Houston: Thread Appeal
HOUSTON SPORTS APPAREL AND FITNESS BRANDS
This originally ran in the print issue of LOCAL Houston Magazine for February 2016. Click here to see the online version.
Being the fourth largest city in the United States, it should go without saying Houston produces some quality stuff – ranging from food, design, innovation and more – not to mention some of the hottest sports apparel and fitness brands on the market. Here a few we LOVE.
By Jayme Lamm | Illustrations by German Arellano
Eugenio Kettelsen: ENGN
ENGN Tennis Apparel is a clothing company that produces quality activewear for the sports aficionado. The brand was founded in 2010 with the intention of providing sportswear of the finest materials while promoting the popular sport of tennis. The name ENGN symbolizes the drive and motivation of the human body to excel, and the three colors of the logo represent the surfaces for the grand slams of tennis. www.engntennis.com
Leslie Denby: Shop DYI
DYI: “Define Your Inspiration” is an activewear and lifestyle apparel brand with the perfect fusion of fashion, performance and function. Whether you’re inspired by a maximum intensity sweat session, strength training or a rejuvenating yoga class at your favorite Houston spot, DYI designs apparel specifically for your state of mind.The DYI brand brings together fashionable clothing and healthy living in a unique way. www.shopdyi.com
Annie Montoya: Asana Pants
This brand started with the purpose to help raise awareness and money for The American Epilepsy Foundation, because of the founder’s own diagnosis with epilepsy 10 years ago. Thanks to the disciplines of yoga and meditation, Montoya has learned to create and live a better lifestyle. What started as selling pants to friends and family out of the trunk of her car, progressed to trunk shows (The Houstonian Club and Saint Vincent de Paul), to yoga studios and soon to launch her brand new website – stay tuned. www.asanapants.com
Travis Drake: Running Game Clothing
Running Game Clothing is a Houston-based sports apparel brand providing unique and relevant game-day gear for the city’s sports fans. With a fashion-forward approach designing fan gear, RGC apparel is sure to stand out from the crowd. And it’s not just fans falling in love with the brand – Houston Texans players have been spotted wearing it and it’s even made appearances on NFL Network and HBO’s Hard Knocks. The brand is timely and pays tribute to special occasions, like their Holy Toledo shirt honoring the passing of Hall of Fame Broadcaster Milo Hamilton. www.runninggameclothing.com
Michael Porter and Brice Wiley: The Republic Clothing Co.
The Republic Clothing Co. was founded in an effort to promote, progress and instill pride in the city of Houston. Their apparel features a mix of original designs (Home Town, The 713) and classic artwork (The Summit, Home Run Spectacular) inspired by Houston, its culture and its people. Look for an expansion of their officially licensed UH (Go Coogs!) apparel in 2016 and new looks of their popular “Home Town” design, worn by the likes of J.J. Watt. www.therepublicclothingco.com
Joey & Jaime: Joey & Jaime
Joey & Jaime is a local brand dedicated to creating a sense of Houston pride and community. Inspired by transplant Houstonians (like the founders), they began with the intention of creating conversation. Thus, sparking new friendships and making Houston an adopted home. They will be introducing their new 2016 S/S line this month. This year is especially interesting because not only will they be retiring some of their Houston staples but it will also be the first time they design apparel that transpires beyond their signature city roots of Houston. www.joeyandjaime.com