Must-have shirts from The Social Dept. | How About Orange

March 25, 2013

Must-have shirts from The Social Dept.

The other day I stumbled upon The Social Dept., a t-shirt company in Akron that's churning out all kinds of screenprinted goodness. If you're a designer, a foodie, a sports fan, or you reside in a U.S. state, they've got a shirt for you.

I was desperate for that screenprinting workhorse tee, so I wheeled and dealed. I whelt and dealt: gimme the horse, and I'll tell everyone I know about your shirts. Score! My t-shirt arrived in the mail, and I get the satisfaction of recommending this sweet little shop.

I asked Andy and Christy for more details about their business, and here's the scoop.

The Social Dept. consists of:
Andy Taray / Owner, Designer/Printer, Cat-Freak
Christy Taray / Owner, Illustrator/Shipper, Cat-Freak

"We are a t-shirt company made up of man, woman, and cats. We specialize in city and state pride with an overall love for good typography, good design, and a touch of sarcasm. We hand print all shirts one-by-one in our litter box sized workshop located in the heart of the Midwest.

Andy is a graphic designer by trade with a passion for printing shirts, cats, basketball, and eating well. Main duties around the workshop include designing, illustrating, the dirty work, and printing. He also runs a small design shop called Ohioboy Art & Design and has worked on projects for folks like Tony Hawk, JFK, Big Bird, KISS and some guy named Elvis, among others.

Christy is a fashion designer by trade with a passion for crafting, shopping, cats, and eating well. Main duties around the workshop include illustrating, shipping, crafting, the dirty work, and child negotiating. Christy has worked for several Taylors in her time... spending a good portion of her career cranking fine design for both Ann Taylor and Lord and Taylor, among others."
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See their handiwork right here!


Grandma G said...

Cats... I like that part! :)


Jessica Jones said...

Me too. At first I interpreted Andy's bio to mean he prints cats. Or prints on cats. That would be cool.

Grandma G said...

Printing ON cats could be an interesting challenge. :)


Jen said...

You had me at cats. And typography. And eating. But not eating cats, because that would be strange.

Bibliophiliac said...

The hubs and I are Midwest transplants to Seattle so of course I had to order us each a shirt!

Thanks for the awesome recommendation. :D

Anonymous said...

Awesome tees, thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

Ha! I was just thinking "these shirts are cool" and after looking at their website I realized I have one already! My Mom got me the Montanan shirt for Christmas and I wear it with pride! :) Thanks for sharing about a great company with cool T's!

Kelly said...

Thank you for highlighting this company - I'm instantly smitten. In fact, I just placed an order for three shirts. :)

Megan Clark said...

Thanks for featuring them! I just ordered two shirts to give as birthday gifts. xo!

Lora said...

The descirption of the shop and owners made me laugh! I love the "cat freak" descriptions as well. Thanks for the tip on this shop, they have so many fun shirts!

kate said...

Thanks for sharing! I think your publicity brought their website down.

Jessica Jones said...

Eek, what? It's working for me at the moment! :)

Lesley said...

My co-worker and I just looked at these shirts and both had to buy one...I'm originally from Akron, so of course I needed to 'rep' my hometown lol, and she is from NC, so she got a NC shirt too! They are awesome and I can't wait to get them and look totally goofy when we wear them together one day :) Thanks for showcasing a small company...I love your blog and was happy to find this today!