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Anyone passing through the streets of Northwest Indiana may immediately feel an air of confidence, or a value intrinsic in the communities of Northwest Indiana. The brick walls and old neon signs lining our Broadways and downtown areas are evidence of the sensible yet sensational inhabitants of this unique part of Indiana. This upper corner of the state can be heard for miles around with sounds of industry and great times at the end of a long day of work.

Puffed chests aren’t rampant in the Region, but they sure do look great in a T-shirt designed by Kevin Templeman of Region Wear, a new apparel company on the scene in Northwest Indiana. Longtime resident of the area and hailing from Munster, Kevin is an architect who has built a brand that represents the best of us. Started in 2015, Region Wear was originally a creative outlet for Kevin to give his works to friends and family. Now, Kevin has had the pleasure of meeting and celebrating the people of NWI through his company. “If you look at the talent between the different towns in the Region, you may see that we’re carving out our identity," he says. "Northwest Indiana is a pretty distinct part of the state, and for a time it might have been a bit overlooked, but it’s allowed us to do our own thing.”

Kevin has enjoyed marrying the area’s past with its future. Growing up, he and his family would visit the staples of the Region most of us here enjoy, whether it was hiking at the Dunes or visiting great downtown areas. Now, he’s anticipant of the opportunities at hand for the Region’s creatives to collaborate. “There are all these wonderful creative people in the area doing things they love," he says, "and if you see those things align, it creates an energy throughout the area that I think is pretty cool.”

Kevin has released several T-shirt designs so far and he plans to launch more designs soon, as well as a website where his apparel can be purchased. He has a selection on Etsy as well as a Facebook page full of any updates that come out for Region Wear. You can also find him at the Hunt and Gather market held in Crown Point. Kevin’s shirts look great on anyone in the 219, and he’s excited to create clothing for the community for some time to come.

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