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Capital Roots-1In August 2013, two friends since high school, Phil Shealy and Andy Crago, realized they wanted to start a clothing brand that embraced the fashion-forward culture of Columbus. So they looked to their interests: t-shirts/fashion and entrepreneurial aspirations.


They took these two interests, along with Crago`s business sensibilities and Shealy`s design background, and started work on creating a brand: Capital Roots Clothing Co. 

Capital Roots Clothing Co. is a brand that offers a collection of vintage inspired Ohio t-shirts, with a focus on original designs. Those original designs come from Shealy, who begins the design process with a rough idea or concept.  That concept comes from finding inspiration everywhere like sports, pop culture, to vintage typography.


Once an idea of what direction the design should be, they finalize the design and send it to the local screen printer in Columbus to get printed on super soft tees. Capital Roots Clothing, uses high quality fabric, so that their tees are as stylish as they are comfortable.


insightlyThe comfort and style are major parts of Capital Roots Clothing, but co-owner and designer Shealy said their favorite aspect of the brand is getting to see people wearing the t-shirts out in public and having the line featured in retail shops and boutiques around the city.


And its an impressive list of local shops that are carrying the line: Simply Vague (Polaris & Tuttle), Celebrate Local (Easton), State & Third (Downtown), Royal Factory (Short North), plus a few smaller stores around the city. They also carry all their products online.


But you don’t have to go to the mall (or online) to get a piece of Capital Roots Clothing. This Spring/Summer, they’ll be at Moonlight Market and some other events around Columbus. They’re also planning new designs for the summer, along with an expansion of their product line.


cbus_hockey-1Capital Roots Clothing Co. has grown so much in just one year and Shealy and Crago are both looking forward to seeing where Capital Roots goes in the future.


For more information on Capital Roots Clothing Co. visit them online at You can also keep in style with them by following them on Facebook, Twitter (@CapitalRootsOH), and Instagram (@Capitalrootsclothing).