Years In Business: 14
Established: 1999

Founders Robert Wright and the late Jonas Bevacqua have found massive success with Lifted Research Group. But both of them should have known that was going to happen after selling out their initial collection during their first tradeshow appearance. Promotions and ads with hip-hop stars including a young Kanye West, Just Blaze, and Talib Kweli amongst others further pushed the brand forward. A marquee moment came when LRG released the now infamous Dead Serious hoodie. The hype caused 20-page discussions on forums further driving up the after-market price. Today, LRG's distribution network works on a larger scale, and it still has the pull to add rappers and actors into its ad campaigns.