Meet Don and Sheryl Pitcairn, owners and creators or Surrey Shirts. Our unique and edgy custom apparel is designed and created in Surrey, by Surreyites, for proud residents of the big city of SRY and beyond. We use local companies to produce our clothing and merchandise, building and fostering relationships within Surrey.
Our T-shirts and hats are 100% cotton for comfort, with sweatshirts, hoodies and jerseys a 50\50 poly/cotton blend for strength and durability. Surrey Shirts are double silk-screened to ensure the print will not fade, crack or peel. They are designed and hand-made in Surrey for people from SRY and beyond.
Put Surrey Shirts creative genius to work for you (see "Custom" header). Have us design and print custom apparel for your business, sport team, promotion or special event. Retail inquiries, bulk orders and wholesale pricing are also available upon request.
History of Surrey Shirts
Surrey Shirts started from a very simple concept; wanting a good quality fashionable shirt with the word “Surrey” proudly displayed on it. Unfortunately at the time (May 2012) there was almost nothing on the market while there were thousands of Vancouver shirts readily available.
This lack of choice led to the creation of a black pinstriped baseball jersey with the “Surrey Swoosh” design embroidered across the chest. As expected, whenever this apparel was worn in Surrey, people took notice and wanted their own. The first two dozen sold out very quickly.
The demand for the jersey lead to the creation of several Surrey t-shirt designs and screen printing of more Surrey Shirts. A large custom order of White Rock shirts for Hempyz financed the creation of the website to sell the expanding line of merchandise online. The SurreyShirts.com website went live in mid-December of 2012.
On February of 2013, Surrey Shirts received a “cease-and-desist” letter from the City of Surrey. We chose to ignore it due to several glaring legal mistakes that it contained. Unfortunately a copy of this letter was leaked to the media from city hall and the David vs. Goliath story quickly took hold. With front page news and the lead story on many TV stations, the Surrey Shirts website went viral and crashed with 250,000 hits in only half a day.
Needless to say sales went through the roof and under public pressure the legal threat was repealed. Since that time Surrey Shirts has sold its merchandise online across North America and at various events throughout Surrey. Our apparel is also stocked at several retail locations in Surrey for those who want a more traditional brick and mortar store.
Owners Sheryl and Don Pitcairn continue to expand the Surrey Shirts line of pro-Surrey merchandise while using the notoriety of their edgy designs to bring attention to the problems of gun and gang violence in Surrey that resulted in a record 25 murders in 2013. There are plenty of more designs on the drawing board and you can expect more merchandise soon.
Surrey Shirts also does custom order work, using the same creative edge we have brought to our Surrey designs to create various apparel for businesses, sports teams and retail stores. With our sublime Rob Ford t-shirt, Surrey Shirts is expanding our product line for cities outside of Surrey. Our main goal will always be to create pro-Surrey merchandise with a positive image for the city of half-a-million people, living up to our motto “We Cover SRY.”