FCC partner with local Black-owned businesses on licensed merchandise

FC Cincinnati and Major League Soccer have partnered with three local Black-owned businesses in a limited-edition licensing agreement.

Originalitees, BlaCk Owned and GO(O)D Co. Apparel will sell apparel and accessories from their respective shops during the length of this product run. Fans will be able to purchase gear online or at any of the three shop locations.

This partnership is part of FC Cincinnati’s One Club, One Community, One Goal platform, which was founded last August to advance the organization’s commitment to addressing racial disparities and social injustices through action.

FC Cincinnati players Zico Bailey and Nick Hagglund participated in a photoshoot highlighting each of the three business’ respective gear that is now on sale.

Originalitees was founded by Walnut Hills resident Khisha Asubuhi in 2009. She created Originalitees with the idea to give people a sense of pride about where they are from and the things that they love and believe in. The Columbus, Ohio, native played college basketball for Cincinnati State and Indiana University during a four-year collegiate career. Following her playing days, Asubuhi came to Cincinnati in 2003 when she accepted a position with Cincinnati State as a women’s basketball coach.

In addition to Originalitees, Asubuhi works in the marketing department for the United States Postal Service. In her free time, Asubuhi likes to spend time with friends and family. For more information on Originalitees, visit https://originalitees.com/.

BlaCkOWned™️ was founded by Means Cameron in 2011. Cameron created the brand as an opportunity to merge his two passions – Fashion and Black Culture. Prior to BlaCkOWned™️, Cameron started a clothing brand while in high school called “Eddie Vaughn” which represented his first experience in manufacturing and selling clothing.

He is a Cincinnati native who was born in the West End and currently resides in Downtown Cincinnati. Away from work, Cameron enjoys spending time with his children Cruz, 3, and Navy, 1. For more information on BlaCkOWned™️, visit https://blackowned19xx.com/.

GO(O)D Co. Apparel was founded by Donny Harper in 2014. Harper created GO(O)D Co. Apparel with three specific focuses – a brand that everyone could relate to, a brand that supports a positive message and a brand that allows an expression of individuality. Prior to founding the company, Harper worked in retail for other national brands.

A resident of Mount Airy, Harper is also a successful Christian hop hop artist. His passion for entrepreneurship is fueled by his family – his wife Ciara and children Jasmin, Caelyn, Devin and Micah. For more information on GO(O)D Co. Apparel, visit https://goodcoapparel.com/.

FC Cincinnati return to the pitch on Saturday, April 24, when the team visits Yankee Stadium to face New York City FC. FCC will officially open their 2021 home slate on Sunday, May 16, when the team hosts Inter Miami CF in the inaugural match at West End Stadium in a nationally televised 4 p.m. game.

For up-to-the-minute information about FC Cincinnati, visit the team’s official website at fccincinnati.com, or follow the team on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @FCCincinnati. Additionally, fans are encouraged to download the team’s official mobile app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for instant access to mobile tickets, team content and match notifications.

Information about seating options at the club’s state-of-the-art West End Stadium – which will open in Spring 2021 – is now available at westendstadium.com. For more information about 2021 season memberships, visit westendstadium.com or the stadium’s social properties on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at @WestEndStadium, or by calling the team’s sales and service staff at 513-977-5425.