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Pick the Perfect Coolibar Garment

Sun Protective Clothing is your best protection while out in the sun because it won’t wash or wear off, it’s easy to slip on and it provides fail proof coverage. Our customer service team knows that good coverage starts with great style & fit to become your go to UPF 50+ wardrobe staple and we want to help you find your perfect match.

So, which item will work best? Consider these 3 things when selecting the perfect Coolibar garment: Fabric, Style and Size.

Fabric: At Coolibar, we have several different types of fabric to choose from to match your activity and personal preference. Like the feel of cotton? Go with our ZnO SUNTECT® fabric. Prefer lightweight moisture wicking properties for a workout in the sun? Try our 3D dri SUNTECT® fabric. Our aqua SUNTECT® is chlorine and saltwater resistant and is great for both water use and activewear. Read about our entire family of UPF 50+ SUNTECT® fabrics.

Style: Would you describe yourself as sporty, sophisticated or outdoorsy? We’ve got something to match your style that will keep you wearing your Coolibar time and time again. With handy details like hidden zip pockets, rash guard gripper elastic or button down shirts that can be worn alone or layered over a t-shirt, Coolibar’s got you covered.

Size: Clothing sizes can vary from brand to brand, so it makes good sense to check with the size charts available for the item you are interested in. Generally, Coolibar clothing is made to fit comfortably. So whatever size you normally order is the size you would order with Coolibar. The Coolibar size charts are available at our website.

Please call our Customer Service team if you have specific questions regarding fit, we are happy to help! We can be reached at 1-800-926-6509, Monday-Friday 8am-5pm CST.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Employee Picks

What do you get the person on your list who has it all? Coolibar of course! A Coolibar UPF 50+ gifts says you’re smart, you care about the health & well being of your loved one and you want them to look good too. With so many fabrics and styles to choose from, it can be overwhelming. To help you find the perfect gift, we asked our employees to share their top Coolibar picks for this holiday season.

 

 

Deanna, Merchandising

Name: Deanna, Technical Design Specialist
Department: Merchandising
Coolibar Pick: Long Sleeve Cool Fitness Shirt
Deanna meticulously checks the fit and function on all Coolibar garments.
 “Our Cool Fitness Shirt is the perfect gift for my friend who lives out in California who is an outdoor fitness/adventure enthusiast. She loves the outdoors, but finds herself more exposed to the sun since moving to California. I cannot wait to hear her reaction to the new cooling technology added to the fitness shirts. Not only she will be protected from the sun, but she will be kept cool and comfortable too!”

 

Nick, Operations

Name: Nick, Distribution Lead
Department: Operations
Coolibar Pick: Infant Beach Romper
Our Distributions Lead Nick is the guy who makes sure your gifts are delivered on time, especially important at this time of year.
“The Infant Beach Romper would be the perfect gift for my 2 year old niece. It combines great sun protection for her fair skin and it would look adorable on her.”

 

Jan, Operations

Name: Jan, Returns Specialist
Department: Operations
Coolibar Pick: Boys Long-sleeve Rash Guard
If you need a different color, size or refund, you can trust Jan to make it happen quickly and flawlessly.
“I have 5 grandsons and they all love Coolibar swimwear. It’s fashionable, quick drying and stands up to the wear and tear of boys!”

 

Mollie, Customer Service

Name: Mollie, Customer Service Specialist
Department: Customer Service
Coolibar Pick: Short Sleeve Cool Fitness Shirt
Mollie spends her days talking with Coolibar customers and knows all the details of our products.
“I love the new Cool fitness shirt in Coral Ridge, I love the color and I love the fabric of this shirt. Even though it’s a fitness shirt I love that you can wear it as an everyday shirt!”

 

And if you’re still looking for suggestions, we’ve put together Gift Sets for women, men and children with savings on top.  Plus 20% OFF all regular priced items and FREE SHIPPING with code DEC13, now through Saturday, 12/14/13.

With the holidays just over two weeks away, Coolibar is the perfect gift that keeps on giving and there’s no better time to save. Happy Holidays!

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Coolibar Athlete Sponsorship Application

Thank you for your interest in Coolibar’s 2014 Athlete Sponsorship Program. If you are passionate about an outdoor sport and want to show others how easy it is to be SunAWARE, we’re looking for you.

Visit our FAQ page and profiles of 2013 Coolibar Outdoor Athletes, then fill out this online application form. All fields are required except where noted as optional. Once you click submit you won’t be able to make any modifications, so we suggest you compose your answers in a separate document, then cut and paste into the fields.

The last day to apply for our sponsorship program is Sunday, January 26, 2014.

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Thanks for applying! We can’t wait to get to know you better!

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Coolibar Athlete Sponsorship

Coolibar is the leader in sun protection, celebrating healthy, sunny living. Whether your life is at the water, on the mountain, or on the court, we want to know about the extraordinary things you’re doing outdoors (sun safe) and share it with our community. So bring on the sunshine, because it’s no match for Coolibar athletes. Please read below for answers to frequently asked questions about our program and a link to the application form.

How does Coolibar work with each athlete?

In general, sponsorships last for one (1) year, during which each athlete receives an allotment of Coolibar UPF 50+ clothing, sun hats, and sunscreen relevant to his or her athletic endeavor. We ask sponsored athletes to put our products to the test, and then tell us what works and how we can improve.

Sponsored athletes are also featured on The Coolibar Blog and will share their inspiration and expertise with the Coolibar community. Photos and/or videos are a must to help tell your story!

What are your criteria for selecting sponsored athletes?

When selecting our athletes, we look for characteristics and values that reflect those of Coolibar’s and our diversity of customers including:

ACTIVE AND HEALTH CONSCIOUS: Coolibar’s customers are very sun conscious yet active outdoors. They take on their passions responsibly, always with their health and well-being in mind.

COMMITTED TO ACTIVITY OR CAUSE: Many people have a lifelong love of their outdoor activity. A Coolibar athlete takes his or her passion to the next level and shares their successes with others. They lead by example and are willing to help educate those around them.

BRIGHT: If you’re friendly and eager to interact with Coolibar, we’re excited to work with you.

How do I apply for sponsorship?

Apply for sponsorship through our online application. Applications for 2014 sponsorship close at midnight CST on Sunday, January 26, 2014.

I applied for 2014 sponsorship. When will I hear something about the status of my application?

Following the close of 2014 applications, our sponsorship review team will review each applicant. We’re not able to respond to every applicant personally, but in the weeks following the close of applications we’ll contact our top candidates and announce the 2014 roster in February.

Good luck!

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Be Thankful

The Coolibar office is a buzz this week. We’re all looking forward to a long Thanksgiving weekend, a time dedicated to giving thanks. Some of us will travel far and some just across town to share a home cooked meal with our loved ones. But before we’re off, we wanted to take a moment and reflect on what we’re thankful for at Coolibar.

At Coolibar, we are thankful for…

A fantastic work environment
You may not know that our Minnesota office is home to our entire team. That means our customer service, distribution, marketing, creative and design teams are all under the same roof. We have the unique opportunity to interact with each other daily, reinforcing our shared passion for sun protection – which makes for a fun & engaging work environment.

A SunAWARE message that’s being heard
Skin cancer rates continue to rise, making it the most common cancer in the United States and UV exposure is a leading cause. Skin protection is the easiest method to not only fight skin cancer but also protect from the visible changes commonly attributed to skin aging.  As celebrities such as Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron and Kevin Nealon are in the media discussing the need for skin protection the public is tuning in and trading in their tan for a wide brimmed hat and rash guard.

You, our passionate customers
Coolibar customers are the best! You’re smart, passionate and loyal and keep us happily coming to work every day. You started a dialog (before social media) and challenge us to evolve and become even more relevant to your daily lives. Thank you!

Enjoy the holiday, spend time with your loved ones and remember what you’re thankful for.
From all of us at Coolibar, Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from Coolibar
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Travel Adventures in Coolibar

Like most companies, Coolibar employees are busy. They devote the majority of their waking hours to Coolibar yet still make time to travel, explore and do the things they love. A true testament to our brand is when an employee takes Coolibar along on their adventure and returns with an even greater enthusiasm for our products and mission. Such is the case with Seth.

Meet Coolibar employee Seth Epstein. Seth has been with us for roughly 8 years in various rolls and currently reports to the Interactive Marketing Department. He recently had the opportunity to not only visit the Philippines but be guided by a resident, a friend serving in the Peace Corps. He took Coolibar with him and shares his thoughts on its usefulness.

My travel buddy (who also happens to be Coolibar’s IT Director) and I packed our favorite Coolibar apparel and even gathered some items to share with my 2 friends living in the Philippines. Despite knowing I work for Coolibar, Gina insisted on reminding me about the importance of sun protection. They had been using massive amount of sunscreen to prevent burning from the intense sun in MogPog.

Considering our Midwestern roots, and my Viking ancestry, the high temperatures and oppressive humidity was almost unbearable. My friends weren’t sure what to expect when I told them I was bringing sun protective clothing. Joe, who had worn cotton shirts with cut off sleeves for 6 months straight to beat the heat, ditched them for a long sleeve UPF 50+ swim shirt. Not having to go through his daily sunscreen ritual to cover his arms was also appreciated. I gave up trying to wear any of my cotton shirts after a couple of days (they were wet and heavy) and lived in my Coolibar the rest of the trip.

Every time I travel with Coolibar, I discover more about the versatility of our fabrics. I spent more time in my aquaSUNTECT clothing out of the water than in. Wearing something quick drying, lightweight, and breathable allowed me to truly enjoy this amazing country, with less distraction from the island heat. I want people to know how amazingly lightweight this stuff is, you can’t go wrong traveling with Coolibar.

-Seth

Follow up note: Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones and are recovering in typhoon-devastated central Philippines. Our friends, who are located north of the damage, survived the typhoon and are currently helping with relief efforts.

Me, Joe, Gina & Oumkarn (fellow Coolibar employee)

Quick-dry Coolibar dries despite the humidity

 

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Live Facebook Forum with Olga Mashkova

Have you ever wanted to meet the creative mind behind Coolibar’s beautiful UPF50+ designs? Would you like to have an opportunity to tell her what you’re looking for and ask for styling advice?

Now’s your chance! Coolibar proudly presents Olga Mashkova, Coolibar Design Director of Women & Children’s for a face to face chat, live on Coolibar’s facebook wall. Olga will be standing by to answer all your burning (pun intended) questions on Coolibar fashion, sun protection and travel. To participate, just click onto the Coolibar facebook page and post away. Everyone is welcome.

Who: Olga Mashkova, Design Director

What: Live Facebook Forum

When: Tuesday, November 19th 

Time: 1:00 – 1:30pm (CST)

Where: facebook.com/Coolibar

A few ideas on what you may want to ask Olga, while we have her full undivided attention.

  • What’s your favorite Coolibar item?
  • What are the big trends for 2014?
  • Travel tips?
  • What would make the perfect gift for the traveler in my family?
  • Help me style my Coolibar wrap.

RSVP yes to the event before Monday, November 18th to be entered into a drawing to win Olga’s top pick for travel this season, our Ruche Water Jacket.

Mark your calendar for the 19th. See you there!

RSVP for a chance to win our Women’s Ruche Water Jacket
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Meet Coolibar Customer: Carol

Last summer we invited customers to share a photo of themselves and tell us why they would make a great Coolibar model. You voted (lots of you, thanks!) and our creative team chose the winner. Meet Carol, perhaps our most passionate customer, who submitted not one, but five pictures. It was easy says Carol, because she lives in her Coolibar. Even at the office–paired with a set of fresh water pearls.

“As head of the chamber of commerce, I walk around the downtown area visiting businesses. Throwing on some fresh water pearls with a lovely Coolibar blouse goes from office, (roll down sleeves) to the sunny downtown sidewalks. When you need to be careful of sun exposure, this is an easy, stylish option,” said Carol. Carol was ecstatic to be picked as our winner.  She answered a few questions for us about her experience, her photo shoot and debut as a model.

Why did you apply for the Coolibar model contest? I’ve been very health conscious most of my life, I’m a registered dietitian, and write nutrition and wellness articles.  I advocate healthy eating with lots of fresh foods, and being physically active.  After melanoma surgery and reconstruction, it took a while to get back to my tennis, golf, kayaking etc….and once I was strong and flexible enough to enjoy them again, I found I spent too much time re-applying sun screen and not enough time having fun.  I was always concerned that even though the SPF lotion said “waterproof”….how much water or perspiration would affect the integrity of the protection.  The Coolibar clothing allows me to be outside with family and friends and enjoy water and sweat-inducing land fun.

What was your favorite part of the entire experience? It was fun including my husband in my kayaking photos and my Standard Poodle, Sophie in some of the shots.

How did it feel to be a model for a day? I had a basic idea of what would be happening as my neighbor friend & I organized a “Neighbor Hood Progressive Party” that was filmed for TV.  I knew shots would be repeated in order to get the best light/expression/position/ etc.

Was there any personal goal you had during this process? I am hoping that as I am more pro-active with sharing my enthusiasm for the Coolibar product, more people will take a bit of effort to protect their skin from sun damage.  

Is there anything else you wish to share? I presently write a blog called  NutritionFreshOnline, which I want to expand to include fitness and skin health.  I have personal experience with both (I’ve set 2 state swim records in AZ) so I have a wealth of personal anecdotes and insights that could be helpful and appreciated by many.

Look for more from Carol next season!

 

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Dedicated to the Health of Children

Our team just returned from the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, held in sunny Orlando. The weather was ideal, mid seventies and sunny, perfect to introduce our UPF 50+ line of sun wear.

We visited with thousands of pediatricians who stopped by our booth to learn more about Coolibar and sun protective clothing. Coolibar was new to many of you and you asked technical questions on the UV protection level offered by our fabrics. Read more on our testing standards here.

After spending a weekend at the conference, it was clear that pediatricians from across the county are concerned with sun protection, not just those coming from year-round sunny locations. The interest and dedication to the prevention of sun related diseases and ailments is outstanding. Building sun safe habits in childhood leads to a lifetime of healthy skin and our nation’s pediatricians are committed to making this a reality. Thank you docs!

Looking forward to meeting you again next year in San Diego.

Team Coolibar at the 2013 AAP Conference in Orlando

 

 

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Sun Protection at Walt Disney World

Tomorrow, Coolibar will be heading off to sunny Florida to visit the great Pediatricians of America. So we invited guest Denise Preskitt, a seasoned Walt Disney World explorer and blogger at MouseSteps, to let us in on a few of her favorite attractions and why staying sun protected at the parks matters. So grab your mouse ears and get excited!

Keeping my skin safe in the sun has long been important to me, but it wasn’t always. On yearly family trips to Walt Disney World as a child, I didn’t know much about sun protection and ended up with blistering sunburns. In my 30’s, my dermatologist introduced me to sun protective clothing. I spend several days or more per week at Walt Disney World and neighboring parks. It’s very important to me that I wear my Coolibar shirts during daylight hours to prevent additional skin cancers (as I’ve had a pre-melanoma spot removed), and the clothes save me money on sunscreen! Almost everything I own works at night as well.

I started my website, MouseSteps, in 2007 to share my experiences at Florida’s theme parks. Here is a look at one day at Walt Disney World. No two days are the same!

This October, I won a tour of the Fantasyland castles at the Magic Kingdom with an imagineer (a person who devises and implements a new or highly imaginative concept or technology in Walt Disney theme parks). Upon arrival, we, along with other breakfast guests, headed to Cinderella’s Royal Table and The Crystal Palace. Cinderella’s Castle is already decorated in lights for Christmas, which begins at Walt Disney World in early November.

Be Our Guest Restaurant

Jeff, my husband, and I learned a fun details about Fantasyland during the tour – like that the castle walls start showing battle scars on the way to Be Our Guest Restaurant. Be Our Guest Restaurant is the most sought-after restaurant in the Magic Kingdom, both for lunch and dinner. Guests can purchase fun goodies from the movie, such as The Grey Stuff, during dinner.

After breakfast, our group then headed to the Cinderella Castle Suite. A 30,000 mosaic tile of Cinderella’s coach is part of the foyer floor, where Cinderella’s crown and glass slipper are also on display. Stained glass artwork shares the story of Cinderella. Each piece of furniture, and every mirror and decoration look like they were made just for the suite.

After our tour, we spent an hour taking photos inside the Magic Kingdom. The rides we enjoy most often at the Magic Kingdom are The Haunted Mansion, Peter Pan and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Halloween decorations line Main Street, although it will be just a couple of weeks until Christmas shows up! There is a Christmas pumpkin displayed during Halloween that is one of my favorites.

Our day wasn’t quite finished, as we wanted to go to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. The Villas weren’t open yet, but will officially debut on October 23rd (in time for the AAP!). Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort is Walt Disney World’s flagship resort, and this is the newest Disney Vacation Club offering.

Boat ride to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort (You can see it in the background)

On a final note, living in Florida, sun protection is extremely important, and I’m so glad I found Coolibar! It travels so well, whether it’s in my gym bag or luggage on vacation, Coolibar is lightweight and dries quickly. I hope you come to Florida soon (with your sun protection of course) and take advantage of all the fun Orlando has to offer.

Denise
MouseSteps

Denise at Discovery Cove
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