Original Crown Trophy Store

Crown Trophy / Royal Jester Apparel

Crown Trophy of Waldorf was started in 1996 when Brian Keesee was 24 years old, fresh out of the Air Force, and thought opening a franchise would be easy.

After three years of working 70 hours a week and eating frozen entrées (hey, they were cheaper than fast food and I never cared much for ramen noodles) I realized my error in judgment.

One of The Largest Awards Stores In Washington D.C.

Fortunately though, we managed to quickly grow and became one of the largest awards stores in the Metro Washington D.C. area, and one of the largest in the national franchise.

It wasn’t long before we also became the primary source for promotional items for our customers and in 2013, we purchased a state of the art wide format printer/plotter allowing us to produce full color banners and awards graphics in-house.

In 2010 we purchased and moved into our current 5,400 square foot building on business Rt. 5 in Waldorf, giving us the largest showroom in the area. You old timers will remember it as the old Kinney Shoes down from the Pizza Hut (think GASS Shoes).

Angie And Brian infront of original Crown Trophy

Journey Into The Custom Apparel Market

After years of inquiries from our long-time loyal customers, we made the decision in 2015 to enter into the custom apparel market; something most of our customers had a need for but were forced to source elsewhere. 

That was when Apparel by Crown was born.  In order to quickly gain the knowledge and expertise we felt we needed to provide top notch screen printing, embroidery and digitally printed apparel, we negotiated and purchased Somethin’ Special Screen Printing & Embroidery in January 2016. 

They had been serving the Southern Maryland area for over 35 years and their staff joined ours, bringing with them a combined 50 years of experience in the custom-decorated apparel industry of shirt printing companies.

Royal Jester Logo

New Name, Same Great Service

In 2018 we changed our apparel division name to Royal Jester Apparel.  We thought this was a more suitable brand for us since it stands out and hints at our more playful side.  The Jester was common in the medieval and Renaissance eras and was someone who grabbed your attention and made you feel good

That’s what we believe custom imprinted apparel and promotional items are supposed to do in today’s nonstop world filled with constant advertising and  “urgent information” (you know, like what our friends had to eat for lunch).

Timeline Of Royal Jester Apparel's Growth

How Can We Help You?

Never purchased from us?  Ask around to your friends (or view the testimonials below) and we bet you’ll find someone who has and can tell you all about us. We take a lot of pride in serving our loyal customers for nearly 30 years!

What an amazing company. They do all of my real estate apparel and what an amazing quality of work they do. Their customer service is great and their prices are affordable. Swing by and check out what they can offer. I highly recommend them and look forward to continuing to use them for years to come.
Michael Hunter
We've been using Crown Trophy & Apparel by Crown for our promotional product and business apparel needs for over 14 years! The owners and staff all live in the same community they work in. The personal level of care they provide for their customers is something these online providers can't even begin to match. Thanks Crown Trophy and Apparel by Crown to making it so easy for us to shop local!!
Amy Eastburn-Gallo
Excellent customer service. Mella followed up with emails and phone calls to confirm if I had received the draft design. I live in KY and she knew how important it was to have them ready when I came to pick them up on last Friday.
Hallie Miller
Thank you Angie for taking care of our promo items, they were not only absolutely perfect, the quality was amazing! The next order I promise you will have longer than two days to deliver! I will be talking to you soon!
Candy Meyers
Very professional and easy to work with. They are able to come through in a pinch.
Paula B.
Great place, great staff, great service. I have no problem with driving an hour to get here, they never disappoint!
Jonathan Lee
Awesome service all of the time! I have used them for years for everything from medals and banners to embroidered shirts!! Thanks guys!
Maria Salazar Blouin

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