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Drift, Lap 3 ~ The Story Continues

Drift, Lap 3

~Cristofer Smith

Note: Drift is a racing word ~ stemming from my motorcycle racing days, always fun!

Picking up with our last drift we now have made the journey to get into the active/athletic clothing arena, which has taken me through many diversified enterprises, distant lands, with many cultures. The beginning was in 1992 with a friend and his family who were apparel manufactures in downtown Los Angeles. One evening Edward and I were having some fun after school and started talking about launching our own brand that would be more creative driven by combing active and Cali beach look. Needless to say we didn’t have money so we managed to parlay my student loan of $1,600.00 into purchasing some used sewing machines and a cutting tool.

From there we built our cutting table out of plywood and began to learn how to make pattern and markers from Edwards Mom. Without Edwards Mom we were totally lost and would have run out of cash before opening our doors. Anyway, to make a long story short I’ll never forget the learning curve and all the wonderful souls that helped us achieve our goals.

So now the design and manufacturing journey began with our emphasis on private label. As we learned and began to help our customers with styles and creating colors with their brands I found my niche to design not only active lifestyle clothing, but also the textiles became a new fetish and passion of mine. I began to meet people from Asia (Taiwan) whom were recommended to me and they were kind, thoughtful and felt my passion and need to learn everything about designing and making textiles. I even assisted in developing new textiles for the Taiwan textile companies after many years.

I would like to hear from anyone, anywhere, anytime to know we are doing our job right for you, our customer. Please email me at Cristofer@greenapppleactive.com and if you have a suggestion, or a design you want to experience please remember: I am all ears!

As I wrap up drift #3 I will bring you more about the journey into Eco-products and the science of them in our next drift.

Stay Tuned!

~Cristofer

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Drift, Lap 2

Drift, Lap 2

~by Cristofer Smith

Note: Drift is a racing word ~ stemming from my motorcycle racing days, always fun!

Ok so let’s pick up where we left off and I’ll give you brief fun history of how this all came about. I grew up in a large family with five sisters and a brother, so lots to do and see through our youth. We grew up loving animals and helping each other get things done. This included looking good for our dates!

    

From left to right: With my Mom and Dad at 3 years old. Me with all my sisters and little brother.

I don’t want to touch to much on my Great Grandparents, Grandparents and Parents, although they were a major player in our life’s journey and our decisions to do what we do today are based on their teachings. Our Great Grandparents and Grandparents were the pioneers in a US industry known today as the gaming industry—they were the founders. They began this journey in Reno, Nevada in 1932, so growing up was somewhat different than say normal! We had a body guard take you to school and a father who worked some strange hours.

Anyway, time to get to our Mom who was a mannequin and print model for various design houses and national retail chains throughout the fifties. As Mom went through her journey she was profoundly enthralled in the Health & Fitness world, and being from San Francisco she was introduced to the world famous Jack LaLaine. Mom can talk hours on this but I’m on a restricted time line. Oh yes and she was the Mother of seven wild children!

Now you’re beginning to get the picture. I made a decision early in life that I enjoyed the outdoors more than the indoor life, and went on to racing professionally followed by then making clothing for active people and athletes. Had to do something to keep people clothed in something that allowed them comfort, style and a great fit. Not only that, but I wanted to do it in a way that wouldn’t hurt our planet or you!

I would like to hear from anyone, anywhere, anytime to know we are doing our job right for you, our customer. Please email me at Cristofer@greenapppleactive.com and if you have a suggestion, or a design you want to see, I’m all ears!

As I wrap up drift #2 I will bring you more about the journey into Eco-products and the science of them.

Stay Tuned!

~Cristofer

 

 

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Drift Lap 1 ~ Journey to Bamboo

Drift Lap 1 ~ Journey to Bamboo

~By Cristofer Smith

Note: Drift is a racing word ~ stemming from my motorcycle racing days, always fun!

The drift is a dream of mine, to share the journey and information coming from creating active and athletic brands for over 24 years with everyone so they could understand why this has all come about.

This new website is dedicated to everyone, everyone who enjoys sharing the positive experience of wearing a plant based bottom that’s super comfy and resonates the relaxed and happy lifestyle we all crave now-a-days. We all know that positive energy is with all of us all and when you wear Green Apple you are wearing positive energy clothing that is comes from Mother Earth, and returns to her through a simple, natural bio-degradation process. “What begins in nature returns to nature”.

You will notice we are growing through you, our customer; you are the ones we listen to and we create everything on this site per your input. This energy of giving comes through you and your precious time in sharing what you like most from Green Apple. So with that said you have chosen our comfy bottoms which seem to be the go-to favorite to wear when one is living through there daily routine.

As a founder I spoke with my family and tribal (team) members here at Green Apple Active and the magical word is “bottoms”. That means you chose our bottoms over everything else so we decided to focus on your needs and give more bottoms made well, with love.

I would like to hear from anyone anywhere anytime and see that we are doing our job right for you, our customer. Please email me at Cristofer@greenapppleactive.com and if you have a suggestion, or a design you may need I am all ears!

So as we journey through this fun exciting adventure together I will tell you why I do all this fun stuff and give all the knowledge that is science based to enlighten all your desires and why you will feel so great wearing a plant based product. Because believe me there is a reason.

Stay Tuned!

~Cristofer

 

 

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