- Press Kit
Kandi In Public
Based in San Jose, California
July 1, 2015
Kandi in Public Offers Trackable Bracelets for Lifelong Memories & Connections
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (November 2, 2016) – Four Electronic Music lovers are bringing innovation to the rave culture ritual of trading kandi. Founded by Sam Khuc, Johnny Luu, Jason Liao, and Jose Fok in July 2015, Kandi in Public is a company that creates premium bead bracelets with inspirational messages and tracking codes. Just as individuals have their own stories, each piece of kandi possesses its own unique history as well. With a vision of telling the journey of each bracelet, Kandi in Public offers a way of sharing these stories to ensure connections, friendships, and memories that never fade.
Up until now, there has been no method of documenting the passage of kandi. Whereas trades could only be recollected through memory, Kandi in Public has created a method for sharing these experiences with an ID tracking system. Each bracelet comes with an ID number charm that enables the bracelet to be searched on the company’s website. Kandi holders are then able to read messages from its previous owners, while logging their own story as well.
Kandi in Public’s bracelets showcase a tasteful twist to the traditional pony bead appearance. While standard kandi can clash with outfits worn outside of Electronic Dance Music events, the high-quality glass beads Kandi in Public uses encourages ravers to wear them everywhere with pride. From running everyday errands to attending formal events, the idea of sparking a conversation and connecting with other members of the EDM community is made possible through wearing Kandi in Public.
“Kandi culture is all about making new friends, bringing smiles to one another, and uplifting strangers and loved ones. It’s a beautiful concept, so we wanted to bring this phenomenon outside of festival grounds,” explains co-founder Sam. “Our goal isn’t to replace traditional kandi, but to feature it in a different form: one which enables individuals to wear their bracelet to everyday functions and pass it along to someone who could use the message.”
Kandi in Public currently offers ten inspirational messages and ten colors. Individuals are able to customize their bracelet by choosing up to two colors and the word that means the most to them. The company also sells packages of tracking charms for those who wish to create their own kandi, while still having the ability to solidify each bracelet’s journey online. Full bracelets start at $12 and trading charm packs start at $7.50.
Just as the company advocates for individuals to uphold the raver values of peace, love, unity, and respect, Kandi in Public has chosen ten charities to designate 5% of proceeds to. Each charity has a mission that aligns with one of the bracelet’s messages. For more information about Kandi in Public, visit www.kandiinpublic.com
About Kandi In Public: Kandi In Public is an innovative pay-it-forward bracelet company founded by four festival friends who aspire to overcome negative stereotypes associated with the EDM community. After successfully raising more than $10,000 on Kickstarter by melding fashionable friendship bracelets with ownership-tracking technology, Kandi In Public continues its mission to spread positivity and inspiration from wrist to wrist while supporting its charitable alliances through bracelet sales. For more information, please visit www.kandiinpublic.com