About Mister Bandana
We are Josh and Roko, the founders of Mister Bandana. We're two guys with a simple dream: to create eye-popping, exciting bandanas that are 100% made in the USA.
Our company was born in 2018 in the East Village of NYC. We had always loved bandanas, and wanted to make our own designs. Being new to this unknown world, we started by taking night classes to learn the basics of fabric printing. Then one fateful night, we created our first product: the so-called "Jacked Lion" bandana, featuring a muscular Tarzan battling a rampaging lion in the jungle, dripping with sweat and blood.
Since then, we have dedicated our waking hours to creating the bandanas of our dreams.
Meet the Founders
Josh came originally from Southern California, and by day is an environmental scientist, working to bring clean energy to the electrical grid. The "creative" part of the duo, he seeks inspiration from the great outdoors to conjure up new designs. His favorite bandana is "Nature's Bounty," a tribute to the mallard duck. 🦆
Roko came originally from Croatia, and by day is a technology consultant specializing in cloud infrastructure. The "tech" part of the duo, he makes sure that all of our products at Mister Bandana are blockchain-enabled and AI-driven (just kidding, our bandanas are just regular cotton). His favorite bandana is "Jacked Lion," which was originally painted by his father in then-Yugoslavia in the 1980s - read the full story here.
For the first two painful exciting years of our company's existence, our "office" was located in our small studio apartment, in New York's East Village. Most start-ups are born in a garage, but there aren't any garages in NYC - so bandana-filled Ikea shelves were double-stacked to the ceiling.
Having survived that cramped hellscape creative incubator stage, we're pleased to announce that in late 2020, we moved to a real office on Broadway and 30th Street, in New York's historic Garment District.
Some history about the Garment District: in the 1950s and 1960s, 95% of clothing sold nationally was made in the USA, much of it manufactured here in the Garment District. Now, just 5% of clothing is USA-made. We're proud to be part of the movement to bring manufacturing jobs back to this historic District.
We, the founders of Mister Bandana, feel passionately about making our bandanas entirely in the USA. 🇺🇸
We source our cotton from American-based suppliers in the Carolinas and the Garment District of NYC. The cotton for many of our bandanas is grown domestically and milled right in South Carolina.
Every one of our bandanas is printed in the USA. We work with an amazing network of independently-owned printers based in Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and California.
Cutting, Sewing & Hemming
Our hard-working cutters/hemmers are 100% domestic, located in South Carolina, North Carolina, and in the Garment District of New York City.
We assemble every order right here in our NYC office, using domestically-sourced packaging - our boxes, envelopes, inserts, and stickers are all made in the USA. We use biodegradable paper-based packing as much as we can, to minimize the use of plastic.
We’re proud to build USA-made bandanas for all people who celebrate the American dream. Whether you’re a dude, a lady, or fluid like the mighty Mississippi, we’ve got a bandana for YOU. Every one of our bandanas contains the All-American ingredients of diversity, freedom, opportunity, hard work, respect, and fearlessness. When you’re wearing Mister Bandana, you’re up for anything. ENJOY!!!
All your questions answered
Do you have tips for how to wear a bandana?
There are hundreds of use cases – from sun protection, to soaking up sweat, to adding some swankiness to your outfit. Here are our top 10 favorite. If you have your own innovative or unexpected ideas for wearing a bandana, tag your photo on Instagram or Facebook, and share your vision with the world.
Risk-taking is encouraged!
Where are you bandanas made?
All our bandanas are proudly made in the USA! We feel strongly about producing American-made goods, using U.S.-based suppliers. Our printers and hemmers are located in the Carolinas, Virginia, California, and New York City’s Garment District. Our cotton is sourced domestically, much of it from South Carolina.
We also purchase our packaging materials (boxes, envelopes, stickers, etc.) from USA-based manufacturers.
Are they soft, or stiff, or what?
Our bandanas are all different, based on the cotton and printing type. Our bandanas at the $25 to $30 price-point are screen-printed and sold unwashed, and may have a stiff texture until washed (they get softer with every wash, like a pair of jeans). Our $45 price-point bandanas are printed using the reactive-dye process, which penetrates the fabric and bonds directly with the cotton fibers, resulting in a soft hand-feel. If you’re looking for our softest bandanas, it’s the "Silkies," which are printed on an ultra-lightweight Pima lawn cotton – they are soft and supple, right out of the package. Also, we have a few bandanas printed on unbleached natural cotton, which is soft and almost feels like flannel – this includes Creatures, Simpler Times Rattan, and Tahiti Nights Rattan.
Can I machine wash them?
Yep, we recommend machine-washing cold, and air drying flat to retain shape.
What kind of hem do you use?
Our bandanas at the $25 to $30 price-point have machine interlock hems. Our bandanas at the $45 price-point have rolled hems, aka “baby” hems, hand-finished by our amazing seamstress in the Garment District of NYC.
What size are they?
Our standard bandana size is 21.5” x 21.5”, which in our humble opinion, is the perfect size to wear as a headband, tied around your neck, or stuffed into your pocket. As of early 2022, we also have some new 27” x 27" larger size bandanas in our "Silkies" collection, which we call the "Grandes." We will be rolling out more of these Grandes - sign up for our newsletter to be informed of new product launches.
Do you make custom or white-label bandanas?
No! We’d like to, but we don’t have time. We both have day jobs that we’re trying not to get fired from.
Do you do artist collaborations?
Yes! Send us your portfolio or design ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love meeting new artists.
Do you support any charities?
Hell yes! We support the Hetrick Martin Institute (HMI), an organization in our hometown of NYC which provides support and education for LGBTQ+ youth aged 13-24. We love this organization, and all they do for our community. Two of our bandanas - the “Discus of Unity” and the "Atlas of Unity” – were designed by talented young artists from HMI, and all the proceeds are donated back to this fantastic organization. We also support another great cause, the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI). Our “Together” bandana was designed to support EJI and promote the message of togetherness. Read more about the origin story of this bandana here.
Can I be a MB ambassador?
Right now we don’t have a formal program set up, but check back. In the meantime, tag yourself on Instagram, and we will greatly appreciate it, and so will the world!
What’s up with shipping? What if my package hasn’t arrived?
You can choose your preferred shipping method at checkout – USPS, FedEx, or UPS. (And don’t forget, you get free USPS shipping on any order of 3+ bandanas). When using USPS, we always ship First Class or Priority, which allows online tracking – so you can track the bandanas on their journey. Read more about our shipping policy here. If your package appears to be delayed or missing, email us at email@example.com and we'll determine what's going on.
Do you ship international?
Yes! Once you’ve placed an item in your cart, type in your address, and you will see available shipping methods and costs to your destination. Read more about our shipping policy here.
How do you enter a discount code?
After you hit Check Out, there will be a clickable field that says “Add a discount code or a gift card” – click on that, and type in your code.
I changed my mind – can I return or exchange my bandana?
Absolutely. We’re not happy unless you’re happy. For exchanges or refunds, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you make pet bandanas or pet triangles? Specifically, a dog bandana for my spoiled rotten pooch?
No, we don’t – but, we believe that our regular human bandanas look great on dogs and cats. What pet wouldn’t appreciate the thoughtful gift of a USA-made bandana?
Is it spelled “bandana” or “bandanna”?
Both are correct. You can also call them a kerchief, snot rag, or hankie. One small piece of cotton, lots of personality!