David Merritt Opens Retail Storefront on UM Campus - Needs Your Support

David Merritt Opens Retail Storefront on UM Campus - Needs Your Support

Submitted by David Merritt on November 19th, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Wolverine Nation,

It's always such an honor to reach out to the UM fan base. I cannot thank you all enough for your continuous support throughout the years while playing at Michigan, in addition to the various endeavors I have been involved in since my basketball career ended back in 2009. To the MGoBlog staff and all the readers out there, I just want to say thank you.

Because of your support, and the support of many others, my cause-based fashion brand, Merit, has opened up its very first retail storefront right in the heart of the UM campus (1113 South University). For those of you that don't know, every Merit purchase shapes the fate of students in need and helps send them to college. Not only do we donate 20% of all our revenue to fund college scholarships for underserved youth, but our very own education enrichment program (FATE) increases access to college by providing the tools and opportunities necessary for our students to graduate high school. 

Did I mention, the product stands on its own? We've worked extremely hard to offer tees, hats, hoodies, henleys, and accessories that are incredibly fresh and provide amazing comfort.

All in all, we need your support. This is an enormous endeavor and we would like the chance to be successful and become a fabric of the UM/Ann Arbor community for many years to come. So if you can, come out and support our grand opening this Wednesday, Nov 20th at 6:30 PM. If you can't, come by some other time. Tell your friends and family too. We need all the support we can get. :) Thank you for your time and GO BLUE!


Merit Hours: MondayWednesdayFridaySaturday12-8pm





David Merritt - Sharing Something Special

David Merritt - Sharing Something Special

Submitted by David Merritt on December 5th, 2012 at 9:27 AM

I had some incredible years playing at Michigan. And that was because of my teammates, the staff, the fans, the tradition. I'm so thankful for my Michigan experience and wanted to share a new venture I'm working on with the Michigan faithful. It's called Merit.

Merit is cause design. We create fashionable products that help disadvantaged youth get to college by donating 20% of your purchases to fund college scholarships. In addition, it's important for us to provide resources and opportunities for underserved youth to gain college admission. Therefore, we've launched FATE (Day 1 Recap), our very own education program with Detroit's Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, preparing the next generation to embrace their education and become world class citizens.
However, in order to officially launch Merit, we need the proper funding. We are in the midst of a crowdfunding campaign at http://indiegogo.com/merit. From now until December 21st, you’ll be able to grab Merit product, help us manufacture the line, and raise money for underserved youth to go to college.
Any support you can give, even if it's just a tweet, is much appreciated. Thank you so much for your time. Wherever you may go, GO BLUE!



Steve Breaston - David Merritt Collaboration

Steve Breaston - David Merritt Collaboration

Submitted by MGoShoe on July 4th, 2010 at 10:24 AM

I am what it is

A product of Red Nerds and overflowing red pop fizz

Red stains on my shirt

Jeff Arnold in A2.com has a nice feature covering Steve Breaston's and David Merritt's collaboration on a new I Miss You, Inc. shirt. 

Merritt asked Breaston to construct an original piece that would inspire [a] unique T-Shirt design to be part of Merritt's company's summer line. Breaston [went] to work, finishing a poem he had started that focused on his hometown's [North Braddock, PA] positive aspects.

Merritt's company, I Miss You, Inc., is built on a mission of making others feel special and on community pride. When Merritt read the poem Breaston had written for the campaign, he knew he had something he would work with.  More importantly, he read a piece of original poetry he knew others could relate to.

"I said I wanted something real, something about his community and once he sent it to me, I knew this was it. This was perfect," Merritt said. "It was just a perfect representation of how he felt about his community.  But Steve really cares about people and that's what we try to do with IMU - really care about people. So that's what made him perfect for his - not only because he can write so well, but because he cares so much for his community."

Check out the full article and check out the full line of Merritt's products.

David Merritt's Clothing Line

David Merritt's Clothing Line

Submitted by Praetor951 on February 10th, 2010 at 3:27 AM

I read last summer that David Merritt had been planning on launching a clothing line in the fall, but I never kept up with it. His preliminary designs looked pretty cool. I'm into streetwear/graphic tees too and was really interested in his stuff.

Anyways, I was walking through the Union on Monday afternoon they had a booth near the bookstore selling his clothing and some jewelry I think? Anyways, anyone buy anything from him? The basic tee design looks pretty sweet and I'd love to support him.