Students create clothing lines


Macie Clark

Left: Carson Beets and Austin Shilt representing their company by wearing some different style options. Right: Aaron Engleman and Kolby Wobker are supporting their brand with comfy sweatshirts.

High school is a time where students prepare themselves for the future by learning skills that would help them in
different aspects of life. It could be things as simple as learning to write a check, or learning communication skills for job interviews and public speaking. Some students here at NHS have even formed a clothing line to help them learn the ins and outs of business and marketing.


Fellow seniors Carson Beets and Austin Shilt have also created their own clothing line. For them, the idea of creating the line first appeared to them while listening to a song.
“One day on my way to school I was listening to my ‘flames’ playlist, and the song ‘Goosebumps’ from the album ‘Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight’ by Travis Scott came on,” Shilt said. “When I was listening, I just thought of the word ‘Geesebumps’ and I thought it was super funny. I later ended up making a logo for ‘Geesebumps’ and decided to make a business out of it.”
Geesebumps’ clothing line consists of different kinds of shirts: shirts with pockets, long sleeve shirts, pullovers, and other pieces for customers to buy. They plan on adding sweatpants to their collection.
“So far we have sold about 150 Geesebumps products,” Beets said. “We usually sell them for around $15 to $20. We take orders through our instagram for the product we are selling at the time, and then we send the numbers to the printing company. After the shirts have been printed we either give it to the customer at school, bring it to their house or just meet them somewhere.”
Creating the clothing line had taught Shilts and Beets about marketing and seeing how other students can be supportive of each other. They both also hoped to create clothing that can let others express themselves as they please.
As for the future of the company, they both aren’t sure what is to come. They hope for the best and plan to expand their clothing options for customers.
“We’ll probably experiment and have fun with different types of clothing and maybe expand outside of just T-shirts,” Shilt said. “We’re not sure if we will continue after high school because we’re not sure what college has in store for us. We’re just trying to have as much fun as we can right now.”
Clothing is also something that can bring people closer together.
“It’s a way for us to share our creativity with the people around us,” Beets said. “It shows their style and personality. Clothes are important to me because it’s a way to express your style and we’re sharing something that Austin came up with. We’re just giving them what we think is cool and everyone ran with it.”
Both Beets and Shilt are glad for opportunities the line has given them. They are able to meet new students and learn skills that help them know how to handle money in different situations.
“It’s pretty cool seeing people supporting us,” Shilt said.


Seniors Aaron Engleman and Kolby Wobker are two of the few students who have recently founded their own clothing line. They named it “React,” and they say the inspiration struck them while browsing online and looking at different logos on a website during their personal finance class. One logo in particular had caught their attention that started their line.
“[Aaron and I] just went for it one day,” Wobker said. “We liked the way it looked, and there’s many different ways to interpret the word. We didn’t work with a base logo, so we typed in a keyword on this website that gave you different logo designs, so that’s how we got the idea of the circle of triangles around the word. The base word just stayed in my head.”
They sell pieces like long sleeve shirts and hoodies that vary in many colors. They plan to add pieces like T-shirts to their store soon, as they currently sell long-sleeved pullovers and hoodies.
“We’ve only done one release so far,” Wobker said. “We’ve sold a few pieces and made a decent profit out of them. We’re making three to four dollars [of profit] on them.”
To both Wobker and Engleman, seeing their fellow peers wear something they’ve created make the clothing line exciting and worth the while for them. The support helps them continue their line and lets them expand their choices for customers to shop.
“It’s cool to see because it’s our thing, and we made them,” Engleman said. “It’s good for us to see other people wear the pieces and say that they like it.”
When it comes to coming up with the designs of the clothes, Wobker and Engleman do their best to come up with designs that help people express themselves.
“We had to buy the logo, so now we have the rights for it,” Wobker said. “Then we put the logo on the shirt and send it to the shipment company. We describe what we’re looking for, and they’ll do it.”
Both Wobker and Engleman aren’t sure if they want to continue the company after graduating high school, but are willing to consider it as an option.
“We’ll kind of see how things go; see if it keeps growing and if people keep buying,” Engleman said.