Ali von Paris

Ali von Paris is CEO and founder of Route One Apparel, the premier source for trendy and affordable Maryland pride apparel and accessories. The company began in 2010 when, while still an undergraduate at the University of Maryland, Ali designed a t-shirt for her friends to commemorate the closing of a popular local bar. When demand for the t-shirts spread quickly through social media, Ali began selling them online, and soon she had a budding business.

Today, Route One Apparel offers more than 3,000 unique products and designs that are sported by local icons and fans of all ages. Ali has secured official licensing agreements with many of the area’s most beloved brands, including National Bohemian, Old Bay, Utz, Hershey, and Domino Sugar, and wholesale partnerships with more than 100 retailers across the region.

Ali has received many accolades for her success and entrepreneurship, including the Baltimore Sun’s “Women to Watch,” The Daily Record’s “Top 100 Women,” “Leading Women” and “Very Important Professionals Successful by 40,” and the Baltimore Business Journal’s “40 Under 40.” She is currently a finalist for the Ernst & Young LLP Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2022 Mid-Atlantic Award. In 2016, she was honored with an “Outstanding Young Alumnus Award” from the University of Maryland Alumni Association and as “Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year” by the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business. Ali is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, one of the country’s premiere National Honor Societies, and currently serves on the boards of the Maryland Tourism Development Board, the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business, and Preservation Maryland.

She graduated from the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business with a B.A. in Finance, Information Systems in 2012. To learn more about her company, visit

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