Caribea was founded in 1998 on the belief that all ages and genders should be able to enjoy apparel inspired by tropical regions of the world. Influences on the brand range from 1980s apparel of Banana Republic (back when it had cool Army surplus, safari and tropical style of clothing) to Ocean Pacific and Hobie.

The Caribea name itself is inspired by the tropical flower Heliconia Caribaea which only grows in tropical climates of the world. As time goes on expect apparel designs inspired by places in the world such as the South Pacific to Jamaica and other islands of the Caribbean and Bahamas. This also includes artwork related to pirates, Mayan culture and old world themes.