About Avant Garb – Professional Mascot Makers

Some mascots are made in mascot studios, others are made in something resembling a mascot factory.

We’re the studio.

To make the magic happen, it takes a variety of talents. We are:

  • MascotMavensinUniformcostume designers – of course
  • and also sculptors
  • master stitchers who courageously to stitch thru foam, fur, fabric & fleece
  • Structural engineers -inside a mascot there are some very intricate inner workings.
  • Cutting fabric from patternsVacu-formers
  • Painters
  • Puppeteers
  • Performance artists
  • Mascot performers
  • graphic designers
  • writers
  • and mascot trainers

AvantGarb began life in 1987 in Jennifer Q Smith’s Berkeley, California garage.Mascotmaker&Fluffy

The first mascot we made was a big Chocolate Chip Cookie for a teensy cookie company in Berkeley. The second mascot we made was an astronaut for a giant tech company – Hewlett-Packard.

Making Wally Wabash fabric

Long ago, we grew out of the garage and moved to sport-centric Indianapolis. We now have lots of square feet, 8 sewing machines – one of them a treadle, giant work tables on wheels, a washer and dryer, rolls and rolls of fuzz, fabric and foam and a small gang of brilliant mascot makers. I call them the Mascot Mavens

Besides Honorary Degrees in Silliness and Non-Specific Engineering, our creative team blends skills in costume design, theater, cabaret, puppetry, mascots and pattern

Our raison d’etre at AvantGarb is the creation of character. We’ll work with you to strengthen your business and community ties through costume and character.

Laura w/ muscled mascot armsOur goal is to be the physical marketing component for your marketing strategy. We strive to deliver countless hi-fives, hugs, laughs and “ooohs!” We resolve to be energetic, rambunctious and effervescent!