By World Wide Ed
Comments have been slowing down as of late, so we'll put WIH on the shelf for now until January. I thought it'd be nice to use this time/space to chat Christmas gifts with one another. The countdown is on, and as of today, we are only 11 days away from the 25th. Holy crikey!
As many of you may know, I've been working on starting my own clothing line in the surf/skate/snowboarding/Hawaii genre. Not sure if I'll be able to make it in time for the Christmas rush, but you guys will be the first to know once it goes live... Fo sho!
In the meantime I wanted to share a couple of other brands out there that you might be interested in. One line is from a friend (an old high school classmate), and the other line is from a couple of new friends (met them at a craft fair).
Pronounced "contagious", this brand encourages you to "Spread Da Aloha" (hence the use of contagious). It is a surf line from my high school buddy Kalani Heatherly. I can vouch that he is definitely a super cool guy and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet (he thanked me profusely when I told him I'd be writing about his line here). I always remember him being very friendly to everyone in high school, and he was exactly the same when I saw him recently (story below) so I totally support him and his line, and hope you will too.
I had the opportunity to see him again (after many years) at a recent event in Kakaako, where he had a booth. During the down times, I was able to hang out with him at his booth and catch up. He let me pick his brain about the clothing industry and was super supportive and encouraging, telling me to go for it! He even gave me a free T-Shirt at the end of the night (the cool, green version below).
Check out some of his many designs at http://www.facebook.com/kentajes and reach out to him to inquire about ordering info (his online store is not quite up yet).
I actual "met" the owner of Kraze Apparel (Peter Tsuru) on Twitter. We got to talking about the industry through email and he seemed like a really open and giving guy. He was basically giving some stranger (me) advice about the industry and tips on how to be successful. I wanted to meet him personally to thank him so he invited me to visit their booth at the Mililani High School Athletic Booster Club Craft Fair. So last month, I checked it out and ended up chatting with him and his partner Kim Kaapana (who happens to be an old Intermediate school classmate of mine... small world I tell ya!) for some time. They continued to provide me with helpful tips and encouraged me with my line. Super cool guys man!
Here's the style I recently picked up at that craft fair...
Got any other brand or gift ideas? Comment them below!
Shoots den! Happy holidays y'all!
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Have a happy VH07V Wednesday y'all! Don't forget to post your gift ideas below!