Design Ingenuity from New Zealand: Alchemy Equipment

From the sea to the mountains to the city, a function-driven line of versatile men's and women's gear

The concept of alchemy likely conjures images of robe-wearing bearded outcasts toiling away in a cluttered workshop over illuminati-esque texts as they attempt (fruitlessly) to transfigure the everyday into the extraordinary. Building on the alchemic concept of carefully combining materials to create something new and exceptional, Christchurch, New Zealand-based Alchemy Equipment forgoes sorcery in favor of field-tested design. The recently launched brand’s full line-up of …

Kletterwerks

Thirty-five years after closing the influential climbing brand is reborn by the founder's son

The story behind Kletterwerks is a long and adventurous one. Named for a rough German translation of “climbing factory,” the handmade backpack brand was founded by experienced outdoorsman Dana Gleason in 1975. Built entirely in Bozeman, Montana, Kletterwerks was about innovation, introducing multiple designs and supplying packs to the region’s most serious climbers. Despite gaining momentum in the process of improving the industry as a …

Matt Singer and Rivendell Mountain Works

A limited-edition backpack benefiting the Million Trees NYC initiative

With a solid repertoire of collaborations and accessories under his belt, designer Matt Singer is now using his creativity for good. For his latest venture, he has teamed up with the recently revived Rivendell Mountain Works on a limited-edition backpack benefitting the Million Trees NYC initiative. Handmade at the foothills of the Washington Cascades, the durable Cordura nylon bag sports a custom Million Trees patch, …