Merchant Monday: Fred & Friends, a Unique and Fun Product Company
For The Days of Gifts’ third Merchant Monday, we feature Fred & Friends, a Rhode Island-based company that focuses on selling fun and unique items. We have been pleased to offer many of Fred & Friends’ amazing products in our 6, 8, and 12 Days of Christmas packages as well as any of our surprise packages (when applicable). You’ll also find them in our Coffee Gift Package and the fun Baker’s Gift Package. Keep checking back because we’re always adding more!
To learn more about Fred & Friends (aka FRED), we caught up with Trina Rudolph, Field Marketing Officer and our supportive contact at the company. Check out the following questions and answers for some interesting information about our gifting partner!
Tell us about Fred & Friends.
FRED is a Rhode Island-based team of designers with partners around the globe, all focused on well-designed stuff that solves a problem, puts a smile on your face, and doesn’t cost a fortune. We make products that say, “I am the curator of my own life.” We delight in taking everyday functional products and turning them into something fresh and unexpected, something funny, something personal. FRED products are useful, but they’re also social expressions—they say a lot about you as well as about us.
Why use the name FRED?
Company namesake Fred Roses replies, “because my mom always told me that Freds were friendly, fun, and helpful around the house,” which is just what FRED [the company] aims to be.
Does Fred & Friends design all of the products?
We design many of our products in house, and also work with independent designers around the world to create the ideal line.
How long has the company been in business?
Our founder, Fred, began in the specialty gift business almost 30 years ago. The current Fred & Friends line of home goods has been going strong since 2005 [11 years]!