Cariloha will be the only retailer in the Hawaiian Islands and in South Carolina selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
OAHU, HAWAII & SOUTH CAROLINA – Cariloha announced that its first store on the island of Oahu in Hawaii opened to the public this week at the base of the Hyatt Regency Hotel across from Waikiki Beach. Additionally, Cariloha opened its first stores in the state of South Carolina in the city of Charleston on King Street and in the city of Myrtle Beach at the Barefoot Landing shopping center.
Additional Cariloha stores are planned in 2013 in Aruba’s Royal Plaza, Orlando’s International Airport, Ala Moana’s Shopping Center in Oahu and Wailea, Maui, Hawaii. The independently owned stores will be operated by licensed, contracted partners of Cariloha, LLC.
Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past three years, now with 9 corporately owned and 26 independently owned stores in 12 countries. Today, there are Cariloha stores open in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, St. Lucia, Barbados, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire and various cities throughout the USA.
With more than 7 million private businesses in America, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based merchandise. Cariloha’s hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from unique bamboo blends.
“These new Cariloha stores are going to be successful locations for us,” said Scott Brady, Assoc. VP of Communications. “We’ve been pursuing great locations in these areas for several months now, and having it come to fruition will provide even more of our worldwide fans with access to the Cariloha Bamboo Nation.”
These three Cariloha stores, which range in size between 800 and 1,000 sq. ft. will be staffed and managed by both local employees and corporately hired interns, who will work in the store for three to six months. Staffers encourage store visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of the Cariloha clothing, bed sheets, bath towels, blankets, socks and more that are all made from bamboo.
Bamboo apparel features several qualities that make it a superior fabric. It’s twice as soft to touch as cotton and keeps you a few degrees cooler. It’s naturally hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation, which comes in really handy on a hot day at the beach.
“When you think of bamboo, large green shoots in the jungle somewhere likely come to mind,” said Jeff Pedersen, Cariloha President and CEO. “Not many people know that bamboo can actually be husked and separated into ultra-soft fabric for making apparel and other goods at little-to-no risk on the environment. In fact, some species of bamboo can grow up to 4 feet per day. It’s one of the most renewable resources on the planet.”