Fashion Game On

Local company ups the sporting apparel game offering team gear in high style

H-Town firm upping sporting apparel game with team gear in high style

Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, JJ Watt and Chris Myers in DQ Strong shirts
Chris Myers and JJ Watt wear DQ Strong shirts, created to help raise money for Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry in his fight against cancer.  Courtesy of JJ Watt/Twitter
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, George Springer in Orange Crush tee
Houston Astros right fielder George Springer wears the "Crush City" shirt. Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle tee
Kicking off the 2016 football season, Running Game Clothing has launched its new line of game day gear. Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle tank
Running Game Clothing specializes in sports apparel that’s upping the fashion game for Houston Texans, Rockets and Astros fans. Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Bull tee
Apparel is made of a high-quality, extra soft poly/cotton blend as well as an eco-friendly semi-organic poly/cotton blend, all preshrunk and made to hold up through multiple wears and washes. Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Is It Sunday Yet tank
The new collection boasts this tank with the slogan "Is It Sunday Yet?" Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle Town tee
Running Game Clothing counts Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown, Houston Astros right fielder George Springer and pitcher Collin McHugh, and rapper Bun B amongst its fans. Courtesy of Running Game Clothing
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, JJ Watt and Chris Myers in DQ Strong shirts
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, George Springer in Orange Crush tee
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle tee
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle tank
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Bull tee
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Is It Sunday Yet tank
Houston, Running Game Clothing, September 2016, Hustle Town tee

It’s hard to dress for sporting events without sacrificing style. Running Game Clothing might just have the answer to that fashion challenge.

The Houston-based company specializes in sports apparel that’s upping the fashion game for Houston Texans, Rockets, and Astros fans.

Kicking off the 2016 football season, Running Game Clothing launched its new line of game day gear this month, available now on the company’s website. “We don’t follow fashion seasons, like fall or winter. We follow sports seasons,” company co-founder Travis Drake notes.

The new collection takes its sporting roots seriously, with tank tops and jersey shirts for both men and women, brandishing slogans including “Tailgates and Touchdowns”, “Hustle Town,” and "Is It Sunday Yet?"

Throw on a T-shirt with leggings for a tailgate outing. A fitted tee under a blazer makes for casual office attire, transitioning seamlessly from daytime to game time.

Apparel is made of a high-quality, extra soft poly/cotton blend as well as an eco-friendly semi-organic poly/cotton blend, all preshrunk and made to hold up through multiple wears and washes.

Accessories include posters and caps available in a range of colors, including red, navy, and gray, with hand-stitched embroidery and mottos from “Bulls on Parade” to “The H-Town Republic.”

Running Game Clothing counts Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown, Houston Astros right fielder George Springer and pitcher Collin McHugh, and rapper Bun B amongst its fans, as well as former Texans lineman Chris Myers, who partnered with the company in 2014 on the DQ Strong line created to help raise money for Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry in his fight against cancer. 

All hailing from Houston, company founders Travis Drake, Austin Drake, Bryan Dunlap and Adam Puskorius, who is also chef and owner of Stoked Tacos & Tequila in Midtown, started Running Game Clothing in 2012. “The whole reason we got started is we got sick of going to Academy and buying a $50 Nike shirt that you don’t like but has the team logo on it,” Drake explains.

Although the entire staff pitches in, Drake, who studied graphic design at Texas State, is the creative force behind Running Game Clothing’s designs, inspired by such organizations as the NFL, MLB, and NBA. “We pull references from slogans and from what’s happening with each team. Our guys go to just about every football game and they keep their ears to the ground.”

Future plans include pieces for cooler temperatures (think hoodies and jackets) and designs for Houston Dynamo and Houston Cougars fans. 

Also in the works: The company is looking to expand into the San Antonio and Dallas markets, giving Spurs and Cowboys fans something fashionable to cheer about. 

Shop for items on the company’s website. Prices range from $19.99-$24.99 for apparel and $9.99-$19.99 for posters.