Vintage Robot

American Made Since 2012

Chris Iannelli

Bayside, New York
Vintage Robot makes Robot gear for humans. The goal is to make quality goods at an affordable price in America.

Tell us about your business.

Vintage Robot initially started by trying to solve a problem. My son wanted a Robot t-shirt while I was at a major chain store. After looking through all the tees, I realized not a single one was made in America. I decided with my love for Robots and desire to find American Made products I would make one myself. I purchased an American Apparel t-shirt from their store and began experimenting. After many attempts I had a finished product and Vintage Robot was born. A few months later I wanted to purchase Robot necklaces and once again was unable to find one made in America. The solution was simple, I took apart an old watch and motherboard and we were off and running. When I decided to start Vintage Robot I made a pledge that I was going to make all of my products, source American materials, as much as possible, and change the perception that goods made in America cost more. Join Robot Nation Today!

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best advice I should have received, but chose to ignore was from myself. I told a friend whose business was failing not to give up and to keep going even if a new angle was necessary. For years I ignored this advice and gave up on my ideas. When the idea for Vintage Robot came, I vowed to listen to myself!

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