3 Up 2 Up x TooKool: Presents the “GAWD” Pack
They say West Virginia is anything but Kool. We tend to strongly disagree. As a matter of fact, West Virginia’s rise to dominance during the late 19th century was due largely to its wealth in coal; a major contributor to the United States’ industrialization. To this day, West Virginia (God’s Country) is still exporting coal to other powerhouses like China.
3 Up 2 Up is a brand that shows West Virginia state pride in a fashionable yet Kool way. We take our rich industrial heritage and working-class culture, and embrace it through a number of ways. One being our brand’s unique hand symbols that depict our state’s initials, “WV.” We say “Handcrafted in WV” on our website because it signifies how we are made in West Virginia and spotlights our creative nature as artisans. Juxtaposed by the positive imagery displayed through our photography and videography, we capture the captivating beauty of Wild, Wonderful West Virginia and its people. 3 Up 2 Up embodies what it means to be TooKool.
TooKool Lifestyle is a brand based out of Detroit, MI with a fundamental purpose to honor, promote, and provide self-expression for those individuals whose lifestyle embodies a balance between ambition, style, and execution. The TOOKOOL family is committed to seeking out and honoring individuals whose lifestyle aligns with what its brand signifies. Ultimately, what it means to be TOOKOOL. Which is why TooKool has decided to team up with 3 Up 2 Up to bring to you the "GAWD" pack!
The “GAWD” pack is influenced by the phrase God’s Country - which is synonymous with not only West Virginia but 3 Up 2 Up. God’s Country means a place favored by God, especially a naturally beautiful rural area or one's native home state. In both brand’s cases, all of the above is displayed in the vibrancy of the “GAWD” pack. The pack will feature a dad cap and a soccer jersey. Both trending fashion statements at the top of the kool list for younger generations. Soccer being one of the most popular youth sports in the U.S. and dad caps making their way to top retailer shelves such as Footlocker.
Our colors for the collaboration, “Cardinal” and “Golden Apple”, are inspired by West Virginia’s state bird (the Northern Cardinal) and the state fruit (the Golden Delicious Apple). Easily recognizable, cardinals are one of America’s favorite backyard birds. A similar distinctive appearance is what our two brands envisioned for the collaboration – something unique yet appealing. We also love the idea of incorporating Old Gold, one of West Virginia’s state colors, with a hue of green apple to make what we call “Golden Apple”. This inspiration was also used for fresh designs for the pack as well.