About Us - A Timeline

About Us - A Timeline

A backstory to Last Best Co.™

Alex Blackler started working and managing the screen printing division of his father's business over a decade ago. He had to learn what running a business was all about the hardest and best way possible- get in there, struggle, fail, succeed, innovate, sweat, problem solve and put the time in.

“Last Best Apparel” was established in 2015 as an idea to create a quality Made-in-Montana brand and as an awesome avenue for his creative entrepreneurial aspirations. Over the years him and his wife Brooke focused on local market vending not only to build the brand at a grass-roots level but to personally interact and engage with as many different walks of life as possible. We found this real-world feedback very valuable. After many years of overcoming obstacle after obstacle, Alex and his wife Brooke decided to establish Last Best LLC in 2018 and register their trademark federally. The Trademark was filed Feb 4th 2019 and approved and published for opposition on May 21st, 2019.

September 2018, Last Best Co. established a partnership with the University of Montana Alumni to provide an online eCommerce store for their entire merchandise needs. Sept 3rd, 2018, the domain name LastBestCo.com and LastBestStore.com were registered and then later they took on the challenge of creating warehousing, fulfillment operations, manufacturing and website development. Out of that project LastBestStore.com was born as an outlet to showcase a wide variety of Montana Brands from across the state. LastBestStore.com’s current brands are Montanica®, Montana Grizzlies®, LB Last Best® and University of Montana Alumni®. Were always open to making friends and talking about how we might be able to help one-another.

Our dream has always been to represent Montana with our creativity and to be able to contribute to the economy and health of our great state. We value the time we’ve spent talking with folks and because of them have learned what works, what doesn't work and how we can improve.

Based in beautiful Missoula, Montana, Last Best Co.™ is a family owned and operated apparel and accessories business. We strive to create unique Montana and University of Montana themed clothing, hats and drinking vessels. By using specialty printing, embroidery and heat press techniques Last Best Co. offers fresh designs created by ourselves and other local Montana artists.

We are expanding in 2019 to create a fully loaded website as well as offer wholesale buying to retailers around the state. Check out our products at lastbestco.com or visit LastBestStore.com for a Montana-wide selection.

As a 5th generation Montanan on both sides, I love this state and the opportunities it brings. Team Last Best hopes to offer many many years of quality service and design to Montana advocates everywhere.

-Alex Blackler


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