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Amongst the hustle and bustle of the weekly San Luis Obispo Farmers’ markets, one booth stands out from all the rest.

Positioned in front of the Pillow Pets store on Higuera is Phil Hurst and his handmade T-shirt business Genuine Stolen.

With a handmade cart that towers over many of the booths, the makeshift display features vintage T-shirts and trucker hats— all made by hand.

Hurst is the designer and printer of these one-of-a-kind shirts.

Hurst began printing T-shirts in 2009 while studying at Cal Poly. Over the three years since then, Hurst has evolved his single screen print, which he was working on at his kitchen table, to a growing small business.

Using artwork and designs from himself, his friends and the public domain, Hurst produces T-shirts that are bright, quirky, different… and very popular.

Genuine Stolen’s booth has a constant flow of curious market-goers. SLO Style Watch was fortunate enough to get an interview with Hurst, and we were able to learn about the beginnings, inspiration, and history of the brand that is Genuine Stolen.

Owner and creator Phil Hurst (right) and friend “Big Sean” (left) with Genuine Stolen’s first T-shirt design. Big Sean was the inspiration for the t-shirt.

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