KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) — A local streetwear apparel company has partnered with the Chiefs on a limited-edition batch of clothing leading into the Chiefs playoff run.
The team announced a partnership with MADE MOBB as part of the NFL’s local merchandise collaboration. On Friday night, the Crossroads-based shop will <a title=”https://www.facebook.com/events/249393934000921?ref=newsfeed” href=”https://www.facebook.com/events/249393934000921?ref=newsfeed”>host a pop-up event</a> showcasing hooded sweatshirts and t-shirts.
The partnership is a big step for the growing merchandise company. Vu Radley and Mark Launiu founded MADE MOBB nearly a decade ago as a part-time venture. They told KCTV5 they spent their first few years in business selling shirts out of the trunk of a car.
“We all had jobs and we would clock out and then clock in at MADE MOBB,” Radley said.
The company expanded to a new space in the Crossroads two years ago, leaving <a title=”https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/kc-apparel-company-offering-its-old-space-for-new-startups/article_2459d044-545a-11ea-a49d-b7e4a9082e3c.html” href=”https://www.kctv5.com/news/local_news/kc-apparel-company-offering-its-old-space-for-new-startups/article_2459d044-545a-11ea-a49d-b7e4a9082e3c.html”>some of their former space for young entrepreneurs</a> to showcase their own designs. The shop has also been involved in food distribution events and other community outreach during the pandemic.
“I’m originally from Samoa, a small village of 300 people. I was always taught if you’re able, you should,” he said.
Partnering with the Chiefs represents a milestone for the small business. Their limited line of clothing includes a hooded sweatshirt that reads “From the stadium to the streets” and a t-shirt with “1422,” the world-record decibel level set at a Chiefs home game, emblazoned on an arrowhead.
“With this Chiefs collaboration, it’s been crazy to do something on this high level,” Radley said.
“We’re very blessed, very fortunate,” said Launiu.