Howler Blog

Skulls & Begonias Mutation

Posted on October 22, 2019

The next jam from the Howler Mutations Laboratory is tuned up and ready to take the stage. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the Skulls & Begonias collection! The set list is deep and exploratory with such fan favorites as a printed Mansfield Shirt, a tasty Gaucho Snapshirt and two kind hats. The encore will blow your mind with two t-shirts including one ultra limited edition tie-dye. Tune in now or miss the show.

Thank you for helping with Dorian relief efforts!

Posted on October 18, 2019

We never cease to be amazed by the generosity and caring of the Howler family.   As everyone knows, the first week in September was a tough week for many thanks to the wrath of Hurricane Dorian.  It was an unpredictable storm that took a vast toll on the Bahamas and on parts of the East Coast.  Abaco, an island we love that is home to many friends, took the worst of it.

On September 6, we decided to give all the proceeds of our sales that day to Hurricane Dorian relief.  We raised just over $60,000 that day thanks to our customers generosity.  We received countless calls and emails from you all.  We sincerely appreciate it.

After the dust settled, we spent some time trying to figure out how to best use the funds to help those impacted by the storm.  We ultimately decided to give the funds to SBP, an organization that specializes in disaster relief whose roots go back to Hurricane Katrina.  After speaking to them on the phone and learning about their efforts, we also learned that our gift would be matched two times by Raising Cane’s and Latter & Blum - effectively tripling our impact.

It feels so incredible to be able to help out in this way.  From Hurricane Harvey to California Wildfire relief, the Howler family has always stepped up.  Many thanks to you all.

To read more about SPB and their Dorian relief efforts, please go read this link.  And, as you all are aware, the need for funds will continue for quite some time so please consider making a gift of your own if you can.

https://sbpusa.org/index.php?p=hurricane-dorian-response

Howlin' at the Pond

Posted on October 15, 2019

Denver, join us! We are throwing a big party with our friends at Fishpond this Thursday, 10/17 benefitting Western Rivers Conservancy. Howler's very own, Andy, Mason and Chase, will be performing live with their band, The Wrinkle Neck Mules. Check the details below!

ACL Festival Taster: Curated by Kai Welch

Posted on September 27, 2019

With all the building excitement around the upcoming 2019 ACL Music Festival -- and on the heels of releasing the latest edition of our Yellow Rose Collection -- we felt it was only right to set the mood with some tunes. So, we tapped Howler Ambassador Kai Welch to come up with a playlist of tracks from artists scheduled to perform at the famed Austin gathering. So sit back, tune in, and get your mind right for the Festival.

Howler Brothers for ACL Fest 2019

Posted on September 23, 2019

It’s such a blast for us to team up with our friends at Austin City Limits Music Festival once again for the fourth installment of our limited edition Yellow Rose Collection. If you’ve been to ACL, you know it is the mother of all music festivals. If you haven’t, you can live vicariously by picking up a piece from the collection anyway. 

This year, we once again dug into the flora of our native Texas and added a blooming prickly pear to the mix. Three hats, two snapshirts and a few accessories to round out the lineup. We love what we did this year and think you will too. See you out at Zilker Park.

 

Meet Kai Welch: Howler Ambassador

Posted on September 12, 2019

Howler Ambassador Kai Welch’s life is a dream. He’s a world class musician who currently travels the world as the keyboard player, guitarist and vocalist for Kacey Musgraves. When he is not the road, you can find him surfing, championing environmental causes and producing and recording music in Nashville. We met Kai when he played on studio sessions with Howler founders Andy Stepanian and Mason Brent while they were recording their first Leon III album. We became fast friends and kindred spirits. We recently caught up with Kai during a brief moment of down time from his touring life. We thought you might want to see what he had to say.

So, you’ve covered a lot of ground over the last year or so.  Any spot on the globe that stands out above the rest? 

Yeah we've clocked many many miles on this tour.  I wonder how many - a million, could we have traveled a million miles? Who freakin knows. But one place that does stand out is South Africa. We were there for something called the Global Citizens Festival.  Held in this giant soccer stadium outside of Johannesburg with the goal of raising money to combat extreme poverty and the AIDS epidemic.  The theme was honoring Nelson Mandela's life and work. 76,000 South Africans filled that place with the most vibrant vibe and colors I've ever seen in an audience.  The atmosphere was incredible. Tickets were free but you had to do some quantifiable number of "good deeds" to earn them. People were just so stoked to be there, and every time they flashed a video or audio recording of Nelson Mandela speaking to hope and humankind's better nature, it was electric. It was a true honor to be a part of that. I believe over a billion dollars were raised. And also, ironically, the festival was marred with violence after mass muggings and thefts occurred as people left the stadium. A reminder of how far we have to go, lest we get carried away congratulating ourselves.      

You were raised in Eastern Oregon by what you call “semi-nomadic, back to the land hippy homesteaders”. Where did you come to learn to surf?

I caught my first wave at a spot called Shipwrecks Bay on the North Island of NZ waaay back in 2003. I had basically hitch-hiked my way onto a sailboat that was traversing the NZ coastline, and a couple of the guys onboard were great surfers.  They gave me a couple surf lessons and I sandbagged them on some sketchy sea-cliff climbing expeditions. I got super lucky and my first wave was this long glassy peeler on a splitter day - I remember Rob Machado was there shooting a video. Of course it was all I could do to just stand there and stay on the wave, but I was so hooked. It was the first time I'd seen perfect lines of swell marching in from the horizon. Since then it's my go-to excuse to get away. Surfing, climbing, and floating rivers help me survive a career in the music business.

You ever get to grab some waves on your days off?  

Yeah!  I'm pretty fortunate that way. Over the past year I've gotten to surf in Hawaii, New Zealand, Mexico, buncha classic Cali spots, and one shitty day in Florida watching bull sharks churn the brackish garbage waters.  

You’re the founder of Music for Wild Places. What’s that all about?  

Music For Wild Places is my way of bringing together the things I believe in most passionately.  Music and wilderness. Essentially it's an attempt to break live music out of the confines of venues and festivals, and bring it out into the magical out-of-doors that I think are critically important for people to experience. For the past six years, we've been putting together guided multi-day river trips in Oregon and Idaho, featuring world-class live music. I often collaborate with the river company I used to guide for, Winding Waters out of Joseph, OR. In 2017 I got to team up with some other badass folks on a trip to Tibet to float the headwaters of the Mekong river in collaboration with Tibetan and American musicians. That story is on Patagonia's blog - read it here

You recently recorded the soundtrack for our Bienvenidos A Miami collection launch video? How does that rank among your musical moments of the last year? Gotta be up there right?

Haha yeah SNL and Madison Square Garden were kind of anti-climactic, but sequencing those gated 80s drum sounds for the Howler Bros Miami campaign can only be described as divine inspiration. I felt what Michelangelo must have felt when he was polishing the marble buttocks of the statue of David for the final time. Mama mia. Butt seriously tho - I love making different kinds of music every chance I get, and that was definitely different.

You joined the Howler crew for our fall 2019 photoshoot in Nantucket. Did you leave there a better man or damaged goods?  

That trip was very damaging and I'd rather not talk about it. 

Check out the Bienvenidos A Miami launch video Kai scored below.

 

The Call Of Fall

Posted on August 19, 2019

Our brand new Fall 2019 line is out now and it is amazingly deep. We had the opportunity to not only make up some of our year in and year out favorites like the Merlin and Harker's Flannel but add a long list of cool and creative things to the lineup. As always, it's hard to say our favorite. The new Spellbinder Parka is high on the list as it's one of our most robust outerwear pieces ever. The Lightning Quilted Jacket is also awesome. It's ultra light and will get you by in everything from cool to super cold. The Quintana Quilted Flannel and web exclusive Dust Up Denim are brand new and unique.

Take the time to dig around and see what our design minds came up with. There are too many cool things to name here.

Howler Kids

Posted on August 13, 2019

We've been hearing about this for years. "You need to make things for my kids!" or "My son steals all of my Howler stuff even though it doesn't fit him". Well, we've heard your call and are oh so happy and excited to launch our first Howler line for kids. We think it's so cool and we think your kids will too. Here's a little sample of what we made for the little Howlers.

 

Bienvenidos a Miami!

Posted on July 22, 2019

¡Bienvenidos! Fire up the cigarette boat and bust out the neon because the Howler Mutations laboratory is at it again with our prime for summertime Bienvenidos a Miami Collection. Flamingos, fast boats, bonefish and boat drinks. You feel it?

Recently, two of our most experienced operatives, Honson Lau and Kristen Mustad, took the collection deep undercover in Miami. They found high crimes and tight lines. Take a look!

El Patrón

Posted on July 8, 2019

It's no secret that Mexi Log Fest is one of our absolute favorite events. Cool tunes, amazing people and plenty o' longboard riding. Get a taste of what it's like in La Saladita during this annual pilgrimage by checking out our brand new video feature on Howler Ambassador and Mexi Log Fest capitán Israel Preciado. Then top of your dome with the Super Bueno hat we created for this year's competition.