Our Story

Jordan Opel, founder of venture supply shorts

"It all started when I flew 8,151 miles away from home to grow as a global citizen. I spent 2 years exploring the other side of the world, and after wearing through several pairs of cheap shorts from local clothing stalls I was craving a simple product that would keep up with an on-the-go lifestyle while making a colorful statement — so I built it for myself from the ground up."
— Venture Supply Founder, Jordan Opel
After moving to Northern Thailand, Jordan was quickly exposed to one of the country’s most popular business practices — elephant excursions. Despite being marketed to unsuspecting travelers as “sanctuaries,” many of these businesses engage in lifelong exploitation and abuse of some of the planets most remarkable creatures. Unfortunately, unethical elephant treatment runs rampant in Thailand. It is largely sustained by misled or uninformed tourists and funded by foreign corporate investors looking to turn a profit. Outside of captivity, the Indian elephant's habitat is shrinking due to logging while Chinese markets have created an irrational demand for ivory. Because of this, Indian elephants were listed as an endangered species in the late 1900’s. After considering the hardship that this species is experiencing, we wanted to do more to raise awareness, combat misinformation, and give committed organizations a better chance at preserving the lives and dignity of majestic creatures like the Indian elephant. Photos like this just breaks our heart.
thai elephant is broken for tourist riding
When we set our sights on creating Venture Supply, it was difficult partnering with the right manufacturer. After all, Asia is home to another, more infamous, business practice as the origin of the fast fashion industry. Workplace safety, poverty-level wages, and a disregard for the environment are commonplace throughout much of the South Asian markets. When we needed to make reliable, comfortable shorts that look great in travel photos, options were everywhere but very few of them were an ethical fit. Eventually, we started designing and producing our men’s shorts with the help of an experienced team of smiling workers in Northern Thailand. We are committed to leaving the fashion industry a better place than where we found it — no matter how difficult or daunting our ambitions may be.
Venture Supply Shorts manufacturers in northern thailand
Our shorts tell their own story while you’re creating ones of your own. Thinking of others like us — expats, travelers, digital nomads, explorers, and weekend warriors — we envisioned ethically sourced adventure wear that would give something back to this beautiful planet that we love learning about. From the beginning, Jordan wanted to create a sustainable business that practiced what it preached. He wanted to build a community around seeing the world and making it a better place, and he wanted that message to be something that people could wear on their sleeve—or, in this case, on their thighs.
With that, Venture Supply was born.
Ethical ambitions form the core of our company. The 10% pledge we make to help all endangered animals is just the beginning of our long-term strategy. With your help, we can increase contribution amounts and create more wearables that inspire others to pay attention to preventable global challenges. Every fun and vibrant color of our shorts features an endangered animal embroidery that is completely unique. With your help, we can remove these threatened animals off of the endangered species list and build a world that is a little bit healthier.
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We encourage you to join us on this impactful adventure and support a clothing brand that improves our planet! We’d love to hear from you, so drop us a line in Facebook messenger or email us at info@venturesupplyshorts.com.
Never forget to keep exploring!