Welcome to your imaginary grandpa's imaginary seaside cottage. What's that in his closet? Don't be shy, let's play dress-up. In an age of minimalist activewear, Tombolo brings you maximalist inactivewear.
With original artwork and kinky, nostalgic flair, we want our clothing to be the ultimate wearable form of self-expression. For everyone: Male or female, beach or bar, rain or shine. And everything in between.
Tombolo’s founders, Mike and Chris, grew up together in New York City and have been friends since they were six. They try their best to adhere to the office dress code of 'mustachioed sleazeball chic.'
tom·bo·lo | \ ˈtōm-bə-ˌlō
Italian, from Latin tumulus mound, tumulus
A bar or spit of sand connecting what would otherwise be an island to the mainland. We're the bridge to your happy place.
"Taking inspiration from old movies, resort photos from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and their own digital archive of vintage Hawaiian shirts, Galasso and Sard launched Tombolo with a small collection of soft, unisex shirts in muted color-block or sun-faded, vintage-style prints."
"Anyone can look good in these shirts, and there's something about them that turns heads. Maybe it's that you can tell their vibe is new and fresh. Maybe it's that piping that makes you pause. Or maybe it's simply because it's a shirt that, no matter who's looking at you, is going to spark a "Where'd you get that?" It's hard to bring people together these days. I'm not mad at the thought of a shirt doing its small part."
"Tombolo became the hottest shirt of summer after only being in the market for less than a year ... Today, the brand rolls out quilted jackets embellished with Tombolo-esque motifs, with quilted bucket hats to match."
"The cult-favorite brand Tombolo has released a new collection of lightweight quilted jackets just in time for the holiday season."
"The duo of short-sleeved shirts come complete with a combination Tombolo's street-to-beach style and the impressively chic design Neelen has brought to her Hôtel Magique brand—which is not an actual hotel, but is made to remind you of how you feel at one."
"Wonderfully ironic, once-kitsch, and currently the hottest shirt of the summer."
"Tombolo’s designs have found the perfect median between whimsy, vintage, cool, and modern—no easy feat when you think of honoring such iconic garb."
"Tombolo takes all of summer's favorite subjects—fish, crustaceans, gators, flamingos—and deploys them in bold, can't-not-notice fashion."
"But there’s one brand dedicated exclusively to giving the tropical island shirt a fresh, new, nongendered narrative with its original artwork and flair of styling. We’re talking about Tombolo, the Brooklyn-based brand rescuing the Hawaiian shirt from the kitschy, ironical clothing category."