City Seeking Licensed Partner to Produce City Merchandise

PITTSBURGH, PA (September 29, 2021) Mayor William Peduto's Administration announced today that the City of Pittsburgh is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for professional designers and apparel manufacturers to create officially licensed and branded City of Pittsburgh merchandise such as tshirts, hats and more.  

The City of Pittsburgh and its iconic black and gold colors are known and recognized across the nation. Having a controlled and officially licensed partner to help cultivate, design and sell this merchandise will allow the Pittsburgh brand to reach new levels while promoting civic pride.  

The City’s black and gold colors come from the coat of arms of its namesake, Sir William Pitt, and served as the inspiration for the City Flag and Great Seal. The colors would go on to become iconic with the first city sports team adopting them in 1925. Today, all the city's professional sports teams share the colors.  

Once a partner is selected, merchandise will be designed and produced with a portion of the revenues returning to the City.  

A copy of the RFP is available here on the City’s online procurement platform, Beacon

Learn more about the City of Pittsburgh’s Civic Standards, colors, & history. 


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James Hill
Special Assistant to the Mayor