Looptworks is Microsoft's bag, provides DMB's cover
By Andy Giegerich
Digital Managing Editor
Looptworks co-founders Scott Hamlin (left) and Gary Peck's upcycling skills have earned deals in recent weeks from the Dave Matthews Band and, for the second time in two years, Microsoft Corp.
As it marks a banner first quarter, Portland’s Looptworks continues to keep some pretty heady company.
The upcycling apparel maker will supply material for T-shirts for the Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour. The Matthews outfit is one of the world’s top music attractions, selling 1.27 million concert tickets — and presumably selling reams of T-shirts — in 2010.
Looptworks will deliver each of the official tour shirts, said Scott Hamlin, Looptworks’ co-founder.
“We got hooked up with them and the band liked what we’re doing,” Hamlin said.
The arrangement coincides with great financial news for the company along with another high-profile partnership. On the money front, Looptworks’ first-quarter revenue is already between 80 percent and 90 percent of its total for 2012.
Looptworks also announced this week it has renewed an arrangement to supply daypacks at Microsoft’s TechEd Conferences in North America and Europe. Nearly 18,000 people attend both conferences.
Looptworks also supplied the daypacks last year.
“We’re seeing really good traction with our collaborative channel,” Hamlin said. “That means working together with companies to create products that have a low environmental impact. As we do that, we can hand over water conservation numbers, carbon emission avoidance numbers and physical waste avoidance.”
Production of the Looptworks packs requires 48 fewer gallons of water, 71 percent fewer carbon emissions and 2.4 yards of physical waste than comparable producers use to make similar bags. Looptworks makes the products from “excess materials and components.”
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