As I said before, I wanted to tell you where the rainbow visor came from. And to do so we need to go back a few years... back to 2013 or even a bit more.
In the past, I wasn't very fond of my sexuality.
I came out to my friends when I first moved to London in 2011, but I never really came out to my family - they found out themselves. One day my mother just said she knew I was gay - and burst out crying.
I'll spare you the details for now but generally this was the time I went back to Poland to pick up my passport in the autumn of 2013 (did I mention I was Polish?).
I had a trip to Israel and Palestine booked and no valid passport (I travelled in Europe on my Polish ID Card). Anyway, it was supposed to be a quick trip to Poland - go to my hometown - pick up the passport - go back to London. It happened that I had about 5 and a half bottles of wine the night before my flight to Poland and overslept - surprise -surprise! I woke up around 3 hours after my flight had already departed and not thinking much booked a new evening flight with my credit card (£200 that chased me forever). I had to go though - without the passport I wouldn't be able to fly to Tel Aviv - and all was booked for October.
And to be honest, I always wanted to go to Tel Aviv!
Back in 2009 when I was living in Mallorca I watched this movie called C.R.A.Z.Y. and ever since I'd been dreaming of going to the birthplace of Jesus to find the Divine within myself through sexual pleasure with a hot middle-eastern man like the main character does in the mentioned movie. And it happened.
When still in London, I met a guy online who said he'd take me to a 'Britney Bitch' party in Tel Aviv, and suddenly he's out there waiting outside my hostel in a scruffy Tel Aviv's neighbourhood. We go to a few bars and then the party. I lose him after an hour or so, and somehow end up kissing some guy on the dance floor. I am absolutely smashed. Had like 10 G&T's. He's not drinking - has a car - 'Hey do you wanna go to Haifa?' - he says. 'Sure! Just let me pick up some beach clothes from my hostel.' I get into his car with his friend and off we go. 'Morning' - says a woman on the sofa at his place - 'Is this your flatmate?' - I ask -'It's my MOM!' He's only 19.
I spent the next day with him, then moved on with my travels around the red see and the West Bank. All this time, I just couldn't stop thinking about him and in the end flew back to Haifa for the last 3 days of my holiday to see him again. It was a perfect holiday romance. For the first time in my life I felt truly adored. It really felt like love and I cried my eyes out on the train back to the airport. We became friends and have kept in touch since.
Now, why am I telling you all this? Well, a few years later, in the summer of 2017 this very same man, then aged 23 says: 'Matt, your rainbow brand idea seems like such a cool concept... why don't you put a rainbow flag under the visor in your caps? It would be so cool; I'd wear it all the time!'
A month later, I made the first PrideBunny caps.
People you meet on your way can really profoundly change your life. Would I be the same person if I hadn't met him? Would I ever have started this brand? I feel grateful for every single experience I had as they made me the person I am today.
And I have to say this to you: as my customer, subscriber, or even visitor you are actively changing my life and lives of many others truly committed to this beautiful project. Please stay with us and help us build something truly amazing!