Shah Safari, Inc.

In 1975, Raj and Akhil Shah founded Shah Safari, Inc. to design, manufacture, market and distribute trend-setting young men’s sportswear. 

At the time they founded their company, Raj (19) & Akhil (17), were both students at Shoreline Community College just north of Seattle. 

They initially operated the company out of the basement of their family’s home in north Seattle.

Shah Safari grew rapidly into a thriving business.  Innovative designs, reliability, sourcing strength, and popular price points rendered a huge market share of the young men’s woven shirt business in the U.S.  According to an independent NPD study, Shah Safari, Inc. controlled 24% of the Young Men’s woven tops business in the U.S. from the mid-1980’s through early 1990’s.

In 1982 Shah Safari, Inc. launched its INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INC. division to address a more upscale young men’s sportswear market. 

I.N. was one of the pioneers of the urban sportswear trend with the internationally popular brand, MECCA.

Shah Safari, Inc. and International News, Inc.( www.intlnewsinc.com ) have become global enterprises that specialize in the design, manufacturing, marketing and distribution of trend setting sportswear brands which include:

RAW EDGE · ROAD · AMERICAWARE ·  REACTOR+ ·  PUNCH · QUEST
MECCA USA ·  A. TIZIANO  ·  ALPHANUMERIC ·  JEEPNEY ·  TRIGELLE
THE YEAR OF…,  ·  ETIENNE OZEKI  ·  TRIKO.

International News, Inc. also owns and operates the ZEBRACLUB retail boutiques ( www.zebraclub.com ) that offer upscale young men’s andwomen’s fashion products. ZEBRACLUB has locations in Seattle, Vancouver, BC and Berlin, Germany.

Several years ago, Raj and Akhil Shah were awarded the prestigious “Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award”, sponsored by Merrill Lynch and Ernst & Young, LLP.

Shah Safari, Inc.’s international headquarters and domestic distribution centers remain in Seattle.  The company operates international offices, showrooms, design studios and production facilities in New York, London, Hong Kong, Mumbai, India and Kenya.

Giving Back

The principals Shah Safari, Inc. have always embraced as a culture of giving back to the domestic and international communities. Below is a partial list of charities and charitable foundations that the company or its principals are actively involved in supporting.

ANBALAYAM
BUMI SEHAT FOUNDATION (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation – Yasayan Bumi Sehat)
HOPE HEART INSTITUTE
HAITI RELIEF EFFORTS (in partnership with Medical Teams Int’l)

OUR LADY OF FATIMA SCHOOL
ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL/MOMBASSA OUTREACH PROGRAM
U-PREP SCHOOL
NORTHWEST HOPE & HEALING
IMAGINE A CURE

MOUNTAINS TO SOUND
MILLIONAIRE CLUB
WINGS OF HOPE
CITY OF HOPE

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
DETLEF SCHREMPH FOUNDATION
EAST AFRICAN CENTER
FIRST TEE of Greater Seattle
GLOBAL PARTNERSHIPS
GILDA’S CLUB

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
INDIAN AMERICAN EDUCATION FOUNDATION
NARGIS DUTT CANCER FOUNDATION
PACIFIC NORTHWEST DIABETES RESEARCH INSTITUTE
SEATTLE ART MUSEUM
SEATTLE BIO-MEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
SEATTLE PARKS FOUNDATION
SEATTLE THEATRE GROUP
STOLEN YOUTH
THE MOYER FOUNDATION
TREEHOUSE
UNITED WAY OF KING COUNTY
WOODLAND PARK ZOO