Jon Reimer 9:30 a.m., June 28
Local Company Specializes in "Ugly Christmas Sweaters"
Tipsy Elves, the brainchild of Evan Mendelsohn and Nicklaus Morton, college buddies from San Diego, is set to roll out two lines of “ugly Christmas sweaters” for the 2011 holiday season.
The duo decided to start the company earlier this year after frustration securing attire for ugly-sweater parties, a newly popular holiday gathering. “When we got tired of scouring thrift stores and eBay for used Christmas sweaters that didn't fit and weren't funny, we decided to sell our own,” says Mendelsohn.
The company offers two lines — “Naughty” and “Nice.” Designs run from the fairly benign “Dayglo Ski Sweater” and “Bucktooth Rudolph” to raunchier designs featuring reindeer in compromising positions and anatomically correct snowmen.
The Tipsy Elves are also starting a charity program, Sweaters 4 Sweaters, which will use a portion of proceeds to donate sweaters to impoverished youth (though the company promises they won’t be from the “Naughty” line). They’re currently seeking a partner to help distribute donated goods.