The company’s founder and owner, Richard Dash has an extensive back round in the apparel business in retail and manufacturing. He formed an apparel company in Honolulu in the 1970s that manufactured women’s accessories, swimwear, tops, and started/managed/owned the Lobster and Roses retail stores in Honolulu and Maui. In 1985 Dash put his apparel business on the back burner and returned to his previous profession conducting international tours.
International travel afforded Dash a unique perspective on the plight of third world people. He has seen firsthand the living and working conditions in these countries. This helped him understand that manufacturing conditions needed to be humane and sustainable. Dash Hemp works only with sweat-free labor in manufacturing their Hemp clothing; not in big factories, but in relatively small work shops in China, where the Hemp is grown.
His passion for Hemp began in 1997, when Dash attended the WHEE Festival in Oregon. That visit convinced him that Hemp was the Fiber of the future for apparel, and indeed, could eventually play a major role in the apparel industry in the U.S. Dash spent two days in Oregon with Rich Morrisey of Jus Natural and Larry Serbin of Hemp Traders. The love affair with hemp began. He purchased some jersey material from Larry, and began manufacturing T shirts in Los Angeles selling mainly to Japan through Japanese trading companies in Los Angeles.
Dash became involved in the Hemp Movement to legalize industrial Hemp in 1998, and continues to design and manufacture some of the most unique garments in the Hemp Industry. High quality, versatility, and attention to detail are his primary concerns. Dash Hemp knits exclusive, innovative fabrics for use in their garments.
Dash constantly pushes his contractors to provide more sustainable working conditions.
We are a small company. Don’t be surprised if I answer the phone. I may be the CEO, but I’m also the janitor. Thanks so much!
Clothes have always been an issue; what to take, how are they going to get cleaned,
and how are they going to feel and wear in hot and humid climates. In the last few years,
your clothes have become a mainstay of my wardrobe.
They pack great, clean up easily . . . and just look and feel tropical.
Ace Hoffman Carlsbad, CA
And did I mention they look really good without ironing?
Bob Gavrich, Alameda, CA
Leslie DavisBelmont, Ca.
Pete Gemma Alameda, CA
Gary Schafer, Compton, California
Anyway, I was in a store with my granddaughter the other day looking at clothes for her, and she pointed out a pair of stonewashed blue jeans – cotton, of course – and said she thought I would look good in them. So I tried them on. What a revelation that was! I have not been in a pair of cotton jeans since well, 2008 I guess, but I had worn them since I was a child, and that was 60 years ago.
I had never realized before now how incredibly uncomfortable regular jeans are – they bite at the crotch and they bite at the legs. Of course, they were new and had not had the sizing washed out – but I bought my hemp jeans brand new there in your store, and I put them right on, and they never bit me anywhere; they were incredibly comfortable – like a pair of expensive slacks – from the first time I wore them. So when I saw the new Boulder Creek Hemp Jeans, I could hardly wait to order a pair, and now I can hardly wait for them to get here! Dash Hemp has ruined me for cotton blue jeans, you know, probably for the rest of my life. And I just wanted to say thank you.
Margaret (Peg) Schwiebert, Hamler, OH
James Patrick Miculka
I love the pants, shirt, and robe, and thank you for the extra socks as well. I am so tickled with all of the products. Would you kindly send another pair of the same pants in a different color and a long sleeve shirt (light color)? Additionally, when they are ready for distribution, would you kindly mail to me a pair of the new jeans (32/32) that you mentioned on the phone.
You provide an excellent product Richard and at a very fair price; one could buy a far lesser product and pay nearly the same price. Just thought I would let you know.
even on a hot day, and look equally good with a business suit or dress pants. And thank you for the socks! I’ve tried them out with riding boots and they kept my feet cool and comfortable. You have a customer for life!
Dr. Janis Cox Jones
William C. Burks
Dawn and Terry Bean
George Mezalis, Ph.D
That first long sleeve hemp tee sure was a great way to get started, but having a few short sleeves now gives me more times I can wear your stuff. I get very warm in the tropics where I vacation regularly and a T-shirt is usually more than I would wear there (I usually go more for tank tops in the heat), but there were great for traveling and I found the days I wore them for arrival and departure to be very comfortable even in the heat. And the polo I got feels so great on me. The fabric has a really special feel to it light and heavy at the same time. I don’t know how else to explain it. It’s got a nice heavy drapy feel, but is lightweight and not too hot.
Andy Clifford Head Aquatics Coac
Luis & Maria
Scott L., Oakland, Calif.