Our Story and Philosophy
About Oliver James Lilos
Where we've been and where we are going
"As a child, my parents would spend their summer days lounging around and soaking up the sun. At the center of our summer experience were lilos. Parents and friends would share the lilos, chatting away and telling stories.
For us kids, we were acutely aware of our parents' fondness of their time on the lilos.
We would eagerly watch, waiting until they were fully settled and completely dry. When the moment arrived, we would sneak up behind them and cannonball them, reveling in our deviousness."
Our first lilos c. 2017
The launch of 'LILO'
Starting in Los Angeles, our first and original lilos
Design the finest inflatable lilos. Lilos that would stand the test of time, look great but, beyond a product, also capture that same feeling that our founder had as a child
The First Lilos
The initial product concept was simple; develop a more durable inflatable core, not like your typical PVC toys and then upholster this core with outdoor performance fabrics. This process was not novel but never perfected
Battling the Sun, Chlorine and Saltwater
To make the best lilos we need to use the best materials. No short-cuts, a focus on quality and the belief that our customers will only be satisfied with the best
Solution Dyed Acrylic (SDA)
UV resistant, Mold and Mildew resistant and bleach cleanable. Woven fabric consisting of solution dyed yarns, with patterns woven by jacquard looms
Solution Dyed means the color is in the DNA of the yarn rather than on the surface as per usual dying or printer processes. When these fabrics are exposed to external factors the colors may fade from the outside of the yarn but the DNA of the yarn remains
TPU is recyclable and often considered the best material to make performance inflatables. TPU is elastic, meaning you avoid that squeaky feeling of inflatable while also increasing the comfort and durability. TPU is not as simple to weld, but when welded properly with the correct film it is the best option
We currently use two-way boston valves but we are working on better solutions
Bases that taper up the side made of Phifertex® material protect our cores and fabrics from general wear and tear.
Our Vislon #5 YKK zippers are marine-grade and allow for easy interchangeability of the covers.
Stainless steel eyelets reinforced by Tenara® thread allow easy tether to structure and other lilos.
Our positioning and our goals
To be the leader in performance inflatables
The OJL Lifestyle
Capturing the feelings of those languid summer days and sharing that feeling with our customersShop Now