Kio Batten

Do you guys know the California based, retro-inspired clothing brand Yellow Rat? If you don’t, you should. It’s f***king awesome. Even more awesome is its founder and designer Kio Inagaki. He’s a surf legend in Malibu and a universally well-loved dirty old man. You can see him in AUTHENTIC WAVE by Tatsuo Takei here.

Kio ordered a SS16 Five Pocket Island Shirt from us and was kind enough to agree to be in our new series, “Batten Friends!” 

Batten Friends! are basically people we know and love … or people we want to know who love Battenwear. 

Here’s Kio in his Battenwear SS16 Five Pocket Island Shirt.

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Here’s him surfing at Malibu:

Here’s him eating a cupcake in our backyard in LA:

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Here’s him at the Yellow Rat Pop-Up at Nepenthes, NY:

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We asked Kio to provide his basic stats and here’s what we got:

LOCATION: Mar Vista, CA

OCCUPATION: Beach Bum

Hobby : Pachinko, Keiba (Horse Racing), Chasing Young Girls, and Reading


And there you have it. Go buy some Yellow Rat.  

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