The grand opening of Official Patriot Gear took place on March 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Patriot Gear’s physical store in Rexburg — 51 East Main Street — hosted the grand opening.

The inside of Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.
The inside of Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.

Ian Wendt, owner of Patriot Gear, worked as a sales representative for ten years. In 2020, He decided to speak out against specific political issues that he saw dividing the United States and its citizens.

“We are sick and tired of the lies and hatred that are constantly used to divide us,” reads the Patriot Gear message. “We choose the truth over falsehoods, harmony over discord, and freedom above all else.”

Racks at Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.
Racks at Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.

“I decided to create a way that people can find unity rather than division, and I believe we can find unity and true patriotism,” Wendt said. “Patriotism is not an exclusive thing. It doesn’t matter what color, religion, or political affiliation you are; if you love the people in the country, you want to be free, thrive, and defend it in your patriot.” 

Ian and his team started by selling one T-shirt. Over the past two and a half years, they’ve grown their selection to 49 different shirts.

Clothing selection at Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.
Clothing selection at Official Patriot Gear. Photo credit: Sam Chan.

Patriot Gear will bring more events to the Rexburg community in the upcoming months. Its Instagram page will be posting all the upcoming events.