A Small Part of Something Big

April 16, 2015 | 3 Comments

A couple weeks ago my wife and I had the privilege to return to Honduras to visit some of the orphanages that we support through our Charity Drive in partnership with Rice Bowls. It’s been awesome to be able to develop deeper relationships with the kids each time we visit. From endless piggy back rides, to playing soccer and basketball, to just hanging out with them while they make fun of our terrible Spanish, it was an exhausting week but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. As you can see from the photos these kids are full of energy!

From the outside it may seem illogical to take a whole week off when there’s so much work to get done and emails piling up, but I can’t even tell you how refreshing it is to step away from my desk and be 100% present serving these kids.

One thing I’ve learned in life and running a business is that our lives will always be busy and only get busier. Sometimes you just have to force yourself to break away and do the things that you “hope to get around to” someday. Whether that’s helping at an orphanage or visiting a family member you haven’t seen in a while, you won’t regret it.

Thanks to all of you who help us feed these beautiful kids and play a small part of something big!

Learn more about Rice Bowls and how to get involved: RiceBowls.org











New Mini Sketchbooks

March 25, 2015 | 1 Comment

Inspiration can strike at any time and it’s important to capture those ideas wherever you are. Although we have all sorts of devices and technology around us, sometimes the best way to think through an idea is with old fashioned pen and paper. There’s something about physically writing things down that helps us remember and process them differently.

The new Mini Sketchbook Set includes 3 sketchbooks featuring 3 of our favorite designs. The books are made in the USA from 100% recycled paper and printed with vegetable-based inks. Each book contains 32 blank pages, measuring 3.5″ x 5″ – a perfect size to carry in a pocket or bag. Check out all of the details here.

View all of the Mini Sketchbook Details Here

We have a lot more in the works including some special collaborations that I’ll be sharing more details about soon.

Next week, we’re off to Honduras to help at one of the orphanages that we partner with. You can follow me on Instagram for photos of our trip.



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 | 1 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!

 



2014 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 >