ABOUT OHIO ALLEGIANCE
Ohio Allegiance is owned & operated by one person - me. I'm Andrew. Near the end of 2015 I invested my savings ($3500) into my own clothing designs and put them in a local consignment shop that I had worked at for 5 months. 1 month later, to prepare for the holiday season, my grandparents loaned me $9000 for additional inventory. Black Friday came right when I got the inventory & I crushed it at the store I was at in sales - one of the best days of my life. #1 in sales at 1 of the 3 locations for Black Friday. The next day I was fired and forced to take the remaining $10,000 inventory out of the stores. At that time, I had no website set up and no social media presence. Those stores were my only revenue stream. So the inventory went straight into my mom's basement and at that point I had a pretty big decision to make in my life.
I spent the entire next month of winter break I had at Columbus State in 2015 teaching myself how to print t-shirts. I wanted to do everything myself that way I didn't need to add any additional inventory. I built my own website and managed the social media. I could just print each shirt only when it was ordered. So I did. That December I had my first online sales. In January I doubled them. In February I doubled January's. By mid-March I had already tripled February's sales. The middle of March was then when my mom forced me to decide between staying at home and focusing on school or moving out. In hindsight, I can't blame her for not understanding my vision. It was kind of crazy.