Kavu opened a 1,600-square-foot retail location in downtown Seattle at 1215 First Avenue, in a growing retail district near several popular tourist destinations.
The store, which was opened just before the holidays, is the outdoor apparel brand's second Seattle location. Kavu opened its flagship store, Kavu World, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood in 2001.
“Kavu has its roots here in Seattle,” said Kavu founder and president, Barry Barr. “We’re psyched to extend our product offerings to a new location and connect with the growing urban customer base and tourists alike.”
Barr started Kavu in 1993 with the Strapcap, a low profile ball cap with an adjustable web strap designed to stay in place in all types of conditions. Twenty-one years later the strap cap is still produced in the greater Seattle area and the brand has grown to include men’s and women’s outerwear and sportswear, eyewear accessories and an extensive bag collection.
The new store highlights Kavu’s Seattle heritage and offers a robust collection of sling bags, totes, packs, wallets, clutches and accessories.
Situated one block south of the Seattle Art Museum and The Pike Place Market, the new store provides access to a valuable contingency of new and old Kavu customers including a growing number of tourists and sightseers.
Founded in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, Kavu derives its name from an aviation acronym, “Klear above visibility unlimited,” which has been the company’s guiding principle.