Product of the People

Marcus Harvey

Marcus Harvey created his first T-shirt in high school. Today, he’s the founder and CEO of Portland Gear, one of the region’s most respected apparel brands.

But the entrepreneurial journey is never that simple. Refreshingly honest and relatable, Product of the People shares the true story behind the brand—where it came from, what inspired it, and how it developed along the way.

Marcus was an insecure kid who knew nothing about art. He ruined his parents’ carpet trying to print T-shirts. He got fired by a printing company. And his eventual triumph almost paralyzed him with panic attacks.

In Product of the People, Marcus Harvey bares it all—the good, the bad, and the unexpected—proving that truth really is stranger than fiction, that community is our greatest strength, and that every failure can be a new step on the road to success.

Marcus Harvey created the @Portland Instagram page in 2013. One year later, on Black Friday, he launched the Portland Gear brand and shipped more than two hundred shirts on day one. Since then, the brand has appeared all around the world in over seventy countries and all fifty US states.

Thanks to his amazing customers, he’s living out his dreams every day doing what he loves with his best friends (who happen to be his employees)—creating products and experiences that people love wearing and sharing, but most of all, cultivating community.

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