Carrie Rengers

March 7, 2014

Dwight D. Eisenhower inspires name for another Wichita business

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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.

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