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A Hot Idea From a Cool Place Although Mahi Gold is all sunny play, the concept was actually born on a ski slope. A sophomore business major at Boston College at the time, Gorman was ready to set his career path goals and knew incorporating his experiences from summers on the Cape would be part of it. "Since I went to prep school [Bridgton Academy in Maine], all of my friends were a little ahead of me. They were getting jobs and grad- uating college a little earlier than I was," he remembers. "I saw them going the routes of financial or office jobs, not anything they really loved. I couldn't see myself being pried away from Cape Cod summers and wanted to figure out a way to not make that happen." It was the dead of winter when his journey began. "I approached a friend on a ski lift with an idea I had for T-shirts. He said, 'You're crazy. Go get a job.'" That didn't stop Gorman, who approached his sister with the same idea. A real estate agent in Newton and Wellesley, she took her never-hurts-to-try attitude and gave Gorman the go-ahead as they became a team to start the business. "Between January and May, I don't know how we did it but we pulled out two different style dresses and men's T-shirts. We were off and running." They needed a name. With Michael Gorman's love of fishing driv- ing the creative juices, the name Mahi Gold originally stemmed from the golden hue a mahi turns briefly after being caught. What morphed from that is much more powerful: It's about the brilliance a person can exude as they enjoy life. "Mahi is the fun side, and gold is the classic side. With everything we do in our line we like to mix having fun and also keeping the classic look. The name is a true reflection of that," explains Gorman Voelkel. A Welcomed Surprise Channeling the same Americana synonymous with Cape beaches dur- ing the summertime, it only makes sense that Mahi Gold's success began on July 4th. In 2008, thousands of people were introduced to two dresses and a handful of men's T-shirts, as the Gormans and their friends walked the Independence Day parade in Chatham wearing the designs. In their hands were signs for a trunk show two days later at their grandparents' Chatham home. "There was a little five- by eight-foot shed that we cleared out and painted white. My dad hung a curtain for a fitting room, and we 128 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 4 business "we like to mix having fun and also keeping the classic look" C O U R T E S Y O F M A H I G O L D 126-134_WWMb14_business_mahi_v2_business 4/24/14 5:19 PM Page 128