In our ongoing series spotlighting the faces behind core companies who practice what they preach, we caught up with JJ Thomas of YEA.NICE. He Co-founded it in 2010 after an accomplished snowboard career that included an Olympic bronze medal in the 2002 snowboard halfpipe, an X-Games gold medalist, and 2010 Dew Tour Champion. He took his battle-tested beanie knowledge to build a brand, and it we’re stoked he shared it with SWELL.
What was the inspiration for focusing solely on building a beanie brand?
JJ:Beanies speak to Josh’s (co-founder) and I’s roots after bearing some of the harshest winter conditions so we understand quality from a functional standpoint as well. We engineered a new in-store beanie display to give our customers a unique experience when selecting trying on our beanies at retail, we also created Beanies4Life, a one for one program that helps the homeless community through our beanies, so everything we’re accomplishing comes back to beanies which is why we made that choice to be a beanie focused brand. (more…)