Behind the Design: The Alumni Collection

Posted by Emma Harris on Jun 18, 2019 6:30:00 PM

What if you could give your Alumni a better way to display their pride in your institution?

As a trusted adviser to one hundred plus clients, we know from research and experience that while Alumni feel tremendous passion for their alma mater, they overwhelmingly feel underserved by the poor quality, mass-produced generic merchandise offered through campus bookstores.

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When Cornell University closed its record $6.36B capital campaign, they wanted a better way to serve their Alumni. They partnered with Harris Made to curate an exclusive Alumni Collection of the highest quality bags, leather goods and tastefully branded accessories that would appeal to every budget. A bespoke collection with provenance to better reflect their unique history and heritage.

Furthermore, as we received multiple repeat orders from Cornell University, we saw firsthand how their alumni have a deep appreciation and desire to wear and carry exquisite branded goods as they travel the world.

What would your Alumni say?

Perhaps you're curious how this could work for your institution. Or maybe you're concerned about carrying an inventory risk.

That's why we propose partnering with your Alumni Association and Affinity Program leadership to assemble a bi-annual or quarterly made-to-order, limited run Alumni Collection. Harris Made can host a custom website landing page, offer a seasonal array of bespoke goods, and work with you to invite your Alumni to order during a specified time window. Only then do we manufacture to order and distribute finished goods.



Your Alumni are rightly proud of your institution. Let us weave, stitch and buckle that pride into an exquisite, made-to-order Alumni Collection for you!

Here are examples of recent client projects to help inspire you as to what could be Harris Made for your Alumni Collection! Our prices range from $15 - $500+.


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