Searching for new clothes to show your pride? Look no further than Pride Out Loud Apparel.
Melissa Delgado, who identifies as a lesbian, owns the small business and specializes in any apparel you can dream of from the waist up, including t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and more.
Delgado started the business in late 2020 in hopes to create inclusive products for everyone to enjoy.
“I was looking for quirky sayings and designs on t-shirts that help represent myself in the LGBTQ+ community,” she said. “I couldn’t really find many brands or items at the time, so I decided to make my own designs.”
Delgado began listing her products on Etsy in hopes that others would enjoy her work too.
She says that her biggest struggle was creating products that included LGBT representation, but also remained trendy.
“It’s really figuring out how to create designs and using items that people love, are comfortable, higher quality, but affordable,” she elaborated. “I can’t sell items I wouldn’t spend money to buy. How could I ask others to do the same?”
Delgado explained that she donates part of the monthly profit to different LGBT charities and organizations. “I’d love to be able to donate at least $100 each month to a new charity,” she said.
Delgado designs and loves every piece of clothing for the brand, but says that Pride Out Loud Apparel’s most popular design has a special place in her heart. The brand’s first and most popular design is the “Closets Are For Clothes” saying.
Speaking of closets, she says that hers is full of Pride Out Loud Apparel all-over-print hoodies.
Delgado says that her goal for 2021 is to sign more brand ambassadors.
“We keep a close relationship with our affiliates. It’s a partnership and we have to be there for them as much as they’re there for us,” she said. “We celebrate their wins with them and try to lend a hand or shoulder when they’re struggling.”
Delgado has big dreams for her small business and the difference it can make in the world.
“We’re just a small brand getting its leg up in the very large rainbow world. We want to help as many organizations as possible,” she said. “We want people who wear our apparel to feel proud of who they are. It’s all in the name.”
To order from Pride Out Loud Apparel, visit their official website at prideoutloud.com and use code “SFGN” for 15% off of your purchase.