About Us

What Does Awful Mean?


[Aw-fuh l]


  1. extremely bad; unpleasant; ugly: awful paintings; an awful job.
  2. solemnly impressive; inspiring awethe awful majesty of alpine peaks.
  3. full of awe; reverential. 

 (Definitions are according to Dictionary.com)

For us, we always try to be different. Being different is what evolves changes. We just didn't want to be different, we wanted to be awful. Awful can mean anything, which is what makes the word so important to us. Whether you're wearing our Blue Awful3 hoodie or the DripDrop T-shirt, you care enough to stand out in your style. People can look at your clothes as awful, or they can look at it as inspiring and "full of awe". It is up to the person who wears it to accept being bolder than their peers. Awful is a lifestyle. Awful is a mentality. Awful is the change.



Our Awful Story

We may not have started in a garage, but a garage might have been a little more spacious than the dorm room where Awful was born. Charles “Chaz” Zayed was in his room at Indiana University one day, selling quesadillas to his fellow dorm-mates. This Kelley School of Business student figured he could make his residence hall a better place if he could only flip a few quesadillas. This mindset is what gave birth to Awful Cloth. Make the world a better, more mindful… more Awful place. It was in December of 2017 when Zayed came up with the initial name for the brand: “Awful Waffle” was to adorn the shirts of the clothing line which was nothing but a dream at the time. After trying to design his own clothes, and failing numerous times, he realized he needed to find someone who could bring to the brand the originality it deserved. Emmit Flynn came into the picture after a 5-hour phone call with Zayed in January. Flynn was on board and knew their journey would be a successful one. It was then that “Awful Cloth” was conceived. Flynn has since hand-drawn every piece of clothing for Awful Cloth. The two came to an agreement to pursue Awful Cloth and make it their passion. As the two were studying in college, they continued to make numerous phone calls, video chats, and send text messages back and forth to perfect their nascent brand. From that day on, the two would work countless hours perfecting what Awful Cloth is now. Today, we are proud to call our clothes Awful. 

Since the initial release in August of 2018, there has been nothing but success within the company. Some examples would include orders all across globe, numerous publications about the brand, and different celebrities having their own Awful. With over 56 countries shipped to all 6 continents, we are making the world a more Awful place. We don't want to be like the other clothing brands, we want to be Awful. 

Awful Acknowledgements 

Thank you to our models for their help on the collection over the past year. They represent what it truly means to be awful and were hand-picked for that reason

  • Rachel Oldenndorf
  • Marvelle Brooks
  • Evan Knight
  • Jamison Fowler
  • Allison Heil
  • Isabelle Logue
  • Amelia Taylor
  • Noah Kilby
  • Thomas Schoenberger
  • Ally Bacon
  • Maddie Keeler
  • Gina Didona
  • Kyle Velasco
  • Aina Marija

 Thank you to our photographers!

  • Charles "Chaz" Zayed


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