Ampersand Insulated Bottle

February 23, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Travel mugs are a dime a dozen these days, but most of them have issues like a clunky handle, flimsy construction, or poor insulation. Rather than trying to solve these problems on our own we decided to team up with our favorite bottle company Klean Kanteen to make some awesome Ugmonk travel mugs.

This 16oz vacuum insulated bottle will keep your drinks warm for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. The insulation also means your bottle won’t sweat and soak through your bag or burn your hand. The wide mouth opening and 18/8 food-grade stainless steel makes it easy to clean and keeps it from retaining flavors. The wide mouth also makes it easy to fill and pour. There’s no need for special shaped ice cubes.

Choose from the twist top cafe cap for easy access to your beverage or add a perfectly spill proof loop cap that allows you to easily clip your bottle onto your bag or belt.

Check out the full details in the shop.

Check out the full details in the shop.



Startup Camp Podcast Interview

February 10, 2015 | Leave a Comment

I was honored to be the guest on Dale Partridge’s StartupCamp Podcast and share the story behind Ugmonk’s success and my vision for the brand. Dale is an incredible entrepreneur and leader and someone I’ve always admired. From the amazing things he did with Sevenly to what he’s doing now with StartupCamp and his new book People Over Profit, he’s an inspiration in all that he does. Be sure to check out the rest of the podcast episodes as well. Lots of great insight and stories from other entrepreneurs and business owners.

Listen to the Podcast Here

(Or listen on iTunes here)



Mountains in the Mountains

February 5, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Our new Mountains Crewnecks have been selling faster than we can make them. We just restocked them in all sizes so if you’ve been wanting to grab one, now’s your chance.

We teamed up with our talented friend Bethany Olson for a special Mountains photoshoot to showcase the crewnecks out in the wild. Pick one up in the shop and stay cosy in this super soft fleece.












More photos and details here.



Making Room

January 28, 2015 | Leave a Comment

Over the years our collection has grown from just 4 different tees to almost 200 hundred different products. While we hate to say goodbye to any of our products, we have to make space for all of the new stuff that we have planned for 2015.

Now’s your last chance to snag the final stock of the following tees before they’re gone for good. Sizes and quantities are limited. Grab them now for only $19 each. Click here to shop the sale.



2014 Year in Review

January 8, 2015 | 3 Comments

2014 was our biggest year yet! We released more products, sold more products, had more website visits, and set a new record for our annual Charity Drive. These past 6.5 years have been a fun journey and we’ve had our ups and downs, but thankfully more ups than downs.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me and allowed me to continue pursuing my creative passion. I’m incredibly grateful that I get to wake up every day and continue pushing the brand to new heights!

Here are some of our favorite moments from the past year:













Here’s to an even bigger 2015!

 



2015 Charity Drive Total

January 2, 2015 | Leave a Comment

This year’s Ugmonk Charity Drive was our biggest one yet! Between your orders, generous donations, and the private donor match we’re donating a grand total of 16,557 meals to kids around the world through our partnership with Rice Bowls.

It’s exciting to see be able to give back more each year and see the real impact that it’s having on so many lives. We can’t wait to visit some of the kids again in person. Thanks for all of your support!

Check out some photos from our past trips here and here.



The Beauty in Keeping Things Small

December 22, 2014 | 2 Comments

I was honored to do an interview with 99U.com about my approach to how I run Ugmonk. Even though our culture seems to promote fast growth as the way to success, I prefer limiting things and growing at a slower pace. We’re not growing a hockey-stick growth, but we’re growing enough. We’re building a loyal fan base and we’re in it for the long haul. I’m able to keep Ugmonk small and handle almost every part of the business, which does limit me on the creative side sometimes. I can’t release a hundreds of products every year or speak at dozens of conferences. I have to be selective and limit everything I do.

But I’m okay with all those things right now. I choose to keep it small, lean, and profitable. We don’t have any outside investment. Our ”small” might grow in the next couple of years, but we’re not really focused on trying to build out a huge global team…

Read the full interview here

Read the full interview here



Last Day to Order for Christmas

December 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Only 7 days until Christmas. But don’t panic, you have one last chance to place an order. And to help you out we’ll even ship it for free! (USA only). Order by 11:59pm PST December 18 with code FREESHIP and we’ll get it to you by Christmas Eve. Go to the shop >



Minimize

December 1, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Our lives are full – full of stuff, full of responsibilities, full of distractions. Anyone who works with plants knows that sometimes the best thing for a plant is to prune away everything but the most healthy branches. In the process the gardener will seem to be pruning branches that are good, but if left on the plant, they will steal away nutrients from the best branches.

Our lives could all use a pruning – an evaluation of what is and is not important – and a reduction, leaving us healthier in the best parts of life.

Minimize what’s not important so that you can maximize what’s most important.



Buy Some & Give Some

We’re continuing our collaboration with our friends at Rice Bowls with our 7th Annual Charity Drive to help feed kids in need. Starting today through the end of 2014, each item purchased provides 3 meals for orphans around the world.

You can also contribute directly to the Charity Drive and have your donation tripled by a private donor.

New Products

Lots of new goods just hit the shop: crewnecks, tees, canvas pouches, prints, and new messenger bags. Check out all of the details below or head over to the shop for more photos.



 

Special Holiday Sale

Through Monday (Dec. 1) use code MINIMIZE20 to get 20% off everything in our shop. Get your holiday shopping done early and save big.



Iceland

November 4, 2014 | 24 Comments

Iceland is magical! There’s no other way to describe it. My wife and I recently took a trip to Iceland and explored some incredible spots along the southern coast and around Reykjavik. I could go on for hours about all of the amazing sights we saw, but in this case pictures and video are truly worth more than words. If you ever have the chance to visit, do it!

I shot and edited this short video to recap some of the highlights from our trip. All shot on my new Olympus EM-10 with f2.8 12-40mm lens. I’ll be writing more about my new camera setup in the future, but it was a lot of fun to put it through its paces on our trip.

FREE DESKTOP WALLPAPERS

I put together 25 of my favorite photos that you can download here. I’m giving these away for free, but if you’d like to support me just head over to the shop.

ADDITIONAL PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS

I shot a well over a thousand photos throughout the trip I posted some of my favorites below. We had an absolute blast and barely scratched the surface of what Iceland has to offer and hope to go back in the future. Follow me on Instagram for more photos.