Lower Park is dedicated to hand-sourcing textiles from different countries around the world. We promote travel and internationality through limited edition products with worldwide backgrounds.
Lower Park was created from traveling & living abroad. Founder Andre Wikén moved to Guadalajara, México in 2012 to learn Spanish and ended up spending over three years and starting two hostels that hosted 100's international backpackers and students from around the world. Andre had already been a travel enthusiast with a appreciation for textiles when he started Lower Park. One afternoon he went with some friends to an area of Guadalajara where manufacturing materials are sold and asked around for a hat maker.
Check out our production video where we make our product. Our hats are made in the center of Guadalajara, Jalisco. Hector is the man who is in charge of the factory and has helped maintain the quality of our caps. He's been in the hat business for over 30 years and has worked with any fabric we throw his way.
In late 2014 we made our first batch of 300 hats with textiles from Syria, México and the United States. The Syrian textiles came from a Syrian Refugee store owner we met while living in Berlin. The US designs came from San Francisco, mostly vintage upholstery fabrics. The Méxican textiles originally came from a sourcing trip to Chiapas, México. We sold 90% of the first 300 hats in the streets of San Francisco. This funded our second sourcing triop.
In mid 2015 we brought our 1.5 year old daughter to Turkey, Bulgaria, Greece, Spain & Morocco for three months. Selling hats in the streets of Istanbul & Barcelona helped fund the second production. We returned with five large, fifty pound suitcases full of textiles and this helped us produce enough stock to start vending at festivals, craft fairs and pop up shops.
Since launching, we’ve sourced fabrics from Turkey, Syria, Morocco, Germany, Spain, Italy, México, USA, Canada, Nepal, India & Australia. We hope to source from every country. Our next trip is scheduled from late 2018 to Thailand & Indonesia.
Thanks for your support in helping us live an life full of travel, design & culture. We hope to continue traveling and one day have textiles from all corners of the world. Don't work too much, buy a plane ticket somewhere and get lost. You never know who you'll meet and what you'll get into. Check out our soundcloud to hear worldwide mixes and field recordings.