TCU graduates Billy Leigh, Kenner Link and Cody Little created their own local clothing company, Funky Town T’s, this past summer.
The style for Funky Town T’s was inspired by their shared love for Texas and the classic Southern look of Fort Worth, Leigh said.
All three of the former TCU students grew up in Texas around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. They said they watched as Fort Worth’s population grew and how it never lost its friendly, small-town feel.
All three graduates said that small-town feel was what they loved most about Fort Worth and why they conveyed their admiration of the city through their T-shirt business.
“I have always had an entrepreneurial spirit, and I like my job as an accountant, but I really like clothes and dressing nice,” Leigh said.
The idea for the company came about last summer when the three were hanging out and brainstorming ideas.
“We wanted to start somewhere, and [we] figured T-shirts would be the easiest way to start and build capital and eventually turn it into a real clothing line,” Leigh said.
On the website, their first T-shirt was available for purchase along with custom T-shirts upon request.
In their first month of business, Funky Town T’s sold more than 100 T-shirts.
Even though Leigh said the first month of sales were successful, he said he thought opening a business would have been easier to do.
“[The first months] were really stressful and time-consuming,” he said. “There are a lot of things that go into it that you wouldn’t expect, like all of the accounting and getting everything set up.”
Overall, he said they were very happy with the company’s success so far.
He said he thought it was gratifying to see students on campus wearing Funky Town T’s and is hopeful to see the same thing when he launches his clothing line company.
The trio’s ultimate goal is to start a clothing line company that makes ties, hats, koozies and button-up shirts, Leigh said, and Funky Town T’s is a way to help them build capital for the clothing line.
Despite using Funky Town T’s as their stepping stone to a bigger clothing line, Leigh said they would continue the “Southern tide” style for their products later on.