PEORIA — Ray Williams has discovered a way to supply a jersey or a dress for sports activities admirers who use their hearts on their sleeves for a specific staff or participant.
The Peoria native introduced Golden Garments amid the pandemic in June of 2020 and in his initially calendar year in business enterprise has bought far more than 100 specifically created jerseys.
It is really a budding organization that started out from phrase-of-mouth right after he manufactured a jersey for Jamaal Edwards, his first-ever customer.
“All people calls him ‘Mister’ and it all commenced with him,” Williams mentioned. “He asked me to make a (former Richwoods basketball star) Mike Robinson jersey for him. So I created a Robinson Richwoods jersey. He got everything rolling for me. He’s bought five or 6 from me because then.”
These are substantial-good quality jerseys, with a wide range of content ranging from polyester to mesh and all details in among. They are hand-sewn by a vendor Williams retains private for proprietary explanations.
They usually expense all over $150.
“So the layout is up to you, what ever strategy you have we can do,” Williams stated. “What ever is in your thoughts, we can re-make it.”
And not just in a traditional jersey. He also presents jersey attire, which are pretty a lot what they sound like: a 1-piece jersey slice like a human body-hugging gown that finishes all-around mid-thigh.
There are monitor jackets, broadly themed jerseys (there is 1 for Taft Houses) and Williams is the guy who designed the jersey won by the MVP of the Guide-Central alumni game all through the Juneteenth Fest celebration last thirty day period.
“We can do anything on these designs,” Williams stated, “baseball, soccer, basketball.”
Williams performed basketball at Guide, and was greatly affected by legendary Rams players Howard Nathan, who died in 2019.
“I know what he intended to me,” Williams reported. “We lived a avenue aside. I grew up beneath his wing, and he’d appear above and play basketball in my yard.
“I preferred to do some thing to honor him, so he was the to start with jersey I created for myself, the most loved one particular in my selection. I designed it, and it was getting created when he died. I experienced meant to hold on to it and dress in it for a distinctive occasion.
“I wore it to a Guide soccer match and folks went ridiculous in excess of it, the adore I got for it was just incredible. I have on it all the time now.”
Williams is portion of the functions workforce for Top-quality Blasting and Portray at SC2, a organization that was born in Tremont in 1983 and has expanded to spots in East Peoria, Mossville, Bloomington-Standard and somewhere else out of point out.
But he’s added jersey style and design and entrepreneurship to his resume.
“I was into trend, I was a very pleased dresser,” Williams mentioned. “I set on just one of these jerseys and folks went ridiculous above it, so now I use these all the time, just about everywhere I go.
“So many people asked me about them, I received to imagining, ‘Could I supply these to them?’ And just like that, Golden Clothes was born.”
Most of the jersey requests he gets are for Manual or Central (Peoria Substantial Faculty) replicas. The two most common gamers requested are Nathan and a few-time NBA champion Shaun Livingston.
“I genuinely want to choose this to another amount — the one known as sky’s the limit,” Williams reported. “I am on the lookout for a superstar to get one particular of these and have on it. That would get our title out there.”
Dave Eminian is the Journal Star athletics columnist, and addresses Bradley men’s basketball, the Rivermen and Chiefs. He writes the Cleve In The Eve sports column for pjstar.com. Access him at 686-3206 or [email protected] Adhere to him on Twitter @icetimecleve.