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KAVU brings a bit of Ballard to downtown Seattle with second retail location


Seattle, WA – On January 27, KAVU, the true outdoor lifestyle clothing brand, will open a second retail location in downtown Seattle at 1215 First Avenue.

Located in a growing retail district in close proximity to popular Seattle tourist destinations, the 1,600 square-foot store is KAVU’s second Seattle location. KAVU opened its flagship store, KAVU World, in Ballard in 2001.

“KAVU has its roots here in Seattle; we’re psyched to extend our product offerings to a new location and connect with the growing urban customer base and tourists alike,” said KAVU founder and president, Barry Barr.

Barr started KAVU in 1993 with the Strapcap, a low profile ball cap with an adjustable web strap designed to stay in place in all types of conditions. Twenty-one years later the strap cap is still produced in the greater Seattle area and the brand has grown to include men’s and women’s outerwear and sportswear, eyewear accessories and an extensive bag collection.

The new store will highlight KAVU’s Seattle heritage with a robust collection of sling bags, totes, packs, wallets, clutches and accessories just in time for the holiday season.

Situated one block south of the Seattle Art Museum and The Pike Place Market, the new store provides access to a valuable contingency of new and old KAVU customers including a growing number of tourists and sightseers.

The KAVU downtown Seattle store will be open from 10am to 9pm daily.

About KAVU

Founded in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, KAVU has been committed to creating clothing and accessories for people to live life to the fullest since it delivered its first hat in 1993. KAVU derives its name from an aviation acronym, “Klear above visibility unlimited,” which has been the company’s guiding principle. Learn more at For additional media information, please contact Kara Herlihy at Pale Morning Media,, (802)583-6070.