We’re officially in the swing of back-to-school season, and that means kids of all ages are getting their binders, notebooks and brand new lunch boxes ready for an exciting year of learning. These kids of all ages include college students, many of whom have not graced the halls of their sanitized dormitories, dingy frat houses and questionably delicious dining halls for over a year and a half. If this is you, we’ve got a piece of advice. Instead of getting a fresh haircut or a spray tan to wow your fellow classmates with a new look — opt for a bit of spirited gear from HillFlint instead.
HillFlint makes high-quality, classically designed heirloom college apparel for schools all over the country, from Stanford to LSU, Penn State to Harvard, Georgetown, Michigan. They also stock clothing for some HBCU’s like Morehouse and Grambling and over a hundred other institutions. It’s not just your basic sweatshirts either, it has a full line of letter, stadium, pennant, and retro stripe sweaters, as well as cashmere and cardigan designs that are perfect for fall and built to last long after you become an alumnus.
Harvard Illustrated Sweatshirt
It’s also got crewneck sweatshirts that are perfect for layering on a brisk fall game day. HillFlint’s pieces are made using soft yet highly durable yarns manufactured to last for years, hence the higher price tags. Remember, these aren’t the average college sweatshirts you can buy at the corner store on campus; they’re designed to be passed down from generation to generation.
The founders explain via the HillFilint website that they “wanted to make something for our friends that would outlive all those souvenir T-shirts.”
“Just like our college years had become an indelible part of our identity, we wanted something that would be with us through all the years ahead.” The brand also has sports gear for MLB and NBA teams in some of their most stylish designs.
We’ve gathered a few of our favorite pieces from the site, but rest assured, if you go to a large, well-known school in the U.S, chances are it’s got a line of gear for you. You can check out its complete collection, see if your alma matter is included, and read more about the brand on HillFlint’s website.
Wool Blend Princeton Cardigan
This cardigan sweater is adorned with a Chenille Princeton “P” and has side pockets, horn buttons for easy fashioning, and an easy-on, easy-off design. The rich navy blue with thick gray trim adds a layer of panache to this classic Ivy League ensemble.
Georgetown Tailgating Sweater
Hoya Saxa! This popular sweater style from the ’80s and ’90s is perfect for tailgating on a chilly Saturday game day and pairs well with khakis and sneakers. It’s made with over a pound of cotton blend yarn that as luxurious as it is durable. The wordmarks are carefully knit into each one, and it’s got linked sleeves for a flattering fit.
Morehouse Vintage Triple Stripe Hoodie
Also sharing pride for HBCUs (historically Black colleges and universities), HillFlint offers this super warm Morehouse hoodie in maroon featuring the college’s tiger mascot with three stripes in white and black. The pullover cotton-polyester blend hoodie has a front kangaroo pocket to warm hands and hold belongings as you pay homage to the great Martin Luther King Jr.’s alma mater.
Grambling State Vintage Mascot Sweatshirt
It additionally offers Grambling State apparel like this vintage-inspired mascot sweatshirt. The gray pullover is embellished with a 3D chenille patch, repping the school’s mascot in its signature black and gold colors.
Alabama Classic Crewneck Sweatshirt
HillFlint also makes higher-quality versions of classic crewneck sweatshirts many universities sell. This University of Alabama sweatshirt is made with a modern silhouette that’s actually flattering rather than boxy and bulky. It’s made with 100% cotton French terry fabric that gets softer and softer the more you wear it. It also has a ribbed V-notch and collar, as well as elongated waist and arm cuffs that tie the whole thing together.
University of Michigan Tailgating Sweater
This sweater recalls the days when coaches on the sidelines of Big Ten games weren’t wearing gross cut-off sweatshirts but elegant sweaters instead. This style has thin, sans-serif block lettering and bold script that’ll make countless strangers shout “Go Blue!” everywhere you go. It honors a classic piece of Wolverines spirit gear with updated manufacturing, breathable yarn and a fully-fashioned, flattering build.
UVA Stadium Sweater Vest
Are sweater vests still a classic, albeit fashionably pretentious, college look? You bet they are. This one is for the UVA students out there who want a foolproof piece for layering on top of their button-up shirts. It’s made from the brand’s signature cotton blend for year-round wear.