paper products are FSC-certified and printed in the U.S.A. using environmentally responsible printers. We use high quality materials and assemble them by hand so that everything is inspected before it is shipped.
Portions of the profits go towards the National Alliance on Mental Illness and ocean conservation charities.