Best of Our Valley 2019 Spotlight: State Forty Eight, ‘Best Local Apparel’

For over the past 20 years, we’ve celebrated the Valley’s best. From the top businesses and professionals to the people who make it all happen, Arizona Foothills Magazine’s annual Best of Our Valley contest recognizes Arizona’s crème de la crème across more than 400 categories. From the best doctors and best resort down to the best cup of coffee you can find around town, each Best of titleholder is chosen by those who know the city best – our readers.

Each week, we’ll be highlighting individual winners from Best of Our Valley 2019, who share their advice, insights and thoughts on what it means to be a part of this exclusive list. Winners will be featured in the April 2019 issue of Arizona Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

The Best of spotlight is on State Forty Eight, who claimed Best Local Apparel. Congrats, State Forty Eight!


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AFM: In a brief 2-3 sentences, please tell us a little bit about State Forty Eight – 

Michael Spangenberg, co-founder, State Forty EightFounded in 2013 by local entrepreneurs, Michael, Stephen and Nicholas, State Forty Eight was born out of a shared passion and appreciation for the great state of Arizona. More than just an apparel line, State Forty Eight represents a lifestyle, a sense of community and is an expression of pride. From sports fans and outdoor explorers to the more fashion-forward, the homegrown brand offers gear for all that’s both stylish and comfortable. Above all else though, State Forty Eight is about redefining the status-quo and inspiring others to rise up and stand for something they believe in. So wear it loud and wear it proud, and let the State Forty Eight logo serve as a reminder to proclaim your passions but never forget where you came from.

AFM: What does it mean to you to be a Best of Our Valley winner?

MS: It means the world to us to be recognized as a winner. Not only are we a competitive group, we sincerely appreciate others supporting the brand.

AFM: What’s your favorite part about being the Best of Our Valley’s Best Local Apparel?

MS: The best part is to share the news to our community and thank them for their help. We are nothing without our supporters.

AFM: Have you seen any benefits as a result of being a BOOV winner?

MS: It’s hard to track performance from this award, but I know it helps and we are grateful for that. We do proudly have the plaque on our office wall for customers to see it as well.

AFM: How do you put your “best” foot forward every day?
MS: Personally, I sincerely try and live every day like it’s my last. I’m living out my dream of being my own boss and while making an impact in our hometown so it doesn’t get much better than this.
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