There are few things more depressing than blank, white walls. Sadly, when you rent a home, as is common in most big cities, painting is generally a no-go unless you agree to paint your walls back when you move. And when you’re about to move, painting a wall you’ll never see again is probably the absolute last thing you’ll want to do. When you can’t decide how to brighten up those naked, empty walls, that’s where Mouth & Trousers comes in. Created by our talented graphic designer Kristin Miaso and her equally talented copywriter Jenn Boston, Mouth & Trousers is a rad line of vintage inspired prints that will not only make you smile wide, but will really tie your room together.
All posters are 24 inches by 36 inches, which is a standard poster size perfect for framing in your kitchen, den or dining room. Posters arrive flat and folded for authenticity, a throwback to how vintage posters were traditionally shipped. Says the company’s website: “it’s like you plucked them straight from the store windows, but better because you won’t be arrested for shoplifting.”
Kristin and Jenn chatted with us about about their latest venture, Mouth & Trousers and what inspired them to launch a line of vintage inspired posters perfect for food lovers.
We happen to know you design and write a lot of beautiful things. Why posters?
We have always been fans of non-traditional artwork. We get pretty excited about the charm of old signage whether it’s vintage neon or hand lettered advertising. It seemed like a natural marriage for us to combine forces and create something fun.
How did the two of you come to go into business together?
We’ve worked together on and off for the better part of the last ten years. Kristin has created logos for me, I’ve written websites for her. We have an amazing friendship and similar working style – We both like to think and do without a lot of hemming and hawing.
What is the meaning behind the phrase, ‘Mouth and Trousers?’ Why did you land on the name?
“All mouth and no trousers” is a British expression, which basically translates to “all talk and no action.” I liked twisting it – as small business owners, we are talk AND action – You can never really sit back and wait for things to come to you. Plus as a writer, I love a non sequitur. It’s a good conversation starter.
What inspired you to pick these five specific designs/sayings?
I think we wanted words and designs that were universally recognizable and appealing on a few different levels. “Special” doesn’t just apply to a sale on spaghetti sauce; “Very Popular” doesn’t need to be about green beans. And then, of course, there are things that are just interesting to say and see, like ham.
Why grocery store posters instead of a different vintage style?
The look is bold and graphic. They look like they’ve been plucked from the store windows – folds and everything. It was a good starting point. Before computers, there were sign painters and it’s fun to pay homage to that craft and style.
What kind of impact do you hope your work has on your customers?
I think we just want to evoke a sense of fun and nostalgia. Our posters are definitely a wink and a smile for your walls.