In Ohio, we have a thing for vintage-looking shirts.
T-shirts or hoodies, with jeans or shorts, we wear them to proclaim our pride — in our sports teams and our cities. As G.V. Artworks puts it, “CleveLAND that we love.”
Which is why we obviously all need a Lake Erie shirt for the summer. Or maybe two: a T-shirt for a day on the boat and a sweatshirt for the chilly breeze while we roast marshmallows on a bonfire on the beach.
There are scores to choose from. Here are 11 cool choices for a season of fun.
1. Erie & Anchor
Erie & Anchor hooded sweatshirt: $40
Micah Roberts of Vermilion created the Lake Erie lifestyle brand in January. If offers T-shirts, sweatshirts, totes, tumblers and more.
2. Cleveland Clothing Co.
Cleveland Clothing Co. T-shirt: $28.
This T-shirt company with a flagship store on East 4th Street is a classic, with designs like HOME atop the outline of Ohio. This beach design has been teased as a comeback.
3. Lyman Life
Lyman Life long-sleeve pocket T-shirt: $38
Michelle Burke of Rocky River started Lyman Life to celebrate the clinker-built wooden boats built on the shore of Lake Erie.
4. Erie Apparel
Erie Apparel shirt: start at $20
The Erie, Pennsylvania, shop carries all sorts of Erie gear, including a T-shirt with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s famous words, “Don’t give up the ship.”
Homage T-shirt: $32
The Columbus T-shirt company, which has a store at Crocker Park, has supersoft T-shirts celebrating sports teams, colleges and cities. And of course, the lake.
6. Shore Society
It’s a shore thing ⚓✌🏻These tees are now in the shop! I’m obsessed with the pale blue ink and the itty bitty waves. You can grab yours with the link in my profile! And shoutout to my Dad for this adorable chambray hat – he bought it for me from @clevemetroparks in Rocky River. Grab one for yourself while you’re down in the valley, it’s so cute! — #shoresociety #lakeerie #greatlakes #shorething #northcoast #lakeerieliving #lakeerielove #coastal #waves #nautical #beachbum #boating #anchor #sailing
Shore Society T-shirt: $28
Designer Rachael Koenig of Lakewood started Shore Society to capture Cleveland’s “Rust Belt nautical aesthetic.”
7. Cuyahoga Collective
Cuyahoga Collective shirt: $18.75-40
The Collective, sold online and in a pop-up truck, includes all sorts of cool Cleveland and Cuyahoga Valley National Park gear.
8. Erie Island Coffee Co.
Erie Island sweatshirt: $38
Not just a coffee shop, Erie Island also sells shirts. Find them downtown on East 4th Street or on Detroit Road in Rocky River.
9. Nalu Stand-up Paddle & Surf
Nalu, Rocky River T-shirt: $20
If you surf, you might feel the need to own this Surf Ohio T-shirt.
10. Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland Metroparks tank top: $20
This beachy tank top is available at the Cleveland Metroparks’ new Edgewater Nature Shop.
Rock the Lake short-sleeve T-shirt: $20
Yep, we’ve got our own shirts — and towels and water bottles and more — available in a ton of designs. Check out our RocktheLake shop.
Ten percent of all profits benefit The Foundry sailing and rowing facility.
And how awesome do they look?