College of design
Charlotte Guice ’09 was on a visit to Raleigh when she fell in love with tailgating at NC State. She was in high school and had come with her parents to visit her oldest brother on a parents weekend. “It was in the great days of Philip Rivers and all those great guys,” she says. “Just the energy, the football, the weather. That’s when it really started. And red is my favorite color.”
A couple of years later she again found herself on NC State’s campus again, helping her parents move in her other brother to his dorm. She sat at a desk and looked up a Wolfpack sticker he had on the wall. She then did a simple drawing of Mr. Wuf.
That rendering serves as the basis for a merchandise line the College of Design graduate rolled out in 2009, celebrating the tailgating tradition in the South. Olly Oxen features clothing, college apparel and furniture with that same design of Mr. Wuf. She first placed the design on a vintage skirt and wore it to her initial 2005 interview with the College of Design. Then she wore it to NC State tailgates for home football games. “People would kind of stare,” she says, “and some would have the nerve to ask where I got it.”