Richard Dash has been designing and responsibly manufacturing hemp clothing for 17 years, since 1997. Coming from a garment industry backround, RD has owned and operated retail and apparel manufacturing companies in Hawaii and California. He received a BA in history from UC Berkeley, and has traveled extensively as an international tour director to over 85 countries.
Dedicated to the legalization of Industrial Hemp in the US, Richard is on the Board of Directors of the HIA (Hemp Industries Assn.)
The company's founder and owner, Richard Dash has an
extensive backround 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, and is very sensitive to manufacturing conditions. Dash
Hemp works only with sweat-free labor in manufacturing their Hemp clothing, not
in big factories, but in 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. spent 2 days in Oregon with hemp manufacturers and piece good
importers, purchased some jersey material, and began manufacturing T shirts in
Dash became involved in the Hemp Movement to legalize industrial Hemp
in 1999, 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.