About Us National Sportswear ® is a short description of our brand, our services and the founding and history of our company.
It’s here to inspire visitors such as yourself and provide with some interesting facts about our company. In doing so, it is our hope to provide enjoyable reading and therefore give you the opportunity to get to know us better.
Founded in the historic city of Worcester, Massachusetts, perhaps by no mistake, maybe even a little push of fate. Because Worcester is well known for the Smiley face, an American icon found on t-shirts and other collectibles.
Remember this cute and happy little yellow fellow?
Of course, you do. He’s everywhere. Including on t-shirts, mugs, hoodies, postcards and more. What does this little yellow fellow have to do with National Sportswear ®?
He is the creation of Harvey Ross Ball, who also happens to be one of our very first customers. Imagine that!
Harvey’s smiley face has become so popular, that even today it has transitioned its way into computer land and what we all now know as the emoticon.
You could even say he is the grandfather of emoticons!
There’s just no better way to start a business than with a smile!
Designer at large
Like Harvey himself, our CEO Duncan is a Graphic Designer too.
However, his talents go far beyond graphics alone. He was the Art Director for the largest holographic imagery company in the World, where he designed holographic 3D logos and designs for companies such as Visa, Microsoft, Walt Disney Corporation, and yes, Dragon Ball-Z and Pokemon too.
Music Industry Designer
As Art Director for one of the most prominent music industry
publishers, he designed posters, advertising, t-shirts and concert
paraphernalia and more. He did this for the likes of Alice Cooper, Micheal
Jackson, Tina Turner, Prince, ELO, BTO, Stix, Corey Hart, and the list goes on.
After leaving the record producing industry, he furthered his talents as the Art Director for a prominent music magazine, where he enjoyed working with a vast array of radio stations. Including QC100, the first stand up high definition CD-Rom station in North America where he got to meet bands on a more personal level. Bands such as the Black Crows, Tom Cochran, David Bowie, and Saga, to name a few.
But he doesn’t stop there.
Fine Artist with a cause
As a Fine Artist, he has exhibited his works in shows around the globe to help raise awareness and much-needed money for orphanages. As a result, many of his paintings hang in the homes of art collectors from British Columbia to California and Britain to Taiwan.
A deeper knowledge of sportswear
Duncan’s knowledge of sportswear decoration and design of sportswear wallops a punch that is second to
none in this industry. Thereby establishing our slogan. “When second best
Anyone who has met him will concur.
As the senior designer for a top name surfing apparel company. He’s designed pieces that have sold well into the millions. From the beaches of Hawaii to those in Japan and Australia to Costa Rica. His designs have shown side by side of the likes of Billabong, Quicksilver, Maui and Sons, Body Glove and more.
This is the founding spirit of National Sportswear Incorporated.
About Us & our Spirit
In the true spirit of our name.
It’s not about us, it’s about you.
Read more here.