What began with the foresight of one man – Miles Kimball – has grown into a brand management company whose portfolio of brands share a common vision:
Adding years to your life and life to your years.
Talented team members find Silver Star Brands is the ideal place to launch or grow a brand management, IT, merchandising, or marketing career, among many others. If you are looking for a flexible, entrepreneurial environment where you can bring your ideas to life, learn more about the career opportunities available at Silver Star Brands.
Meet our brands
Our six brands – Miles Kimball, Walter Drake, Easy Comforts, Exposures, As We Change, and Native Remedies – connect with more than 120 million households through our websites and catalogs. Silver Star Brands is one of the largest direct marketers of consumer gifts and household products in America and ships nearly four million orders annually.
Useful, unique, unexpected
The Miles Kimball Company is a leader in the catalog business — offering cards, wonderful gifts, helpful household items and unique food products.
It started roughly 80 years ago, when an ambitious young man named Miles went into business with a simple idea: to market a Christmas card personalized with the sender’s name. While commonplace now, this was true innovation in 1935.
With a Minneapolis phone book in hand and some borrowed cash in his pocket, Miles printed and mailed a card personalized to 500 Johnson households. The response was so fantastic, it provided Miles Kimball with seed money to produce his first catalog.
Decades later, Christmas cards — the idea that started it all — are still produced and personalized in Oshkosh. Today, the business thrives with several unique catalogs: Miles Kimball, Miles Kimball Christmas Cards and Mrs. Kimball’s Candy Shoppe.
The Miles Kimball product line specializes in exclusively designed ornaments, labels, children’s accessories, outdoor décor and gifts. We strive to delight our customers with unique, hard-to-find gadgets and gifts with an emphasis on seasonality, personalization and exclusivity – adding distinction to ordinary items.
As we continue to grow, we remain true to our founder’s vision: to provide you with the unique, the unusual and the unexpected.
Satisfying customers since 1947
Sitting in his one-room, Colorado Springs office, Walter Drake created a character named “Tommy Turtle” in 1947. Parents nationwide signed up their children to receive personalized, friendly pen pal letters and gifts from this lovable character, forever changing the face of direct mail marketing.
The success of “Tommy Turtle” made it possible for Walter Drake to add products to his line such as stationery and address labels. In the 1950s and 60s America, letter-writing was popular and his products struck a note with increasingly mobile consumers.
Decades later, Walter Drake remains a force among direct marketing companies. A direct marketer of kitchenware, household products, organizers, personal health care items, gardening and outdoor décor, personalized gifts, calendars and stationery, Walter Drake’s extensive product line includes unique problem solvers and specialized items for all ages to enjoy.
Exclusive Christmas cards, stationery, calendars, address labels, and family organizers are still designed specifically for the Walter Drake catalogs. Today, hand-painting, printing, embroidery, engraving, and foil stamping techniques allow us to personalize a wide range of Walter Drake kitchen, household, personal care, garden, and other products. Along with the website, the business now consists of several catalogs: Walter Drake and Walter Drake Christmas Cards.
Adding comfort to everyday life
When life takes you outside your comfort zone, Easy Comforts is here to help. Established by the Walter Drake Company, Easy Comforts is a catalog and online retailer of value-priced health and personal care products. At Easy Comforts, our goal is to make difficult times more comfortable while helping you (or someone you care about) find solutions to life’s physical challenges.
Celebrating life’s memories
Everyone has them. They’re the moments that you want to remember forever. That’s why Exposure’s catalogs and ExposuresOnline.com exist. We know the value of special moments and experiences. At Exposures, our goal is to help you display those treasured times in a style as unique as you.
Among the tools we make available to help you tell your stories: genuine leather albums, handcrafted scrapbooks, display pieces, and frames.
Our products are carefully selected from across the globe. Their archival quality and acid-free pages help you preserve your most memorable moments forever.
Feel Better, Look Better, Live Better
If you are a woman who has celebrated a milestone birthday – 40, 50, or beyond – you know the changes these milestones bring with them. In 1996, three San Diego businesswomen saw the opportunity to make high-quality, well-researched and nutritional beauty, skin care, exercise, lifestyle, and personal care products available to women in their 40s and 50s through the As We Change® catalog. The company made history as the first direct marketing company focused exclusively on the needs and preferences of women ages 40+. Today, as both a catalog and online retailer, As We Change serves millions of women experiencing life changes related to aging, including the changes the accompany perimenopause and menopause.
The conversations that spurred As We Change’s founding are as relevant today as they were then, making the quarterly print catalog and online store trusted resources for millions of women.
Inspiring a natural approach to complete family wellness
If you are looking for natural remedies to boost health and wellness, you are not alone. Interest in homeopathic products for treatment of common health issues is exploding. That’s where Silver Star Brand’s newest brand partner comes in. Native Remedies was launched in 2002 as a direct-to-consumer online marketer of natural and homeopathic health and wellness products. It joined our Silver Star Brands family in 2015.
Native Remedies offers over 250 quality herbal and natural remedies to common ailments for the complete family – including pets.
All of our brands in one place!
Fox Valley Traders is a leading multi-channel merchant offering thousands of unique and helpful products for everyone. Our brands include Miles Kimball, Walter Drake, Easy Comforts, Exposures, As We Change, NativeRemedies, and PetAlive.
- Miles Kimball has a wide variety of festive holiday decorations, handy kitchen gadgets, storage and organization solutions, gardening supplies, home decor, table covers, pet supplies, and gifts for everyone!
- You will find great values in kitchen gadgets, bakeware, cookware, lawn and garden, bedding, calendars, and office supplies from Walter Drake.
- Discover value-priced health and personal care merchandise like home safety, bathroom safety, daily living aids, diabetic socks, dressing aids, incontinence, and pain remedies from our Easy Comforts brand.
- Celebrate life’s memories with Exposure’s frames, photo albums, and home decor!
- As We Change has a wide variety of health and beauty products like anti-aging solutions, supplements, cosmetics, hair care, foot care, and weight management products.
- NativeRemedies and PetAlive have a wide variety of herbal supplements and homeopathic medicines both for humans and pets specially formulated to support your complete holistic health and wellness with quality, safety, and effectiveness you can trust.