Home. It used to be the place you longed to be, or the place you couldn’t imagine leaving. Now it’s the place you can’t leave. Thanks to the global pandemic known as the coronavirus, home is where we need to be, to stay safe.
Home is exactly what Ryan Shell, the creator of The Home T was missing in 2010 when he moved to New York City from his home in North Carolina. Five years later, he made an appearance on the ABC reality show, “Shark Tank,” to pitch his Made in the USA apparel line that stylishly lets you display your home state pride. Shell asked for $250,000 in exchange for 5% stake in his startup company.
What was initially disbelief from the sharks that Shell’s company could be worth five million dollars, they quickly changed their tune after hearing that The Home T did $1.1 million dollars in revenue in its first year. Three of the sharks — Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner and Daymond John — proposed an offer, but with no one willing to meet his asking price, Shell left the tank the same as he came in.
Not long after that day, Our Nation’s Creations reached out to Shell to see about selling his line in their brick and mortar store located at the Plant Street Market in Winter Garden, Florida. As one of our first vendors, it was only a matter of months before we became their number one boutique seller in the U.S.
Made In America
Everything you see on our site has been meticulously vetted to ensure that it is made in America. Offering products made solely in the USA, we strive to enrich the lives of both artisans and local businesses across the country with the development of new jobs and greater opportunities for growth in our nation. That mission has never been more important than right now.
In addition to promoting within the U.S., Our Nation’s Creations also works to promote local charities. Our number one mission is to support our fellow Americans, especially those in need. And just like The Home T, which donates a minimum of 10% of their profits to benefit multiple sclerosis research — because the disease has impacted their family — we choose charities that are near and dear to our heart. Each month we donate a portion of our sales to a local charity with a similar mission to ours. See more about one of our benefactors here. To purchase something from The Home T, check out our product page here.
The saying goes, home is where the heart is, but these days, home is where everyone is. That message is proudly displayed on The Home T’s line of insanely soft shirts, and resonates with customers now more than ever. Thank you for doing your part, and thank you for shopping Made in America. Alone we are strong, together we are stronger. Stay stronger!
By Lisa Costantini