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Brian started Tumbleweed TexStyles in 2011. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on Tumbleweed TexStyles?
Growing up, in Fort Worth, Texas, I have always had a passion for business, sales and fashion.
I loved getting the latest pair of shoes and making sure my outfit was top notch going to school. I also loved the idea of selling my ideas and trying to negotiate deals with my parents or friends. My childhood buddies would agree that I was a sweet talker, hard worker, highly competitive and a very disciplined person in life, athletics and work.
> No one is really prepared to own a business. I had a marketing degree with work experience in the field of business and marketing. I was even a teacher of the subject matter. Those things helped me get started, but the day-to-day experiences and the process of trial and error has really been the true tale of our success.
All these traits and interests led me to pursue a degree in Business Administration with a focus on Marketing at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. While in college, I was blessed to have multiple experiences, jobs and opportunities to live out my passion for business, marketing and hustle. These provided great experience and work opportunities to meet great people and learn the craft of business.
After graduating with my marketing degree, I moved to Dallas to work with a branding and marketing agency. This experience provided me a wonderful opportunity to learn about branding, digital marketing, social media marketing and strategy. Although, I had a bigger passion to help people.
So, I decided to change careers and serve as a marketing teacher at Liberty High School in Frisco ISD. This is what lead me to meet now business partner, Jeb Matulich. I saw him drawing a design of Texas during a teacher inservice meeting. I pitched to him the idea of doing a side hustle with his artwork. We evaluated various options, but finally agreed to launch his designs on t-shirts.
My wife owned a professional photography business, so we utilized her skills, Jeb’s art and then my sales and marketing experience to launch Tumbleweed TexStyles. We started by opening an ETSY store, invested $700 total, $350 each in our first run of shirts. In a short few weeks, sold enough shirts where we took back our initial investment. We then agreed to continue to just reinvest the remaining profit back into the company.
Screenshot of our website from September 2012 © Tumbleweed TexStyles, LLC
To fast forward, this little $700 investment quickly grew to 1.2 million in sales in 2017. We agreed that we only wanted to design, create and sell products and a brand that fit our lifestyle and personality. We wanted to remain family friendly and school friendly, because our biggest passion beyond our product was and is to give back to our community and to educate our students that will be future leaders in our society.
So, we decided to scale our business to follow the wishes of our wholesale partners. We now carry lifestyle goods including decor, glassware, stickers and more.