Smooth Gear is a lifestyle brand that originated in Allentown, PA. Today, our business has grown to include logo design, marketing/branding consulting and screen printing services for our clients in addition to our Smooth Gear brand clothing line.
The idea of Smooth Gear began as a high school print shop project for co-founder, Nick Beers. He created a graffiti-like version of the word Smooth (his nickname) to silk screen onto t-shirts. He made a total of six shirts with the original design in class. Along with the help of his cousin, Chad Holschwander, the Smooth Gear brand was created later that same year.
Early on, Chad and Nick would create designs for new shirts and iron-on the logos. They had some success with the brand in Allentown and Northampton. Next, they went to college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. The two continued creating Smooth Gear t-shirts with growing success and popularity.
During the time they spent in Philadelphia, Smooth Gear expanded and began designing logos and out sourced screen printing for their customers. Smooth Gear worked with clients such as Old Navy, Dance Addictions, Allentown Fire Department, Millersville University, Extreme Bodies Gym, PSFL and Penn State Lehigh Valley during this time.
More recently, Smooth Gear has relocated to Mechanicsburg, PA and Coplay, PA. With the addition of our own silk screening equipment, Smooth Gear, LLC was established and began operations in 2014. Smooth Gear is now able to complete all design and production of their clothing line and meet the screen printing needs of their clients all under one roof. We have recently added new clients including Shawmont School, Jack Pressmann Memorial Scholarship Fund, HiJinx Brewing Company, DJUSA, Advanced Nutritional Supplements, Cementon Cheerleading, Boston Got Sole, SoleXchange, The Hidden, Gallows Hill Spirits, The Ruins, DetrapPel and Central Dauphin High School Cheering.
The Smooth Gear brand has sold apparel to customers both nationally and internationally. Smooth Gear is now poised to expand its brand name and push sales to a new level through their clothing line and screen printing services. Look for more designs from the Smooth Gear team available for sale on this site. Also, be on the lookout for the brand to pop up in local apparel and boutique shops and other online retailers in the near future.
In the summer of 2019, Smooth Gear returned to its roots in the Lehigh Valley when Nick purchased a house that Chad had remodeled the previous year. On the property is a large commercial warehouse which now houses the Smooth Gear Creative Lab. It has 3 floors of space for screen printing, heat presses and sewing/embroidery operations. There is also a full photo studio as well as a personal gym in it. With a vast amount of room to expand and grow in this location, the Smooth Gear team is excited for the next chapter in our story.