Custom Ink

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Custom Ink logo.png
Type of businessPrivate
Type of site
Online Custom Apparel and Accessories, eCommerce
Founded1999, McLean, Virginia[1]
HeadquartersFairfax, Virginia
No. of locationsCharlottesville, Virginia; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas
Area servedUnited States, Canada
  • Marc Katz
  • Dave Christensen
  • Mike Driscoll
IndustryCustomized Apparel and Accessories
ProductsT-shirts, Apparel, Accessories
ServicesScreen Printing, Digital Printing, Embroidery
Revenue~US$300 million

Custom Ink is an American-based online retail company that makes custom apparel such as T-shirts and sweatshirts.


Custom Ink was launched in 1999 by former college classmates, Marc Katz, Dave Christensen, and Mike Driscoll.[2]

In November 2013, Custom Ink received $40 million from Revolution Growth, the investment fund run by Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Donn Davis.[3] The investment reportedly helped the growth of two new projects — Booster and Pear.[4] Booster (which is now CustomInk Fundraising) was launched by Andrew Moss (previously Founder of BuyWithMe) who rejoined Custom Ink after being one of the original CustomInk founding members. [5] [6]

On February 4, 2016, Custom Ink acquired the Los Angeles company, which helps celebrities sell limited-run T-shirts and merchandise to fans and followers.[7][8][9]

Company culture and employment[edit]

In 2014, Fortune and Great Place to Work ranked Custom Ink #1 on their list of the 20 best retailers to work for.[10]


  1. ^ Heath, Thomas (October 17, 2010). "Harvard graduate left Wall Street to start CustomInk T-shirt design business". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C.: Washington Post Media. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. ^ "CustomInk, LLC Company Information". Hoovers.
  3. ^ Lawler, Ryan. "CustomInk Nabs $40 Million In Funding From Revolution Growth, Adds Ted Leonsis To Its Board". TechCrunch. Retrieved 23 April 2014.
  4. ^ Lawler, Ryan. "CustomInk Nabs $40 Million In Funding From Revolution Growth, Adds Ted Leonsis To Its Board". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2016-06-28.
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  7. ^ "Washington-area T-shirt seller goes Hollywood". Washington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  8. ^ "CustomInk buys L.A.-based T-shirt firm with large roster of celebrity investors, customers". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  9. ^ "CustomInk Acquires Represent, A Custom Merchandise Marketplace for Influencers". TechCrunch. Retrieved 5 February 2016.
  10. ^ Fortune - best retailers 2014