WORN BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: How an overstuffed closet of Distant Replays tees, became a successful business
Steve Makransky is one of my very best customers. Over the years, he has probably purchased over 400 t-shirts from the Distant Replays website. He is a Phillies and Eagles fan first and foremost, and at least half of those 400 shirts are Phillies, Eagles, Stars, Sixers, Flyers and even the Philadelphia Hebrews! What does a dude do with 400 shirts??!!! I found out….
It was during the Holiday season of 2006, when a rather unique card was delivered in the mail one day. In a small cardboard frame was a photograph of 4 neatly stacked and folded t-shirts, all representing teams from the city of brotherly love. When I saw the name ‘Makransky’ signed in the lower right hand corner, I realized that I had just received one of the coolest, neatest, and most clever and creative sports items ever from the nut who buys all my t-shirts!! WOW! How frickin’ cool is this??! The rest is history…
I knew Steve had great taste in retro apparel, but did not know of his entrepreneurial spirit, and talent with photography. What had started as a nice way to say Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah, had spawned into a growing business. The one Philly collage has grown into a catalog of hundreds. You’re from Chicago? How about a print that has a shirt for the Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks all in one? Perhaps you prefer just a collage of your favorite team? They have those too.
We are proud to carry the Worn But Not Forgotten line on Distant Replays.com, and soon Distant Replays will be stocking all that Worn But not Forgotten has to offer. Most NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and College teams will be available in both the 11″ x 14″ inch size, as well as poster size so stay tuned for additional product updates.
So thank you Steve for your brilliant idea (and your initial investment to start the company in Distant Replays shirts!), and allowing us to be part of your dream. I think Steve can sum this post up with his passionate description of his product:
“They are in your heart. They are in your soul. You’ve been through thick and thin with them. Now imagine your sports teams together for all-time in one stunning piece of sports artwork. Vintage sports t-shirts of the teams you’ve been devoted to forever, folded and stacked as if they were comfortably sitting on your own closet shelf. Photographed in vibrant color and impeccable detail, these prints have a throwback look and feel unlike anything else. Great for the home, for the office, or as a gift for the ultimate sports fan. These prints are as timeless as your loyalties are to your teams.” He should get the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing and photography!
With the aforementioned Holiday season around the corner, now is the best time to order these amazing pieces of sports memorabilia from Worn But Not Forgotten.