Thomas Marnin and Skye Saylor graduated from university somewhere in the high Rocky Mountains, long ago during the financial meltdown. With no big plans in mind, they both stretched their legs and moved out west to the Emerald City of Seattle. Small-towners though they were, they soon cultivated an understanding of this tech mecca and found themselves able to brave the heavy rain and high rent. A year or so later the pair noticed that their friendship of many years was beginning to grow into something more. They decided to give it a go as a couple, and have been creating and adventuring as MarninSaylor ever since.
In 2012, Skye made the very first Donut Cat. She had been designing and making toys for friends for many years, and after absentmindedly doodling a Donut Cat she wanted to see if she could successfully assemble one out of fabric. That very first Donut Cat, created on a whim, was crudely made and not nearly as cute as its modern-day descendants. But it nevertheless found a place within people’s hearts and before they knew it, Thomas and Skye were making more of the funny felines for friends and family queueing up with money in hand.
The following year they exhibited at their first craft show, were juried into Pike Place Market, and the rest, as they say, is history. Today we peddle plush and propagate the idea that handmade is always best. The Donut Cat remains a pillar of our brand as we dream up new and exciting designs, and you can adopt them here or in person at Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market!