Bamboo Retailer, Cariloha, Opens in Falmouth, Jamaica


International retailer, Cariloha, opened a second store on the island of Jamaica in Falmouth, Jamaica’s cruise ship port, selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo viscose.

CURACAO – Cariloha announced this week the opening of its second retail store on the island of Jamaica in the port city of Falmouth. The 800-square-foot store is located on the cruise ship pier in the central shopping area near its sister brand, Del Sol, which is a separate retailer selling clothing and accessories that change colors with sunlight.

Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past seven years now with 18 corporately owned and 33 independently owned stores in 14 countries. Cariloha stores are found in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire, Jamaica and various cities throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

Additional Cariloha store openings are planned throughout 2015 in Destin, Florida, Whaler’s Village, Maui, and many more. The majority of the Cariloha brick-and-mortar stores are independently owned and are operated by licensed, contracted partners of Cariloha, LLC.

Cariloha Falmouth store owner, Deepu Lakhwani, who also owns and operates the Del Sol and Cariloha stores in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, first discovered Cariloha several years while operating other businesses in Jamaica. Having offices and permanent residences in Jamaica for several years now, the Lakhwani family deeply understands the market and clientele of this Western Caribbean port.

“Falmouth has a huge port shopping complex by the cruise terminal,” said Justin Moore, Cariloha Regional Sales Director. “The buildings are constructed in Georgian style, a nod to the town’s rich heritage, with two attractive plazas, Falmouth Square and Trelawny Square, which form focus points for the numerous shops. With the only deep water port on the island, Falmouth will receive over 200 cruise ship calls this year from all the major cruise lines.”

All Cariloha guests receive a free bamboo lei (necklace) just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude throughout the cruise ship port and on the cruise ships. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.

Cariloha’s apparel, bedding and bath goods contain several unique properties that attract customers to its bamboo fabrics. Bamboo is twice as soft to the touch as cotton and keeps you up to 3 degrees cooler than cotton. It also naturally repels odor, wicks away moistures and is hypoallergenic, which comes in handy on a hot day.

“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.”


About Cariloha
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, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first sold in 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 14 countries and continues to grow. 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 products, all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.

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