In 2003, Labdon began running his business out of a 600-square-foot, seventh floor walk-up in Boston’s North End, where he made every chair from scratch. Many of these early prototypes were given to Labdon’s groomsmen at his wedding and purchased by supportive friends. It quickly became obvious that the apartment wasn’t going to be able to house the operation for long, so the young couple happily relocated back to Cape Cod.
As a kid growing up in Brewster, Labdon spent a lot of time with his family aboard their 45-foot wooden sailboat Camelot. The family boat required immense upkeep and maintenance, which gave him some experience in woodworking and carpentry. Hours spent sanding and varnishing gave Labdon a great appreciation for the fine quality of the vessel, comprised of cherry, mahogany, and teak. Now, at 40, Labdon puts the great care that went into the upkeep of his family’s treasured boat into the world-class beach chairs he sells today.
With the world’s teak forests almost entirely depleted, Cape Cod Beach Chairs are primarily constructed from the oil-rich and durable yellow balau and lighter and easier-to-transport acacia. The company offers seven different models like the “Oyster Harbor” and “Monomoy Sling” for children and adults made from both types of wood. Sunbrella and Outdura fabrics come in a wide variety of colors, are easy to clean, resistant to fading, and can be embroidered for personalization.