Our Story

How did the original Humboldt Clothing Co get started?

My name is Angel Young, I started Humboldt Clothing Company in 2002. In case you were wondering, I am a woman, and I created this brand from very humble beginnings. A lot of people want to know how did the brand become so popular. I grew up in Pennsylvania, but after high school I headed west as I had always planned, and spent a few years traveling around in a VW van. Eventually I ended moving to Humboldt County, I literally had $50 to my name, and a mortgage on a fixer upper property outside of Mckinleyville. If I was going to be successful in this remote area, I knew I had to be creative. Luckily I grew up in a family business, and had been hustling everything from skateboards to carpet cleaner since I was 5 years old. After trying a few other ideas, I was determined to find something I truly enjoyed doing. There was no place for the locals here in Humboldt County to buy anything to represent where they were from, but I noticed they had Humboldt pride. Thats when I had a brilliant idea, I always had an interest in clothing, and art, growing up in the skateboard culture. I placed an order for $1000 worth of Humboldt Hoodies (borrowed off a credit card) and started selling them on a small kiosk at Bayshore Mall in Eureka, California. It all started with just one rack of embroidered Humboldt hoodies with a basic font, available in just a few different colors, but surprisingly the tourists passing through the area liked Humboldt Hoodies too. Thats when I knew I was onto something, but I could not do it alone. I hired my first employee, who is now my amazing husband. Soon after the logo was born, and trademarked, and the original Humboldt Clothing Company brand started to rise to the top, it outgrew the little kiosk quickly.  I now have a 3000 sq ft store, still at Bayshore Mall in Eureka after all these years. 

But I also have a second location at 987 H St in Downtown Arcata (at the corner of 10th and H St). It is near Humboldt State University, this is a hip and progressive college town. In addition to carrying the full line of Humboldt Clothing this location has an added bonus. It carries a full line of American made home blown glass and smoking accessories, and its one of the very best places to shop for heady glass in the Emerald Triangle, which is a hub for marijuana culture. Be sure to check out our custom line of glass featuring our branding. 

Humboldt is more than just a place, it represents a culture, a lifestyle, you don't need to have visited here to rep the brand. When you buy Humboldt Clothing Company products you help the local economy here, between both stores locations and the website, we proudly provide jobs for 10-12 Humboldt County residents. If you travel to the area, please come in to our brick and mortar locations, your trip to Humboldt County is not complete without a stop at the original Humboldt Clothing Company. Always be sure look for the sign with the iconic tree logo, the one that says Humboldt with the letter L as a redwood tree.  It looks like this:

 

Thats the only way to know you are getting the original Humboldt Clothing Company products. These products are sold exclusively here at www.humboldtclothing.com and at our 2 store locations. You will not find our unique products anywhere else. Please come in and meet the sales associates here, they are knowledgable, helpful, and informative, and are going to be willing to work with you to find that little piece of Humboldt so you can wear it proud wherever you go. We have the largest and very best selection of Humboldt Hoodies, Humboldt Tshirts, Humboldt Hats, Humboldt Stickers, and we would love to send you home with a little taste of Humboldt. We carry sizes for everyone from infants to and even carry big sizes like XXXXL. We have styles for men and women, and even the kids are going to love the colorful artistic designs here. What are you waiting for? Book the plane tickets now, make that hotel reservation, and don't forget to look us up when you get here. Or just place an order here on our website, and we will ship some Humboldt love your way.