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UMFK student unveils new clothing brand

FORT KENT, Maine — Inspired by life on two coasts, University of Maine at Fort Kent student Travis Harlin Jr. has styled his love of both regions into a new clothing brand.

Travis Harlin Jr., a UMFK student from California, is hoping people all over the country will wear his new clothing brand, “Out The Vault.” (Courtesy of Ryan Merckel)

Out The Vault Clothing Co. is a clothing brand influenced by the street wear culture of Long Beach, California, and the [rural] living of Fort Kent, Maine, intertwining the two cultures,” according to a company press release.

Harlin, 22, a senior studying business management, said he came up with the idea for Out The Vault, or OTV, when he first transferred to UMFK from California in 2015. However, between his studies, work, and time spent as a power forward/center on the UMFK Bengal Men’s basketball team, Harlin said he did not have time back until recently to put his idea into effect. After the Bengal’s finished up their tournament run this March, Harlin began the clothing line in earnest.

“After the tournament I decided I was just gonna put it all together and make it happen,” he said.

Travis Harlin Jr., wears a sweatshirt to promote a new clothing line that he designed while studying at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He created “Out The Vault Clothing Co.” to market and sell his brand. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

Harlin said the term Out The Vault represents the unleashing of ideas and aspirations that people hold in their minds.

He said his father, Travis Harlin Sr., has been his biggest supporter.

“He told me, ‘Whatever you want to do, just do it. Whatever ideas you have, just keep on running them. No one else can stop you; only you can stop yourself,” Harlin Jr. said.

Harlin Jr. said he also was inspired to start the clothing brand by seeing another friend engage in a similar enterprise.  

“It was dope to see another kid my age working on something and putting out ideas, and not letting anyone stop him, you know,” Harlin Jr. said.

Out The Vault Clothing Co. currently offers T-shirts and hoodies, designed with the OTV logo. Harlin orders the clothing from China, and Tracey Hartt of Performance Printing & Design in Fort Kent prints Harlin’s OTV logo onto the items.  

Travis Harlin Jr., wears a sweatshirt to promote a new clothing line that he designed while studying at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. He created “Out The Vault Clothing Co.” to market and sell his brand. (Jessica Potila | SJVT/FhF)

Harlin said he tries to keep OTV clothes as affordable as possible.

“When I was younger, I was never able to afford a lot of nice clothing,” he said.

Black OTV hoodie sweatshirts are $35 each, and T-shirts, available in black or white, cost $12.75.

The clothing is available online and also at BeeJays Tavern in Fort Kent.

Harlin Jr. said after graduating from UMFK in May, he plans to return to Long Beach where he hopes to coach basketball and apply for work with the California Sheriff’s Department.

University of Maine at Fort Kent students, from left, Yajaria Gonzalez, Dakota Martin, and Kateryna Vaypan, pose in “Out The Vault” T-shirts at Fish River Falls in Fort Kent. (Courtesy of Ryan Merckel)

He also hopes to eventually expand his clothing line to include hats, shorts, windbreakers, jeans and even swimwear.

For more information or to order Out the Vault clothing, visit the company’s web site at www.outthevaultclothingco.com/ or search on Facebook or Instagram for OTV Clothing.

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