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Lyft Brands Group and California Lake Capital to Re-Launch and Revitalize Iconic Chip & Pepper® Apparel Brand

“C&P began as an apparel brand that established a niche among guys who sought a cool and California casual skate and surf look,” Fernstrom said.

Lyft Brands Group LLC and California Lake Capital, Inc. today announced that they have inked a deal to globally relaunch and revitalize the iconic Chip & Pepper® apparel brand.

Under the agreement, Lyft Brands acquired the exclusive right to lead and manage the Chip & Pepper® relaunch, in partnership with California Lake Capital (CLC) and Domac LLC, which jointly acquired the brand in 2010.

Chip & Pepper was founded in the mid-eighties by identical twins Chip and Pepper Foster, who hail from Winnipeg, Canada. The Fosters started the business by selling t-shirts out of the back of a truck in Venice Beach, California, at one point growing the operation to over two hundred million dollars in annual sales.

Reflecting its original inspiration from the Foster brothers’ summers on California’s trendy beaches, Chip & Pepper, which pioneered the denim market in the late 1990’s, is widely recognized for its skate and surf lifestyle apparel, as well as its worldwide loyal following among consumers with active, outdoor lifestyles.

“Chip & Pepper represents an inspirational, yet affordable and highly relevant brand for the modern consumer with high expectations of style and quality,” said Lyft Brands CEO Sara Fernstrom. “Chip & Pepper combines cool and breezy with individualism and affordability in a way that makes the brand truly unique. There isn’t another apparel brand out there with the deep consumer roots and untapped potential of Chip & Pepper.”

Through the relaunch and revitalization of Chip & Pepper, Lyft Brands and CLC are seeking to expand the brand into more than 25 retail chains in Europe, Australia, Canada and Asia. Lyft Brands will manage the Chip & Pepper campaign out of its headquarters in New York, and also plans to open a design studio in Sweden to support the brand’s anticipated European growth.

“C&P began as an apparel brand that established a niche among guys who sought a cool and California casual skate and surf look,” Fernstrom said. “When we looked at licensing and where the whitespace is today, we started to reimagine the brand around California Lifestyle and all the different extensions which the skate-and-surf culture offers. When we did our homework, we saw tremendous potential for Chip & Pepper to grow way beyond apparel.”

“The look is clean, effortless, and nonchalantly chic,” Fernstrom continued. “It’s the new global style of Chip & Pepper – the “New California Casual”, with no bells, no whistles, no feathers and no spikes. Just Chip & Pepper and California Casual with a new, fresh look.”

Drew Craig, President of CLC,…

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