Tender Loving Empire
In 2005 Tender Loving Empire was founded by Brianne and Jared Mees on a road trip around the western U.S. It was initially intended as both a way to release Jared’s recordings as well as a creative conduit for friends and family to release their music, comics, fiction and etc . During the first 3 years TLE released comics, works of fiction and musical albums all in a distinct hand silkscreened, individually numbered, limited edition fashion. In 2007, TLE opened its first store in NW Portland, OR in an attempt to provide an ecosystem for all types of creative output including clothing, fine art prints, jewelry, accessories, comics and local music. Meanwhile they began to focus their labels attention and resources specifically on musical releases, having gained some traction with local record stores and a handful of releases by local bands. in 2010, the store moved to a more prominent location in downtown PDX, becoming home to the art and craft of over 300 different local artists, crafters and musicians. At the same time, the label began to increase its output and reach in and around the Northwest US, signing up-and-coming Portland acts Typhoon, Y La Bamba and Loch Lomond , while continuing to focus on high quality aesthetics, innovative packaging and cutting edge promotional and marketing techniques . In 2012, TLE will release its 35th title, the 5th installment of its yearly, limited edition, hand silkscreened 2 disc compilation Friends and Friends of Friends.