BORN ON THE RIVER
Chums has a long and storied history on the water. In 1983 Chums inventor Mike Taggett was tired of watching his customer lose their sunglasses to the bottom of the Colorado River. This is where the idea for the Original Cotton Chums was born. Living in the back of a VW van is a $60 sewing machine Taggett started producing the first round of Chums.
FAMILY RAN COMPANY
In 2002 Chuck Ferries purchased Chums in partnership with his son and son-in-law. For the past 18 years the Ferries family has continued to push innovation through product development, instilled a commitment to American-made manufacturing (out of the company’s Hurricane, UT manufacturing facility), and embedded an unwavering passion for unbeatable customer service, helping Chums became the global brand we know and love today.
History of Chums
Mike Taggett the founder of Chums hitchhikes to Utah to become a river guide
Chumley the finest golden Lab and namesake of the company
Mike sews the first retainer
Chums Original Retainer is born
Chums & Swatch, Swatch places the first order with Chums leading to mass production
Booby Bird, the blue-footed booby bird is adopted as the Chums mascot
The Red-Footed Booby Bird takes his spot as the face of Chums
JERCS, Just an Eyewear Retention and Comfort System
Chums retail store opens on Main Street in Hurricane Utah
Chums Safety, Chums enters the safety market with breakaway retainer and accessories
Portland Oregon, Chums sales and design office opens in Oregon
Landwell Inc. & Chums crosses the Pacific to be distributed in Japan
Chuck Ferries, The Ferries Family purchases Chums
Universal Fit, Chums continues to revolutionize the fit and function of the eyewear retainer
Hang with you Chums, The Booby Bird gets a buddy
Salt Lake City Utah, Chums expands operations, merges with Chisco and opens office in Salt Lake City
Landwell open the first Chums retail store in Tokyo, Japan.
Beyond Coastal, Chums expands with the purchase of beyond coastal
Chums Asia, Chums enters China with the Shanghai Birds Nest
Chums 30th Anniversary, Helping you hang on Since 1983.
Chums adds silicone retainers to their product line
Chums roll out their first accessory case
Chums continues to innovate with in house sublimation
Sun Valley Idaho, Chums opens new office in Sun Valley Idaho
Chums continues to manufacture thousands of units a day in our original factory
HOMEGROWN IN HURRICANE
MADE IN THE USA
Chums manufactures over 15,000 units a day in our Hurricane, Utah facility. Chums employs more than 75 employees between our Hurricane, Salt Lake City and Sun Valley offices
We now have 3 offices, over 75 employees, a few of which have been with us for over 20 years.
Over the three decades we’ve been around, We’ve learned a thing or two, mostly how to have fun while still getting after it and we pride ourselves in having a team filled with the raddest, most talented people in the industry.