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Tribal Threadz: Bringing Peru to Penn State

It’s not hard to see that tribal prints are super trendy right now. The crazy geometric patterns mixed with vibrant colors grace all kinds of clothing and accessories. It’s pretty tough to walk around campus and not see this loud print scattered among the crowds.

Even though most students just swing by Urban to pick up their various tribal prints, Penn State student David Grossman has created another way for people to get their tribal fix. In May of 2013, he began Tribal Threadz, a company devoted to selling a variety of authentic tribal designs while donating part of each sale to a charity of the buyer’s choice.

During winter break last year, Grossman and his brother Andrew traveled to Peru for winter break. “We saw these hats at the little flea markets,” said Grossman.

After hiking Machu Picchu with a few Australians that were sporting the hats, Grossman decided he had to have one. “Once I saw the hat on someone else’s head, I thought, ‘Wow that’s so awesome, I have to have one,'” said Grossman.

With his stylish hat in tow, Grossman returned to Penn State. He received great feedback about his hat, so he began to research potential suppliers to create a business. He brought on his brother Andrew as head of sales and University of Miami friend Ben Birns as head of marketing and social media. And thus, Tribal Threadz was born.

The company sells hats that feature a distinct tribal pattern. The fabrics come from Peru, so it supports the local economy of the country. But the real standout of Tribal Threadz is their commitment to the charities they support. Tribal Threadz offers a choice to their buyers: they can choose to support either Children of Peru or Survival International. Children of Peru aids underprivileged Peruvian children through healthcare and education, while Survival International supports indigenous Peruvian tribes who face extinction due to deforestation.

“I like the idea that the customers get to interact and pick their charities,” said Grossman. “The idea is that you get to choose your charity and help a person in Peru out.”

Tribal prints really are all the rage right now. So why not help some people out while looking super stylish?

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Anna Foley

Anna is a senior majoring in Communication Arts & Sciences and Spanish with a minor in Theatre. Yes, she went to Spain. Follow her half-funny thoughts @exfoleyator and send her chain emails at [email protected]

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