Zac Painter & Sara Painter
Tell us about your business.Loggerhead Apparel was born in the minds of husband-wife duo and South Carolina natives, Zac and Sara Painter. Zac, who grew up in the historic textile town of Spartanburg, desired to bring jobs back to South Carolina and restore the once-thriving manufacturing and textile industries. Sara, raised in a conservation-conscious family in Charleston, wanted to help preserve coastal wildlife and the state reptile, the endangered loggerhead sea turtle. After determining a gap in the apparel market for coastal-style clothing locally constructed with only American-grown materials, the couple combined their passions into a business venture. The result was a prosperous apparel company that celebrates tags that read “Made in the U.S.A.” and dedicates time, money and energy to conservation efforts.
What makes your business stand out?“From dirt to shirt,” every aspect of Loggerhead Apparel’s production of premium clothing and accessories involves an American worker on American soil. The brand also commits 10 percent of all sales to sea turtle conservation efforts nationwide. In just two years of business, Loggerhead Apparel has donated more than $40,000 to conservation groups locally and nationwide, including the South Carolina Aquarium, Sea Turtle Conservancy and SEWEE Association.
What's the best business advice you've received?T. Boone Pickens, one of the most successful businessmen in America, was once asked his secret to success. As a key player in the American oil industry, he replied simply: Wake up early, work hard and sell a lot of oil. Well, we don't sell oil, but this quote stuck with us. The secret to anyone's success is in their drive. If we wake up early and work hard, chances are we'll sell a lot of shirts – and better our country and its people in the process.
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