To kick off the holiday season and celebrate our first ever PJ collection, we knew we had to go big or go home! Read on to see and hear about our cozy party with some of our fave friends to celebrate the launch of JuJuBe Jams.
It was definitely a day to remember with sweet treats + holiday snacks, fun activities for guests of all ages, plus exclusive gifts! The perfect way to introduce our new family-inspired collection and visit with our local mommas like Madison Fisher, Corrine Stokoe (AKA Mint Arrow), and more.
Even the little ones were able to join in the fun with holiday-themed activities and were able to take home comfy PJs to enjoy this season.
Meet Jeff Shelly, the former Director of Character Art for Imagineering-Disney Parks, Experiences and Products for 33 years with the Walt Disney Company. He is the artist behind our custom collaboration print and brought this snack-filled theme to life. We recently asked Jeff a few questions about his exciting career and this unique and adorable print!
Q: What is your background, and how did you start working for Disney?
Just out of art school, In 1987 I was working in New York City as a freelance animator from project to project with different studios. I was looking through the yellow pages for some reason (yes, the yellow pages haha) and saw that Disney had a small office here that did just Consumer Products. I dropped my portfolio off and the rest is history. I have had the opportunity to hand-draw some of Disney's most classic characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck and move up through the years to become one of Disney's Directors for Character Art.
Q: What are you up to now?
After 28 years I early retired from Disney, but I'm still bringing Mickey and Friends to life—and making sure every Disney character I draw goes through the inspection of my critical eye. For example, take Mickey. There is so much balance and technique needed to get it him right and strive for perfection with this iconic character. Because if you draw one thing wrong on his face, it throws everything else off and he looks wonky. Mickey looks very simple to draw, but he is one of the most complex Disney characters to get on model. It requires a type of animation style that is now almost a lost art. It's a technique I learned from the early generation of Disney animators when everything was still done with hand and ink and computers did exist. Being able to tell stories through the animations has breathed life into my own characters and creations. You can always find me illustrating and sketching on anything I can find.
Q: Tell us one of your favorite Disney memories?
A career highlight was traveling the country for Mickey Mouse's 90th Birthday celebration. As an artist, sometimes you tend to be alone in the studio while you create and sketch, and the birthday celebration was a great experience to interact with the public and do live art. I enjoy seeing the excitement on someone's face as a character comes to life in front of them on paper.
Q: Which Disney character do you enjoy drawing the most?
I would have to say I have the most creative fun with Pluto and Donald Duck.
Q: What do you like most about this limited-edition Disney x JuJuBe collaboration?
I appreciate that Sensational Snacks is an original concept and a print you haven't really seen before. I worked closely with Kat from JuJuBe on the storytelling and all the fun details. The patterns, colors, and characters all came together to tell a humorous story about food. Who wouldn't love that?
We recently asked Kat Santiago, JuJuuBe’s Senior Product & Design Manager a few questions about her inspiration and thoughts on this new collaboration.
Q: What inspired you to want to create this print?
My sister-in-law, Laurel Lynn, is a huge Disney fan—she is also the graphic designer who helped create this print!! One day we were tossing around ideas for a custom print and she said, “what if you took the classic Disney characters and had them eating their favorite snacks!?” She then proceeded to tell me a story about how Walt enjoyed simple foods, like hot dogs, and reportedly the trash cans at Disneyland are spaced apart the distance it took for Walt to finish a hot dog! I thought these were such fun stories.
Q: Tell us about the fun details you put into the collection?
Some fun new details for this collection are that for the 1st time EVER JuJuBe printed on our signature Chromatics’ fabric. I love the way that fabric adds an elevated texture to the line. We really wanted to add a level of sophistication to this collection, so we added a printed linen texture as well. Lastly, we developed a new, beautiful light satin gold finish for all the hardware.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about this collaboration?
Hand’s down working with the legend, Jeff Shelley. As an artist myself, it’s so inspiring to meet other artists who’ve built careers doing what they love. Jeff has been drawing Mickey almost as long as I’ve been on this planet, that leaves me speechless. My medium isn’t illustration, so for me, I’m in awe watching illustrators put pen (or pencil) to paper.
Shop our Disney x JuJuBe collaboration here!
Hi, I’m Erica and I’m the financial controller at JuJuBe. I originally discovered the brand in 2015 when I became a dog mom (Yes, I used the bags for my puppies). Today, I have two human children as well and JuJube has been an important part of my parenting journey as well as my career! Similar to our amazing community, our work environment also has such amazing culture and energy! When I’m not working, I’m spending time with my family, walking around Disneyland, singing to my dogs or riding my peloton! My go to bags are the Million Pockets Backpack and Fuel Cell!
Hi! I’m Lisa, the Sr. Accountant at Ju-Ju-Be. Some of you may have met me at the Ju-Ju-Be 16th anniversary celebration virtual party. I have been with Ju-Ju-Be for almost two years, it has been an amazing team to work with, and Ju-Ju-Be offers the most amazing products available on the market. Even my daughter loves to carry my favorite Ju-Ju-Be's “Be Right Back” backpack around her college campus because of how stylish it is, and it has all the pockets that she needs to organize her stuff!
After crunching numbers at work, I love to play badminton with my friends, and I am also an amateur painter and resin artist on the weekends. Did I mention that I'm a diehard fan of Lionel Messi and C. Ronaldo, any soccer moms with me?
Howdy! I’m Chris! I’m the newest addition to the accounting team. I joined the JuJuBe Family in July 2021 as the Staff Accountant. Most people find accounting boring, but I LOVE it as it touches each department in the company in some way. I love listening to country music even though my wife of 22 years isn’t a fan. We are proud parents of an almost 20-year-old son, Parker. My greatest joy in life is watching my son play the game he is most passionate about, baseball. My wife and I are lucky he is only a few hours away so we can enjoy watching him play in college now. I love solving the Rubik’s cube. I’m working on the 4x4 now as I have the 3x3 and 2x2 down. I have a sweet tooth and huge fan of the girl scout cookie Do-si-dos (Peanut Butter Sandwich). I’m a milk and cookie dunker, lover of Skippy crunchy peanut butter and favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups from the freezer.
As a simple guy, I find the “Be Right Back” bag perfect for a dad on the go. For myself, I’m loving Queen of The Nile print so I’m going to grab a “Grab and Go” bag for my new gym bag since diaper duty days are in the past for me. CHEERS…. Chris
Greetings and Salutations! My Name is Jen and I am the Ops Department. I have been with JuJuBe for about 5 years now. My first day was flying to a trade show and being catapulted into the JuJuBe world. I started in the Sales Department but moved to Operations about 3 years ago. I love the attention to detail that Operations require….spreadsheets are my JAM!
My favorite JuJuBe bag is the Be Set. I use them every time I travel to keep my clothes and toiletries organized. They are the underdog of the JuJuBe accessories!
I recently moved to the PNW from Southern California and am LOVING the fall. This is my first time seeing the leaves change colors and MAN it is like they are on fire. My boyfriend and I love exploring! We went on a 9 day camping trip starting in Southern California and ended up in Montana….our first shower was day 6! So much hiking and playing in rivers and lakes.
I’m a Southern California girl, but have lived in a few different cities, states and overseas. I love spending time with my family & my church community. I enjoy camping, traveling and time at the beach. I love the Super Be, it's the perfect bag for a day at a waterpark! And I love the Be Cool as it’s the perfect lunch box for my daughter!