THE BLESS OTHER PEOPLE BRAND.
A lifestyle community that leaves people and places
better off than how we found them.
The Bless Other People Brand
Bringing People Together since 2015
We're all on the same Team; live like it
Build your Mind. Strengthen your Body. Seek Spiritual Enlightenment.
Being that we are brothers from the same mother, and do everything together; we've had a lot of time to reflect on our story thus far and continue to expand our vision every day. The brand has been established since 2015, around the time we were having so many people walk up to us asking what ‘Team Blessed’ is. And they were referring to our very first hats. It was crazy, because we were connecting with all walks of life, everywhere, like we were all on the same team. And we kept having these interactions because we were Team Blessed, and clearly so was everyone else. But then we also feel like the brand has been weaving its threads into our existence since we were kids. Ryan would draw pictures of shoes and would always talk about how cool it would be to design a shoe one day. And here Kelly was drawing pictures of these characters, with different designed shirts, logos and colors. Whenever we’d walk through any mall, we would always be obsessed with finding the best fitting and feeling clothes. We’d see a lit up sign above a store and think about how cool it would be one day if our brand was on a sign. It was talked about lightly, because we didn’t know how two kids could even make something like that happen. We didn’t have any money to do something like that and we kind of saw some adversity growing up, so we just left it as talk. We’ve bounced ideas back and forth about how maybe the starting point was when we were at a gym I was a trainer at, sitting at a table with the man who could be our lawyer and trademark attorney. We told him, “Yeah so, we don’t have the money to pay for the trademark. But our tax returns are coming soon and we could pay you with that.” He somehow agreed and said, “okay that’ll work.” That honestly further validated what we had originally created; the coolest hat (at least we thought) with ‘Team Blessed’ boldly stacked on the front.
The minute we had the design mocked up and thrown on a hat at Lids, we walked out of there looking at each other like we were on to something big. We could feel it, we could see it, grabbing attention on our walk through the food court and out to the car. We even got stopped right away by someone asking, “What’s Team Blessed?” We said “a brand, about bringing people together and blessing other people any way you can.” He said “cool, I’ll check it out.” We were thinking like whoa okay this is it (basically geekin' lol). The next day another stranger asked where they could get one of those hats. That kept happening at grocery stores, the gym, airports (especially airports), when we were out eating, walking around, at conferences, it kept happening. People wanted hats and we wanted to get more made. And we wanted to make them better. A year later we filed with our trademark attorney to officially make Team Blessed a trademarked brand. And after another 1.5 years, we received the good news.
It could have started then. It could have started on Kelly's birthday April 2021 when we saved up the money to buy Teamblessed.com. It was a 4 or 5 year pursuit of checking the cost and seeing if it would drop to something that we could somehow scrape up enough money for; being that it was a 'premium domain.' We had some guys who turned out to be angel investors; they invited us to their room when we were at a entreprenuer conference in Miami (we still have yet to raise any funds for the brand). They wanted to hear about the brand and share some wisdom with us. One of the things was for us to obtain the .com for Team Blessed. And after that 4 or 5 year pursuit, it happened. It was such a big part of our journey to finally get Teamblessed.com and made it even easier for people to find our website and read about the mission and find their favorite apparel. Maybe it wasn’t a starting point, but a major milestone for us.
Then we have traces of all this starting when we were younger, wanting to somehow make a difference and give to people. And since money wasn’t ever a thing we really had, we gave them our energy. Which is how our main core value was founded here at Team Blessed, ‘Your Energy Is Your Currency.’ Our energy was literally was our currency and we just gave it to people. This is how we became ‘The Bless Other People Brand.’ We found it was the little things you could give to bless other people and that seemed to go a long way for people. This brought us to our next core value here at Team Blessed; R.E.B.E.L. Respect, Encourage, Bless, Enlighten, Love; the things we knew we could keep giving to people freely that seemed to make a shocking difference in their lives, as if people weren’t seeing that on a consistent basis. That’s what expanded the Team Blessed state of mind, to be a R.E.B.E.L out in society doing what you can to bless other people. And to R.E.B.E.L against the status quo of treating people. Once we started noticing the impact, it almost became a test, to see how we could use all these principles to help Unify and unite us? We would watch how people treated other people, servers, cashiers, security at events, just random strangers, and it was more commonly a cold interaction; without any appreciation for the person or even acknowledgment of that person. And that goes against what we stand behind here at Team Blessed since we believe we’re All One. And we’re all somehow connected at a deeper level. And if we can overcome the darkness stemming from our ego that often stands in the way of seeing that truth, it’ll help us all consciously give a currency of light to the world around us. This all led to the bigger mission behind Team Blessed, of choosing to be the catalyst where ever you are in the world. This paved the way to our longest standing core value here at Team Blessed, ‘Let’s Bless The Rest.’ And it really showed that no matter what you’re growing through in life, the smallest things from you, can make a life changing impact on other people around you. So we often talk about was that the starting point?
Here’s what we do know though, is that a lot of Team Blessed expanded in a 9x12 bedroom at our parents house, that we shared, when we moved back into our parents house to help out, reboot our lives and pour all we could into the brand. And it was actually working. That’s where we took the first pictures of our hats using printer paper as a background, where we built the website and where our logos were created. That was probably one of our biggest victories, when we figured out how to make our logo authentically represent everything about Team Blessed. And that took a couple years. But drawing after drawing, design after design finally got us to where we always saw it being. Our second logo came 4 or 5 months into COVID, in the middle of summer. We had always tried to somehow place the T and B together, while maintaining our essence; to be another logo that said Team Blessed. And after a couple years, we finally drew the perfect representation of what that looks like. So we contacted our lawyer, and was able to trademark our second logo with flying colors in 2020. What shocked us was NFL legend Tom Brady had 20-30 different TB stylized trademarks himself, and ours passed inspection, and was completely unique! Which was a major creative badge of honor for us that really showed us how true to ourselves we’ve stayed along the way.
Now, we have two logos trademarked, our HQ has expanded to the basement of the house we moved into at the beginning of January 2022. Our apparel has expanded into tees, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, more hats and continuing to evolve since we’ve been working with a private manufacturer. 5 Years ago we talked about joggers and tracksuits, and those are very close to being released, along with the highly requested yoga pants. It’s been a really fun process and probably one of the hardest at the same time. We’ve self funded the entire journey from the beginning from our own income. And we’re just super grateful, everyday, that the universe has our backs. We remember in the earlier days when we would scrape together our last $150 between us both to make a few hats, because we needed everything else for bills, food and family. And now we see ourselves doing it on a bigger scale, and it sometimes doesn’t even feel real. We have come so far and have a long ways to go, but our long term vision for where this can go and the level of impact it can have is helping us evolve at the perfect pace that’s allowing us to keep the brand true to our hearts.
My (Kelly's) background is fitness, I started working out around 11 or 12, which has led to 19 years around the industry and being involved in the industry professionally for over 13 years. I was so in love with fitness, I quit football and made fitness my sport. So of course when I found out I could get my degree in Health and Exercise Science I was in. This opened the doors to some early insight in Sports Medicine and a concentration in Health Promotion, with multiple certifications and continuing education courses in the process. And I’m grateful because it helped me heal my body and started helping me help other people heal their bodies. I started having success getting people out of pain and even avoiding surgeries, and I knew I was on to something. Team Blessed Fitness has since been established and took off since COVID, specializing in premium personal training at peoples home gyms, as well at our home gym and through our fitness app.
Ryan & Kelly's girl friend Kalika have 30+ years of combined hospitality and expertise behind the bar, so they set out this year to build Team Blessed Bar, a Premium Private Event Bartending Service. The goal being to bring a real, professional, craft bar experience to private events, whether that's in-home, in office, in venues, or virtually where anyone wants to have a party! They decided to build this branch of Team Blessed Bar when they came across this niche not being met for most clientele, who were wanting an elevated bar experience at their events. It was something that has echoed throughout the industry for a while now, so seeing them put this together to fill that void is really fun for all of us. Instead of the same old lame beer, wine and amateur cocktails that fills the “bar” at most events, Team Blessed Bar brings a “Real Bar” to you. It’s been fun watching Team Blessed Bar grow this year throughout Colorado and even be requested out of state.
Team Blessed is evolving as a platform and mindset honestly, from the dopest apparel that helps bring people together and remind the person wearing it to be Team Blessed, all the way to fitness, and celebrations. But the coolest part about this for us, is hearing how the mindset of Team Blessed has shifted so many peoples lives since they started practicing it more and wearing the brand. We have endless Team Blessed stories from other people about how they connected with strangers because of the brand and how their lives have gotten better from it. You can’t put a price tag on stuff like that. This brand has built our minds, bodies and even spirits and it’s helped us help others do the same. Something that helped us do that was books; books on personal development, business, spirituality, enlightenment, self-love, self-help, finance, and lots of subjects. So we put together a recommended book list on our website for anyone looking to start or continue their journey of growth. We’re excited to watch it all continue to evolve, impact more people, and we’re grateful to be here for it all!
Thank you for choosing to be a part of the Team Blessed community!
With Love, Your Co-Founders, Ryan & Kelly Cole
Welcome to Team Blessed! We are The Bless Other People Brand, a lifestyle community centered around just that; blessing other people. Our philosophy is simple; to leave people and places better off than how you found them.
It’s our mission to Unify; which is easy to see how Team Blessed is the catalyst to do exactly that.
We believe you should intentionally give more Respect, Encouragement, Blessings, Enlightenment, and Love to the people you get to come across. To be a R.E.B.E.L. in your day to day, and freely give your light away.
We know that every piece of apparel coming from our site is another catalyst that initiates more people to come together. Let it be a simple reminder that we’re all one, here on the same team.
When you wear Team Blessed; a grateful heart will be near, which helps you express more gratitude to each and every peer. You’ll truly feel like the brothers and sisters that you are, connected to the whole, with this truth not very far.
Here at Team Blessed we build others up and break walls down; because there’s no greater gift than the people you’re around. You’ll feel more empowered to treat yourself and others better, raising your awareness that we’re in this together.
We don’t separate, segregate, or discriminate. No matter your beliefs, uplifting others always brings relief. All are welcome here, so there is nothing you should fear. We spread love, we spread cheer, each and every year.
Thank you for letting Team Blessed empower you to consciously give your light to the people around you.
Wherever you are let it ring through your chest, the mission behind Let’s Bless The Rest.
Step outside the norm of how to really treat people. Show a little more Respect for the people you get to come across throughout your day and don’t be shy in throwing a little Encouragement their way. Don’t be afraid to Bless people with the gifts you’ve been given or Enlighten others of a grander vision. Let Love guide you, bring out the R.E.B.E.L inside you.
We’ve become so inspired by stories about people who have come from a dark place and found their way to a lighter one. That’s actually a major part of our story, but we all have one don’t we? We’ve been in the dark, gone into the dark and have come out of the dark and we’ve learned so many others have been there too or maybe still are. We always wanted to give so much growing up, but since we didn’t have access to much we could give, we ended up finding the best thing we could give: our energy, because despite the dark it was always a renewable source of light. It’s like this light became our currency, something we created out of nothing but a decision to bring more to the moment. And this became an intentional spark that initiated more light in us and others. We were in the dark but kept our minds in the light and found that when you think blessed you live blessed and maintain better sight. And when you live blessed you love others, you respect others, you encourage others; you ultimately bless others. We aren’t a religion but a mindset and lifestyle of thinking that heightens self awareness to focus on the bigger picture. It doesn’t matter what your faith is, if it lifts you and others up its welcome here and is needed in the world. You, your energy and your presence is a blessing that society needs more than you know. Let wearing this brand be a daily reminder that we are all a Team that’s Blessed to live this life. And that your energy is a currency that can be someone else’s greatest blessing if you give it away. Light the way for someone today!
See for yourself and grab some gear! More apparel coming soon with lots of light and inspiration along the way. Stay involved on IG and FB for lots of content to raise your thinking and keep you in line with the Team Blessed state of mind!