Alki Apparel officially started in 2009, but the idea has been in the works for a number of years. I'm Scott and I dreamed up the idea for Alki Apparel's first collection of lounge shorts during an unusually hot summer in Seattle. I wanted something comfortable and lightweight to wear when I came home after a long day at work, but my only real options were athletic shorts or cut off sweats (not quite good enough). Fast forward a couple of years and my wife and I were getting ready for a trip to Southern California. I searched and searched for a pair of lightweight shorts for hanging out or sleeping. The pajama shorts? Not very stylish. The common fleece shorts? Too heavy! So, I cut a pair of hospital scrubs into shorts and Alki Apparel (Version 1.0) was created. They were comfortable, but they definitely needed some style. I thought I was onto something when the other guys seemed a little jealous and asked where I bought them.
After a lot of research, I found the right mix of fabrics which would be the answer to all my desires: lightweight, breathable, washable, durable and most importantly, comfortable! All that was left? Abandon all fear and dive head first into the fashion industry (good thing I was wearing comfortable shorts). Alki Apparel might have been born because of my need for shorts but my search for comfortable clothing lives on!
So why the Name Alki? (Pronounced: AL-k’eye)
For several years, I lived just blocks from Seattle's picturesque Alki Beach. The name Alki reminds me of incredible summers, walks to the bakery, having drinks on the balcony with friends and the unforgettable views of Puget Sound! I wanted a name to reflect my love for Alki and Seattle, and I couldn’t think of a better name to describe the clothes that embody this relaxed lifestyle.