Teespring shutting down former Providence HQ in “final phase” of consolidation

Teespring co-founder Evan Stites-Clayton at the 2015 Web Summit.
Teespring co-founder Evan Stites-Clayton at the 2015 Web Summit.

One of the most well-known startups to emerge from Rhode Island is closing its former headquarters in Providence.

Teespring, a website that lets people sell their own T-shirt designs to consumers, said its roughly 300 workers will now be spread across three locations: an existing office in San Francisco, a production facility in Hebron, Ky., and a new office in Seattle.

Teespring, founded in 2012 by former Brown University students, was part of the Mountain View, CA-based Y Combinator startup accelerator program in 2013.

In 2014, the company raised a total of $55 million from notable venture capitalists, including Andreessen Horowitz and Khosla Ventures.

Despite its Rhode Island roots, Teespring began seriously cutting back its workforce in Providence last year, laying off about 70 of the 120 workers in the city and relocating others.

The company’s decision to shut the Providence office, confirmed by a spokeswoman late last week, was “the last phase” of that consolidation plan, the company said. About 30 people worked in the Providence office.