Kanders backs outdoor apparel brand Carve Designs

Kanders & Company has made a “significant” investment in Carve Designs Inc. Based in Mill Valley, California, Carve Designs is an outdoor apparel brand.


STAMFORD, Conn., Oct. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Warren B. Kanders, through an affiliate of Kanders & Company, Inc. (“Kanders”), a private investment firm with more than 30 years of experience investing in public and private companies across a variety of sectors, has made a significant growth capital investment in Carve Designs, Inc. (“Carve Designs” or the “Company”), forging a close partnership with existing management that will further the Company’s reach into the rapidly growing category of swimwear, surf and beach-inspired apparel.

Headquartered in Mill Valley, California and founded in 2003, Carve Designs is a pioneering apparel brand established on the principle of “carving a path whether in surf or just in life.” Initially focused on the development of superior rash guards and board shorts, Carve Designs is now a complete lifestyle brand offering a comprehensive line of apparel including surf, swim, active and lifestyle designs. Products are sold at more than 300 specialty retailers across the United States and Canada, as well as through an emerging e-commerce platform. The Company’s offerings are purposefully designed to meet the unique needs of fashion-conscious women seeking femininity, authenticity and style while retaining the function and fit required for active, outdoor lifestyles.

“I am delighted to partner with such a dynamic and creative leadership team and the entire Carve Designs family,” said Mr. Kanders. “Thayer and Jen have built an unbelievably unique company with a brand ethos that resonates deeply with its customers. We look forward to working closely with them as we provide strategic insight and capital to accelerate growth and brand awareness.”

Mr. Kanders, the President and owner of Kanders, will become Chairman of Carve Designs, while the Company’s co-founders, Thayer Sylvester and Jennifer Hinton, will continue in their current roles as Chief Executive and Creative Director, respectively. Mr. Kanders currently serves as Executive Chairman of Black Diamond, Inc.; as Chairman of Mountain Khakis; and as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safariland LLC.

“Jen and I are excited to embark on the next chapter of Carve Designs’ story with Kanders & Company,” said Ms. Sylvester. “Our new partners are uniquely qualified to provide the industry expertise and financial resources required for a rapidly growing apparel brand to thrive. Carve Designs is well-positioned to become a nationally recognized, iconic outdoor lifestyle brand. This tremendous partnership will enable us to realize that vision.”

About Carve Designs®
In 2003, a love of surf and effortless personal style inspired Jennifer Hinton and Thayer Sylvester to found Carve Designs. What began as a surf apparel company selling rash guards and board shorts, Carve Designs has grown into a complete beach lifestyle brand; offering surf, swim, balance, and lifestyle clothing. Carve Designs is dedicated to providing effortless feminine clothing that actually fit real women while keeping us connected to the calm content feeling that inspires us at the beach. The women of Carve Designs are determined to push the boundaries of outdoor apparel and prove that functional can be fashionable and well-fitting. The clothes are designed to be as inspirational and versatile as the women who wear them. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.carvedesigns.com.

About Kanders & Company, Inc.
Kanders & Company, Inc. based in Stamford, CT is a private investment firm that is owned and controlled by Warren B. Kanders. Mr. Kanders has more than 30 years of experience investing in public and private companies across a variety of sectors, acting as an active strategic partner for enhancing operating discipline and catalyzing long-term growth. Specific active and realized investments include Safariland, Black Diamond, Inc., Mountain Khakis, Armor Holdings, Benson Eyecare, Gregory Mountain Products, and POC.