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Dress Like a Man: ARKWEAR Polo shirts


After years of my kids asking (i.e. begging), we recently completed the purchase of a yearly membership to the Oregon Zoo. Our first trip had me and my 7 & 5-year-old hovering around the new-ish elephant area. We were discussing the beauty of the elephant and got into a relatively heavy conversation (for kids at least) about dangers that elephants faced in the wild, with illegal poaching being a contributing factor. It was quite a memorable experience to return home and have my 5-year-old immediately go to my wife and tell her about how many elephants were killed each day and why we needed to protect them. Proud dad moment.

Elephant in Polly Red

ARKWEAR is a new-ish apparel company that makes simple, straightforward, and well-constructed Polo shirts, with a little cool logo and a great backstory. Each year, ARKWEAR selects 4 endangered animals to be featured as the small logo on their polo shirts (where the brand logo is typically located). Their inaugural year of 2016 saw sharks, orangutans, rhinos, and elephants on their tops and 2017 is adding Sumatran tigers, Western bumble bees, Grauer’s gorillas, and sperm whales to their collection. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather wear something and be able to have a discussion about the cool little animal on my chest than brand logo any day.

I think that most Pacific Northwesterners are conservationists at heart, especially when it comes to wildlife. ARKWEAR collaborates with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and gives 5% of sales to the WCS. For those who may not be familiar, WCS is one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations in the world, working to protect half of the world’s biodiversity, while ensuring a positive impact on millions of people.

Shark in Aqua

The Polo shirts are constructed from of 97% Pima Cotton and 3% Spandex. Every shirt is made in Peru, where the Pima Cotton itself is grown and handpicked especially for the shirts. Each style comes in 6-7 different colors and fit about as expected

While these shirts obviously aren’t for running in, they are a perfect casual option for many of us. But ARKWEAR does have a connection to running, as they co-sponsored the 2016 Run for the Wild at the Bronx Zoo.

Company: ARKWEAR (Facebook)
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More about Arkwear:

ARKWEAR aims to save the animals of the world, in the spirit of Noah and the story of the ark. Our brand raises awareness and funds for wildlife conservation with a new collection of endangered species apparel each year. We design and embroider our clothing with iconic yet threatened animals that are vulnerable to extinction, to inspire people to protect these creatures for future generations.

ARKWEAR’s goals reach beyond preservation. We also strive to provide our customers with a way to get involved and support their favorite animals. Now you can choose a variety of colors, fabric, fit and styles all while protecting our most vulnerable wildlife.


*”More About” information taken from the company’s website. We like to let their own stories speak for themselves, because we review companies that have real personality and passion about what they do.

Thank you to Arkwear for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

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About Matt Rasmussen (893 Articles)
Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching the Olympics, sampling craft beers, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010. Matt joined the Run Oregon team in October 2011, and since then he has spearheaded the blog’s efforts to cover product reviews, news about businesses related to running, and running events in the Willamette Valley.

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