KAVU marks a milestone: 30 years of building fun into everything they do

May 25, 2023

Rope Sandal launch and biggest-ever Kamp KAVU to mark the occasion

SEATTLE /OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – The KAVU team is celebrating its 30th anniversary as an independent, privately owned business this year with the launch of a new footwear line and a blowout company camping trip to Japan.

2023 marks three decades for the Seattle-based apparel brand that started on a commercial fishing boat, survived multiple recessions and downturns, and eventually became local worldwide.

In the same way that other outdoor industry icons have designed technical climbing gear or backcountry ski gear to support their passions, KAVU founder Barry Barr has poured himself into creating lighthearted, bright-colored apparel that represents the KAVU way of life.

Now, KAVU is making its first foray into the footwear market with a limited launch of women’s Rope Sandals inspired by its popular Rope Bags. Dealers are encouraged to get in touch with their reps for more information.

“It’s going to be a great, carefree sandal for all the KAVU days ahead,” said Barr. “Fun, free, unlimited. The sole design is really cool – It has KAVU sayings on it like 8760, which is the number of hours in a year. Make them all count.”

Rope Sandals will be available in two styles, Alderbrooke and Horizon, in three colors each, featuring custom KAVU rope cording and a supportive three-layer footbed. MSRP is $75.

To further celebrate the 30-year milestone, Barr is bringing the whole team and their families, 60 people altogether, to meet up with the KAVU Japan team for a multi-day family campout party.

“You could do a KAVU day anywhere, but Japan has been so good for us,” said Barr. “Most of the staff has been to Japan with me over the years, but to share it with the families, the kids, and with our distributor, is really the way to do it.”

For KAVU sales inquiries, contact Barry Barr (bbarr@kavu.com). For media information, contact Chris Hrenko at Pale Morning Media (chris@palemorning.com).

About KAVU

Founded in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Washington, KAVU has created clothing and accessories for living life to the fullest since it all started with the Strap Cap in 1993. KAVU comes from the aviation acronym, “Clear Above Visibility Unlimited,” when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you can see all the way to the horizon. That limitless feeling is the guiding principle in everything KAVU does. It means treating every day like it’s special, getting out there and doing whatever invigorates you. KAVU products are an expression of this approach to life: True outdoor wear designed to spread that good-time attitude. Learn more at www.kavu.com.