Our NYE Gala Celebrating the New Apparel Collection and New Partners
At their annual New Years Eve Extrava-gala hosted at the Killington Distillery, Till I Die’s (TID) founder Ryan Orabone announced several exciting new partnerships that will culminate in an official launch party this summer. Orabone also announced a new Artists Collection to its line of apparel and two new partners in Neil Kapadia and Jesse Manning to its ownership group.
Also joining in on the festivities, and hinting at him potentially joining the Vermont based apparel company was actor, Vermonter, and activist Luis Guzmán and producer Cemi Guzmán. The star of Netflix’s Wednesday, Guzmán’s acting career spans over 40 years, including dozens of films and television shows such as Carlito’s Way, Boogie Nights, and Traffic.
"I moved to Vermont permanently in 1995 to raise my family and have been here since.
I’ve learned every aspect of surviving life in Vermont, from mud season to our harshest winters. Skiing, hiking, horseback-riding, 4 wheeling, kayaking, the lifestyle in Vermont has always lent itself to outdoor activities. In reality it’s helped keep me young at heart,” said Guzmán.
TID, born in Killington, VT in 2010 and created by veteran fashion industry executive Ryan Orabone, is a brand for those who’d rather climb a mountain than sit behind a desk. A brand for those who’ve skipped school to hit a pow day. TID always stays true to their socially conscious roots and all TID apparel is designed and produced in the United States. Do what you love & do it forever!
“When I came up with the concept for Till I Die it was all about incorporating a design centric approach to high quality, functional apparel, that people could immediately identify with. I wanted to build a brand that was inclusive and helped people feel like they were a part of something special. We’ve accomplished that goal and now with our team expanding, we’re finally in a position to scale in a very thoughtful, deliberate, and meaningful way.
New co-owner Neil Kapadia is in discussions with several accomplished ad agency execs as well as a co-founder of Liquid Death Mountain Water about their potential for joining the brand.
Designer Laura Howson (@lahowse) who splits her time between Boston and Killington was honored for her work on the TID Heritage Collection and announced the five inaugural artists’ that make up this season’s Artist’s Collection, who were selected to align with the brand’s expansion into new markets. The featured limited edition collection will be available to the general public in the coming weeks.
The artists include: Nathan KcKee of Portland, OR (@nathan_mckee_art), Paul Garcia of Los Angeles, CA (@paul_garcia_art), Bryan Louie of Newark, DE, Matthew Jones of Portland, Oregon (@lost_art_found), and Brandon Schoessler of Portland, OR (@brandonschoessler).
Till I Die also pledged a portion of the proceeds from the event to Burlington, VT’s Chill Foundation whose mission is inspiring youth to overcome challenges through boardsports.
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