Liam Rice is our brother and TGC board member. He’s been doing great things with his clothing business and helping The Giving Circle at the same time. All this and he’s just 21! And he’s got coverage in our local paper, The Saratogian.
From The Saratogian, April 9, 2019 Edition:
“SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Local business Summit Clothing Company is reaching new heights with the opening of its first retail store.
The Summit Clothing Company shop is expected to open soon in the lower level of the Saratoga Marketplace, located at 454 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs.
A grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday, April 20, when all are invited to check out the new store and its unique mix of outdoor apparel and streetwear. New products will be released on this day and some styles will be discounted.
Before this big downtown debut, Summit Clothing Company was founded in 2016 as an e-commerce business with a charitable giving aspect.
Saratoga Central Catholic School alum Liam Rice started Summit Clothing Company as a sophomore at Siena College. He was inspired to start his own social enterprise clothing business after learning about the large profit margins in the industry.
“There’s so much room to do good work,” Rice said, recognizing the opportunity to help others.
Summit Clothing Company’s partnership with local non-profit organization The Giving Circle helps communities both locally and around the world, while serving as a meaningful element that sets the brand apart from the rest The company donates 10 percent of every sale, and a portion of monthly profits as well to the nonprofit, which identifies people and communities in need, near and far away, and connects them with those who are able to help.
Rice was first introduced to The Giving Circle as a high school student, and now serves on the organization’s board of directors. He travels with The Giving Circle’s founder Mark Bertrand every six months to Africa, where they’ve helped to build schools, medical facilities and other resources, partly with the funds raised through Summit Clothing Company.
Since the first batch of about a dozen hoodies sold to family and friends, to setting up regularly and gaining exposure at the Spa City Farmers Market, to the new brick and mortar shop on Broadway – Summit Clothing Company has grown organically, and Rice’s goal is to continue that steady growth.
As the 22-year-old prepares to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business management this spring, the Saratoga Springs resident already has a successful company and a brand new storefront.
But rather than viewing these achievements as a summit, Rice believes it’s just the beginning.
“This is a starting point,” he said.
Thinking ahead to the future, “I want this to be a household name brand,” Rice said. “I want it to be recognizable and I’m not going to rest until it is.”
More information about Summit Clothing Company is available online at summitclothingcompany.com, facebook.com/Summitclothingcompany and on Instagram @summitclothingcompany.”