Kilbjorn saw the light of day in January 2015, but the seed was planted on a California roadtrip back in 2012. Cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway in a fire red convertible we talked about street wear and the disconnect between price and quality. The importance of customer service, the aesthetic of timeless designs - and the big question that lingered for the years that followed; could we do better?
While most of the clothes in your closet are mass produced, we chose a different path. After dozens of trial runs with different companies, we found a production facility in the UK which exceeds our expectations in terms of fabric quality, printing procedure and ethical responsibility. Most of our products are printed in small batches, some are made to order. This means no stock piles of unsold garments, and no excess waste.
All our t-shirts and sweaters are WRAP Certified, read more about the certification here.
What does Kilbjorn mean?
Kilbjorn is named after our founder's late grandfather Kolbjørn; a family man remembered for his quick wits, good looks and kind demeanour. The name Kolbjørn is an old norse name, combining the words Kol (meaning coal, synonymous with dark or black) and Bjørn (meaning bear). In essence, it’s a pretty badass name that translates to Black Bear.
Kilbjorn is based in Oslo, Norway.