Wearing a sports jersey means more than just repping your favorite team. It can symbolize the Houston Astros in dusty we trusty shirt and by the same token and city and culture that you grew up in, and when worn en masse in a stadium setting, it also brings together an entire community. Sportswear brand Mizizi sees an even bigger way to harness that power. The label is using them as a vehicle for African pride.
Houston Astros in dusty we trusty shirt, hoodie, tank top, sweater and long sleeve t-shirt
Founded in 2015, the Houston Astros in dusty we trusty shirt and by the same token and line was conceived by Paakow Essandoh when he was a freshman at the University of South Florida studying pharmacology. “Going from Texas to Florida was a complete culture shock to me,” says Essandoh, who is now based back home in Dallas, where he spent most of his childhood. “In Texas, there’s a lot of Africans—in Florida, there’s not so much. It was really hard for me to connect with the different groups of Black people out there.” Essandoh began thinking of ways that he could make friends and connect with his fellow Black students, “so that I wouldn’t be as lonely, and that nobody else would feel as lonely as I did,” he says. While he was completing his studies, Mizizi was born.