Hiho Batik is an experiential retail store and art space, offering people of all ages one-of-a-kind products, in a mass-produced world.
Hiho's wide variety of garments, accessories, and designs are all handmade onsite in our Brooklyn store, using 100% cotton materials. The process leads to the production of soft, durable apparel that is also super fun to wear.
In the Hiho Batik art space, our guests create Make-Your-Own Hiho products and participate in DIY classes taught by local artists and craftspeople.
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Born in BoulderHiho Batik's founder, Julia Silver Gordon, has been fascinated by the ancient art of batik — using wax and dyes to create an image — since she was a child. She fondly remembers her favorite childhood t-shirt: it had an orange ice-cream cone batiked on it. In 1994, Julia opened her first Hiho Batik store in Boulder, Colorado. Catering primarily to the music business, Gordon created one-of-a-kind designs for mega rockers such as Widespread Panic, Carlos Santana and Ween.
Moved to MiamiIn 2003, Julia moved her headquarters to the heart of downtown Miami, Florida, and continued to expand her business. While still designing customized clothing for musicians, she also created lines for high-end retailers like Barneys and Kitson. The Hiho Batik label has merchandise ranging from tanks, tees, yoga pants and tote bags. Each Hiho Batik piece is individually waxed and dyed and as such, each is an original piece of art.
Now Ready to take on NYC!As often is the case in life, Julia met her new business partner, Robyn Stylman, a long-time resident of Brooklyn, through a series of serendipitous encounters and together the two decided that Hiho Batik was a spiritual fit with Brooklyn's movement towards artisan, homemade products. In the fall of 2012, Hiho Batik opened its flagship retail store and art space in Park Slope, Brooklyn and Julia and Robyn couldn't be more excited!