SOURCE: Cool Conservative

Cool Conservative

February 18, 2010 07:30 ET

Tea Party Chic: Cool Conservative Creates Fashionable Message Tees for Conservative Women

MINNEAPOLIS, MN--(Marketwire - February 18, 2010) -  "From Target to TJMaxx, liberal women can find products and clothing with President Obama's image or the latest take on global warming. But there's no retail source for women who want to show their support for the conservative cause," says Betsy Gall, co-owner of CoolConservativeGear.com. After attending the 9-12-09 March on Washington, Betsy and her friend Sheila Kihne used their design and retail backgrounds to create stylish message tees for conservative women. Encouraged by the response at home parties and local events in their home state of Minnesota, they launched their website on January 20th. "We sold one hundred t-shirts within a day... and this is the land of Al Franken," says Kihne.

The company sells designer-style tee shirts and tank tops as well as gift items like coffee mugs and reusable tote bags with the simple message "It's Cool to be Conservative." Their signature logo -- a traditional monogram with a preppy flair -- appeals to their clientele of sophisticated, suburban shoppers. "Our customers want to show their point-of-view in a stylish way. Fashion-forward women want cap sleeves and longer fits -- not boxy men's tee shirts or oversized hoodies," says Gall.

Boy's and Men's tees sport the message "Proud to be a Fiscal Conservative," inspired by a cute remark from Gall's 4-year-old son. Pink and blue onesies have been top sellers as a unique gift item for new moms. 

"The media and liberal politicians have crafted an image of Tea Party Patriots which is inconsistent with the people who we know that support the cause. They can't decide if we're toting guns and wearing shirts emblazoned with the Gadsden Flag, or if we're what Barbara Boxer calls 'The Brooks Brothers Brigade.' We are both. We are Americans fed up with the corruption and arrogance of Washington and we're ready to show our friends and neighbors what we think," says Kihne. 

A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows that 41% percent of Americans have a favorable view of the Tea Party movement and a recent ABC/Washington Post poll found that nearly half of Americans (45 percent) say they agree with Tea Party positions on issues.

If you'd like more information on this piece or would like to book an interview with the owners of CoolConservativeGear.com, please contact Sheila Kihne at 952-334-7607 or email at skihne@gmail.com

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