You've probably read this already before -
“Psylo emerged from underground subcultures, the music festival scene and life of travel”.
But what does it really mean? How did Psylo actually start?
Marking our 20th anniversary, we're excited to share with you more details about Psylo's origin;
Over 20 years ago, two friends who later became Psylo’s founders - had a mutual passion. They were traveling the world, exploring alternative life-styles and expanding their minds. They were looking for a way to sustain their passion while making a living and spreading their values of free-expression and collective consciousness. At the time, the digital nomad life-style didn’t exist yet… While the emerging festivals scene was thirsty for clothing to match it's life-style. Out of this need - the Psylo concept started flowing, forming...
Exploring. Worldwide, late 1990's.
In summer 1999, Psylo's founders packed their van with original backdrops and unique clothing they've collected on their travels around Asia. Their journey through the European markets, lead them to the life-changing experience which was the 'Eclipse Festival' at Ozora, Hungary. After the festival ended, their stock was sold-out and their minds totally blown away. Any of you who've been to an eclipse gathering, or other electric dancefloor - will know the feeling! Transformed by the experience, Ami and Dan felt the need to push forward their creative project.
Psylo's Festivals Shop at 'Ozora' Eclipse Festival, 1999.
One of Dan and Ami’s favorite places which they came across on their travels was Bali, Indonesia. The welcoming local community with its rich history of co-existence - was their main attraction to the place. Bali also happens to be thriving with local traditions of arts and crafts. With the help of skilled craftsmen and women, Psylo’s founders designed a small collection of original, alternative and comfortable clothing. Clothes to suit theirs and their emerging community’s lifestyles.
With Friends at Mentawai, Indoensian Island of Siberut 1996-1998.
The first Psylo collection was launched at the Earthcore’s Millennium party in Australia. From there, Dan and Ami continued to the summer festivals circus in Europe. Bringing their unique small collection and style to the first psy festivals which were being established at the time.The Psylo festivals shop back then (as it is now!), wasn’t just about clothes. It was first and foremost about good vibes. It also had unique psychedelic backdrops decorating the shop’s walls. Psylo’s motto back then used to be “Don’t Speak - Dance!”.
1st Psylo Collection Launch at 'Earthcore' Millennium Party, Australia 2000.
The unique clothing, art and attitude of Psylo quickly grabbed attention. After seeing the Psylo shop at Boom Festival 2000, Ami and Dan were invited to create bespoke decoration, for the Eclipse party at Zambia, 2001. The full solar eclipse on the land of mama Africa, the level of the local community involvement - all made this truly a once in a lifetime experience. Making it a life-changing moment for all who attended.
Traveling in Africa & The Eclipse Gathering. Zambia, 2001.
Backdrops Decor by Psylo for Eclipse Gathering, Zambia, 2001.
From this point on, there was no looking back! Psylo kept developing, traveling around the world and trading at their favorite festivals. Journeying around Europe in their VW, Ami and Dan even took Psylo to Ibiza. Who guessed back then, that one day there would be a Psylo flagship shop at the heart of Ibiza town?! As the first Psylo concept shop was only opened a few years later - in 2006…
On The European Festival Circuit & Ibiza, early 2000's.
Shortly after, Dan and Ami decided to set-up the Psylo factory in Bali, Indonesia. Consolidating all aspects of creating the Psylo clothing under one roof. By overseeing all aspects of production, Psylo could keep pushing boundaries, while treating fairly and respecting our workers and environment alike.
The journey Psylo has gone through over the last 20 years has been immense! We feel grateful for all the magical moments, the support of the Psylo family, new and old friends, life experiences and everything which it taught us. Most of all, we want to take this opportunity to thank you - any of you who wears Psylo or support us in so many wonderful ways. This journey wouldn’t have been possible without you. Thank you for your support!
For many more years to come xXx
Love, Psylo Team
Psylo Top bought at Ozora Festival 2001, photo taken at Ozora Festival 2019.
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Earlier this year Psylo Camden donated clothing to a local charity - the Octavia foundation. Find out more about the Octavia Foundation’s work, and how Psylo is helping