Discovering the Heart of Cleveland Style with CLE Clothing Co.
Cleveland Clothing Company has become a staple in the Cleveland area, known for their unique and authentic designs that celebrate the city and its people. Founded by graphic designer Mike Kubinski and his friend, Jeff Rees, in 2008, the company started with just a few t-shirt designs on a MySpace page, but has since grown to four locations and a thriving business.
In our latest episode of Faces of the District, we sat down with Mike as he shared some insights into how they got started and what drives the company’s success. He talked about the importance of finding a creative outlet, and how he saw an opportunity to bring a unique perspective to the world of t-shirt design in Cleveland. “When we started we wanted to be authentic, we wanted to be something relatable. When we first started it was t-shirts that started conversations or made friends,” says Kubinski. With a focus on authenticity, humor, and relatability, Cleveland Clothing Company quickly became a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
Kubinski also shared some of his secrets to success, including the importance of staying true to your brand, finding the right team, and embracing new opportunities. Kubinski says, “Trust your gut and just have fun. Just keep creating and you’ll find your way. Trust yourself and people will find you.” In addition to sharing advice for aspiring creatives, Mike dove into how the company has expanded over the years, and how they continue to find new and creative ways to connect with their customers and the community.
Whether you’re a designer looking to break into the industry, an entrepreneur looking to start your own business or just a proud Clevelander, there’s a lot to learn from Cleveland Clothing Company’s story. From humble beginnings to a thriving business, their journey is a testament to the power of creativity, authenticity, and hard work. Hear more about Cleveland Clothing Company’s journey by watching the full episode below now!