Grassroots California is progressive clothing company. Started in Venice Beach, California, Grassroots quickly became a staple in the music and counterculture world. Grassroots specializes in custom Hats but has grown into a full streetwear clothing company for both men and women. Grassroots has two store locations in Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. Grassroots collaborates with hundreds of artists around the globe every year and donates 1% of sales back to charity.
Grassroots started vending Shambhala in 2011 and making collaboration hats for them in 2013. Since then Grassroots has made the official hats for Shambhala every year and has also been vendors. Over the years the team has made lots of connections and friendships at Shambhala and it is always regarded by Grassroots as the best music festival.
Inkspoon is the creative brain child of husband and wife team Lauren and Blake Wylder. The project was founded in 2006 while Blake and Lauren were completing studies at Emily Car Institute of Art and Design. Most of the styles and art-work are designed in-house, but we also have a small but growing net-work of amazing artists we call upon to contribute their creativity. The garments are sewn up in small batches by two teams of seamsters in Vancouver and Nelson, BC, Canada. Each garment is then hand printed in a limited edition series’ in our home/studio on Salt Spring Island, BC. Our printing process involves each piece being silkscreened up to a dozen times in order to achieve a desired effect. The arrangement and hue of each print layer is chosen on the fly, in a freestyle process, resulting in garments that each have a unique composition and flare. No two pieces are exactly the same.
Since 2012 we have enjoyed working with Shambhala on creating a new and unique merchandise line each year of the festival. As Shambhallers ourselves since 2003 and earlier we have had fun coming up with designs we feel express the evolving but essential vibes of the festival. We appreciate the trust we are given in expressing our creative freedom on this project. We put a lot of time thought and love into the creation of the Inkspoon Shambhala merch line and look forward to working on it each year.