Who is Zee Ali?

I’m Zeeshan Ali, Founder and Janitor of Z-Swag. My parents immigrated from Pakistan in 1978, and I’m a first-generation American. I started doing business at age 14 wearing XXL white tees (when I should’ve been wearing a small), selling loosies for 50 cents a pop in the west side of Chicago. While attending Triton College, I began my side-hustle of sourcing chef coats from a flea market and sold them to classmates. Since then, my chef uniform and equipment company has morphed into what it is today.

Z-Swag is a full-service custom apparel, merchandising and fulfillment company that tools/molds, cuts and sews, and manufactures promotional marketing collateral domestically and overseas, also known as swag.

A few brands that have hired me include Facebook, Cricket Wireless, General Mills, LinkedIn and TechWeek. If that list doesn’t convince you, I’ve been featured in Inc., HuffPost, AllBusiness, and American Express.

I’m passionate about helping others find success and reach their potential. I’m constantly challenging myself and putting myself in uncomfortable situations to grow and get better everyday. That’s why I place an emphasis on versatility, which compliments my knowledge in business.

My hobbies include:

  • Playing basketball
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Salsa dancing
  • Working out

Subscribe to my newsletter to follow my journey, keep up with what I’m working on and learn from the fruits of my labor.