Where do you live?
Los Angeles / Seattle
When did you start your brand? How did it start?
I started working with hemp clothing in 1993 starting Manastash to bring awareness of hemp and stop deforestation. I sold Manastash in 2005 and started Jungmaven that same year.
What makes you happiest about what you do?
My favorite part of my job is meeting intelligent, kind and loving people, getting everyone excited about taking care of the environment and being present and involved. I enjoy creating strategies on how to make this all happen, creating partnerships and growing and learning with good people.
How did you decide to turn your skills into a 'real' job? Do you work on the side?
The reason I started doing this in the beginning is I saw the world as a beautiful canvas to paint and create and wanted to share that with others, I wanted to create jobs and opportunities to make the world a more beautiful place.
Whats the heardest part about what you do?
The most difficult part is business is managing growth.
Where do you hope to see your brand in 5 years?
In 5 years I see us getting everyone in a hemp tee shirt and hemp being grown across North America. USA grown and manufactured T-Shirts with cleaner air, water and land around the globe.
What product that you make is your favorite?
My favorite products are the 100% hemp tees and the heavy weight 10oz pocket tees.
What do you listen to while you work?
I mainly listen to Jack White on Pandora while at work.
Where can we buy your stuff! Do you have a favorite shop?
You can find Jungmaven at Westerlind and Interwoven in the NY area, Tradesman, Reform School and Wittmore in LA, Freeman and Prism Boutique in Seattle and Establish and Welcome Stranger in SF.
What about Desert & Denim are you looking forward to most?
Can't wait to chill out and see everyone in the desert of Joshua Tree.
Do you have any advice for someone who wants to start their own business?
Advice in starting your own business is listen to your gut and follow your passion.
Final thoughts are "Be the Change you want to see in the World." Gandhi