Here at KD Kanopy, we have the pleasure of working with some amazing companies and people in our line of work. Which is why in our next series of blog posts, we are going to feature some of our clients so you can get to know them a little more too.
One that tops that list is Choonimals Clothing Co. Founded in 2007, the Columbus, Ohio based company creates a unique twist on the animal kingdom we all know and love. We dive in a bit deeper in this Q&A with one of the founder, Matt Peters to learn more about how they got started and where they are going. As well as a look at how they use their custom KD Kanopy tent!
1) A bit of background
Founded in Columbus, Ohio in 2007, Choonimals Clothing Co. is its own creation of animals and creatures from an otherwise normal animal kingdom. Originating from sketches drawn to pass time and anger teachers during high school classes, the Choonimals artwork style was born. Each “choonimal” has fangs, crooked eyes and the occasional spiked tail. Apart from honoring animals through art, the brand is also committed to raising awareness and support to prominent animal welfare causes, including recent partnerships with Sean Casey Animal Rescue in New York.
2) How did you decide to turn this into a business?
We didn’t mean to start the business… people just really loved the concept of Choonimals so it slowly grew over time and we learned along the way. So, the hardest part, is the unknown. With that said, I would say the biggest reward is also the unknown. We have lived on tour busses, travelled across the country multiple times and met a lot of amazing people along the way. We are excited to see where we go next.
3) How do you stay connected to your customers and fans?
Myself or one of my two co-owners are at every event. We love to personally connect with our fans. If you see our tent at a festival around the country, one of us will be there to say hello!
4) What is the best use you have gotten out of your KD Kanopy tent?
The Warped Tour is our main tour every year. It covers almost 50 cities in 50 days. We see a lot of tents break, crumble, and go to the tour graveyards. Our KD Tent has lasted two long tough years and it is still in great shape. We are only getting a new one for this year because we want to have 2 now!
For more information about Choonimals or to buy some of their apparel go to www.choonimals.com. You can also find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/choonimals, on Twitter @choonimals and Instagram @choonimals and #choonimals.
Check out this video from the founders showcasing the ease of ease of setting up the tent.