“We started Split Shirt in 2020, during my senior year of college and my sister’s sophomore year. Immediately, I was so amazed by how our UT network embraced the concept of Split Shirt with open arms. Organic growth is crucial for a small business, and the UT community has really become a launch pad for us. From invitations to do pop ups to collaborations with other creators, we are truly so grateful for the endless support that stems from the friendships we built on the Forty Acres. “
Get to know SPLIT's newest team member, Elise Ramirez, who is from Brownsville, Texas. She is currently a third-year Environmental and Ocean Sciences major at the University of San Diego. Elise shares key insights on the fashion industry, its effects on the environment, and some sustainable (and affordable) alternatives to mainstream fast fashion.
"My sister actually learned how to sew when she was younger after my grandmother taught her. So, one day my sister made a split shirt after thrifting and as most sisters do, I stole it from her closet and wore it to dinner. A lot of people told me, ‘That is such a cool shirt! Can you make one for me?’"
The Bold Ambition, produced by Ingrid Garcia, released a podcast with co-founder Helena Sampayo. In the podcast, they discuss how we started SPLIT SHIRT, our mission, the supply-barriers to the second hand industry, and the environmental effects of fast fashion.