After a 6 year career as an NFL QB and earning NFL Europe MVP honors, Gibran Hamdan created Alial Fital (Ah-lee-all Fit-ahl)
Gibran taught himself how to make patterns and then sew using his wife Jenny's sewing machine. Making his own dress shirts, Gibran’s friends started requesting the carefully designed and custom-made polos for themselves.
The impetus for starting Alial Fital, named for his parents Laila and Latif (spelled backwards), came from a desire for Gibran to focus on his favorite things - design, art, and creativity.
The Alial Fital Dress polo will quickly become the most versatile shirt in your wardrobe.
Sewing a woven dress shirt collar, complete with collar stays, onto a soft and luxurious knit base fabric unites 2 mens clothing staples with perfect synergy. No longer do you have to decide between the stiff and uncomfortable dress shirt you've worn to work all week and the overly casual soft collar polo.
We design at the intersection of Comfort and Style
Alial Fital proudly produces all of its one-of-a-kind garments right here in the U.S.A. Manufacturing our clothing in downtown Los Angeles ensures the highest quality control & labor practices.
In addition, stateside production allows us to create limited quantities of our designs, offering extremely unique pieces, rather than mass produced production runs needed overseas.
Bo Van Pelt: In Alial Fital's inaugural year of 2011 a gentleman named Robert Van Pelt was one of its best customers.
That April, two of Gibran Hamdan's (AF CEO) dearest friends, Jim and Katie Leonhard were in town on a visit of the company's then home of Minnesota. Jim an avid golfer and fan mentioned they should watch the annual Masters tournament that Sunday. Although Gibran wasn't much of a golf fan at the time he wanted to be a gracious host. As they watched the tournament and a certain Bo Van Pelt shot up the leaderboard into 8th place, Gibran casually remarked to Jim - "that's interesting our best customer's last name is Van Pelt". Immediately Jim exhaulted - "Gibran, Bo is short for Robert! It may be the same guy!".
Shortly thereafter the two cross referenced the AF database and sure enough a professional golfer was buying Alial Fital polo shirts directly from afpolos.com. It didn't take long for Jim and Gibran to imagine the possibility of AF sponsoring a PGA Tour pro.
Months passed and AF grew steadily focusing on the sale of fashion specific polos. That all changed that December. A short email from Bo himself to firstname.lastname@example.org expressed his interest in being sponsored by our American Made brand.
Needless to say we jumped on the opportunity and our Golf specific line was born. BVP charged Gibran with not only developing a high performance variation of his designs but co-ordinating his looks from head to toe for the 2012 season
Make no mistake, we are a small operation and relish the opportunity that provides.
We win by delivering a 1st class product in a way that you are unaccustomed to in today's environment. You will be treated as if you we're family from the first email, click of a buy button, or a return request. If you have any doubts take a look at our twitter feed.
Alial Fital was built using an e-commerce strategy from the start. In fact to date approximately 95% of our business is done through this website. This strategy has allowed us to deliver American Made goods with competitive price points compared to overseas produced competition.
When Gibran's son Pendleton was born he decided it was time to be as close to home as possible. After 2 years in Seattle's downtown core, we renovated a former Dentist office in the Phinney Ridge neighborhood. A 10 minute drive from his house, 6103 Phinney Ave N. doubles as our Headquarters and Showroom where we can show off our luxury menswear. We'd love to have you make an appointment to stop by for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
I've recently fallen in love with Skill Share. It bills itself as "Classes taught by expert practitioners". I made my way to the site to take a specific class by Elle Luna called Choose Must. Having designed for multiple successful startups I was intrigued by the premise of the course. 10 exercises to help you find your true passion or "must". I would highly recommend it if the topic at all appeals to you.
I feel like I am currently doing my "must" with Alial Fital - so my intentions for taking the class were slightly different. I am obsessed about improving my creative process and so I've ventured out to learn from as many designers as I can. Elle's class really helped me define and distinguish a creative process that I can use moving forward.
The class of 10 exercises culminates with what she calls "finding your North Star". When you start the process you have no idea where it will end. My final "North Star" featured the words Fashion. Travel. Design. Sport. Inspiring People. written on a 4 x 6 notecard surrounded by relevant imagery. Is stared at it for a few days wondering what I had on my hands.
Elle instructs you to create or experience something related to your "North Star" to set the journey. The thought of starting my own magazine which allowed me to dive into these themes above popped in my head. So I made one and the Stand Apart Magazine was born. I've switched over my under inspired style blog to the magazine format and couldn't be happier.