Hopeful Fashion

Alum-run Bellingham company produces shirts to support small businesses.
Story by Mary Gallagher

Brendan Pape, ’11, CEO of Brist Manufacturing in Bellingham, and his colleagues are lending their talents to help small businesses amid the pandemic.

Brist Manufacturing specializes in designing and manufacturing custom merchandise for a wide variety of businesses across the country. During the pandemic, they’ve turned their efforts to produce and sell shirts with the tagline, “We Got This, America” with half the revenue going to small business affiliates.

So far, more than 140 small businesses nationwide have signed up to sell the shirts on their own websites, including companies in Bellingham, Oregon, California and Texas. Several thousand shirts have been sold and more than $7,000 has gone back to small businesses.

“The goal was to encourage and remind people that they still have the ability to support their local businesses and communities,” Pape says.

Learn more about the project at wegotthisamerica.com.


is editor of Window magazine