Cariloha CEO, Jeff Pedersen, honored as Winner in the 2014 CEO World Awards

19 Dec

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Founder and CEO, Jeff Pedersen, on behalf of PW Companies (Cariloha parent company), was honored this week as a winner in the annual 2014 CEO World Awards in the CEO of the Year category.

The coveted annual CEO World Awards program encompasses the world’s best in leadership, innovation, organizational performance, new products and services, CEO case studies, and customer satisfaction programs from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and non-profit, largest to smallest and new start-ups.

Jeff Pedersen is the Founder, Owner and CEO of PW Companies, parent company of international retail brands, Del Sol and Cariloha, which are found in more than 160 free-standing Del Sol and Cariloha stores worldwide, primarily in the world’s major cruise ship ports-of-call.

Cariloha specializes in apparel, accessories, bedding, and bath goods made from bamboo, one of the most renewable resources in the world, and Del Sol manufactures and retails clothing and accessories that change colors with sunlight. Jeff has overseen and orchestrated the growth and expansion of Del Sol since 2003 and Cariloha since 2007. Both separate brands have become two of the largest retailers in the world with more than 20,000 combined product SKUs and 160 store locations in 28 countries and growing. They’re also two of the most highly promoted merchants onboard Royal Caribbean, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Celebrity, and Norwegian Cruise Lines.

More than 40 judges from a broad spectrum of industry voices from around the world and over 200 CEOs participated. Their average scores determined the 2014 CEO World Award winners.

“It’s an honor for me and our company to be named a winner by CEO World Awards for this esteemed industry and peer world recognition,” said Pedersen. “These awards are indicative of our combined efforts, and a true testament of each PW Company employees’ commitment to making our products, store experiences and innovative culture the best.”

Winners will be honored at the SVUS Awards Ceremony and Dinner in San Francisco on June 29, 2015.

About the CEO World Awards
CEO World Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring CEOs and Companies of all types and sizes in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Annual CEO World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Fastest Growing Private Companies Awards, Info Security’s Global Excellence Awards, Network Products Guide’s IT World Awards, Pillar Employee Recognition World Awards, PR World Awards, and Women World Awards. Learn more about The CEO World Awards at www.ceoworldawards.com

About Cariloha
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, bedding and bath goods and more all made from bamboo. Cariloha’s soft, breezy bamboo goods were first sold in 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 14 countries and continues to grow. 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 products, all enjoying the strength, soft touch, and green ‘footprint’ of this renewable resource.

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Cariloha Introduces Bamboo Knit Throw Blankets

18 Dec

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Cariloha this week introduced the latest addition to its bamboo bedding line, the bamboo knit throw blanket, which is made entirely of ultra-soft, eco-friendly bamboo viscose.

Designed by Cariloha’s Product Team, the knit throw blankets come in the same color story as Cariloha’s plush throw blanket and are available exclusively at Cariloha stores and online next month.

A great blanket is essential for cozying up by the fire for a good read on a cold winter’s night, and this blanket is the one. Soft, sustainable, and just the right size for wrapping you up in cloud-like comfort, it’s an attractive gift for the natural-luxury comfort seeker.

It exceeds the softness of cashmere and offers even more warmth, odor resistance and durability. With its popular Herringbone pattern and compact size, it also makes for a welcome travel companion.

KNIT THROW BLANKET:
• Available under Cariloha’s Free Drop-Shipping Program
• Dimensions: 50” x 70”
• Retail Price: $89
• Made from 100% Viscose from Bamboo
• Machine Wash and Tumble Dry Low
• Three Modern Colors – Sand, Harbor Gray, Ocean Blue

This knit blanket is lighter than the plush bamboo blanket, which makes traveling with it much easier. It provides much-desired comfort on a long flight, especially on a red-eye flight when you want to get some sleep.

“Although adults have (mostly) done away with their “blankie,” this luxuriously soft throw blanket bridges their social need to be an adult with their inner desire to still be a child at heart,” said Brian Ciccotelli, Cariloha HQ Sales Training Manager. “The knit throw will encourage couples to do more things together (movie night at home, picnics, etc.) To them, it’s more than a blanket, it’s a key to more time spent together, to a happier life.

Here are the Top 5 Ideas for using the Bamboo Knit Blanket (voted on by Cariloha HQ employees):
1. Cuddle up to watch a movie at home.
2. Lay out under the night sky to watch for (and wish on) shooting stars.
3. Lay it on the floor and let your baby crawl around on the softness.
4. Take it on a picnic in the park.
5. Take it with you on road trips and flights for extra comfort while you sleep.

“It’s hard to take your bamboo sheets out of the bedroom, but the throw blanket can go everywhere,” said Ciccotelli.

With winter weather upon us, you don’t want to be left out in the cold without a knit throw blanket. Cariloha bamboo knit blankets are hypoallergenic and softer than wool, cotton or cashmere throws, making them a must have for any household.

Cariloha Cruise For Two Giveaway WINNER!

17 Dec

Thank you all for your participation in our Cariloha Cruise For Two Giveaway!

We’d like to thank all of our fans and our partnership with Onboard.com as we announce our winner for this giveaway. Our Cruise For Two winner is:

Cassandra Eastman

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Congratulations Cassandra!

We’re excited to reward her and a guest with a free cruise for two to the location of her choice. Have a great time!

Thank you again for your participation. Stay tuned for the next awesome giveaway from Cariloha!

While you’re dreaming about your next cruise vacation, check out Cariloha’s Pinterest board to see our favorite Caribbean locations here.

Evolutionary Scale of Fashion

12 Dec

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A whole generation of consumers has been brought up to indulge in what is known as the “fast fashion” trend. This type of clothing is not made to last, offers new styles at an inexpensive price and is often thrown away after a few uses. Although this habit is still prominent in our society, the emphasis is beginning to shift in favor of quality over quantity. If you are looking to make your way up from the bottom rung of the evolutionary fashion scale then this article can help you get started.

Why Choose Quality?

There are many factors that go into the selection of clothes in your closet. The style, fit and brand are usually at the top of the list but one thing that should be a more common focus is the quality of the clothing being purchased. The quality of your clothing has a large impact on the look, feel and durability of the garments. A few reasons that you may want to consider switching to higher quality clothing include:

• Quality enhances the value of your clothing.
• The wearing experience is more enjoyable when you choose quality.
• High-quality clothing feels better and is often more flattering.
• The colors and appearance of the clothing last longer.

Superior quality should override all other clothing characteristics. While it may cost more it doesn’t have to be overly expensive, and the value will be enhanced over the life of the garment. Quality outfits will often look better with age and offer significantly more use than a poorly crafted piece of clothing.

Determining Quality

The manner in which the clothing is crafted has a large influence on its overall quality but the fabric used to make a garment is the ultimate determining factor when it comes to quality. In order to make a high-quality piece of clothing it is necessary to use high-quality fabric. All fabrics are made from different types of fibers and each kind of fiber has varying characteristics. The fabric that is used to make an article of clothing impacts its appearance, feel, durability and required care. The following steps can assist you with the process:

• Fabric Content

Before you purchase a clothing item you should always read the fiber content label to learn about the percentage of each type of fiber that makes up the piece. This information is essential to determine the quality and level of care the garment will require.
• The Feel of the Fabric
How the fabric feels when it is touched can also serve as a quality indicator. The superiority of the fiber content can become apparent through the feel of the fabric, the way it drapes and the way it forms when worn.
• Fabric Thickness
The fabric used to construct many garments is becoming increasingly thin. Some of these fabrics, even the pieces made with high quality fiber, are almost see-through. If you have to choose between a lighter or more heavyweight piece of clothing it is often best to go with the thicker material.

Types of Fabrics

In order to make superior style choices, it is essential to have some knowledge about the types of clothing fibers that are available to you. Some of the most commonly used fabrics include wool, polyester, cotton, viscose/rayon, silk and also bamboo.

• Wool
This fiber is actually produced from a variety of animal coats and is known for its spongy feel and ability to trap heat. It has very little shine and is very resilient to dirt, wear and tear. It is generally a heavier material and can absorb up to 30 percent of its weight in moisture.
• Polyester
This fabric is usually pretty soft and smooth but is often criticized for its lack of breathability. It is common for it to be blended with cotton and is resistant to damage and creasing.
• Cotton
Cotton is known for its softness and comfort as well as its long life cycle. However, it wrinkles easily and has a tendency to shrink after the first couple washes. Lower quality cotton is susceptible to pilling.
• Viscose/Rayon
These fabrics are very similar and although they have a silky appearance, and are more breathable than some other fibers, they are very delicate and wrinkle easily.
• Silk
This fabric produces a smooth, sleek and glossy material. It absorbs moisture well, which makes it a good choice for various types of weather.
• Bamboo
This modern fabric option offers durability, versatility and softness that is comparable to high-quality cotton or silk. It has antimicrobial properties and is highly absorbent, which makes it ideal for active wear or seasonal clothing.

When you purchase clothing that is produced with quality materials, the clothing tends to get better with age. These types of clothes are designed to last and wear in remarkably well. Our society is beginning to relearn that the effort and natural materials that go into producing high-quality clothing should be valued and respected.

Where do you stand on the evolutionary fashion scale?

Five Tips for Staying in Shape during the Holidays

5 Dec

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Staying healthy and looking your best during the holidays can be a tricky proposition. A recent media product reviewer, who reviewed Cariloha’s Bamboo Fit wear, put together her own list of tips for staying in shape during the holidays. Have a look and see where you can benefit…

Five Tips for Staying in Shape during the Holidays
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The holidays are here and I know many of us worry about the typical holiday weight gain. Schedules get busy and food gets plentiful – it’s just that time of the year. To help you stay on track with your healthy life journey, I thought I would share a few tips that will hopefully help you stay on track!

Stay Hydrated – I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want on a cold day is an ice cold cup of water. I think of hot cocoa, hot tea, and all those delicious fancy drinks at Starbucks. BUT, those drinks don’t hydrate you. Even though you’re feeling chilly, you still need to care of your body. I keep a glass of water next to me all day. This time of year is also a great time to infuse your water or add flavor to it. That way you aren’t thinking about the fact that it’s a cold cup of water.

Dress for Success – Wear your work-out clothes when you plan on working out. DON’T let your workout clothes be your comfy clothes. You can even consider setting your clothes out for yourself, so you SEE them. No “out of sight out of mind” here! Make sure you have the right clothes. You may be going inside for your Jazzercise class, but when you get out it will be COLD, so layer!

Wear a performance Tee like this one from Cariloha instead of just a tank (or wear the tank under the tee!). This is also the time of year to wear long capris or pants instead of shorts. Make sure the fabric is light, long-lasting and comfortable. I love the Fitness line from Cariloha, because it allows you flexibility, breathability and they irresistibly soft clothing lines. Each piece of clothing is made of viscose from bamboo so it is hypoallergenic as well. Plus, they are cute! I don’t know about you, but when I actually like my workout clothes, I tend to enjoy my workout more.

Work Out – This may seem obvious, but I know everyone’s schedules get crazy this time of year. Make sure you’re still planning time for your work out. No time during the day? Too cold to get outside? Give yourself 15 minutes during the day to walk the office, walk the mall, do strength training at home before bed (work out those triceps on a dining room chair!), run up and down the stairs for 10 minutes. Just stay active! I know it’s easy to make up excuses…maybe you don’t get in that hour class or that 3-mile jog…but do something. Do it for you!

Snack Right – Will your counters and tables be filled with cookies, chips, dips and more? Make sure there are healthy options out, too. Carrots, hummus, celery sticks filled with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter, etc. Need to satisfy your “salty” fix? Have Pretzel Crisps out…they are a much healthier version and they’re packed with flavor. They have a ton of different flavor options, too, so there’s definitely an option that everyone is sure to love. Oh, and keep a look out for the Pretzel Crisp minis – 42 of them are only 110 calories. I promise you won’t miss the fat and calories.

Desserts – Cookies, pie, cake, OH MY! Yes, this is the time of year that we’re constantly surrounded by delicious, calorie-filled desserts. It would be silly for me to say “Just don’t eat them.” As, for me, that’s impossible…I have horrible willpower. BUT, I can enjoy them in moderation. Just a few bites will do ya…no need to eat the whole piece…or several pieces. Fill up on lots of veggies at dinner, and you won’t still be hungry at dessert time. Another secret of mine…Have a VitaTop! They have a ton of amazing flavors, but the chocolate one will handle your chocolate fix. Top it with some berries and you have yourself an amazing dessert. Then, maybe, you won’t want that double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Or, maybe you’ll just want one bite.

Here’s to a safe, happy, and HEALTHY holiday season for us all!

Cariloha Opens Store in Houston, Texas

4 Dec

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Cariloha this week opened its newest store in the city of Houston in the Lone Star state under store owners and business partners, Linda Wittingham (pictured above) and Tracy Young, who first became interested in opening a Cariloha store after visiting the Cariloha Aruba stores a couple years ago. This is the second Cariloha store in Houston and the only retailer in Texas selling exclusively clothing, bedding and bath goods made from bamboo.

Linda and Tracy have visited several Cariloha stores in anticipation for their own store, including Cariloha stores in South Carolina and several Cariloha stores in the Caribbean.

The Cariloha store is approximately 800 square feet and is located in Rice Village, a popular shopping destination for locals and tourists that’s about 10 minutes south of the downtown Houston area. The five surrounding zip codes of the store represent the wealthiest area in all of Texas.

The store is managed and staffed by local employees and will a shopping destination for both tourist and local clientele. Cariloha has been rapidly expanding its international and domestic presence for the past six years now with 16 corporately owned and 33 independently owned stores in 14 countries. Cariloha stores are found in Mexico, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Barbados, Aruba, Curacao, Honduras, St. Maarten, Bahamas, Antigua, Bonaire and various cities throughout the continental U.S., Alaska and Hawaii.

Additional Cariloha store openings are planned throughout 2015 in Los Angeles; Falmouth, Jamaica; Destin, Florida; Hawaii and many more. Independently owned Cariloha stores are operated by licensed, contracted partners of Cariloha, LLC.

All Cariloha store guests receive a free bamboo lei (necklace) just for stopping by the store, which helps proliferate the bamboo, eco-friendly attitude even more. Cariloha staffers encourage visitors to touch and feel the bamboo-soft difference of their shirts, bed sheets, towels, and hand bags for themselves.

Welcome aboard to the Cariloha Houston Team!

Cruise for Two Giveaway

1 Dec

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Cariloha is excited to bring its fans a chance to WIN a CRUISE for TWO in partnership with Onboard.com! No purchase necessary. This giveaway will start at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 1 and end at 10:00 AM on Monday, December 15, 2014.

Rules: You must be a fan of Cariloha to be entered to win.

How To Enter: Entrants must enter giveaway entry page located below and complete all required fields of registration form to receive entry into this Cruise for Two giveaway. Cariloha does not assume responsibility for third parties’ failure to act in accordance with these instructions, or for lost, interrupted, or unavailable connections. Duplicate entries, the same person with different e-mail addresses, are not permitted.

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Eligibility: The giveaway is open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are of age of 18 and older. Employees of Onboard Media, and PW companies, as well as their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, siblings, and their spouses) are not eligible to enter. This giveaway shall be construed and evaluated solely according to United States law and subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By entering, entrants acknowledge compliance with these official rules, including eligibility requirements.

Entry Guidelines: Cariloha has sole discretion to determine that any entry that does not comply with these rules reserves the right to disqualify the entry. Cariloha has the sole discretion to determine whether an entry is eligible. By entering an email address, as one of the extra entry options, you’re agreeing to receive promotional emails from cariloha.com and onboard.com.

Grand Prize: The winner will have the option to choose (1) one cruise for two (2) a cruise for one (valued up to $1,500). Winner may select any sailing to any destination available at www.onboard.com. Prize will be awarded as a travel voucher redeemable for a winner-selected cruise. All taxes, airport fees, customs fees, or other surcharges are the responsibility of the travelers. Prize excludes air travel, government taxes and fees, port fees, gratuities, service charges, fuel surcharges, shore excursions, and other personal expenditures.

If the actual value of the cruise is less than $1,500, the difference will not be rewarded. Prize must be fully redeemed by August 29, 2015 or winner will forfeit prize. Certain restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Travel companion will be required to complete a Release of Liability prior to travel. In the event that the winner is under 21 years of age, his/her travel companion must be 21 years of age or older at time of travel.

Good luck and thanks for entering!

Travel in Comfort with Cariloha’s Bamboo Neck Pillow

26 Nov

On your next getaway, start and finish your journey in bamboo comfort with Cariloha’s ultra-soft bamboo neck pillow.

Now you can give your neck and head the rest and relaxation they deserve.

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Our new bamboo neck pillow is available in charcoal jacquard color in select Cariloha stores, for the time being, and is priced at $30 retail. Customers can also get a free bamboo neck pillow with the purchase of two apparel items, no dollar minimum. Excludes sale items and accessories.

Bamboo Neck Pillow

  • Packs away easily in a matching bamboo pouch
  • Supports your neck and head while resting
  • Removable, washable bamboo cover
  • Inflate and customize pillow firmness with adjustable valve
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    While these bamboo neck pillows have been thoroughly field tested and are incredibly soft and comfortable, I’m personally looking forward to testing one out on my long flight to and from India next week for a wedding of a fellow Cariloha co-worker. I’m confident that this neck pillow is going to make the flight a lot more enjoyable. When I get back, I’ll let you know how the neck pillow helped via our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook sites.

    Happy, comfortable travels!