Cariloha is the only retailer in the Caribbean selling exclusively clothing, accessories, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.
WILLEMSTAD, CURACAO – With a thriving cruise industry and a growing economy, Curacao is ripe for an eco-friendly retailer like Cariloha to come along. Adding to the variety of Curacao’s colorful, Dutch marketplace, Cariloha will be the only retailer on the island with an entire store experience that revolves completely around bamboo-based products. Cariloha’s hats, shirts, polos, dresses, shorts, skirts, socks, bed sheets, bath towels, jewelry, and more are all made of unique bamboo blends.
To celebrate its arrival into this Southern Caribbean market, Cariloha is hosting a grand opening welcome to local and tourist guests throughout March, located at the Cariloha store in the Renaissance Mall only a short walk from the cruise ship docks.
“When we first opened our business operation in Curacao several years ago, we had limited expectations of our overall impact,” said Isaac Grynsztein, Cariloha co-store owner. “Yet, it has succeeded in every aspect.” Isaac and brother, Omer, along with other Grynsztein family members, own and operate several retail stores in Curacao, Aruba and St. Maarten, including Cariloha’s sister brand store, Del Sol.
“In a time when there’s too much gloom and doom economically, we’ve not let our hopes fade that tomorrow is always better than today, and even more so than yesterday,” said Grynsztein. “Cariloha will lift our business and Curacao’s economic climate to even greater heights. Its impact extends to cruisers, local shoppers, local employment, and local investment that will be felt for decades to come.”
With Curacao expecting to receive 142 cruise ship visits in 2012, the Grynsteins anticipate that Cariloha will raise the bar for overall customer experience and satisfaction in Curacao; it being the first local company to offer direct shipment to the American market, and the first local store with a green concept that can felt as well as touched.
The name, Cariloha, is a blend of Caribbean style and Hawaiian aloha spirit, which is embodied by the store’s collection of island-inspired bamboo products, meant to attract visitors who are looking to capture their vacation memories in Curacao. To better understand the features and benefits of bamboo, Cariloha staffers encourage their guests 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 really handy on a hot day at Cas Abou Beach.
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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