FORTE CLOTHING COMPANY
We get it. We’re not dilluted enough to think you really, truly want to know the history of our company. You want shirts. You want a great design on the shirts. You want the shirts to last forever. But if we do that, if we can get you a great design and hit a homerun on your project, maybe, just maybe... you’ll care a little bit about what we’re trying to do here. Or not. Whatever.
Generosity is in our DNA. It’s who we are at our core.
In 2009 I received a message asking me to design a logo and a website for a college kid who wanted to start a clothing line. To me, this was just another gig, another way to feed my family and fill my portfolio. The clothing line was called Forte Clothing Company and it was started by my eventual business partner, Ryan Pech. He said he wanted to sell some rad clothes and give a percentage of the profit to a Mission Base in the Dominican Republic. How could I not love that business model? I immediately jumped on board and became a part of it.
Fast forward 7 years.
Our team has grown. Ryan has moved on to Law School. Forte Clothing Company is stil trying to create stuff, print shirts, and change the world. We started in a garage with a 4 color, 1 position table top press. Since then, we’ve grown into a full scale screen printing company with top-of-the-line equipment in a 3600 sq ft shop in Southern Oregon.
We believe in fairness, generosity, and equality. We believe in paying our employees well. We believe in blessing our community with great prices and sometimes even losing money if it means people with special needs prosper. We believe in Drake, Nas, Chance the Rapper, and Jay-Z. We believe Tupac and Biggie are the greatest rappers ever. We believe in Instagram. We believe in good beer and burritos from Chipotle.
CO-OWNER, ART DIRECTOR
CO-OWNER, LEAD PRINTER
DARK ROOM GAWD
A CRAFTSMAN IS ONLY AS GOOD AS THEIR EQUIPMENT.
- - Roq You 8 color 10 position Auto Press
- - Riley Hopkins 4 color, 4 position auto press
- - Hot RoqIt XL Conveyor Dryer
- - BBC BlackFlash Dryer
- - RyoFlash Dryer
- - X-Vactor Vacuum Exposure Unit
- - Ryopaque Plastisol Inks
- - Fusion Custom Water Base Ink kit
- - Discharge custom ink kits
- - Over 200 Alluminum screens 110-280 mesh
- - Various derometer squeegee package
- - Over 15 dead pressure washers
- - 2 dual display 27” iMacs
- - MacBook Pro Retina
- - Drafting Desks
- - Mini Basketball Hoop
- - The Office on repeat
- - A really cool wooden backdrop