Pittsburgh seeks to partner with CommonWealth Press to create and sell official merchandise

The City of Pittsburgh is seeking to partner with CommonWealth Press to design and sell officially licensed Pittsburgh products.

The city announced in September that officials were looking to partner with a company to create Pittsburgh-branded products.

Officials at the time said it would not prohibit other businesses from selling Pittsburgh-themed items. Several companies, including Shop412 and Steel City Clothing, have based their businesses on selling clothing and other merchandise that invokes Pittsburgh pride.

Officially licensed merchandise will bear a label or decal that declares it official merchandise, to differentiate it from other items bearing Pittsburgh colors or symbols.

A portion of the revenue from officially licensed merchandise will go back to the city.

Other cities, including New York, also sell official merchandise.

Pittsburgh-based CommonWealth Press said it was excited to work with the city to design and sell official merchandise. The company said it and the city were still in the “early stages” of the process and declined to provide details on what kind of merchandise would be available.

In an emailed statement, the company said it aims to create an official product line that covers a “wide range of Pittsburgh-centric ideas.”

The company declined to estimate when the merchandise would be available for purchase.

Julia Felton is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Julia at 724-226-7724, [email protected] or via Twitter .