As a former Division 1 athlete working out has always been an integral part of my active lifestyle. Although my playing days are far behind me physical fitness and training is still a large part of my daily activities. The problem was I couldn’t find a pair of underwear that could keep up. The cotton underwear that I wore at work throughout the day functioned terribly at the gym. When running on the treadmill they would ride-up, causing chafing and wedgies while the cotton fabric would get sweaty and wet leaving me with soggy underwear and a dreadful case of “swamp crotch”. Conversely, the compression shorts that I wore at the gym were too restrictive and uncomfortable to be worn throughout the day as everyday underwear.
Unable to find a solution for my underwear problem I set out to create a solution myself. The idea was to combine the comfort and quality of luxury lifestyle with the essential performance features found in industry leading athletic performance apparel. The goal was to create underwear built for daily living with just one pair. Providing seamless comfort and functionality men can trust, whether they’re at the job, the gym, out and about or just lounging around. Our innovative hybrid design process gives men the opportunity to wear underwear that adjusts to all occasions in order to keep up with the everyday activities of an active lifestyle.
The underwear industry has long lacked innovation in their products and concepts. An unfortunate byproduct of this has resulted in little focus on impact and community outreach.
Our research and development stage was a 2-year odyssey that led us to 3 continents to find the world's most luxurious and functional fabrics. However, it was while sourcing fabrics in the Downtown Los Angeles Fashion District that we got a real eye-opener. Many of the vendors we did business with were located in the middle of "Skid Row." There were times that we had to step over or around homeless people sleeping on the sidewalk to enter a vendor's warehouse. Incredibly shocked by the reality of the homelessness we saw firsthand, we knew that this was an issue that we wanted our brand to address in any way we could.
After tackling the hard work and successfully launching our startup, we were able to achieve enough success in our first year to implement our Derde Donations Program, where we donate one pair of underwear to the homeless for every item purchased.
Why are our Drawz Derde?
The name Derde is derived from the “Out the Mud” mentality of coming up from the bottom. Creating something from nothing we heavily embrace the imminent grind and hustle that comes with building or accomplishing anything worthwhile.
This mentality also allows us to get out into the community and do the Derde work necessary to make the world a better place one pair of underwear at a time.