Family business K&S Sportswear faces new challenges during pandemic

From left: Account Manager Sarah Otis, Graphic Designer Rachal Rodriguez and owner Brittney Mittag stand with K&S Sportswear founders Katy and Steve Weirich. (Courtesy K&S Sportswear) (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
From left: Account Manager Sarah Otis, Graphic Designer Rachal Rodriguez and owner Brittney Mittag stand with K&S Sportswear founders Katy and Steve Weirich. (Courtesy K&S Sportswear) (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

From left: Account Manager Sarah Otis, Graphic Designer Rachal Rodriguez and owner Brittney Mittag stand with K&S Sportswear founders Katy and Steve Weirich. (Courtesy K&S Sportswear) (Designed by Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)

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K&S Sportswear assist local businesses and organizations in designing and creating screen printed and embroidered goods as well as logos. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Owner Brittney Mittag and Account Manager Sarah Otis run K&S Sportswear. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
For 25 years, K&S Sportswear has provided printing and design services to the Humble community. But owner Brittney Mittag said instead of a celebration to commemorate the anniversary, 2020 has brought unexpected challenges.

“It’s definitely not been a typical year, that’s for sure,” Mittag said. “But we have some amazing loyal customers that when they were ready to work again or order again, we were the people they called.”

K&S Sportswear provides screen printing and embroidery for local businesses and organizations to create a multitude of products, including hats, T-shirts, mugs and koozies, Mittag said.

Mittag’s parents, Katy and Steve Weirich, opened K&S Sportswear in 1995, operating the business from their home until 2015. When they retired in 2017, Mittag and her childhood friend, Account Manager Sarah Otis, took over the business.

“[The business] is my parents’ pride and joy; it’s something that they built,” she said. “I was really happy for them that they got to retire ... and that they knew this business would continue to be a member of this community and be a productive business.”


Since taking over, one of both Mittag and Otis’ favorite projects has been working with Humble ISD during its Hurricane Harvey fundraiser. Mittag said K&S Sportswear designed a T-shirt saying “Humble ISD Strong” and helped the Humble ISD Education Foundation to sell more than 6,000, raising $33,000 for the district.

Since the onset of the pandemic, Mittag said the business has faced many challenges. Although the business was closed during the work-from-home order in Harris County, she said they were able to quickly pivot to printing branded face masks and hand sanitizers to supplement the loss of income from canceled events and closed schools.

“We’ve been lucky that we’re still here and ... we’re going to be OK,” she said. “That doesn’t mean there weren’t some sleepless nights.”

K&S Sportswear

5736 FM 1960 E., Humble

281-852-2918

www.ks-sportswear.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., closed Sat.-Sun.

Correction: The print version of this article incorrectly stated K&S Sportswear sold 16,000 "Humble ISD Strong" T-shirts. The correct number of 6,000 has been added as well as clarification that the Humble ISD Education Foundation sold the T-shirts.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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