KAVU True Outdoor Wear CEO Barry Barr Dishes on True Crime, Paragliding and Spaghetti Sauce

"I love to watch the sunsets at Sunset Hill Park. On a clear day with the sun setting over the Olympics, it’s empowering."
  • KAVU CEO Barry Barr

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Tell us what your company does and what attracted you to this business.

KAVU designs and manufactures Northwest lifestyle apparel.  

What book/TV show/podcast are you reading/watching/listening to and why?

One of my favorite books is Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching by a James Autry. Podcasts — I would have to say Sword and Scale is perfect for long drives across the country. Music — I have a weakness for some good Spanish music such as Rosana or Julieta Venegas.

What’s your favorite spot in Seattle?

I love to watch the sunsets at Sunset Hill Park. On a clear day with the sun setting over the Olympics, it’s empowering. I also love to drop into the Conor Byrne Pub for a beer.

What kind of car do you drive and why?

I drive an Infiniti SUV.  We use that as our big family car for going skiing or road trips.

Tell us something people don’t know about you.

Most people don't know that one of my favorite foods is a good homemade spaghetti sauce. It doesn't sound so glamorous but the taste is amazing.

What are you passionate about outside of work?

I am passionate about doing fun things in the great outdoors. My first passion is paragliding. I travel all around the world to fly and experience the world from above. I also travel to surf. There is nothing like being propelled by a wave that has traveled thousands of miles from the middle of the ocean.

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