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Erie streets inspire urban fashion designer

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Roman Glass, Erie screenprint artist and owner of No Dress Code Studios, launched a project on Kickstarter today that is literally pulled from Erie’s streets.  Using manhole covers, grates and other objects found in public spaces, Glass creates t-shirts and button-downs with a uniquely Erie aesthetic.

Mercyhurst University’s Quickstarter initiative is helping him build his business through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign. Glass is attempting to raise $3,000 for his fashion line.

While other designers around the globe are also exploring how to integrate the urban landscape into their street fashion lines, Glass takes the process a step further by incorporating color and style with his own distinctive compositions to create an endless series of one-of-a-kind pieces.

“This project is about getting out of the studio,” says Glass.  “It is about taking street fashion back to the streets in a very literal way.  Because of this, every shirt I make is different and tells the story of the streets in a different way.  NDC Street Wear is a story you want to wear.”

The Kickstarter campaign has a number of reward tiers that include a variety of Glass’ street designs on both t-shirts and button-down shirts.  In addition, he is offering an “artist’s choice” option where backers will get not only a street shirt but also a one-of-a-kind composition. 

The NDC Street Wear Project received assistance from Mercyhurst’s Quickstarter Project, led by Kristan J. Wheaton, associate professor of intelligence studies. It is funded by the Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority’s Ignite Erie: Industry-University Business Acceleration Collaborative, led by Mercyhurst and Penn State Behrend.  Mercyhurst graduate student Christina Eusanio manages Quickstarter’s support to NDC Street Wear. 

For more information, please contact Roman Glass at 814-315-0318 or email at