THE KAVU STORY

DESIGNED FOR FUN

Our formula for living and working is simple — build fun into everything you do. So that’s where we start. KAVU creates true outdoor wear, stylish bags, wallets, and other accessories so you can express yourself and spread your good-time attitude. 

 

KAVU is also an aviation acronym for “clear above visibility unlimited,” when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you can see to the horizon. That limitless feeling is our guiding philosophy and the attitude we bring to all we do. It means treating every day like it’s special, and then getting out and doing whatever invigorates you and makes you smile. That’s a KAVU Day. And we want you to have as many as you can. KAVU clothing is an expression of this approach to life.

FOUNDER + CEO

barry barr

KAVU was born in Seattle in 1993. Back then, founder Barry Barr was selling the revolutionary Strapcap out of his car. Now, it’s a straight-up classic and KAVU is Local Worldwide. After all these years, we’re still stoked by the spirit in which we were founded: buckling down, pitching in, getting our hands dirty, and creating gear we’re proud to wear and even prouder to share with you.

the beginning

Barry captains his first commercial fishing boat in Alaska at age 16.

the strapcap

Barry makes the Strapcap and starts selling it out of his car.

MOVING ON UP

Barr gives up commercial fishing and moves KAVU into an warehouse space near Fishermans Terminal in Seattle.

FIRST STORE

KAVU opens its first store in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle.

THE ROPE BAG

The first KAVU Rope Bag is introduced.

new hq

KAVU moves headquarters into ballard.

pike place!

KAVU opens 2nd retail location in downtown Seattle's Pike Place Market.

25th ANNIVERSARY

KAVU turns 25 and Barry celebrates his 25th birthday! Forever young.

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