mkogelmann52 on Jul 26, 2016
Love this sweatshirt! Super fast delivery as well, would highly recommend!
The FD Story
Firedaughter Clothing was born July 1, 2006, on my kitchen table as a mechanism to cope with unexpected postpartum depression after my first child was born. For several years I toiled with my babies by my side, making a shirt here and a shirt there. I remember the days were long with a toddler and a baby, and I'd be so happy to receive an order occasionally from local friends and acquaintances (this was long before I joined Etsy). I took great pride in the pretties I made, and would drive all across Phoenix with my babies in their carseats in the back, to deliver a shirt or two.
As time passed I gained more drive and ambition with Firedaughter, more fire in my belly to make it into something real and meaningful. My whole adult life I had also been an athlete, and right around 2008 I started running pretty seriously, and fell into a runners lifestyle. I started making shirts that reflected what it was like to be a runner, and in 2009/2010 I started my Etsy shop, with a few of my running themed designs. This was also about the same time I joined Facebook and realized all of the new ways to reach an audience that hadn't been open to me before as a work at home mom with zero budget for advertising or marketing.
2011 and 2012 were the beginning of Firedaughter's true success. You'll notice that I began Firedaughter in 2006, and the success didn't come until 2011/12. When I started on Etsy, there was no market for what I do. I was the first and only shop for a while to make the kind of inspirational tops, tanks, and sweatshirts that now flood Etsy. I started at the bottom and built the market, and built an incredibly awesome client base filled with the kind of women you want to know. The kind you want to fill your life with. In April 2012 the success of FD made it no longer possible to work out of my house, and I moved into my dream production shop in Old Town Scottsdale. A few years of working 70 hour weeks with low overhead had enabled me to save my pennies to move out and remodel the old space into the shop I needed to be more productive, and continue the growth of FD.
Late 2012 is when the downside of success, which is copycats, began. The downside of Etsy as a business owner is that everyone can see how much you are selling, and exactly what you're selling a lot of, and many opportunistic people saw that all they had to do was wait for me to come out with a new design, copy it exactly, and even in some cases tag it 'Firedaughter' and they had their cash cow with no effort. And so it began. My designs were no longer safe, they were no longer my designs, and I really had to fight with myself to continue to design anything new. Why should I? I would pout- it's going to be stolen by shop after shop within days...what is the point. What was mine, what came from my heart, is just stolen, and I can't do anything about it.
So I had a choice. But as an artist, the choice was not really a choice. I realized I had to go in a new direction, because I couldn't stop creating. What I do is not a choice, I create because if I don't create, I'll die. Not physically, but me- Samya- the artist, the athlete, the super-feeler, the passionate. In 2013 my design expanded into actual garment production- I was no longer going to buy cool apparel blanks from companies like Alternative Apparel and Next Level- anyone with a business license could, and was, buying those tops and putting their (and my) design on them, and I was so sick and tired of seeing the same shirt over and over. My heart and soul led me to designing my own dream garments, starting with raw materials- knitting the material, the design of the garment, dyeing, and cut and sew. So I no longer had to settle for the same old sweatshirt, the same old tank. I could now bring to life the garments that I had always wish existed, but didn't. My style, Firedaughter style- is very very recognizable. It's all flowy materials and bohemian-sporty cuts and styles. It's about comfort and feeling amazing in your clothing. It's the softest materials, the most flattering styles- from my tee shirt tubes to my maximum maxi super flowy skirts, from my old school no shoulder football style sweatshirts to my cropped x-back vintage-y tanks...the garments I dream of become reality. And it feels amazing. The direction that adversity brought me to is the direction I was born to go in, I just didn't know it.
And so the story of FD continues, and I feel like I know where it's leading, but history has shown me I'm not solely in control- I'll continue to chase my dreams down while at the same time not forgetting to stop and look around at what I've built, and soak it in, and revel in it. Three feet across the hall from my workshop is another dream I've built, called FD Boxing, my own boxing gym, steps from my shop, where I get to see more dreams coming true because mine have. XO Samya
Around the web
I'm Samya, the 38 year old designer and creator or Firedaughter Clothing. FD is the reflection of my soul. Frivolity tempered with kindness, reverence, and respect.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
DOMESTIC (US) CLIENTS: I ship USPS with Delivery Confirmation and tracking. Anything under 1 pound goes first-class mail which is 2-5 day delivery, and anything over 1 pound goes Priority Mail, which is 2-3 day delivery. I ship every single day, Monday through Friday.
You will receive an email when your order is shipped, with your tracking number.
INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS: International shipping can sometimes be very slow. Delivery times range from 10 days to a FULL MONTH. The average is about two and a half weeks but it is NOT unusual for it to take longer. Please take this into account before you order, so that you are not disappointed if your package take longer than you'd like it to arrive.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do screenprint each and every shirt to order when it is ordered specifically for you, so I do not offer carte-blanche refunds, however I do know that situations can arise, and I am probably the most reasonable and compassionate person you'll ever meet. Firedaughter's success has been based partly on this fact. If you have a problem- which I work crazy-hard to make sure you don't- just give me a friendly shout. I love nice people :) XO
Additional policies and FAQs
I do not wholesale- I screenprint every single shirt to order and my handmade methods do not lend themselves to wholesale pricing.
You can have any of my designs on any of my shirts- again, handmade rocks ;) I do not consider this making a "custom"- as long as it's a Firedaughter design, there is no extra charge for changing shirt styles/color, or ink color.
-This is the procedure to order a shirt differently from how you see it in the photos in the listing:
Order the size/color/style shirt you want it on, regardless of the design shown on the front. Then in NOTES TO FIREDAUGHTER when you are checking out, tell me what design you want, and what ink color. You must order the size/color/style you want- that is the only way to ensure I have that size/color/style in stock. If you do not see the size/color/style you want in the shop, shoot me a convo to see if I have it. If it's not in the shop it usually means it's been discontinued or backordered, but sometimes it's just an oversight on my part.
*****I no longer do custom design orders.*****I've worked tirelessly for years to establish Firedaughter Clothing as a brand that stands for certain ideals and a certain way of life. Creating for Firedaughter is my passion, and creating designs on demand that don't come from my heart takes too much away from Firedaughter and my own love of what I do. Thank you for understanding.
I don't use any type of Photoshop or anything like that on my photos, as I wish to represent my clothing completely accurately. So I apologize if my hair is flyaway or I have a huge pimple, but I'm keepin' it real ;)
I use only water-based, environmentally friendly permanent screenprinting inks. Machine wash all of my pretties in cold water, inside out, and tumble dry. Read the listings so you know which styles shrink and which styles don't.
I currently use five different tank styles, and the sizes do not run the same for each tank. It's very important in my shop to read the listings so you understand the characteristics of the specific shirt you are wanting. It is VERY helpful to see what sizes I am wearing in the photos- I give my stats and what size I am wearing in each and every listing. If you are "normally" a size small and you see that I'm wearing a size Large, and we are approx the same size, you will not want to order a small, even if that's what you normally are. I provide a lot of tools so to save yourself the headache of a size exchange, use them! They're super fun! ;)
Lastly, I live and breathe Firedaughter Clothing and Firedaughter Nation. I am ridiculously earnest and passionate about my clients- I love Firedaughter women as if they were my family. I am an idealist, and the crap way people treat each other out in the "real world" is not how we treat each other at Firedaughter. Respect, compassion, admiration, and congeniality live here. WELCOME!