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About Us

About Us

Bygone Brand creates t-shirts and sweatshirts from "bygone" local places you grew up with and love. Each design is researched, faithfully recreated, then screen-printed onto the highest quality shirts. We are always looking into new brands and communities, please contact us if you have a question/suggestion or are looking to become a reseller

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About Bygone Brand
Bygone Brand was founded in Rockford, Illinois in 2013 by Keith & Amy Watson (with the invaluable help from Mom & Dad). The first Rockford Line of t-shirts featured beloved brands from Rockford’s past. Since Amy is originally from St. Louis, we started work on creating nostalgic designs she remebered and loved growing up. We were approached by the Lost Madison Facebook group to see if we would be interested in doing the same for Madison. The Madison Line was launched in Fall 2013 to immediate success. The St. Louis Line finally came out in the Spring of 2014, with the Chicago Line soon following in the Summer. Plans are always in works to bring out new designs from our current city lines and also adding new cities down the road.

 
Where did the idea for Bygone Brand come from?

The idea sparked with the words “MADE IN ROCKFORD, ILL” stamped on the back of a well-worn Midgetoy die-cast toy car that Keith had since a child. He thought about the Rockford companies that weren't around anymore, but people used to love. Later that Summer, we took a trip to upper Michigan and found an old Beef-A-Roo that hadn't changed since the 1970's. It still had the old graphics Keith remembered from childhood that were long gone in the Rockford area chain. We bought a t-shirt with the old Beef-A-Roo Cowboy, but the quality and graphics were pretty poor.

Some big box stores carry retro/vintage t-shirts of big corporate brands. There are also local t-shirt companies that create community-centric designs & sayings. We love them all, but what we really wanted was a t-shirt with the local aspect and the retro/vintage logo of the cool places we remember growing up. Bygone Brand was born.

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In the News

Missing Dayton's, Porky's, Moby Dick's? Bygone Brand has a shirt for you - StarTribune

Rockford Day kicks off to entice people to businesses — the 815 way - Rockford Register Star

Bygone Brands Opens a New Store - WIFR 23

Rockford's Bygone Brand is 'moving on up' - Rockford Register Star

Basement can no longer contain successful Rockford business - Happy Rockford

Old Milwaukee companies find new life thanks to Bygone Brand T-shirts - OnMilwaukee

Selling Rockford in a ready-to-wear art form - Rockford Register Star

Part of Peoria's Past Now in T-shirts - WMBD

Bygone Brand Retro Peoria T-shirts @ Urban Artifacts - Meanwhile, Back in Peoria

Bygone Brand T-shirts feature iconic brands from Peoria's past - Journal Star

Group works to save Rockford Cabinet Co. entrance - Rockford Register Star

Shop these 9 great local (and locally made) gift ideas - WISC-TV / Channel 3000

Rockford shops offer one-of-a-kind gifts - Rockford Parent

Nostalgia sells: Bygone Brand in Rockford expands T-shirt lines to 3 cities - Rockford Register Star

Bygone Brand's retro T-shirts breathe new life into old Madison businesses and logos - Isthmus

Former St. Louisian Amy Tabachnick Watson... - St. Louis Jewish Light

Long-lost Madison rock clubs get an encore with special Record Store Day T-shirts - The Cap Times

Bygone Brand Announces STL T-Shirt Line
- Alive Magazine

Illinois apparel company pushing St. Louis nostalgia - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Remember the Parkmoor? How about Noah's Ark Restaurant or Forest Park Highlands? - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Bygone Brand St. Luis - SimplyPhoto

Part One… Bygone Brand – Rockford, Il - SimplyPhoto

Manchester's department store memorialized with retro t-shirts - The Cap Times

Bygone Brand - Rockford Buzz

Madison Style: T-shirts by Bygone Brand - Madison.com

Bygone Brand Designs Nostalgic T-Shirts - WIFR

Bygone Brand Review - Tee Spotter

Bygone Brand designs nostalgic Rockford T-shirts - Rockford Register Star

Bygone Brand brings Rockford history to T-shirts - Rock River Times

 

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We support local. All aspects of our business involves the communities we serve, from printing, designing, warehousing and shipping.

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Note: We do not claim ownership of trademark or copyright for the t-shirt brands. Each has been researched and considered expired by the USPTO.