Hey there! I'm Cynthia Petrovic, animation artist and illustrator and creator of RedTango. Started in 1999, the idea was to produce excellent quality, original products for everyone to enjoy. Fun, cute and affordable clothing, accessories, greeting cards and buttons with a distinctly retro feel. The flagship cat logo is an iconic symbol, representing the classy feminine retro look...and sometimes a favorite pet! With inspiration from mid 20th century color sensibility and animation art, the style is bold, fun and a real stand out. It caught on immediately, prompting licensing deals for watches, clocks, bath towels, purses, totes and accessory bags and pillboxes. The cat had arrived!
The Big Journey Started Small!
Originally I started selling at local Los Angeles swap meets and small shops..what I myself could afford to make....t shirts, greeting cards, buttons, etc. Then I met up with San Francisco based TokyoBay and with their help began to produce purses, totes, watches and other accessories to compliment the shirts. My fan base grew quickly as RedTango products were made available online, at the San Diego ComicCon and stores all over the world. It was TokyoBay's distribution power and additions to my product line that really got things out there.
When the recession hit, we had to downsize and no longer could offer new purses and watches, and the licensing deal with TokyoBay concluded. This also meant the cash flow dropped. Existing product stock is selling out now and fans continue to ask for new merchandise. The big question for some time has been-do I continue on with the business and new shirt designs? Do I wait until someone steps in? What do I do about all the customers who want new stuff to wear? Can I afford to keep doing this?
I get some very touching letters from people, one of which really inspired me forward:
"In 2006 my Mom was dying of cancer. We were in a wig shop in Sacramento playing with the wigs. It was a really fun time, in spite of the circumstances. Your red baguette purse was in the shop. My Mom loved it and bought it for me. It was just worn out, but I couldn't bear to part with more more piece of my Mom, so I looked you up and found you! Yippee! I am thrilled the baguette purse is still available, even though only the black is. I will love it just as much and it will still be like having my Mom with me. Thank you, so, so much. you are part of a very sweet memory for me. xoxo, Heidi Hopkins"
A New Era Begins
I've decided the future of RedTango is now! I am reaching out to all the cool cats who have loved RedTango merch over the years, and who have followed along with RedTango and her pals as the website has grown. All my printing resources are in place to "go back to my roots" and start creating shirts again, with some of the top graphic artists in the Southern California area that have helped keep the cat looking sweet and hot all these years!
I may just be handling shirts for now but who knows what buzz will happen! There's still so much to discover and do. So let's do it!
Lend us a paw so we can get those shirts going again!
Production can start immediately..new ideas have been brewing for a while. A little goes a long way, and any size donation is greatly appreciated. I use only the finest cotton t's, sweatshop free, made in the USA, soft, stretchy and form flattering. I am also one of the few companies in the US to offer nicely cut plus sizes as well. As mentioned I personally oversee all the t shirt production/quality control and pick it up myself factory fresh! I also pack up every single order and toss in free goodies with each one. Woo!
I Do Care....Always
About company values: Customer service is absolutely priority number one. This includes timely delivery and communication. I am committed to producing fairly priced merchandise so everyone has the opportunity to look great. Recycled materials are used whenever possible to keep costs down. I also donate to local animal shelters and cancer charities thru out the year.
Come Be a Part of the Kat!
If you love RedTango and would love to see a new line of shirts created this year you are welcome to help me out..I've got a fabulous array of goodies for everyone who donates. I am very encouraged by the positive feedback that keeps moving me forward and to keep creating, which I am very much ready and eager to do. The shirts, cards and buttons originally did come first, now it's time to get back to my roots again. Swap meets? Live events? Here I come!!
Shirt production can start immediately, since everything has been in place for over 10 years there is no risk except figuring out which new shirt you'll want to buy! They will be made available online, at tangoland.com/giftshop, reasonably priced anywhere from $19 to $24.
Most important! I personally want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart, for all the encouragement and kind words and faith in this product line, what it has been and what it still can be. Together we can keep this kitten roaring!
Risks and challenges
As mentioned, I am already completely set up and ready to start printing new shirts. I can handle supervising that here locally, as well as producing new postcards and buttons. If larger business comes down the pike, wonderful! New licensing opportunities are always welcome. The experience is there...I just need your furrrrvent support! :D
Oh and please do direct all questions to Cynthia at:
and visit our crazy cat home at
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