Five Bamboo was featured on the fashion blog Tea Talk yesterday! Chelsea wore our V Neck in Fog Grey.
She also wore one of our Bambracelets, little wristbands made from our fabric scraps.
Check out the Tea Talk blog to see more!

-Caitlin

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There’s very little I love more than a good joke and a belly-aching laugh. Here are some clips of two of my favorite comedians. I hope you get a few chuckles! Who is your favorite comic?

Mike Birbiglia

Aziz Ansari

-Caitlin

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Rohre did an interview with Matt Miller and Carol Massar on the show Street Smart on Bloomberg TV on January 26th. It’s our first big piece of press coverage! Rohre talked about our company’s mission, the bamboo apparel market, and our awesome products. Check out the interview on our Facebook page!

-Caitlin

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It’s been a crazy two weeks at the Five Bamboo office – TV Interviews, new products, and photo shoots! Our new colors and products will hit the online store later this week.

Last week we called on our friends Jordan and Irvine, who are trainers at Xplore CrossFit, to model our new colors of Bamboxers and Bamboxer Briefs.

As you can see, the shoot got a little crazy once the props came out.

The models got hungry so we brought the photo shoot to Bang Bang, our favorite local cafe.

Next, we got Rohre and Diane back in front of the camera. We’re all digging our new products, especially the Etheb Hoodie. It has thumb holes!

Diane thinks it’s pretty awesome, too.

Here’s the new Artemis Dress in Midnight Blue.

You can see all of our new products and colors in our online store on Friday!

-Caitlin

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As many of you know, my siblings and I are big Ultimate Frisbee players–we’ve played Ultimate almost all our lives. As a result, our first company, Five Ultimate, started in 2006, is an Ultimate Frisbee apparel company. A few weeks ago, we sat down with Skyd Magazine for an interview! Skyd is a sweet online magazine dedicated to growing the sport of Ultimate by enlightening and inspiring through informative and reliable media coverage. We’re excited to share our story with the Ultimate community through them. Check it out!

Skyd Magazine Presents: Five Bamboo from elliot trotter|Melon Visual on Vimeo.

-Rohre

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Yesterday we were featured on the fashion blog What Would A Nerd Wear! We love Tania’s blog and are so excited to have one of our products showcased on it. Tania did an amazing job styling the Blueberry Dress!

Tania rocking our Blueberry Dress!

Tania is running a giveaway for one of our V Neck t-shirts through Monday January 17th so head over to her blog for a chance to win!

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Yesterday afternoon we gathered at our parent’s house to do some strategic planning for our upcoming company retreat! We were lucky to have sun–quite the rarity here in Seattle, and enjoyed an afternoon of dreaming big, setting goals, and coming up with innovative ideas to push Five Bamboo forward. Not a bad way to close out 2010.

Brainstorm sesh!

Zahlen, Xtehn, Vehro, and I brainstormed it up! Qxhna, not pictured, was working on her college apps.

-Rohre

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What is the fundamental goal of a company? Is it, truly, simply to make money? We all know that for a company to survive it must be profitable; like it or not, we exist in a predominantly capitalist business environment and our system’s rules dictate that if you aren’t profitable, your capital will abandon your company in search of better returns on investment. While I do prescribe to this philosophy, I can’t help but think one step deeper when I think of Five Bamboo. I think we differ from the party line in an amazing way, and I think it has a lot to do with how we founded and funded our for-profit business.

While it would have been infinitely more glorious to raise a million dollars in startup capital, we five founders have started this business on our own savings with no external strings attached. This means we have a tiny budget, but it also means we don’t serve any outside shareholders. Profitability, or lack thereof, can still break us, but we now get to indulge in a subtle intertwinement of all our goals. We can blend the goal of making money with the goal of improving the planet we live on. It is still true that we must be profitable in order to even hope to achieve our mission, but we have the freedom to mix “environment returns” with monetary returns. Do we make decisions that are better for the planet, but worse for our bottom line? Every day. But part of me also knows that these trade-offs are short-term. In the long run, we (together with thousands of other companies & non-profits) will succeed at educating the public and differentiating our products, and these short-term environmental expenses will begin to show themselves as long-term investments in our identity. You won’t see it on the balance sheet, but we’re building something more than a profitable business here.

-Vehro

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Get ready for the Five Bamboo Holiday Giveaway! It’s the time of year to give give give, and that’s just what we’re going to do. From December 13th to December 23rd, we’ll be giving away free gear, free smiles, and some coupon codes every day. Are you in, or what?! The giveaway will culminate on December 23rd, when we’ll be giving away a prize package with oodles of items–get excited. We’ve clocked a lot of hours over the past few months to make sure our products are the best they can be, and we’re so pumped to be offering you some pretty awesome apparel. We hope you have fun participating in our giveaway. Don’t miss out on the free gear!

Find us on Facebook to win FREE gear!

How it works:
Each weekday from December 13th to December 23rd we’ll give away a product to our Facebook followers. Each morning, we’ll post a question to our page on Facebook. “Like” us, respond to the question by 4pm, and you will be eligible to win the free item(s) of the day. We’ll randomly select a winner from those that reply, so get on our Facebook page, ‘like’ us, and get ready to win some free gear!

Good Luck!

-Caitlin

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Big news! We finally finished making gear in two more colors. Last week we received our shipment of Raspberry Red and Black products…stop on by our online store to check ‘em out! We’re big time digging the V Neck in Raspberry Red and the Blueberry Dress in Black.

After we counted and put away all the items (a lengthy project but the package of Oreos consumed during the process helped), we had a PHOTO SHOOT! Doesn’t that sound glamorous? We created our own studio with lamps, sheets, and canvas fabric. We’re crafty (cue Beastie Boys)… Anyway, after much fun and posing, we got some great photos of me and Rohre rocking our new colors, Raspberry Red and Black. The outtakes from the shoot are below.

Blueberry dress

Me looking ripped (obvi)!

Scoop neck and Travel skirt

After we finished taking pictures of the new products, we had a photoshoot for the holiday giveaway we’re doing next week. We figured putting Ningo, the office pup, in the photos would be our best bet. Who doesn’t love a dressed up dog? Ningo behaved very well. He gave the camera some sass and we got a bunch of great shots. Isn’t Ningo cute?


-Vehro

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