The TBSP.LA story began in 2000 when three brothers got the bug to start a business in Los Angeles, CA.
Meanwhile, Ethan was tinkering with the earliest iteration of the tbsp.la website, which would let people upload graphics onto t-shirts and buy them as special keepsakes.
Ethan contacted to his brothers and computer whiz, Ali Kalantarli. Ethan spent long hours on his green couch (a hand-me-down from his big brother) talking to Zack on the phone and planning the business, and figuring out ways to make designing and buying custom t-shirts fun, easy, and reliable. In March 2001, TBSP.LA was officially launched with a small team of “Inkers” running the show — all from different backgrounds — but with big hearts.
We believe in the power and importance of community. That’s what we have always been about — even before we knew it — and it’s why our brands offer innovative ways to help activate and strengthen communities.
TBSP.LA enables people to design and order custom t-shirts and gear for their clubs, companies, charities, family reunions, and more. Through the TBSP.LA Fundraising tool, people can sell custom t-shirts to help individuals and organizations raise money and awareness.
Represent is a social merchandising and marketing platform that helps influencers like actors, athletes, musicians and thought leaders create and sell limited-run t-shirts and merchandise to their fans and followers.