Leading up to the summer of 2012 I knew that I had to get out of my job of 12 years and try something new. I saved up enough money to take 4 months off and figure out what I wanted to do next in life. At first I got married, went on my honeymoon, did some work around the house and just enjoyed not working. After a month of that I took some money that I made from selling some vinyl on Ebay and bought a start up screen printing kit and a few shirts to print on and the wheels started turning.
After coming up with a company name (738 is my favorite number) and a few designs, I started printing. Thankfully, I have a lot of great supportive friends and a wonderful family that bought enough shirts to keep me going.
One night following a beard and mustache competition someone in the car said “I got 99 problems but a beard ain’t one,” and inspired the idea to put it on a shirt. Then it all began…
THAT’S WHEN I BRANCHED OUT
I started an Etsy page and almost immediately sales took off! Mostly the 99 problems shirt was selling but I was shipping shirts all over the U.S. and other countries like Australia, Canada and England.
First, I started doing some shows and drew the attention of store owners and started growing more and more. 7THIRTY8 Apparel is now in 9 stores across Ohio and counting.