“Forcing ourselves out the comfort zone” is an underlying theme for the Empire Team this year. We released a variation of shirts and sweaters since 2010 but, forcing ourselves out the comfort zone for 2014, we are introducing our first line of accessories.
The accessories include his&her bow tie— the males rock them with a sueded strap while the ladies do with a simple gold-colored chain.. We are also releasing wooden earring studs, which our good friend Ryan Donida produced for us.
What I am the proudest of is the amount of elbow grease used to produce this collection. I designed the patterns, ordered custom heavy cotton twill, then rekindled my relationship with an old flame: the sewing machine. (Thank goodness for clothing class in high school). As for the earrings, Ryan and I spent twice a week nearly for a month fighting for time with a laser cutter to get the design right. Thank you times infinity, Ryan!
The accessories will be on sale April 12th for a special release at our next event. More on that later but be sure to save the date, Bay Area folks, especially if you want first dibs.
P.s. To see more pictures of the Urban Young Professional collection, click here