SWAKIKO is a surf-brand that was founded on the Island of Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean in 2018 by two good friends, Len Vonk and Marcel Peijs.
While living there, we both acknowledged the lack of unique, artistic and legendary surf-designs among the existing T-shirt brands offered to us. This led to the following conversation...
Len: SWA! We are going to make our own T-shirts!
Len: We're going to make our own T-shirts!
Marcel: SWA, KIKO?!
Len: Own T-shirts! Serio swa!
Len: Dude! We're going to make our own T-shirts!
Len: We're gonna make our own T-shirts!
Marcel: DUDE, WHAT?!
Len: Our own T-shirts dude!
After our search for the right shirts, printer, shipper, web-shop provider and other logistics solutions, SWAKIKO T-shirts are now available worldwide through our online surf-shop.
SWAKIKO aims to be distinctive in terms of originality and uniqueness. We place great importance on the preservation of our environment and working with distributors in the clothing industry who offer safe and fair working conditions for their staff.
Originality comes first at SWAKIKO. As a surf-brand, SWAKIKO distinguishes itself with designs that radiate pleasure, love and that sweet surrender to surfing and the righteous surf-life.
We are extremely proud that all our designs are printed on shirts made from fair-trade 100% organic cotton. All our shirts come bearing the Fair Wearand GOTSquality certification marks.
Our unique printing technique ensures razor-sharp designs on all shirts. The ink is injected straight into the material, subsequently adhering to the cotton fiber post-treatment. As a result, our designs will not disappear or flake-off, even after frequent washing. See this Rock Hand T-shirt after 100 washings:
SWAKIKO: Unique surf designs + fair-trade 100% cotton = Surf Tees with Soul!
As surfers, with our own surf-brand, we think it is right to give something back to the oceans which grant us the opportunity to fully enjoy our favourite activity in life.
We realize that surfing amongst turtles, rays, dolphins, seals and sometimes whales, is a privilege that we have to protect. SWAKIKO therefore supports organizations that take initiatives to clean up our oceans, as well as organizations that invest in biodegradable alternatives to our overreliance on single-use plastics.
*All profits of our T-shirts in our "Fantastic Plastic" line, go directly to supporting the above projects.
In addition, SWAKIKO participates in events such as the Wild Plastic Art Show, which aims to raise awareness around environmentally-threatening production and consumption patterns.
The launch of our online store, with its original T-shirts, is an immense step for us that we are extremely proud of. We have achieved our first goal, which is to provide fair-trade and sustainable T-shirts with our unique surf designs to awesome people around the world.
Looking to the future, we are focused on maintaining integrity in our own production means and further improving our company wherever possible. In order to make a truly fundamental contribution to changing the clothing industry long-term, we are taking the necessary steps to sustainably grow and achieve our goal of becoming a certified B Corporation by 2025.
We cordially invite like-minded organizations to contact us. We look forward to working together on achieving this goal!
Enjoy your T-shirt!
Enjoy your session!