Los Angeles natives Jennifer Coyle and Meleina Mayhew, longtime friends, designers and underpants-wearers, formed SugarPants Industries because they believe that every girl deserves fun, comfortable underwear. Their idea was born over margaritas at LA's famous El Coyote restaurant. The two creative professionals were inspired by growing up in their Wonder Woman Underoos, princess dresses and visits to Disneyland in the era of the Tuxedo T-shirt. They have made their mark in the world of animation and toy design and now pool their diverse talents into intimate apparel. As someone once simply said, "I love wearing cute underwear, it makes me feel better."
Jennifer graduated with a BFA in Illustration from Cal State Long Beach. She has devoted her life since to telling stories in many mediums, including illustration, traditional animation, digital storyboarding and product design. She is currently directing on Fox's new primetime comedy, Bob's Burgers. As one of very few female action/adventure directors in the animation business, her credits include ABC's The Goode Family, Disney XD's Spectacular Spider-man, ABC Family's Slacker Cats, Mattel's Monster High and WB's Scooby-Doo. She has worked as a story artist on Hellboy Animated, King of the Hill, Tom and Jerry, GI Joe and many more. She has designed licensed product and provided character direction for Sanrio, Sesame Street, Mattel and Warner Brothers. Jen also wrote and illustrated her own monthly Hello Kitty comic for Sanrio's publication, Strawberry News. Jennifer is a true visionary, and brings her knowledge of character and costume to the SugarPants line, as her illustrations begin every design.
Since graduating from Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Toy Design, Meleina has enjoyed a successful career in design and product development in the toy, fashion, jewelry and accessory industries. An extraordinary designer in her own right, she was instrumental in the development and launch of Gwen Stefani's Harajuku Lovers accessory line, Tokidoki's jewelry line and Hello Kitty/Sanrio products ranging from apparel to handbags and plush toys. Meleina has worked on other licensed properties including Sesame Street, Scooby-Doo and various Disney brands with companies like Mattel, Hasbro, Jakks Pacific and Spinmaster. Her vast experience in art direction, design and manufacturing/production, and brand strategy was instrumental in creating the SugarPants' design aesthetic.