We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Munson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
As I grew deeper and deeper into the merch world I looked deeper into my past self. I grew up as a fan of music and live concerts. I grew up going to concerts. I was the kid at concerts buying band merch, buying t-shirts from my favorite bands at the merch booth. As I developed as a professional in the “merch” world, I realized the money that was at stake and I that the owners of most companies didn’t truly care about the fans, they only cared about their P&L’s. I vowed to myself when starting my company, to keep the younger “me” in mind. The companies that are overcharging their clients, are really only hurting the fans. I wanted to have a say in that. I wanted to be able to give my clients what they want, so they can give their fans what they want. I truly believe that if I do my job right, everybody wins. I provide my client with a product or service that they love, and they get to provide they fan/customer, what they love. If I do that, we all win.
What should our readers know about your business?
Stocked Merch is an apparel brand development, design, production, and fulfillment business. We help steer brands, bands/talent, and business’s in the right direction for their merchandise and apparel needs and desires. I set out to show people what they can do with their business, and how to do it the right way while avoiding costly mistakes that can easily present themselves. I’m in a fortunate position where my business provides products, services, and opportunities to young and seasoned businesses and individuals. It’s not easy providing all three services. It requires an immense amount of patience and focus. I’m learning how to be a better person, and leader every day to not only my clients and employees, but to my family and friends. I’ve had more failures than successes. I’ve lost more than I’ve won. but at the end of the day, if I can help someone, even if they aren’t a client, it’s worth it. I started in the band merch world, and production world without a single inkling of knowledge of anything about fashion, design, production, fulfillment, or anything for that matter. But I surrounded myself with those that do, and know that you are only as strong as those around you. I’ve always known it was going to be a marathon and not a race. It’s about people helping people. Humanizing the experience of building a business of helping others build their business. Simple, not easy.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
First off, I’d start by giving them a big hug and catching up on life. Once we’ve had a chance to catch up and share some laughs, I’d take them out for a walk with my “baby love” (my 9 year old Chihuahua named Meshki) so they can see my immediate neighborhood and get as glimpse of my day-to-day life pleasures. Then I’d probably make them a drink at home, because I’m boring and like to be intimate, but after we’d grab some food at my favorite Mexican restaurant in Long Beach called Lola’s. I’m pretty laid back so we’d probably spend most of of our time walking around the beach, retro row, and hanging out at home just spending quality time with one another.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m a firm believer that you are a combination of everything around you, both good and bad. I’ve had a lot of mentors in my life from all walks of life. I would love to give a shoutout to all my past employers, whether we left off on good terms or bad, I’d like to think we taught a lot to one another about life, business, and the human condition. My wife, Sara (my biggest supporter), my partner Sei, my mentor Patty T., my mother, my father, Russ, and the rest of my friends, family, and family of friends that always believed in me. I also have a huge part of my heart dedicated to all my vendors who have always been by my side from good times and bad. They are all my lifeline and the reason for my success.
Other: Sorry, I’m pretty bad at maintaining my own website and socials. My focus has always been on my clients and not myself.