Cariloha is the only retailer in St. Augustine selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
St. Augustine, Florida – With almost 7 million private businesses in America, Cariloha is the only one that offers an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products, and it’s now opening for the first time in St. Augustine. The new Cariloha St. Augustine store will offer hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, fitness wear, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry and more are all made from ultra-soft bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival into the St. Augustine marketplace, Cariloha will be hosting a grand opening event through October at its new store location on 115 St. George Street in historic St. Augustine. Every person who visits Cariloha will receive a free bamboo lei just for stopping by and feeling the bamboo-soft difference in their merchandise.
The Cariloha retail establishment doesn’t claim to be the ‘greenest’ store on the planet; but rather a step in the right direction. “Bamboo is something we can all live with, and it’s a positive addition to one of America’s oldest cities,” said Cariloha store owner, Gabriel Cagnani. “St. Augustine supports fantastic tourism-based businesses and this is the key to the success of our stores. We’ve taken an existing business, increased the size of the store by 400 sq ft to give a total retail space of 1,800 sq ft and also added a new brand, Cariloha, to the community.”
Cagnani says the name, Cariloha, derives from the blending of Caribbean style with Hawaiian aloha spirit. This is embodied by the store’s collection of bamboo products and island-inspired wares, which are meant to attract visitors and locals who are looking to capture their own memories of St. Augustine. Cariloha St. Augustine staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags.
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 antibacterial, hypoallergenic and helps prevent skin odor and skin irritation, which comes in handy on a hot, humid day in St. Augustine.
“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.”
Established in 2007, Cariloha is the only retailer in the world to provide an entire store experience that’s completely outfit with merchandise made of bamboo. The product line features an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first seen out of three, full stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Cozumel, Mexico; and St. Thomas, USVI. Since the first three stores in 2008, Cariloha has already opened stores in nine countries and growing. Cariloha has quickly become one of the fastest-growing merchants promoted on board Carnival, Celebrity, Disney, Princess, Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines. Today, thanks to an ever-growing, rich supply of bamboo, Cariloha continues to offer an exclusive collection of apparel, accessories, home décor, bed and bath sets and more all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.
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