Our mission is to deliver memorable, joyful brand experiences.
Our founder, Zee Ali, started Z-SWAG in June of 2010 with $800 in his bank. With no funding, investors or advisors, he used six credit cards with credit limits between $200 and $400 to pay his vendors. At the time, he studied restaurant management and culinary arts at Triton College. His business began as a side hustle selling chef coats to classmates out of the trunk of his car. It has since evolved into an innovative full-service merchandising company that operates domestically and internationally. Ali has put his passion for branding and work-ethic into growing a successful business. Ali aims to exceed expectations and to deliver to clients no matter how difficult the circumstances may be. Ali’s background in hospitality has set a sound foundation for the level of service he’s committed to.
Z-SWAG offers a range of services and products such as brand consulting, sales promotion materials, premiums, apparel, promotional items, print material, point of sale, packaging, trade show exhibits, point of purchase displays, large format printing, custom manufacturing, and branded merchandise. We also provide additional services such as graphic design, project management, production management, fulfillment, and shipping & distribution logistics. We represent and carry the largest brands in the world including Nike, Under Armour, Facebook, Sony, Chick-Fil-A and much more.
Z-SWAG’s first supplier was the local Chicago Flea Market. Ali only had access to imperfect chef coats that he would buy, wash, iron, fold and then resell at his culinary school. (Hustle is his middle name!)