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Shop The COOP Online for Custom Insignia Wear

The MIT Alumni Association has recently entered into an agreement with the Coop to provide online ordering of MIT insignia wear, including custom-designed items for special groups such as clubs and classes.

The online catalog of MIT items includes everything from adult sweatshirts and hats to posters, jewelry, and a selection of gift items from Tiffany. Many alumni favorites are featured, such as MIT captain’s chairs, MIT hooded sweatshirts for babies and children, as well as a wide variety of items from the MIT Museum, for example, the book of hacking lore, Is This the Way to Baker House?

Of particular interest to club and class volunteers is the Coop’s online custom factory, where users can design personalized clothing items with their own names or logos. They can also get quantity discounts when they order for groups. The easy-to-use Web interface allows purchasers to customize an existing design, create their own designs, or submit original artwork for printing or embroidery.

The custom factory offers the ideal way to order special T-shirts for an upcoming reunion or minireunion or to create a unified look for your club’s softball team. Larger clubs or affinity groups might want to create custom items to sell to their members to help support their groups’ activities. Many items in the Coop catalog are also specialized for Sloan School of Management graduates.

Additionally, volunteers who place orders through the custom factory do not have to worry about securing proper logo and branding rights for their merchandise. This removes a sometimes complicated step from the process of ordering merchandise that features the MIT logo or name.

“A few clubs are already lining up to order T-shirts, hats, and even key chains,” says Christine Tempesta, who is director of alumni clubs, alumni career services, and special constituencies for the Alumni Association. “The Coop offers a range of gifts, banners, and other items that our club officers should find very useful.”

“We’re hopeful that our reunion classes will take advantage of this resource,” adds Monica Ellis, director of reunion class giving and events for the Alumni Association. “Each year, many class officers scramble at the last minute to put something together for their returning classmates. Hopefully, this will make life a little easier for them.”

When you shop through the online Coop catalog from the MIT Alumni Association Web site, a portion of the proceeds from your purchases will benefit the Association. The money will be used to support the wide variety of programs and services for alumni, including career services, regional seminars, and online services.

To get to the Coop online, go to or look for the Merchandise & More link on the left-hand navigation bar of the Alumni Association site.

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