Brendan Megannety is the founder and creative director of Explorer’s Press, a Vancouver-based apparel and accessories brand. Founded in 2012, Explorer’s Press focuses on creating cool and quirky designs that are accessible to everyone. The edgy and current designs range from a red rose lapel pin to the popular ‘People to Kill’ notebook (and everything in between).
An avid traveller, Brendan exclusively designs while on-the-go, and describes his designs as a reflection of his life. And it all began with a napkin doodle…
Curious to know more? Meet Brendan Megannety of Explorer’s Press:
What was life like before Explorer’s Press and what motivated you to quit your day job and start your own business?
I never made a conscious decision to become a business owner. People just really started digging the apparel and accessories I was making and I couldn’t keep up with the demand so I had to quit my day job.
Brendan’s 3 pearls of wisdom for entrepreneurs:
- Keep your overheads as low as possible
- Have unique ideas
- Don’t be afraid to fail
Describe the biggest challenge you’ve experienced as a small business owner and how you dealt with it.
The biggest hurdle has been that the business plateaued at a certain point and, in order to grow the business, I had to bring on more people. Passing off responsibility was a big leap of faith but a necessary one.
Share an interesting or unexpected story with us.
My first design was a black and white Set No Path patch. I drew it on a napkin in a restaurant. I thought it was cool so made a patch of it. Then, one of my buddies put it up on Tumblr and it blew up. I had only made 100 patches, so thought I would make some more… and the rest is history. It all started with that simple design which really resonated with people. I just make stuff that’s loose and honest and I don’t take myself too seriously.
It’s a typical work day. Where would we find you?
I rent a storefront that is our private studio/warehouse.
Inspiration or perspiration?
I firmly believe being passionate and inspired is #1. Working in the creative industry is tricky because you can’t just put in 18 hour days and churn out awesome ideas all the time. You have to take time to relax and enjoy your life to feel inspired.
I usually work a few hours in the morning, then go play pool or hang out outside and then go back to work. Keeps me refreshed!.
Who is your role model?
My friend Reilly who runs No Fun Press in Toronto is a massive inspiration to me. He was the first person I saw really doing their own thing and making it work and I thought to myself “I could be doing that too!”. He’s rad.
Do you have a motivational mantra or inspirational quote that helps you get you out of bed in the morning?
My friend Ian always says “It’s OK to like things” – I’ll leave that one open to your interpretation.
Work-Life balance is *tough* for a small business owner. How do you stay balanced?
I have to set an alarm to wake up at the same time every day. I get to the studio early and finish as early as possible so I have maximum time to actually enjoy life.
What’s next for Explorer’s Press?
World domination 😉
Brendan confesses he can be pretty forgetful. He has to schedule everything in his calendar from meetings to buying cat food to brushing his teeth.
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Amanda is a content editor at FreshBooks, writing and producing blog content to help small business owners achieve their goals and enjoy (yes, actually enjoy!) running their business. Amanda’s background in education and customer support makes her a natural communicator who loves empowering others to succeed. When she’s not writing and editing content, Amanda takes her dog, Jonny, on adventures searching for the best coleslaw in Toronto.