Our Story

Campus Crew is an Ontario-based lifestyle brand specializing in the wholesale of high-quality casual apparel.

We serve educational institutions, professional sports teams, retailers, and corporations throughout North America. We specialize in branded, comfortable, casual wear, including our signature fleece – perfected through 30 years of experience.

Founding

Campus Crew was established in 1988 in Hamilton, Ontario as a single retail store featuring lifestyle athletic apparel. Founder Nick Rizzo had already spent decades in retail before establishing Campus Crew. His newest creation was founded out of a love of college. While Nick never attended college, he had often visited his brother, enjoying the feel-good atmosphere that permeated the campus. Years later, he decided to use his retail experience to create a store that exported that nostalgic feeling. He strived to create college-themed products with a lifestyle feel, instead of basic fan wear. He envisioned pieces that people would wear regularly – not just to a game. Instead of sports jerseys, Campus Crew offered ultra-soft fleece and T-shirts decorated with equally soft and flexible designs.

Evolution

From the beginning, Campus Crew introduced its own clothing line under its own brand – primarily T-shirts and its signature fleece-based products. The company focused on licensed NCAA College & University products. Over time, Campus Crew expanded into a full lifestyle brand and product line with stores all over Southern Ontario.

In 2008, Campus Crew expanded to Muskoka with its first location in Port Carling – the hub of the lakes. At first, the Muskoka location also focused on collegiate products. Over time, a new locally themed line was created and expanded. The “Muskoka” line led to requests for wholesale orders from local companies and retailers, which led to...

The Transition

The gradual growth of the unofficial wholesale segment evolved into a new strategy for the whole company. Stores were slowly closed as we focused on building our new wholesale business. In 2015, when Muskoka Springs approached us to request a large wholesale order, a new era began. Muskoka Springs’ parent company, The Rosseau Group (“TRG”), was attracted to our new business model and eventually agreed to invest in the company. Today, Campus Crew is a proud subsidiary of TRG, enjoying rapid growth as a dedicated wholesaler.