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Dwight D. Eisenhower inspires name for another Wichita business

03/07/2014 2:28 PM

06/25/2014 5:53 PM

WICHITA — Dwight D. Eisenhower is the inspiration for another business, and we're not talking about Wichita's airport.

Eisenhopper is a new lifestyle brand that Wichitan Troy R. Wells recently started to sell apparel and, eventually, other items that he designs or creates logos or sayings for.

"There's a lot of other brands out there I kind of appreciate and like, but none of them really speak to me," Wells says. "I want to do something that kind of speaks to where I'm from."

And that's Kansas. Wells, who was even born on Kansas Day, is "happy and prideful" to be from here and wants to bring that flavor to his designs.

Another one-time Kansan, actor Dennis Hopper, inspired the rest of the Eisenhopper name.

Wells says other brands have a more East Coast or West Coast angle.

He prefers Kansas-inspired ideas, such as a "Get the Hell Out of Dodge" T-shirt because it "is just colloquial speech."

"The other thing is, too, people always want to pigeonhole Kansas," Wells says.

Think Dorothy or tornado jokes.

For now, Wells has only a couple of men's T-shirts on his website but he says he hopes to grow the company.


About Carrie Rengers

Carrie Rengers joined The Eagle's Business team in 2002 despite her inability to even balance a checkbook. Fortunately for her, and readers, her Have You Heard? blog is about business scoops and contains lots of news but almost no math.

A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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