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Friday, October 20 Local

Siblings create Fairfield County-inspired clothing line

It wasn’t until Tory Brown left Connecticut that she realized how much Fairfield County had to offer.

From her Midwestern dorm at Ohio University, Brown’s memories of home became sweeter.

She daydreamed about her summers on Long Island Sound, winters playing in the snow, and fall seasons spent apple-picking at local farms.

But, unlike her university’s bookstore — where all manner of gear emblazoned with her alma mater could be found — once back home, she searched without success for a fashionable tribute to the Nutmeg State.

So Brown, 26, and her brother Roscoe designed Connecticut-branded gear for themselves. When they started getting requests from family, friends and strangers, they knew they were on to something.

Within a few months, Two Oh Three, a lifestyle brand named after southern Connecticut’s area code, was born.

Pastel-colored baseball caps, ultra-soft T-shirts and vinyl decals make up some of Two Oh Three’s branded products, which are sold online, at pop-up shops and in local specialty stores including Groove in New Canaan and DownUnder in Norwalk and Westport.

“Our products are about celebrating the community and everything Connecticut has to offer,” Tory Brown said.

Tory is the marketing brains behind the company, while 21-year-old Roscoe, who studies advertising and technology management at Syracuse University, manages Two Oh Three’s e-commerce and finances.

They're focused on their new spring and summer line for the future, and they don't have plans to open a store. For now they're continuing to do events, pop-shop-type stuff, etc.

They will be found at events including the Brews on Bedford Street in downtown Stamford next month, seasonal farmers markets countywide and the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival in September.

Tory and Roscoe are launching a new summer line in the next two weeks. As with the rest of their products, each item is locally printed and embroidered.

Elissa Miolene is a freelance writer; ermiolene@gmail.com

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