October means Octoberfest. Octoberfest means BEER. BEER means we have some cool NEW beer tees coming soon. Take a quick sneak peek below and check our beer section in the next few weeks to quench your beer tee thirst.
We love the fact that many of the funniest comedians and actors in the world and elsewhere choose to wear Retro Brand. Whether it’s on the big screen, the talk show circuit, or just chillin’, funny folks are rocking the retro.
Of course we have to include the place where comedians make their bones and earn their street cred which is the stages of stand-up. Naturally I was tickled to see former Chelsea Lately roundtop regular and stand-up stud John Caparulo is coming to the Atlanta Improv this weekend and I’ve already snatched up my tix (I suspect he’ll be coming to a town near you soon too. Check out all things Cap and his tour dates right here).
John wears Retro Brand gear lots. In fact, we’ve got our top ten favorites to present as evidence. Check em’ out!*
There you have it… If you’re in the ATL be sure to come out and see John tonight or tomorrow. If not, and you want to laugh, make your way over to johncaparulo.com for caplets, podcasts, and lots more.
*The very beautiful blonde woman in many of the photo’s above would be Mrs. Cap; Jamie Caparulo. Be sure to check her out on twitter because she’s funny as all h*** too!
Have a favorite mascot? Whether it’s the anthropomorphic kind (those humans in costume like Bucky and Baldwin in bottom photo) or your household pet, we’d like you to share your photo’s with us every #MascotMonday on Social Media. At the end of the month we’ll pick our favorite and award that person a FREE Retro Brand shirt of their choice.
So bust our your favorite Retro Brand gear and start snappin’ & posting. Use hashtags #MascotMonday and #Retrobrand and follow us if you don’t already on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Have fun!!!
Today Retro Brand has the honor of speaking with Dana Pump. To date, Dana and his identical twin brother David , have raised over 7 Million dollars through the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation which they founded with their Mom Carole back in 2000 to honor their late father who had lost his fight with cancer in the same year. Dana and David would lose their beloved Mother in 2012. The foundation seeks to raise funds to combat cancer by creating awareness, establishing treatment programs, and helping to find a cure for this terrible disease. I had the chance to ask Dana a few questions while working for Retro Brand at their 2015 Celebrity Golf Tournament followed by the star studded fundraising dinner a few weeks ago and here’s what we discussed…
Andy: Before we take on the serious stuff, let’s talk about your talent on the Golf Course. Actually it wasn’t golf, but specifically your attempting to score at the Retro Brand Corn Hole game at the first hole and coming up a little short… What’s your take on that Dana? On a positive note, Rick Barry, Aaron Boone, Donovan McNabb, Norm Nixon, Jim Plunkett, and Ozzie Smith all made their shots which scored as automatic donations from Retro Brand to your foundation.
Dana: My take is that those guys all cheated (laughs), but I’m happy they scored for the foundation. I’m glad the guys had fun with it.. McNabb took the corn hole game more serious than the golf. It was great.
Andy: I did see some of them step over the throwing line but we let it slide.. Throughout the course of the most unforgettable evening dinner ceremony, it seems as if every celebrity speaker spoke to your insurmountable tenacity and refusal to take “no” for an answer when it came to bringing the very biggest names in the sports and entertainment industry under one roof where others surely would have failed. How do you do it?
Dana: My Mom. It’s that simple. My love for my Mom & Dad and my passion for this cause is what drives me.
Andy: Can you share a few details on some of the success stories that have become reality due to the funds raised through the foundation?
Dana: Having the overwhelming support of Denzel & Pauletta Washington over the years has helped fuel the success of the foundation, and my brother and I are so grateful.
Andy: In addition to your foundation, You oversee a successful Collegiate Athletic service, and a series of successful basketball camps. On your company website, you rightfully promote your “…extensive rolodex of sports-industry contacts” as the backbone behind your success. I witnessed first hand the depth of that rolodex at the dinner with many of the world’s top athletes past & present in attendance; Bo Jackson, Oscar Robertson, Steve Nash, Derek Jeter, Artis Gilmore & Oscar DeLa Hoya, to name a very few. I’m not one to get star-struck, but this event left me dumbfounded. Obviously you’re not one to be easily frazzled, but has there ever been a celebrity who simply made you lose your cool in his or her presence, and could you tell us who?
Dana: The most interesting man in the world (that would be actor Jonathan Goldsmith, the Dos Equis beer guy). Him and Gabby Douglas. She just blew me away with what she did in the Olympics and is just a super sweet girl.
Andy: An unlikely duo but a great one for sure! The Double Pump Day Camp, and High School Boy’s West Coast All-Star Camps, have the reputation for being some of the premier instructional and recruiting camps in the country. Guys like Baron Davis, Luke Walton, & Chauncey Billups are just a few who became NBA stars that have laced em’ up for you. Can you describe how it feels to know you had a hand in mentoring many of the NBA’s best?
Dana: Being able to see them come up from when they were just kids has been fantastic.. All great guys, and all gentlemen.
Andy: Speaking of gentlemen, Retro Brand CEO Marc Herman is a member on the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Board of Directors. I know you and David are big fans of Marc and his gear. What is it you love so much about the brand?
Dana: The shirts are the top of the line. Not like the other stuff out there. You know, they’re really soft and have those cool retro logo’s. As for Marc, he gives from his heart. Year in, year out, he has always been there for us giving generously – a stand up guy and true friend.
I’d like to thank Dana as well as David for their time and hosting such an outstanding event for a great cause. Please give what you can by visiting the Harold & Carole Pump Foundation.
If you’ve ever bought or received a Retro Brand shirt, chances are you had to tell others how much you loved it. We want you to tell even more people about our swell shirts (and be rewarded with more Retro Brand merchandise) so we are building a team of “Retro Brand Ambassadors.” We’ve got some really awesome folks already, but we want even more people to spread the word about how great our t-shirts are.
What’s in it for you? You get a **FREE** Retro Brand t-shirt for starters. You also get the opportunity to earn another new shirt each month. You get your fine and fierce face featured all over social media. You have a blast.
Our Brand Ambassadors are sports, music and nostalgia fans. They love their school. They love getting out and living life, having a good time, and being with friends and family.
If this is you and you want to help spread the word and get cool free stuff, then let us know! Complete and submit the application form. We will be in touch with you to let you know if you are chosen.
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)!!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Andy: I still have my Atlanta Braves Reyn Spooner shirt, thanks Bart.
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.
Our NEW ‘Victory’ tees for Kentucky, Michigan State, DUKE, & Wisconsin on sale for $25 now in our FINAL FOUR section.