Off Piste: Westcomb

We visit the Canadian brand's Vancouver factory and speak with founder Alan Yiu on innovations in the outdoor market

Commonplace in innovative markets like the tech industry, the term “early adopter” is generally used to describe influential individuals doing just as it sounds; taking a leap of faith with a new product or technology. While often attributed to an individual, the term in its truest sense applies to companies as well. Enter Canadian outerwear brand Westcomb. Since its founding in 2005, the small Vancouver, …

Truce Designs

A surfing sailor who sews bags from pre-consumer recycled materials and scraps from Coast Guard uniforms

Dry suit fabric and sailcloth are among mankind’s sturdiest manufactured materials, designed to hold up under some of the wildest conditions the ocean has to offer. So what happens to all the scraps that don’t end up in a Coast Guard airman’s kit, or stowed onboard a schooner? Luckily, some of it ends up in the hands of Portland-based designer Luke Mathers of Truce Designs. …

Danner Factory Tour

Behind the scenes at one of the world’s leading boot manufacturers

Like many heritage brands, the Portland, Oregon-based boot manufacturer Danner Boots has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity. Danner was founded in 1932 as a manufacturer of top-of-the-line work and logging boots, but when Japanese footwear retailer ABC Mart acquired Danner’s parent company LaCrosse Footwear in 2012, the purchase opened up new avenues of exploration. In addition to their partnerships with J. Crew and local …