Our very own Lisa and her dear friend Holly got to go to the Kentucky Derby this year, and we’re a little jealous. Not only did they get to witness the “greatest two minutes in sports,” but they got to take our new custom-designed, officially licensed Kentucky Derby products along for the road trip.

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We had so much fun living through them as we followed their #catstudioroadtrip on Instagram. We think they both looked fabulous in their extravagant hats (and we think the mint juleps look extra tasty in those catstudio glasses.

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We are so excited about the opportunity to create this custom design for the Kentucky Derby. The products are available to purchase at local retailers + our website and are in limited supply. Whether you were able to celebrate in the stands at Louisville, or were watching it at home in Texas, we hope you had a wonderful Derby Weekend. Happy Trails!


Have you heard of a movie called Star Wars? An amazing visionary named George Lucas? Or news of the purchase of Lucasfilm by Disney? Of course you have. Did you know that Mr. Lucas is also a really great gift-giver?

We are excited to share that catstudio was selected by Lucasfilm for a “Top Secret Project”- creating a custom pillow highlighting the “World of Lucasfilm.” Our pillow was given to each employee as their Christmas gift along with an iPad and iPhone.

Many articles highlighted the “Best Employee Christmas Gift”, with one article from Business Insider commenting, “You can get those Apple gadgets anywhere, but that pillow is priceless.”

Through catstudio, Lucasfilm was able to eternalize and celebrate themselves as such an innovative and creative company. What an amazing honor – That’s a gift in itself!

A Note from Terrell & Carmel Swan, owners of catstudio:
Have you seen our amazing hand-embroidered LONDON pillow? It has all the iconic places which we Americans love like the V&A Museum, and also includes some great British stores, like Liberty’s and Paul Smith. Paul Smith has long been one of our favorite shops – & we have a long history with Sir Paul: in the 80’s when we used to own Cotton Club, 3 fashionable, contemporary stores in Houston, we bought the Paul Smith line for our men’s store when Paul himself first brought it over across the Pond. Since then, we’ve followed his luminous career skyrocket across the fickle fashion hemisphere. His creative genius and sense of humor clothes the hip English dandy to Manolo shod ladies, and he is now THE taste-maker for all stylish things  – including gifts, home and even automobiles. We thought Sir Paul would like to see our little ode to him on our pillow, so we completely painted a box with a ‘heart loving crocodile’ enclosing the pillow, and sent it off in the mail (we LOVE the mail system, especially when it’s called the “Royal Mail” in UK).

Click here to see Terrell & Carmel’s creation on the wonderful Paul Smith blog, which needless to say is a real honor to be mentioned.