Boys will be Beys. Beyonce cuts it up for style sake.

Yes, we know Girls run this mother.  And Beyonce cuts the men up not just in her lyrics, but in her styling too.  As in taking some of our classic mens tees and cropping them into tanks.  Exhibit A:  The Houston, Texas native proudly reps her home state in this Mens Lone Star Beer tee cropped to suit her personal preference.  For those not adept with scissors, we do offer the same shirt in womens here.  On closer review, it looks like she just tucked the mens shirt in, lol!  Woopsie!  She did however, definitely cut up……

….exhibit B:  Beyonce has had many musical infuences from Michael Jackson, Sade, Anita Baker and Prince to Lauryn Hill and Adele.  But you wouldn’t guess Johnny Cash, would you?  Apparently so as she’s seen on the go below in a cropped up classic Cash.  Mens tee again and available here.

Of course cuttin’ up the men is nothing new when it comes to crop tops and here are just a few more of our faves posted by Retro Brand fans;  First is an Aerosmith tee from our friends at Gotham Division clothing….

….and then an Instagram post by @Suzannabananaa wherein she Incredibly Hulked out her MARVEL classic.  We love all of these cut ups and suggest you become your own fashion superhero and break out them shears too (..be careful out there)!!

Tag your Retro Brand photo’s #RetroBrandWins to Win!

That’s pretty much it…  We’re looking for Retro Brand fans who want to win more of their favorite things like Retro brand tees, truckers, and tanks.   Simply tag your Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter photo’s with #RetroBrandWins.  We’ll pick our 3 favorites and award each with a $50 Retro Brand Gift Card.  The contest will last through Memorial Day so start posting.  You can enter as many times as you like.  Winners will be announced on our Social Media platforms Tuesday, May 26th.  Have fun & let’s see what you got!

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Retro Brand releases Troy Aikman UCLA Authentic Throwback Jersey

Back on November 28th, legendary quarterback Troy Aikman had his #8 UCLA Bruins football jersey officially retired at the Rose Bowl.  The jersey presented, and now hanging in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame is an exact authentic replica of what he wore on the field for the Bruins when he led them to a 20-4 record during the 1987 and 1988 seasons.

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Troy Aikman speaking at his UCLA Jersey retirement ceremony. Jersey’s by Retro Brand (photo: Richard Mackson, USA Today Sports)

Throwback jersey connoisseurs rejoice; Retro Brand has taken their retro College knowledge and applied that expertise to reproduce that same UCLA Troy Aikman jersey right here in the U.S.A., and now you can own one too.

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Aikman in action. Detail oriented player. Detail oriented jersey.

A few of the finer details include sewn on double stitched tackle twill numbers, sewn in shoulder stripes, dazzle mesh shoulders & sleeves with sewn on AIKMAN nameplate and exclusive sewn on Legends Collection jocktag with UCLA helmet & Troy Aikman signature likeness.  Normal retail for price for this jersey is $200, but you can take advantage of our introductory price of $140 for a limited time and order your Troy Aikman authentic here.

But that’s not all….. Jersey not your thing?  No problem; we also have several Troy Aikman tees to round out the collection.

Troy Aikman UCLA Legends tee collection

Troy Aikman UCLA Legends tee collection

Many of you know that after UCLA, Troy went on to an illustrious pro football career with the Dallas Cowboys, setting over 45 team records while leading them to 3 Super Victories before ending up a first ballot NFL Hall of Famer in 2006.  Troy is currently a sports announcer/analyst for FOX Sports.  You can learn more about Troy and the Troy Aikman Foundation by visiting his Troy Aikman Enterprises website

Will Ferrell & Retro Brands’ Six Degrees of Separation

Bart & Will side by side Senior year 19??

Bart & Will side by side Senior year 19??

15 Years ago I owned a retail shop named Distant Replays which specialized in selling vintage merchandise from the NFL, MLB, NHL & NBA as well as defunct teams such as the old ABA, NASL, Negro Leagues, the WHA and many more.  I loved it.  One day I got a call from a man with his own line of vintage branded gear called Moonlight Graham which manufactured apparel from most of these same leagues past & present.  His description of what he sold had me more than interested so I asked to see his catalog.  I loved it.  I ordered, I sold, and all was good..   All that is good didn’t last forever however, and after successful runs that lasted over a decade for Distant Replays & Moonlight, they both eventually became defunct.  I landed firmly on my feet with Retro Brand in 2009.  Had lost touch with Bart until I found out he was recently hired as the Retro Brand Creative Director.  WHAT?!! Perfect!  A small world indeed and amazing how things had come full circle.  What else is amazing?  Our newly minted creative Director has known Will Ferrell his whole life and never even mentioned it.  Let’s find out more….

Andy:  First off, congratulations on joining the Retro Brand team.  I am floored and so excited that you’re on board knowing what I know about how much you know!  Tell us a little bit about how you ended up here?

Bart:  Thanks, I am extremely excited to be formally involved with the company, and for us to be working together again after so many years.

Retro was actually a friendly competitor of mine in the early to mid 2000’s, so I’ve been watching the company since its start.  I got to really know Marc (Marc Herman, Retro Brand CEO) when we opened the second incarnation of Moonlight retail stores in 2011.  Retro Brand was our #1 tee shirt line in the stores, and I ended up doing some behind the scenes design work for Retro the last few years.  As time marched on Marc and I realized that it just made sense for me to shed all the other stuff I had going on to dive into Retro full time as its a perfect fit for both of us. I’ve spent the past twenty years researching & creating apparel based on classic american licensed properties, and Retro does a better job than anyone of putting killer vintage stuff out there.

Andy:  Glad you guys came to your senses!  So a few weeks ago #FerrellTakesTheField was trending on Twitter, Facebook and everywhere else due to the actor/comedian playing for 10 teams in one day during Spring Training.  The article that was on Mlb.com featured an old photo of Ferrell and YOU!!  Basically your cover was blown.  All the years we’ve known each other and no mention?  Explain yourself, sir…

Bart:  I met Will on our Little League team in 6th grade.  We hit it off immediately and played baseball & basketball together through junior high, and baseball, basketball & football together all through high school.  Will and I both looked at going to Chapman University in Orange, but Will got into USC and the rest is history.  I am beyond ecstatic for everything that has happened to Will w/ his career, but I never really felt the need to broadcast to the world that we grew up together.  Sorry for not telling you sooner, I hope you still hold me in high regard even after holding this tidbit out from you.
Yep, the Schmenge Brothers.  Bart (L), Will (R)

Yep, the Schmenge Brothers. Bart (L), Will (R)


Andy:  Higher regard sir, higher!  Might you be able to share a few stories (or shed light on) about you and Will that foreshadowed his career path aside from the schmenge brothers?

Bart:
  One of the things that really bonded Will and I was that our parents were pretty much the only ones willing to let their kids stay up to watch not only Saturday Night Live, but also SCTV (which was on 1am-2am on Saturday nights).  Being that no one else stayed up that late, we could show up to school on Monday and act all that stuff out for everyone.  We spent every weekend dissecting HBO comedy specials and Steve Martin and the SNL record.  By the time we got to senior year of high school we had an array of characters, and we took over the schools morning announcements – doing each announcement in different voices.  Everyone loved it except for a few administrators who felt we were turning the ASB’s sale of M&M’s into a SNL sketch that was sure to corrupt the young minds of University High School.

In hindsight I probably should have used at least some of that high school time for homework, as between the comedy and the three sports the schoolwork itself always seemed to be what got left behind.  Through college we toyed with comedy and attended a few open mikes, but by the end of Will’s time at USC he had decided he wanted to dive into comedy full time and joined Groundlings (infamous improv troupe in LA).  At that point I had a good paying job in the clothing business and had met my future wife and just couldn’t afford to drop it all to move to LA to go after the comedy thing, but there was never a doubt in my mind that if Will was given the opportunity to do comedy as a career he’d own it, and that was clear from his very first Sunday show at Groundlings.  The day he made it on SNL was beyond mind-blowing – you just couldn’t believe that this childhood fantasy had become a reality for him, it was like Fletch’s dream of playing for the Lakers coming true.

Bart Holds, Will kicks.

Bart Holds, Will kicks.

Andy:  Just an incredible story, Bart.  You had uniquely joyful experiences with Will that was both of yours to own and cherish before he ever became a star.  The rest as they say (and as you said they say) is history that you’ll forever be tied to.

Let’s go back to when we first met which was in 1998.  What, when, why did you get into the Retro Apparel arena?

Bart:  
Much like yourself, I am a fanatical sports nut.  My dad always took us around to flea markets & swap meets as a kid, and I think the “vintage” thing just seeped into my pores at a very young age as I collected baseball cards and old advertising signs and programs and such.  My dad played football at Arizona State before joining the Marines, and my baseball fanaticism can be directly traced to meeting Willie Mays in 1973 at the age of 5, but that’s a different story for another day.

When I had my first real design job at Reyn Spooner (hawaiian shirts) in the mid-90’s I didn’t understand why no one had done a print shirt for the Dodgers or the Lakers or USC, so I just started cold calling schools and teams.  The Dodgers actually responded as the team buyer at the time wore Reyn Spooner shirts, and he challenged me to come up with a Dodgers hawaiian shirt, and I went about telling the history of the Dodgers on a piece of fabric.  Being a Dodgers psycho since 1974 it remains my favorite design job of all time, and the Dodgers sold thousands of the shirts.  Once we had the Dodgers shirt done, that led to doing 20-25 of the other MLB teams, and then we dove into 30-40 NCAA schools, and then the NFL, NBA, etc.  After a few years of the Hawaiian shirt thing the MLB licensing team challenged me again, this time to create a full collection of vintage MLB sportswear that could essentially be the Ralph Lauren or Lucky Brand of baseball, and that’s when I started Moonlight Graham.  We were really the first “better” licensed sports line out there & sold in Nordstrom, Saks, Bloomingdale’s and great stores like you had w/ Distant Replays.  I still get letters / emails to this day from ladies saying “you made the only sports stuff I’m not embarrassed to see my husband in”.  The past 4-5 years I have turned them on to Retro Brand and now it all comes full circle with my joining the company.

Bart brainstorming on the balcony.

Bart brainstorming on the balcony.


Andy:  I still have my Atlanta Braves Reyn Spooner shirt, thanks Bart.  
What are some of your favorite lines within the Retro Brand family, and would you be at liberty to tell us what our fans might be able to look forward to as far as anything new?

Bart:
 Well, my #1 thing has to be the defunct Minor League Baseball stuff like the SF Seals or Hollywood Stars, and I look to greatly expand on the vintage teams we offer as we move forward.  I’m also really into the new Marvel Comics shirts as that was a pet project that Marc and I worked on for a long time that has finally come to fruition.  My new task is to get us involved with a lot more rock bands, and we should have some major announcements coming very shortly.  Another killer project we are working on now is tying up a group of our favorite films and putting out a line of shirts commemorating these comedies & sports movies from our youth.  A little too early to get into exact details, but we know Retro Brand fans will blow a gasket when they see this stuff.

Andy:  Gasket blown sight unseen.  Again, so great to have you on board Bart & look forward to seeing Will, I mean you, soon.

Thanks to our Creative Director Bart for his time today, and be sure to keep your eyes out for all that groovy new retro gear coming to our website and a retailer near you soon.

Welcome to the 2015 Retro Brand Bracket Ballers Challenge!

RB1727_120_KANSASYou love College Basketball.  You love tournament time.  You love filling out Brackets (you hate bracket busters).  You love the chance of winning FREE Retro Brand gear. $1,000 worth is up for grabs;  Specifically a $500 Retro Brand Gift Card for a 1st place finish, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place.   You also love that you have nothing to lose because our contest is FREE to enter and no purchase is necessary.  It’s a no brainer.  So here’s all you have to do:

 1)  Sign up for an account with Retro Brand (unless you already have one).

2) Register for the 2015 Bracket Ballers Challenge by filling in the form to the right (below if using mobile device or small monitor screen).

3) Agree to receive the Retro Brand weekly newsletter which brings you the latest on new product releases, exclusive offers, sales, contests, and cool happenings.  If you aren’t feeling it after receiving for a few weeks, you can always opt out but we’re confident you’ll be feeling it.

4) Fill out your Brackets once we’ve updated the schedule on Selection Sunday evening, 3/15/15.  You’ll have until Thursday, 3/19/15, at Noon Eastern Standard time to complete.

5) Sit back, stand up, enjoy the games, and follow your progress.  Also check for Retro Brand shirt giveaway contests on our Social Media platforms throughout the tournament.

6) We’ll announce the winners the day after the final, 4/7/15, right here on the blog and all of our social media platforms.  Follow us!  Instagram Facebook Twitter

Enough of my yacking… GOOD LUCK!

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You can find the official Bracket Ballers contest rules here.