From its beginnings in the paper-based home and accessory industry, followed by an expansion into licensed apparel, bath & body items, bags, and even its own fashion lines, Tri-Coastal has grown, decade after decade, to become one of the industry’s established leaders in fashion and design. The firm has remained on top by consistently exceeding its clients’ expectations, from product design to factory production, foreign warehouse to local store shelves. Tri-Coastal Design and all its partnerships, spanning a few oceans and a dozen countries, might not be here today if it wasn’t for a simple idea.
The firm was founded with a discovery, born in a spasm of entrepreneurial courage to a world ready for a design-conscious wholesale manufacturer. The year was 1990, and Michael Mastrangelo and Marvin Sturtz were organizing a shipment of leather-bound day-planners when a plan, almost audacious in its simplicity, hit the future business partners.
Specifically, it was the “001 Trifold,” later known as the “Boxy Agenda.” It would change their lives.
Standing over those neatly boxed piles of leather planners, Michael and Marvin realized they could create something even better—using paper. They would make an affordable, attractive day-planner, one that a factory could print using patterns and designs that Marvin and Michael would find and draft themselves. These planners would require much less turn-around and overhead than their leather-bound brethren, would cost a fraction of the price to make, and might still command a neat price at the register.
That is, of course, if they could find the right look for their new planner. Without the right design, their dream (and investment) would die before it even left the factory.
As it turned out, their hunches were correct, and Tri-Coastal Design was created in the early hours of 1990, founded on its devotion to continue to remain at the forefront of fashion, design, and trends.
From its humble beginnings with the Boxy Agenda and a single factory in China, and then steadily expanding to create and produce tens of thousands of individual products in dozens of factories across the world, Tri-Coastal Design has continued to prove a nimble, powerful firm. Talk to Tri-Coastal today, and discover how they can give you more style for less.