Born and raised in Danville, Travis Tarpley was a three-sport athlete at George Washington High School. He moved on to Delaware State University on a full football scholarship. In 2012, Tarpley gained a bachelor’s degree in business management. He played professional football for one year before injuring his knee. “After getting hurt, I chose to return to Danville to serve the community that helped make me who I am,” Tarpley says.
Back in Danville, Tarpley teamed with Sean Woods and established Vintage Duck Brand Clothing which is represented by a Paisley duck icon. “Our brand stands behind the principles of adaptability, versatility, and progressiveness,” Tarpley says. Vintage Duck Brand offers a variety of women’s and men’s apparel. Tarpley continues, “We wanted to put out a brand built from quality and uniqueness. We take pride in high-quality materials and unique fashion.”
Looking to the future, Tarpley hopes to establish Vintage Duck Brand as a national clothing and apparel line. “We want to expand and open locations in other places. Another goal is to get our brand in stores,” Tarpley says.
After the life shift from football, Tarpley knew he wanted to become his own boss. It’s not easy and requires self-discipline and some sacrifice, but for those aspiring to follow in his footsteps, Tarpley says, “If you have something you strongly believe in, and you think people will support, take the leap of faith and go for it.”
Vintage Duck Brand Clothing is at 620 Westover Drive in Danville and online at vintageduckbrand.com.