'Degrassi' launches new online store

Tyrone Warner, CTV.ca

Did you ever wish you could live inside the fictional world of “Degrassi?”

Well sit tight. The new “Degrassi” online store will make it possible for your world to look and feel a little bit more like the show.

From mugs straight from “The Dot Grill” to “The Friendship Club” t-shirts actually featured in episodes, fans can get their hands on almost anything “Degrassi”-related.

“Fans always want to know where official ‘Degrassi’ gear can be found and now we’ve finally got an answer for them!” exclaims Chris Jackson, the Director of Digital Media and Merchandising for Epitome Pictures Inc.

Developed by Brzer Sportsgear, the store boasts a wide selection of shirts, including the infamous “Hell Hath No Fury” shirt sported in episode 318 by Ashley and her bandmates as well as the “Spirit Squad” baby tee so often worn by Manny, Darcy, and the rest of the Degrassi cheerleaders.

And when it comes to shirts, who can forget when Spinner and Jimmy went into business together making tees under the Squatch Designs banner? They’re in there as well!

The store also boasts an environmentally friendly section called “Emma’s Green Room,” which features clothing manufactured to ensure a minimal “footprint” on the planet. The category features clothing from the “Ren” line, made from either bamboo or soy blended with organic cotton featuring graphics applied using seaweed-based inks.

A portion of proceeds from “Emma’s Green Room” will be donated by Epitome Pictures and Brzer Sportsgear directly to “Free the Children”, so fans now have an easy way to join Degrassi cast and crew in supporting this charitable partner. “Free the Children” was started by Craig Kielberger when he was only 12, and is now the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, empowering youth worldwide to “Be the Change.”

Jackson says inspiration for the store came from many places, including fans, writers and producers.

“Even a cast member or two has dropped by to weigh-in with ideas! We’re already back at the drawing board working on new stuff that we’ll have available in time for the holiday shopping season this year,” he says.

If fans south of the border are worrying about customs charges and other duties, Jackson says don’t; Brzer has sorted through the red tape, so customers across North America can order problem-free.

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