The Awesome Mitten exists to advocate for the splendor across the state of Michigan. The company Live Love Michigan is here to do the exact same thing, and we couldn’t be more excited to work together to share the love. Jacob Prusakiewicz started this company to prove to the naysayers of Michigan that the mitten really is the best place to live, and that everyone should display their mitten love proudly.
Although Prusakiewicz had always had a deep love and appreciation of graphic design and art, Live Love Michigan wasn’t launched until April 2013. Prusakiewicz was at a point in his life where he realized that his current career wasn’t taking him where he wanted to go, and the creative itch was becoming impossible to ignore. Through Prusakiewicz’s time working at Michigan’s largest family-owned pet store, he found the value of creating a great product and being able to stand behind it 100%, lessons that he has been able to carry with him to Live Love Michigan.
Prusakiewicz’s ultimate goal with Live Love Michigan is to create a team that is as passionate about bettering Michigan as he is. He wants everyone involved with his company to understand that he truly values the hard work that gets put into each product and wants to be able to compensate people appropriately. As the sole founder, Prusakiewicz has had the pleasure of handpicking his team of fellow mitten lovers. His roommate, Nathan Leindecker, is working as the current Operations Manager and handles the website, accounting, and billing. Most importantly, however, Leindecker keeps Prusakiewicz focused and on time with his schedule, something that Prusakiewicz sheepishly admits is a necessity.
Also volunteering for Live Love Michigan is Abigail Ehn, a long time friend of Prusakiewicz’s who has jumped on board to make sure the “Hold on to Hope” campaign operates smoothly. This campaign was put together by Live Love Michigan to support and raise awareness for those in need. Live Love Michigan partners up with a local non-profit organization and creates a selection of new designs for the community to vote on. Once the winning design is chosen, a monthly campaign is launched. 50% of the sales then goes back to the organization to help with their mission. Prusakiewicz finds that people are generally more willing to donate when they have a tangible item to show for their donation. His hope is that someday the “Hold on to Hope” campaign can be a stand-alone option, as Prusakiewicz has always felt the draw of serving individuals in unfortunate circumstances.
Live Love Michigan’s apparel is currently available online and in a few select boutique stores in Michigan. Prusakiewicz has created his “print shop” in the spare bedroom of his home, which I believe is the beginning of quite the success story.
Be sure to “like” Live Love Michigan on Facebook to stay up to date with all of their festive attire!
Have you browsed Live Love Michigan’s apparel online? What is your favorite article of clothing created by Prusakiewicz?