LOCAL COLORADO START-UP, Belong Designs, AIMS TO BE MORE THAN JUST ANOTHER CO BRAND
Belong Co-Founder, Shamus McNutt caught up with one of our reporters and depicted why Belong Designs is more than just a Colorado Brand. “Belong Designs was founded around the simple mindset that when you follow your true passions in life, you realize where you ‘Belong’”, says McNutt. The three founders were sitting in the final semester of their engineering classes at Mines and determined that they wanted to inspire their interpretation of the Colorado Lifestyle throughout the world by creating what is becoming known as the Belong Movement.
Although the Belong Movement encompasses all people that believe in a lifestyle of authenticity and doing what they love, Belong chose to use extreme sports athletes as a representation to the lifestyle they portray. Belong finds that athletes in the action sports industry encapsulate the message most effectively, due to their continual pursuit to better and push themselves doing what they love most. Sponsoring over 22 athletes ranging from Amateur to Professional, Belong handpicks their athletes, not only based on skill, but more importantly based on character and moral compass.
Ben Thomson, Co-Founder, explains, “Our athletes are a direct extension of why we founded the Belong Lifestyle. Their exhibit of passion and drive is enough to inspire anyone to pursue an authentic life. Our athletes originate anywhere from Colorado all the way to Europe. They show that the pursuit of finding those moments; those moments when nothing is on your mind but the bliss of what you are doing right at that second, are worth pursuing. It’s the moment when you belong. “
Founded in 2013, Belong hit its one year mark and the founders couldn’t be happier with their success, however they have to continue to be “innovatively curious”, explains McNutt. “The minute you become content and complacent with your products and success is the minute that your company is set to fail. You always have to be looking around and thinking, how can I improve that product? Or how can I market better? How can I make that retail deal? We have definitely obtained a large tolerance for failure and an even better mindset for getting up after we get knocked down.”
Having graduated with Bachelors degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines, the three founders have been self-taught in Business and Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneur magazine, Google, YouTube, and a knack for learning things quickly and efficiently are all sources that the founders attribute to their success. They pride themselves on building belongdesigns.com on their own, after several sleepless nights.
The uniquely designed products and logo can all be sourced to Co-Founder and Creative Director, Mark Grubbs. Mark says, “learning an art form is much like learning how to play an instrument or a new sport.” Mark’s knack for creating designs stems from taking off on what was an industry standard and goes in the direction of creating something unique. He adds his own simple twist to his ideas that gives it the distinct standard recognizes as a Belong Designs production. Mark believes this relates to how everyone should be perceived when they do something they think is normal. Most likely, they have a different twist on many things they do that makes it beautiful and able to stand on its own.
Belong is going to be launching full outerwear Ski and Snowboard Jackets in September 2014 which will be available on BelongDesigns.com. The trio believes that their new Outerwear Jacket will set new trends for functional, warm outerwear apparel with a unique look and feel that riders and people in general will surely love. The Colorado Lifestyle is colorfully displayed on the face of the jacket and will turn many heads on the slopes.
Keep an eye on this company; for the Belong Movement and Brand is continually striving to grow and inspire people to follow their true passions and find where they Belong.
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