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Company Story of BYOG


Our company story began in Santa Cruz, California in 1984 with Cathileen McNamara, a very passionate fitness enthusiast and sole proprietor of California Hardwear, wanting to provide functional and fashionable workout pants for her body building friends. The traditional sweat pants, while comfortable, just weren’t fashionable. On the other hand, the workout pants at the time, while functional and in some cases fashionable, were just not that comfortable. What resulted was the trademarked pants called “BAGGEEZ”. It didn’t take long for the BAGGEEZ to become the mainstay of numerous fitness gurus and when MC Hammer himself endorsed them they became known as “the MC Hammer pant”.

BYOG_WarehouseAfter six years of rapid growth and great success, Cathileen’s ambitions and ingenuity enabled her to start and incorporate Build Your Own Garment (BYOG). Initially working from her home in 1990, her tireless work ethic, relentless quest for quality, and servant leadership style facilitated her company’s move to a humble Dublin, California warehouse in 1993. With the purchase of BYOG’s first automated printing machine the team quickly grew in its capability and capacity, again causing production to outgrow its facility space. In 1996 the office moved a few blocks into a bigger warehouse. Continued growth and success fueled various upgrades in production infrastructure, again prompting a move to our current facility in 2005.  Today BYOG enjoys a 15,000 square foot facility that houses our showroom, production warehouse, and corporate offices.  We now have two state-of-the-art automated presses and three top of the line computerized embroidery machines in house.  We pride ourselves in having built our company with an outstanding reputation on hard work, uncompromising integrity and exceptional customer service. BYOG considers itself very blessed to have grown each year of our existence.


BYOG continues to help clients of all types by creating and producing custom apparel and branded promotional products.  We’re happy to work with anyone – from individuals looking to make bachelor/bachelorette party shirts, to Fortune corporate clients and professional sports associations. We are licensed with several universities (i.e. The University of California – Berkeley, EmbroideryAtWork University of San Francisco) and are proud to have served companies such as: Gymboree, Intel, EMC, Pixar, INX International, Cox Media and Communications, Comcast, Pepsi, McDonalds, Dryers Ice Cream, Taco King, DayNine Consulting, Clorox, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Crunch Fitness, GMC, local high schools and many more. We continue to develop our capabilities and improve on our ability to be your one stop solution. We can design, print, source, re-label, fold, poly bag, and distribute your orders in-house, keeping the turn-around time to a minimum and providing the best quality possible.