In the late 1950s, Nancy and Walter Katin were in the business... of making canvas boat covers, and the $7 billion surf wear industry of today was all but unimaginable. Yet one day a young man came into the Katins shop in Surfside, California, complaining of the difficulty in finding a pair of swim shorts durable enough to stand up to the then-quirky pastime of surfboard riding. Walter went to his sewing machine with some of the sturdy boat canvas and whipped up the first pair of Kanvas by Katin surf trunks.
“Quality, durability and good looks” was long the Katin motto and it’s that attention to detail which continues to separate Katin from the rest of the surfing pack. And despite a growing legion of followers, the Katin quality remains stronger than ever.
Walt and Nancy wouldn’t have it any other way.