Dean Miller Hawaiian Bedding brings the beach indoors
Picture a twenty-something surfer trying to shop for bedding for their home. Between solid colors, Stars Wars and feminine themed flowers, he can find nothing that would suit his hip, surf-obsessed lifestyle.
So he visits a fabric store, finds a few cool Hawaiian fabric prints in bright hibiscus patterns, then has the local dry cleaners sew them together to make tropical bedding. And the rest, as they say in Hawaii, is legend.
Out of this fruitless search for Hawaiian bedding, a company was born that specializes in tropical bedding. Dean Miller Hawaiian Bedding is riding a wave of success making comforters, duvets, throw blankets, dec pillows, Hawaiian shower curtains, crib sets, and other surf themed décor items.
"We filled a niche that just needed to be filled, " says Doug Smith, the owner of the Dana Point-based Hawaiian bedding enterprise. "I looked at the industry and everything was so bland and similar that we just wanted to add a little fun and bring some island accents into the home. We did this by making our own line of tropical bedding."
Dean Miller’s brightly patterned tropical bedding comes in prints featuring traditional hibiscus flowers, long boards, hula dancers, pineapples, tikis and even daiquiris. Classic motifs for any Hawaiian bedding enthusiast.
And just who is Dean Miller? The Hawaiian bedding company name originates from a "kama'aina" (local) legend named Dean Miller, who was said to reside in the majestic beauty of Kauai's rainforest, and hunted wild boar, fished Hawaii's prolific oceans, bathed under towering waterfalls and slept on a bed of Hawaiian flowers.
"The story embodied everything our company was about," said the tropical bedding owner. Whether the legend is true or not, they thought it was the perfect name for their new Hawaiian bedding business.
Dean Miller’s tropical bedding is located in Orange County, California that suits them perfectly, the owner says. "We're here mainly for economics, easy distribution to our customer base and centralized shipping." But there is one other good reason the owner cites for being in Dana Point, "It's close to the beach," he says.