Black, Gold, it all looks good
Celebrating the colorful university community in Iowa City
If you want traditional Iowa game day apparel and related items, click here, and the University of Iowa will benefit from their licensing arrangement with the linked company. NOTE: We will make a little bit if you buy something at that link, but we hope you will enjoy our "lifestyle" designs as well.
Our Iowa City Connection
My family has a long connection with the University of Iowa, since my father got his Master’s Degree there sometime in the late 1940’s or early 1950’s, my brothers Arden (’66) and Richard (’69) were top players on the U. Iowa Tennis team, along with Arden’s oldest (Bryan, ’89). Bryan’s sister Keri (’92) was on the flag team for football games, and later ran the Jumbotron at football games and worked on the Hayden Fry show and other video projects in the athletics arena.
My B.A. degree (’72) was in English Literature, and I later got an MA in Literature and Linguistics (1986). And my wife got an MFA in Dance Choreography in 1998.
But the main thing is that Iowa won the Rose Bowl when I was nine years old and I still haven’t recovered.
Just Can’t Say
This is not a licensed site for the University of Iowa.
We tried but they wanted more expensive items, and we don’t think they “got” why these designs are so much cooler than a lot of the logo-based styles, and why these are more lifestyle wear rather than game day items. In any case, we didn’t fit their model. (But then, maybe you don’t either ! ).
We decided to offer benefits to children’s charities instead (see next box).
Due to our license-free status, we don’t put school logos on our apparel and we cant use any of these licensed phrases on our clothing (see list below):
The University of Iowa®
U of I™
Let’s Go Hawkeyes™
Herky the Hawk™
Floyd of Rosedale™
Be Bold Wear Gold™
Black & Gold™
How ‘’Bout Them Hawks™
It’s Great To Be a Hawkeye™
Fight For Iowa™
The Children’s Hospital
We want to give back just like a school licensing product does, and so we are choosing one children’s charity in each college town that we are celebrating. In Iowa City the most obvious choice is the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital, which has been in the news in recent years due to the “Wave,” an end of the first quarter tradition at University of Iowa football games.
In addition, my wife and I are personally indebted to that hospital due to the successful head surgery performed there on our 9 month old child back in 2003.
In any case, we plan to donate 10% of any profits received for sales of the Iowa City school colors themed products to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.
We will also give them 100% of any profits on The Wave-themed products.