The McGuirk’s Quirks Design Company was founded in 1986 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Leslie McGuirk began by designing environmental t-shirts. Clients included The Nature Company, Bonwit Teller, Earthwatch, The Marine Biological Laboratory, Rhino Watch, and many others. In 1992, TAKASHIMAYA, discovered her artwork after reading about McGuirk’s Quirks in GLAMOUR magazine.

Takashimaya, a high-end department store chain in Japan, reproduced her environmental designs on over 1,500 products… everything from slippers, stationery, aprons, towels, bags, and toilet seat covers.