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Baker Donahue- In With The Old

Baker DonahueHometown: Franklin, TN 

Year in school: Junior

Major/ Minor:Communication studies with a minor in Entrepreneurship

Your story:   To be honest, I have no idea what I am doing. In With the Old started out as a silly concept while two friends were brainstorming the next Facebook. Initially, we wanted to make a clothing company that strictly sold Jorts (jean shorts condensed). When we realized our market was probably too limited there, we expanded to vintage Vols gear. Something everyone at or associated with the University of Tennessee could relate too. I have always had a dream of becoming an entrepreneur, working for yourself and creating something people love has always been attractive to me. I never dreamed that it would have happened so soon. The idea of In With the Old is rather basic. Selling vintage clothes online. It’s been done before. So you’re a glorified Ebay? In a sense, yes, but there is an entirely different animal to the concept. The purpose of In With the Old is to outfit an entire campus with legendary items of clothing. The purpose is to make sure everyone is looking their best (or most ridiculous) for when we win the national championship this year. The purpose is to bring back the type of stuff that Peyton Manning wore to orientation.

Please give a quote about your company: “We sell bangin’ old Vols clothes”

Do you have a mission statement for your company? Our mission is to outfit an entire campus in the type of clothes students wore for the 98’ national championship.

How is Communication Studies helping you achieve your final goal? Through my core Communication Studies classes, I have been given a lot of confidence in myself. Presenting or speaking in front of a classroom has always made me nervous. Through practice and repetition, I have been given the confidence to speak in front of Neyland Stadium or create an awesome company.

Anything else you would like people to know? I love working with others, bigger ideas form and productivity increases. If you have any interest in helping out with In With the Old email or direct message us on Instagram. Social media for business: