September 24, 2015
NEW — 12:26 p.m. Sept. 24, 2015
Issaquah company Combat Flip Flops needs your help to win a Kitsap Bank-sponsored competition.
The bank’s edg3 Fund awards $20,000 to a small business with a unique, creative and innovative idea.
Combat Flip Flops creates peaceful, forward-thinking opportunities for self-determined entrepreneurs affected by conflict. The company says the prize money would help them “send more Afghan women to school, clear more landmines and put more veterans to work.”
A public vote of the 16 finalists is on now through Sept. 30. Vote here. Those votes, along with the input of private judges will help whittle the field to five. The finalists will then make their pitches at a live event Nov. 12.
Learn more about Combat Flip Flops here.
August 26, 2014
Local veteran-founded business Combat Flip Flops has secured more than $15,000 in crowd-sourced funding to launch another product.
The Cashmagh is a cashmere shemagh, or scarf. The material is sourced from goats in Afghanistan, and then processed and woven in India.
The money was raised through VetLaunch, which began its mission to fund veteran-owned small businesses July 4.
“We wanted to be a front-runner,” Combat Flip Flops co-founder and former Army Ranger Matthew Griffin, “Griff” to his friends, said. “We ran a couple of crowd-funding campaigns before. We know how those things work.”
July 18, 2014
NEW — 6 a.m. July 18, 2014
Issaquah company Combat Flip Flops has launched a crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal of starting a cashmere program.
The company hopes to raise $15,000 to jumpstart an initiative that transforms cashmere wool from local goat farmers in Afghanistan into fashion-statement luxury scarves available in First World markets.
With the Rock the Cashmagh campaign, the company hopes to aide in the development of a stable, self-sufficient economy in the war-torn nation.
March 11, 2014
What do Army Rangers, a dedication to helping global post-conflict areas and flip-flops have in common? Together, they create innovation in Issaquah.
The Issaquah Chamber of Commerce honored Combat Flip Flops last month as one of three Innovation in Issaquah award winners. The award marked another milestone in the interesting business’ trajectory, which began in the mountains of Afghanistan.
“We fought in a different war,” company co-founder Matthew Griffin, casually known as “Griff,” said in his Issaquah garage, which served as the manufacturing facility for the first 4,000 pairs of flip-flops. “We had to run guys down in the most adverse conditions. But it was a really giving culture and we never forgot it.”
February 18, 2014
Nonprofit lending, flip-flops and composting are leading the way in innovation, according to the Issaquah Chamber of Commerce.
Local businesses received recognition Feb. 13 in the fourth annual Innovation in Issaquah Awards. From 19 nominees, collected through area suggestions, the chamber chose three winners who best represented business innovation in Issaquah.
In a large luncheon at the Issaquah Holiday Inn, where more than 100 people gathered to celebrate the nominees, Cedar Grove Composting, Semble and Combat Flip Flops received the top awards.
October 19, 2013
NEW — 6 a.m. Oct. 19, 2013
Issaquah company Combat Flip Flops has launched a crowdfunding campaign to reach its goal of using sandals as the ultimate weapon of change in Afghanistan.
The company hopes to raise $500,000 to get a flip-flop manufacturing facility up and running in Afghanistan.
With the belief that a strong economy will sustain the gains made over the past decade, Combat Flip Flops’ goal is to manufacture flip-flops and additional product lines in Afghanistan.
July 23, 2013
Entrepreneurs seek to transform Afghan economy with flip-flops
Many have heard the adage, “Take the bull by the horns,” but very few, if any, have ever attempted to slip a pair of flip-flops on the horn.
That is until Issaquah resident Matthew “Griff” Griffin attended Spain’s Running of the Bulls in mid-July, and in a feat of daring recklessness, tried to place a pair of sandals on the horn of a charging bull.