Among alumni of the Shark Tank reality show, SPERGO Clothing is an impressive story of a young entrepreneur. SPERGO Clothing was founded by Trey Brown, who was just 12 years old when he launched the clothing line. Stemming from an initial t-shirt sale in 2018, the business led to a deal with Shark Tank investor Daymond John. What is SPERGO Clothing’s net worth today?
Brown’s “trendsetting streetwear and lifestyle brand” SPERGO is based in his hometown of Philadelphia. Part of his motivation behind starting the business is to inspire youth to avoid violence. As of November 2021, SPERGO was on track for $2.2 million in sales in 2021.
Trey Brown founded Spergo with $178 in birthday money.
When Brown started his company, it was with $178 in birthday money that he used to purchase, customize, and sell 16 t-shirts. When his mother Sherell Peterson asked what he planned to do with the $280 he earned, Brown knew he wanted to reinvest in his business.
According to a Washington Post interview, Brown found inspiration from Nehemiah Davis, a Philadelphia philanthropist with a YouTube course on launching a t-shirt business. He named the company SPERGO as a combination of “sports,” “heroes,” and “go-getters.” His mother was instrumental in getting the business off the ground.
In 2019, Brown was part of an Invesco advertising campaign aired on CNN, with a billboard in Times Square.
Trey Brown’s ‘Shark Tank’ deal valued his company at about $1.5 million.
As CNBC reported, John noted, “Obviously, I relate to this. I started a clothing brand, and my mother was — and is — a huge inspiration in my life.”
Given that the Shark Tank investment was $300,000 and gave John 20 percent of the company, SPERGO was valued at approximately $1.5 million in November 2021.
As the Post noted, Brown says he has “always had an older spirit,” as he focuses on business growth and does his schooling online. He also is big on affirmations such as, “I’m powerful. I’m strong. I’m a leader. I’m a billionaire.”
Celebrities like Sean “Diddy” Combs have brought recognition to the SPERGO brand.
Brown hustled to get merchandise into the hands of influencers by meeting with concert promoters in his local area. “I made sure I was always there. I would sneak in and have a bag of SPERGO with me,” he said of the events.
In 2020, Brown managed to get a meeting with Sean “Diddy” Combs at his own mansion, according to the Washington Post. Combs admired his determination and soon presented Brown with the first-ever Black Excellence Entrepreneurial grant for $25,000. That money helped open the first brick-and-mortar SPERGO store in Philadelphia.