Angus McDermott

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon enough. If you are like me, you like to get a jump on Irishing up your house for the occasion.

Each year, I bring out certain things. Things like this guy:

Yes. I know. He is actually Scottish.

This is Angus McDermott, also known as the first item I can remember designing as a professional. He came with the name “McDermott” sewed to his leg. I added Angus as an homage to his obvious Scottish heritage.

Back in 1989, a few months after graduating from RISD, I started working at Russ Berrie and Co., in Oakland, NJ, a large giftware manufacturer. I was put into the “Plush Department” (What a dream! Making stuffed animals for a living!), and this is one of the first designs I ever made that actually got manufactured. Like other kinds of design, a huge proportion of what gets developed doesn’t actually end up manufactured. In the two years that I worked there, I was lucky to have quite a few go through to production.

Anyhow, when he comes out for St. Patrick’s Day, he reminds me of those early days and of my NJ friends. Begorrah!

2 comments on “Angus McDermott

  • on Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm, Sea Pony said:

    actually, i don’t irish up the house, my mom does!

  • on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm, janet montecalvo said:

    I didn’t design an animal, but it reminds me of the stuffed dog my sister and I won at a fair. His name was Doggeth McPoggeth. Her nickname became Pog.

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