There’s a spot in the forest where we like to do our best thinking - Rippers and Chillers business meetings are preferably done outside.
Early in the design process, on one of the walks to the spot, we asked one another what it is that we wanted to say with our brand. We knew that we wanted to design cool shit, but we wanted to make sure that we were deeply rooted within the brand as well - to have a personal connection to what we create.
What we’ve learned is that life is about finding balance. About going with the ebb and flow, and the ups and downs. To us, it’s also about pushing ourselves, and then learning when we need to recharge. As business partners, we've have to learn to lean on each other and to communicate our ideas respectively, which is not always easy for two hot-headed, sometimes very different idea filled, passionate people.
Our lives are about finding unity and connection amongst others and within this world. To find the yin to your yang, whether that’s within someone else, yourself, and/or it’s out there in nature.
The more we talked about it, the more we realized that the Rippers and Chillers mindset applies to all aspects of our lives, and that it's exactly what we want to say with our brand. We all have our ups and downs - some days we send it, and some days we gotta sit it out. Sometimes we order delivery and sometimes we hike a mountain before making lunch. All of it is okay.
Life is about cycles. Enjoy the ride. And wear dope shit while you do it.