Rep Your Hood - Orlando Shirts
I have a bad t-shirt addiction. I suppose there are worse things, although my dresser drawers wouldn't agree. I think it stems partially from never fully growing out of my tomboy phase coupled with a childhood filled with trips to Goodwill. Finding awesome unique t-shirts brought me satisfaction and more importantly for my parents this treat was financially attainable thanks to local second-hand shops.
That search carried over into my adult years and I still get lost under piles of tees with random phrases, t.v. show quotes and music lyrics; some that I even make myself.
Naturally when I found that there were some ladies here in Orlando designing, printing, and fulfilling locally themed apparel I had to first, get my hands on my very own College Park tee, and second sit down and chat with them about the business.
Hannah and Olivia are sisters and the brains and "wo-manpower" behind Go Big Tees. The company grew from the family business Go Big Marketing, led by their mother Sue, a marketing veteran in her own right. After Hannah and Olivia graduated college (respectively from UCF and Rollins) they set out as all us millenials do, and searched for their own path. Hannah into the world of sales and marketing, and music lover and Environmental Science major Olivia, off to NYC to work for a promotional record label. As many of us often find, sometimes the path we start following isn't exactly the one we decide to stick with. Both ladies eventually found themselves working with their mother and creating a full-fledged family business.
The idea for Orlando t-shirts came later, stemming from their own source of pride for the city they were born and raised in. Olivia first conceptualized the idea with the feeling that Orlandoans didn't necessarily have a lot of appreciation for the City Beautiful, and felt a collection of tees could help tangibly foster a sense of local love for our unique neighborhoods and districts.
With that, Go Big Tees was born and Olivia got to work designing tees for each of the neighborhoods around Orlando's core. The shirts have resonated well with locals, and they plan on adding more styles to their collection including more areas of Central Florida, as well as limited-edition and specialty runs.They are passionate about collaborations and want to work with local artists to keep bringing unique goods to Orlando. It doesn't stop at apparel, they recently partnered with local artist Jen Jedlicka who designed custom Orlando coloring books filled with local landmarks and buildings old and new.The duo also produce a line of Yoga tees, called Yogi Tees.They are one of the only companies in the state that offer DTG (direct to garment) color printing on black apparel. If you understand apparel printing, you know this is a coveted option, especially if you prefer black tees coupled with graphics that pop. They work with companies large and small like Izea and Farm-Haus and assist local artists and bands get their merchandise to the public.
"It's all about helping people build their brands and we even assist by offering consultations for people that are starting out. Whether it's building a website or starting up your own business we can help" stated Hannah.
It's clear these ladies have a real passion for this city, and a love for all the female entrepreneurs that are bringing new and exciting offerings to Orlando.If you are are an artist with an idea and you want to collaborate drop them an email to Hannah@gobigmarketing.com. They are also searching for a summer intern, so if you have an interest in the industry and are self-motivated, reach out and see if you can start on your own journey learning from some of the best.
Spread the local love and purchase your very own Orlando shirt here and keep an eye out for new designs by following them on Instagram @OrlandoShirts.
What Olivia loves about Orlando:
The Space Station in College Park, a D.I.Y. venue/artist studio space
What Hannah loves about Orlando:
Following Wandering Wonton around town