The bandits story
on A Mission to Build a BETTER Bandana
It all began in Bali, on a sweltering summer day in 2017. We were Riding motorbikes (ok they were More like scooters, really) traversing the island in search of incredible places to shoot photos. At one stop, As we went to adjust the old bandanas we were wearing (and sweating through) for the third day in a row… Bandits was born.
We loved the way bandanas made us feel. We loved the confidence, the freedom, and the outlaw attitude a bandana personified. We loved bandanas, but as we went to re-tie them around our faces for the ride, the fraying fabric (and the smell) told us it was probably time for something new.
What we didn’t love was when we started looking around for bandanas to buy and realized how BORING they all were! Low quality cotton, played-out patterns, and way too much paisley.
More than a bandana
Let’s face it - there’s a certain “swag” that comes with rocking a bandana. From the start, we knew that BANDITS needed to embody thAT sense of originality, individuality, and self-determination that made us fall in love with bandanas in the first place.
In creating BANDITS, we wanted to build a Bandana that could be a platform to promote and discover artists; a bandana that could be a catalyst for positive change around the world; A comfortable, sustainable, ethical bandana perfect for any adventure; a bandana for creators, originals, explorers, Outlaws, and anyone who aspires to be.
And so BANDITS began, on A MISSION to build A BETTER Bandana
WhaT Makes BANDITS better?
Our bandanas feature original, Never-before-seen designs created by artists from around the world. We work directly with each artist TO commission designs exclusively for BANDITS.
PLus - BANDITS are built big (between 21’’ to 22’’ per side) so you can FLY, fold, style, and tie up your bandana in ANY way you want. THERE'S NO WRONG WAY TO WEAR ONE!
Our bandanas don't just look Great, they do good across the globe! For every bandana we sell, BANDITS DONATES 10% of the sales proceeds TO different charities chosen by Each design's artist.
Not only does this give you the chance to choose your favorite cause to support, it’s also a great way to learn about the work being done by amazing charitable organizations around the world!
OUR BANDANAS ARE MADE FROM ULTRA-SOFT, 100% ORGANIC COTTON. ALL OF OUR COTTON IS GOTS CERTIFIED AND SUSTAINABLY SOURCED FROM CHETNA ORGANIC - AN ORGANIZATION THAT SUPPORTS AND IMPROVES THE LIVELIHOOD OF SMALL FARMERS IN INDIA
EVERY BANDITS BANDANA IS CUT, PRINTED, SEWN, AND PACKAGED BY HAND AT OUR FAIR TRADE CERTIFIED PARTNER FACILITY IN kolkata, INDIA. BANDITS HAS PERSONALLY VISITED AND INSPECTED THE FACILITY TO ENSURE ETHICAL WORKING CONDITIONS FOR EVERY PERSON INVOLVED IN THE MANUFACTURING OF OUR BANDANAS
ABOUT THE FOUNDERs
nicole & Connor Humphreys are the co-Founders of BANDITS and a couple of self-proclaimed "Bandana enthusiasts."
After many years living in Venice Beach, CA in 2017 they decided to quit their unfulfilling office jobs and move full time to Bali, Indonesia. While traversing the island on motorbikes that Summer, they realized a need to replace the frayed, sweaty bandanas that had become essential for their rides.
When all they could find was scratchy cotton, boring patterns, and suspect manufacturing, the idea for BANDITS was born. Building upon Nicole’s extensive work in the non-profit sector and Connor’s business background, they set out to build a bandana that would spark collaboration, inspire original expression, and create positive change.
Since that fateful ride Nicole and Connor have travelled the globe to find the perfect blend of sustainably-sourced, 100% Organic Cotton. They have searched and sampled from countless manufacturers to ultimately find an incredible Fair Trade certified partner in Kolkata, India. They spent countless hours discovering the most original artistic talents in the world and working with them to create mind-blowing bandana designs.
Most importantly though, when figuring out how (not if) BANDITS would give back to the world, they put the choice in the hands of the artists. The simple but important decision to donate 10% of sales to charities chosen by the design artists helped to create a platform for customers not just to buy a bandana, but to experience a more personal connection with the designs, the artists, and the amazing charities they’re helping to support.
By providing artists a platform to monetize their work, promote their portfolios, and raise awareness for charitable causes they are passionate about, Nicole & Connor aim to grow BANDITS into a global brand supporting people and organizations making the world a better, more beautiful place!