The Social Dept. is an Ohio based company that specializes in hand-screened clothing, home goods, and poster prints. A true Mom and Pop shop owned and operated by Christy (Mom) and Andy (Pop) Taray. Our small team takes a lot of pride in our process and we work hard to develop ideas from a hand drawn sketch to the final handprinted item. Our catalog of nearly 300+ designs has a little bit of everything for people from a little bit of everywhere depicting regional, state and municipal pride in our country’s diverse food, beer, sports, and movie culture.
The company was founded in 2006 while living in Brooklyn, New York when we came up with the idea of starting a company that would help preach the pride of historically rich, yet maybe nationally slighted, cities like our hometown of Akron, Ohio. We love where we we grew up and wanted to help spread the word.
Graphic Designer & Fashion Designer by trade, we loved the challenge of stepping away from our day jobs and using a little elbow grease to turn our sketches and thoughts into wearable conversation pieces. Each item is built with old-school printmaking, strong typography, and a love for finding that unique element that defines each individual location.
Today we are a Grammy nominated design studio in our 12th year of total existence and our second year owning and operating retail locations in Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, Ohio. We are making a big push this year into various new clothing avenues, such as hats, sweatshirts and hoping to continue expanding into the worlds of housewares, greeting cards, and large format posters. We have also been working on more collaborative efforts with local artists and vendors to expand the catalog.
The company has been, and will continue to be, a passion-based brand with a love of making products come to life with a little midwest work ethic and a whole lotta love. Hope you enjoy what we got going on!
OUR STORY...IN FILM.
Our friends at Big Wonderful Inc. came in and set up shop in our workspace for a day and pieced together a really fun video telling our company story. Obviously we take pride in the small details and we think they did an amazing job capturing who we are. A special thanks to Ben Watkins for the countless hours put into this. If y’all need work that moves, we strongly suggest you consider this team. Other works can be seen at bigwonderful.com