Philadelphia Printworks

Philadelphia Printworks: Activism Never Looked so Good

Philadelphia Printworks is a conscious clothing company that creates T-shirts, sweatshirts and other apparel with designs inspired by social issues and the legacies of revolutionary leaders. Even if you’re the most vocal of activists, Philadelphia Printworks will help you expresses your views, thoughts and beliefs without even having to  say a word.

We spoke to co-founder, Maryam Pugh to find out more about the company. This is what she had to say:

Philadelphia Printworks
Maryam Pugh: Owner/Co-Founder and Donte Neal: Product Developer

What inspired the creation of Philadelphia Printworks?

Philadelphia Printworks was created as a way to participate in our civic duty of activism, to delve into the shallow end of the entrepreneurship pool, and to utilize a creative outlet that would continue the DIY legacy of screen printing.

What is the process behind choosing what design or theme to create?

The designs are heavily influenced by the topics discussed by the PPW community; both directly and indirectly.

In an age of social injustice, explain how you feel you are making a difference through your business. How can other businesses do the same?

Activism comes in many forms; from the organizer to the protestor, to the individual who is able to analyze their own behaviors and come to the radical conclusion that they disagree with the status quo. For the most part, we’re just trying to “get in where we fit in”.
Taking the tools that we have and applying them toward dismantling and deconstructing systems of oppression. That same approach can apply to other businesses and individuals no matter where their talents lie.

What is the most challenging part of being an entrepreneur? What is the most fulfilling?

Most times, the path to entrepreneurship is one that you have to pave yourself. It may be uncharted territory. It can get lonely if you’re not surrounded by the right support network. It can also be intimidating. It’s far easier to follow the path that society has already laid out for you.

But, that’s also what makes it the most rewarding. When you succeed you know it’s a result of all of your hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance.

Where do you see the business in 5 years?

I hope to expand to a retail location and explore ways to pursue the hybrid non-profit model.

What advice do you have for other entrepreneurs?

Do what you love. It may be the only thing that sustains you until your business becomes financially profitable.
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– Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson (IG @thebusyafrican)

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