By edhat staff
Isla Vista Screen Printing (IVSP) has launched a “Here For Good” t-shirt campaign to support local businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
As its name suggests, the Isla Vista-based company offers screen printing and embroidery services as well as a storefront selling a variety of custom apparel aimed at UCSB students, Isla Vista residents, and lovers of Santa Barbara. They have expanded their brand to include Island View Outfitter and High Desert Print Co, but the goal remains the same as when they started 10 years ago in a garage in Camino del Sur. Quality items made by locals, for locals.
Coronavirus and shelter-in-place has brought all small businesses to a complete halt. IVSP owners Garrett Gerstenberger and Jose Cardoso saw an opportunity to help in a unique way. Their call for all small businesses in the 805 community to partner with IVSP by selling custom apparel to supporters to raise funds and offset the burden of lost sales.
Gerstenberger says there is no upfront money needed and no risk. All the business owner needs to provide is their logo and the color of their favorite t-shirt. IVSP will create the shirt, print it, sell it, and ship it with $10 from every sale going directly to the company.
The IVSP encourages all local businesses to register with the “Here for goodto increase revenue during this time. So far, Kyle’s Kitchen, Caje, Hook & Press and RiseUp Fitness have joined the ranks. Starting today, Edhat has also joined the list with an orange t-shirt elegant available for purchase here.
The kindness doesn’t stop there. IVSP has also partnered with the Santa Barbara Foundation (SBF) and United Way of Santa Barbara County (UWSBC) to create a “Stronger as a Community” campaign. The company designed and printed a community t-shirt where $5.00 per t-shirt will be donated to “COVID-19 Response Effort for Santa Barbara County“funds.
The joint partnership allows both SBF and UWSBC to meet the needs of individuals, families and nonprofits with proper coordination while responding quickly to community needs as they arise. through collaborative decision-making.
The white shirt tee features an ocean sunset with “Stronger as a Community” and “Thrive in the 805” printed in bold. The shirt can be purchased here.
“As screen printers, we understand how powerful printing and art can be,” Gerstenberger said. “It’s not unusual for us to see the world stop spinning. At times when we need it most, we’ve recognized the importance of connection and community and come together to stay strong. “Our pride and strength was tested through Thomas Fire and Debris Flow just two years ago. And many times before that. Our community is as resilient as it can be.”
IVSP hopes this shirt will serve as a symbol of the strength of our community while supporting friends, families and small businesses. The company has already donated more than $20,000 in shirt revenue for past campaigns related to the filming of Thomas Fire, Debris Flow and Isla Vista in 2014.
To sign up for IVSP’s Here for Good campaign, visit: https://islandviewoutfitters.com/pages/hereforgood. To see all the Here for Good campaign t-shirts, go to: https://islandviewoutfitters.com/collections/here-for-good-805. For more information about IVSP, visit http://www.theivsp.com/.