Hi. I'm Chip.
It's Very Nice To Meet You.
As a child, there were two dominant forces in my life: sewing and sports. My Mom taught me all about stitching, seams, and how garments come together. Both Mom and Dad were athletes too, and they inspired my competitive spirit. I spent my days at the pool, as a competitive swimmer, learning what it means to “go fast” and find that extra 20 percent.
Now, in the world, I’m a businessman and retail entrepreneur. I am inspired by technical design for athletics, and have built my entire business career on technically superior apparel design, made beautiful. In my heart however, I’m still an athlete who likes to have fun and live healthy. And this is what has inspired my entire life. It’s in this emerging field of technical apparel design that Shannon and I are most proud to have contributed to the world. As leaders in it we are excited to have founded the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University to help produce an entirely new generation of technical apparel designers for the world.
Years back (1998), I founded the yoga-inspired brand, lululemon athletica, in Vancouver, BC. Built on the same foundation of “function made beautiful” and an innovative retail and branding model that believes in giving without expectation, product education, and authentic relationships with our guests and communities. Funny thing happened. It worked. And I loved every minute of it. I now continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors, helping shape “what’s next” for lululemon. What set me up for lululemon was Westbeach, the surf/skate/snowboard brand I launched in 1979. Wins and losses, ups and downs. I went through it all and went on to sell the brand in 1997, taking with me everything I learned while in the trenches, a little money, and most importantly, the art of goal setting.
“There are moments in life when everything comes into perfect view. This is one of them.”
My big learning was this: life is never a straight line. It gets messy and complex sometimes. If it didn’t, I probably wasn’t playing big enough. But when I know where I’m going, and I find a moment of calm amidst my daily chaos, it all pays off. Learning to take that time out, to reset and recharge, paid dividends in my life. Learning how to be present, to live in the moment, allowed me to maximize my creativity. And this is how whil came to be for me. As a former competitive swimmer, football player, wrestler, squash player, and Kona Ironman finisher, I now keep it going by climbing local Vancouver mountain, Grouse Grind, more times than my age each year. This gives me a healthy body to keep the creative juices going. However, my greatest achievement is my family. I am the proud father of five boys and am happily married to my wife, Shannon. We live in Vancouver, one of the happiest & healthiest cities on the planet.