With its unique patterns and color combinations of red, white, gold and black, the Maryland flag is bold, garish and not exactly fashionable.
But somehow Ali von Paris, CEO and founder of Route One Apparel, has managed to build a considerable following making clothes and wearable merchandise that extend beyond gimmicky Preakness infield attire and over-the-top sports fanatic gear.
"Yes, we do have a very loud flag. But it's knowing what not to do with the flag," she said. "Throwing the flag on everything is kind of distasteful."
At 26, von Paris has tapped into state pride by making merchandise that attracts die-hard, in-your-face wearers of flag...