Our Story - Tender Loving Empire


Tender Loving Empire is a lot of things. Mostly it’s a big idea. The idea is that art is not a competition: that a strong and deeply connected community of creative people begets an even stronger community-at-large. Our aim is and has always been to facilitate a web of visual artists, designers, musicians, craftspeople, and every creator in between—and then connect them to new friends, fans, listeners. Over the last eight years our big idea has turned into the release of 60 albums and three brick-and-mortar stores that support a community of over 300 makers.

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Maker Spotlight

Shweet Shtuf lives in San Francisco, but has a heart that lives in Portland. Tally Sue, the maker behind Shweet Shtuf, is inspired by an eclectic range of topics, many of them related to her love of Portland, Oregon, but her work has found happy homes across the world. We think you'll find her creations' trademark happy grins as irresistable as we do.

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