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Ihateplastic

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Topic Author's Original Post - Aug 2, 2009 - 07:06pm PT
There once was a New York based clothing company called Khadejha. I saw them a couple of times at Outdoor Retailer and then... Poof! Anyone know what happened? Were they another example of good idea, good backstory but bad execution?

Mungeclimber

Trad climber
sorry, just posting out loud.
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:08pm PT
uh, ihateplastic said 'backstory'

huh huh huh


zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:16pm PT
one word sez it all:

DAAAAAAAAMN!

Your honor, i plead insanity. I just be crazee about dat stuff.
caughtinside

Social climber
Davis, CA
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:20pm PT
stylish and overpriced garments? Climbers are the wrong market. Seriously, why pay $40 for a tshirt that'll get shredded on one wide section or shoulder scum?
MisterE

Trad climber
Meeteetse, Wyoming
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:22pm PT
Metrosexual Eastcoast climberwear -

don't forget your square glasses, soul patch and tattoos!
Karl Baba

Trad climber
Yosemite, Ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:22pm PT
Maybe they got threatened with Death?

After all, Khadija was Mohammed's first wife and I doubt she dressed like that..

Peace

Karl
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:23pm PT
I'd pay $40 for that shirt, if i could take it off that model with my teeth.

$100 for the shorts.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Aug 2, 2009 - 07:26pm PT
Caughtinside... I think you nailed it. The climbing market is a small population of people who would rather spend money on gas and cams than a nice shirt/shorts/etc.

For every climber willing to drop money on a shirt there are 1,000 teen girls ready to buy two.

But, from a design/fashion standpoint this brand had a nice line.
east side underground

Trad climber
Hilton crk,ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:28pm PT
Holy butt-cheek, Batman!!
Porkchop_express

Trad climber
the base of the Shawangunk Ridge
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:31pm PT
I think it was Ivan Greene's brainchild. While I am from the east (upstate ny) I think that MR E pretty much hit the nail on the head. Hence why I am moving! The company itself I think might have gotten bought out. I personally wouldn't spend a dime on that crap.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Aug 2, 2009 - 07:32pm PT
nice line indeed!
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:42am PT
... "where the sun do shine" : p
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:49am PT
^^^^^^^^
Talk about an out of the Blue bump.

Biotch must be BORED.

Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Feb 4, 2013 - 01:54am PT
the stopped selling clothes and started selling jam...




cuz jelly don't shake like that!
schwortz

Social climber
"close to everything = not at anything", ca
Feb 4, 2013 - 03:31am PT
ivan greene's old brand

the name/backstory came from his sister who died of aids...its also a new-school classic boulder problem in the gunks...

http://www.outsideonline.com/outdoor-adventure/climbing/rock-climbing/Social-Climber.html

you old guys should climb and read more and post less
Jan

Mountain climber
Okinawa, Japan
Feb 4, 2013 - 05:37am PT
Khadejha was the name of Mohammed's favorite wife. Probably not a good logo after Sept. 11.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:36am PT
stylish and overpriced garments? Climbers are the wrong market.

So true! Come up with some bland, overpriced garments and you have a chance with climbers.
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:46am PT
Speaking of, has ANYONE here EVER bought a Nau product? http://www.nau.com/
Kind of a Patagonia wannabe, striving to be "fair trade free range" clothing. Costs more.



































Me either.
Nilepoc

Boulder climber
Tx
Feb 4, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Hookers and blow killed it.

Really the brand was doing well but IG failed to carry the momentum they generated. They just broke into Japan, when they folded. (Japan is one of the only countries to blow stupid money On Climbing apparel) I can see why they failed after my brief stab at active clothing retail. Ever heard of granitlife? There are only so many climbers with cash and everyone in the industry wants everything for free.

IG is now a coffee purveyor in NYC. Brand is PUDGE KNUCKLES

happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Interesting to know he went into the coffee thing. I had wondered, and seen him out in the Gunks but didn't know him enough to ask.

So then Khadeja was part of Ivan's learning process as an entrepreneur. Hope he can do well with this venture(which I see carries over with a clothing merchandising line). Most businesses do "fail" - but failure is in the eyes of the beholder. They may not be financially viable, but what one learns from doing even the initial steps in beginning a business are valuable. I just wish I could get through that transitional phase of non-finacially viable ops to one that makes money myself! (Latest is a new line of beaded jewelry which I am in pre-launch mode, at http://www.etsy.com/shop/TalismanToo);



Speaking of which...IHatePlastic - I know you put some big effort into that social site - what is going on there? Pinterest took a few years before exploding, so just because it wasn't a runaway success doesn't mean all that much...






Randisi

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Feb 4, 2013 - 11:16am PT
Ivan Greene is a schmuck.
Ihateplastic

Trad climber
It ain't El Cap, Oregon
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 4, 2013 - 11:44am PT
Happiegirl...

Speaking of which...IHatePlastic - I know you put some big effort into that social site - what is going on there? Pinterest took a few years before exploding, so just because it wasn't a runaway success doesn't mean all that much...

Thanks for remembering and asking! The site is still live but no longer has my focus. We invested quite a bit of money and tons of time into Wordspreadz. On a scale of 1-10 I would say we reached a 3 or 4 success-wise. It became obvious no one really wanted to discuss serious topics when they could go to Facebook and brag about... well anything non serious. I have spent many, many years on startups both technical and non-technical and both successful and non-successful and I can tell you there is nothing elese I would rather do! A ton of work? Yep! A risk? Yep!

Fortunately the technology we developed is being repurposed (HATE that word!) for something else I am heading up. This one has a rather interesting audience and is not entirely tech-oriented. We shall see...

As for your efforts and work... DON'T EVER GIVE UP! A success on your own is always the best success!
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