Hang Ten Gold Grows Family

An iconic brand launches new label, partnering with two popular companies to create exclusive designs for both girls and boys.

122612_HangTenGold_logoIn 1960, legendary surfer Duke Boyd founded Hang Ten, designing the very first “board shorts” -not to mention launching one of the most iconic logos around.

Today, the Hang Ten name, and caché of surfing- is recognized around the world. The newly-launched exclusive label, Hang Ten Gold –owned by American Brand Holdings- has two new multi-year licensing agreements.

122612_LamanBlu_HollyWe share similar brand philosophies and we’re looking forward to developing great products for the Hang Ten brand as well as expanding our offering of lifestyle apparel for girls, clothing to stylishly and comfortably take them through their every day.

-LamanBlu creative director Holli Gibson

LamanBlu, known for eco-friendly contemporary designs and a lovely childhood sense, has signed on for Hang Ten Gold’s girl’s collection. While Andy & Evan is working on Hang Ten Gold’s new boy’s collection. Andy & Evan’s focus is to provide durability and functionality while maintaining a dressy-casual design aesthetic.

This is a unique opportunity to work with a 50-year-old iconic brand and build upon the Andy & Evan vision for producing great boys lifestyle brands.

 –Evan Hakalir, partner/co-founder, Andy & Evan Industries, Inc.

122612_AndyEvan_logoHang Ten Brand Manager Paul Kim says, “We are very excited in entering into agreements with these companies. They each produce incredibly personal products that people will become emotionally attached to. They truly understand our brand and what it means to our consumers.”

Looking forward to seeing what this brain trust comes up with!

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LamanBlu™ Celebrates Childhood

Play, dance, live…because LamanBlu™ is made to Celebrate Childhood.

Holli Gibson’s three-year-old is a stunner. Her eco-friendly contemporary apparel line LamanBlu™ premiered to rave reviews in 2009 and has grown to include a boy’s line and industry praise. Holli herself is the recipient of The Rising Star Award for Design from Fashion Group International.

“‘Laman blou’ means ‘blue sea’ in Papiamentu and is a constant source of inspiration for me,” Holli says. “I’ve been a fashion designer for years working out of New York and Dallas, but watching my children explore the world’s wonders with fresh eyes led me to create a brand to celebrate childhood.”

Made in the USA. The company makes beautiful apparel with signature detailing for children ages six months to six years, using gentle-to-our-environment fabrics, which are also gentle to a child’s delicate skin. Holli says, “We use fabrics including bamboo, pure linen and organic cottons, recycled polyester blends, all in fashion forward bright colors – and everything is Made in the USA.” She knows that children want to be comfortable no matter what they’re wearing, so all styles go through extensive wear testing by real kids. She keeps mom’s busy life in mind, too –creating machine washable, ironing optional pieces, many have adjustment points at critical areas, so a child can wear their clothing for longer, even after a growth spurt.

Another way LamanBlu™ carries out its mission to Celebrate Childhood is to support charities protecting children and protecting our world for them. “We are actively involved in several charities both through direct volunteerism and financial support, including JDRF, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Falling Whistles.

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New Rocky Mountain Design


LamanBlu_1The name means “blue sea,” yet the début line of Colorado-based LamanBlu draws inspiration from the winter landscape.

“This collection was inspired by the frozen surfaces of winter, from the smooth, soft snow blanketing the hillsides, to the positively brilliant snow crystals which sparkle in the moonlight, as brilliantly as any diamond,” says designer Holli Gibson.

Almost makes you crave crisp cool air dusted with snowflakes, doesn’t it?

The Being the Fabulous collection plays against a backdrop of winter white, using silvery pewter and a “baby kiss” pink with aubergine and barberry accents. Frosty, shiny elements of sparkle organza, embroidery, beading, hand printed mica pigments and natural shell buttons decorate Holli’s styles for girls in sizes 2T to 6.

The new line is made from bamboo knit with a touch of Lycra and a bamboo fleece. They “offer a great hand, beautiful rich colors, move with the body and have bacterial resistant qualities,” Holli says. “What more could you want for children’s wear?”

Being environmentally conscious is important for LamanBlu and the new line strives to take eco-fashion for kids to a new level of style, comfort and sophistication.

Holli created LamanBlu to celebrate childhood – and parenthood. Her collection is styled for the parent and child who want something uniquely beautiful, fashionable and comfortable.

Mother and Daughter outfits – how fun is that?

Holli couples an all-American sensibility with European details in LamanBlu, where select styles are also available in adult sizing.

Interested in hosting a trunk show? Contact Holli directly: holli.gibson@lamanblu.com.

-Janet Muniz