Runaway Clothes
Gabe Eng-Goetz
on the podcast

Two part podcast after article or direct link here.

The Clarion Content has followed the story of Runaway Clothes and founder Gabe Eng-Goetz from the earliest days. Full disclosure, we have collaborated numerous times, from our extremely successful Fashion Drive-by, shot by Jessica Arden and styled by Cady Childs, now almost five years ago, to sharing a booth at Centerfest. We can testify from the beginning Runaway Clothes has been running away from convention. They were a successful brand for year before they ever dropped DURM.

Fashion Drive-by shot by Jessica Arden

Gabe Eng-Goetz Fashion Drive-by shot by Jessica Arden

Eng-Goetz was an artist first. He brought an outsiders perspective to the fashion world about affordability. He wanted to do concept art on t-shirts. His painting (which you will hear he struggles to find time for) is superb.

Eng-Goetz says the same thing now that he did all those years ago, it is collaborative. Runaway Clothes finds ways to support the arts and philanthropic causes. Coming soon to a rotation of artists in the Runaway bricks-and-mortar store on Main Street, Carter McCall’s photographs of Syrian refugees, on exhibit now, the fiber and textile art of Ann Tilley.

courtesy of Runaway Clothes: Carolina Hurricanes Fear the Keeper

courtesy of Runaway Clothes: Carolina Hurricanes ‘Fear the Keeper’

In addition to keeping it locally collaborative, Runaway is still blowing up. You will hear even more in the podcast, the next year holds collaborations with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and other next level growth, this on the heels of last year’s night with the Durham Bulls.

The headline story is Runaway Clothes is once again stirring up the debate over gun violence. (No references to Cary’s plastic boredom this time.) They have a new line of product called the Bulletproof Collection.


1206 deaths in North Carolina last year were attributed to guns. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these products go to the North Carolinians Against Gun Violence.

Joshua Gunn aka JGunn sporting the Bulletproof Collection

Joshua Gunn aka JGunn sporting the Bulletproof Collection

Eng-Goetz argues that Runaway Clothes can’t have all the answers, but we all benefit from the debate being in the public consciousness.

Listen in…with Publisher Aaron Mandel

Part I

Part II

Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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