Founded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs,
Michael, Stephen and Nicholas, State Forty Eight was born out of a shared passion and appreciation for the great state of Arizona. More than just apparel line, State Forty Eight represents a lifestyle, a sense of community and is an expression of pride. From sports fans and outdoor explorers to the more fashion-forward, the homegrown brand offers gear for all thats both stylish and comfortable. Above all else though, State Forty Eight is about redefining the status-quo and inspiring others to rise up and stand for something they believe in. So wear it loud and wear it proud, and let the State Forty Eight logo serve as a reminder to proclaim your passions but never forget where you came from.
Operations & Marketing
My name is Michael Paul Spangenberg and I am a native to the 48th State. Since a young child I have possessed a strong passion for clothing and fashion. Growing up, I distinctly remember “back to school shopping” was one of my favorite traditions with family. With over 15 years of a hospitality backround, I take pride in offering genuine and exceptional service to our customers. I am a huge Arizona sports fan along with partners Nick and Stephen which is why you will see this segment implemented in designs throughout the collection. I am a fanatic for State Forty Eight and truly value all support, feedback and praise for our brand.
Sales & Customer Service
I am proud to be from Detroit, Michigan, but there is no doubt that Chandler, Arizona is, and always will be my home. Nicholas and I moved here in 1991. That’s when I met Mike, as his dad was my first T-Ball coach. The majority of this city has been built around us 3 in the time since. We have seen Arizona blossom, like a bougainvillea in the spring time. Now, we have set out to make a fashionable way for others to wear their heart on their sleeves. State Forty Eight is the culmination of 3 men who love Arizona, and want others like us to be able to represent it. Arizona Passion meets Arizona Fashion.
Graphic Designer & Production
My name is Nicholas Polando. As a self taught graphic designer for State Forty Eight, I find inspiration for our designs from the simplicity that the desert has to offer. From our beautiful skies to the repetition of the modern architecture colliding with the patterns of observing society. I love sharing our passion for State Forty Eight with everyone that I come in contact with because people have pride deep down about how great of a place Arizona is. The natural beauty of our state is extraordinary but so are the people who now have a new way to represent that pride through the State Forty Eight clothing line.