Founded by way of California and Hawaii in 2015, three friends started Slowtide as a product of their lifestyle. After spending long days at the beach, they realized that there was no towel that was both exciting and fit their daily needs; so they set out to create one. Dario Phillips, Kyle Spencer, and Wylie Von Tempsky left their corporate jobs to build a new canvas for art in the form of a towel. Inspired by all bodies of water and a love of art, Slowtide is a collaboration of three friends who wanted to convey their lifestyle through unique products.
Why We Started
Slowtide created a new medium for art, catering to a love of the beach, nature, travel, and comfort. We took a category that was otherwise mundane and turned it into a work of art. Blending design and functionality, Slowtide collaborates with brands, artists, and photographers to bring beautiful, unique designs, all while maintaining premium, sustainable quality.
Elevating a daily essential into a functional piece of art.
We are incessantly inspired by our travels and the world around us. From surfing, to camping, to yoga, and more, we wanted to create a premium product that fit every activity and looked good doing it. Slowtide offers a new canvas to a plethora of artists including Takashi Murakami, Clark Little, and Kevin Lyons. We strive to create high quality products that are universally useful.
Slowtide is committed to creating superlative products that are guaranteed to last. We have traveled around the world in search of the best factories, assuring they have fair working conditions and happy employees. Since our inception, we have become towel experts: We think of the things that no one else considers to provide the best product possible. From sustainable materials, to details like size, weight, weaving techniques, hanging loops, and reusable packaging, quite frankly, we’ve thought of it all. We obsess over the little details so you have a product you will truly fall in love with.
Slowtide is dedicated to leaving a positive impression. Every garment we make impacts our environment, and we take responsibility for doing everything we can to minimize, control, and reduce those impacts. All of our cotton is certifiably sourced through the Cotton LEADS program, assuring the material is responsibly produced. Additionally, all of our polyester products are made from 100% recycled post-consumer waste, primarily plastic bottles, transforming it into premium polyester fibers. We actively use clean factories and responsible materials for all of our products. Using sustainable products not only helps the planet, but it ensures your product will last as well.
Slowtide understands the importance of working together to create a better world. We believe that it is our responsibility to give back wherever we can. That is why we seek organizations that share our values and support them through our initiatives. Slowtide is determined to facilitate change through community outreach, education, and donation.
The Organizations We Support
Slowtide has continuously worked with Good360, the global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, to disperse our donations to a number of nonprofits, ensuring our products reach the places with the strongest needs.
Slowtide's mission is to "elevate a daily essential into a functional piece of art." And that's just what a towel or a blanket is, a daily essential. When people's lives have been turned upside down by disaster, having access to basic needs can make a tremendous difference. By partnering with Good360, it is a privilege to help address the needs of those just beginning the post-disaster recovery journey.
In partnership with Good360, Slowtide has donated towels and blankets to disaster relief for Hurricane Florence, Hurricane Michael, the California Camp Fire, and the California Woolsey Fire.
Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii
We hope to not only reduce the amount of waste we are producing as a company, but to also help eliminate existing waste found in our oceans. We have supported Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii in their efforts to clean our coastlines.
In December 2018 we hosted an art show in which 100% of the proceeds went to Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and the North Shore Lifeguard Association.
North Shore Lifeguards Association
As Slowtide is rooted in Hawaiian culture and calls the North Shore a home, we understand the daily risk the North Shore Lifeguards put themselves in. We are proud to support the North Shore Lifeguard Association in their efforts to promote ocean safety and lifesaving education.
In December 2018 we hosted an art show in which 100% of the proceeds went to the North Shore Lifeguards Association and Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii.
Being headquartered minutes from the beach is privilege we are incredibly grateful for. To give back to the environment we are fortunate enough to enjoy, we have worked with Surfrider to organize beach cleanups within our community. It takes a continuous effort to maintain the integrity of our beaches.
We always encourage our customers to do what they can to contribute as well. We have made a point to donate used towels to the local humane society in an effort to give these products a “second-life”. We hope you can do the same!