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Kyle Sparks
From Shirt to Dirt: Thoughts on the Patagonia Design Philosophy
Photo: Tim Davis
From Shirt to Dirt: Thoughts on the Patagonia Design Philosophy
Patagonia

Miles Johnson, our senior creative director, oversees the work of all our designers in both technical and sportswear categories, as well as the product development and textile, graphics and color teams. We caught up with Miles recently at the picnic tables outside our child care center to ask him about his life and work and…

7 min de lecture
The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork
Photo: Travis Rummel
The Slab Hunter: Ben Wilkinson Woodwork
Malcolm Johnson

It didn’t take long for Ben Wilkinson to figure out that there was freedom to be had in working for himself—and that freedom was the first requirement if he wanted to go surfing whenever the waves got huge. “I left home when I was 16,” he remembers, “which was old enough in my eyes. But…

4 min de lecture
A Different Path
Photo: Kevin Ahearn
A Different Path
Brooke Ortel

Living and designing sustainably in Southern Chile with Bureo co-founder Ben Kneppers.

6 min de lecture
Touring Seattle’s Bullitt Center: The greenest commercial building in the world
Touring Seattle’s Bullitt Center: The greenest commercial building in the world
Touring Seattle’s Bullitt Center: The greenest commercial building in the world
Charles Clark & Jacqueline Sussman

“… after some thinking, I’d say I’d rather be a functioning cog in some great machinery, serving something beyond me.”              –Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, “Helplessness Blues” On a far from average Wednesday, we arrived to work at Patagonia Seattle for a morning meeting led by brand responsibility analysts, Paul…

6 min de lecture
The Bicycling Life: 14 Months of Product Testing
The Bicycling Life: 14 Months of Product Testing
The Bicycling Life: 14 Months of Product Testing
Leslie Kehmeier

As we gear up for the New Year and some backyard adventure stories (there’s still time to submit yours) we present a bicycle-loving couple whose adventure took them as far from their own backyard as possible. In the fall of 2007, Leslie Kehmeier and her husband Chris began a 14-month journey of a lifetime. Their…

3 min de lecture
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
The Story of Fleece
Rachel G. Horn

A tale of tinkering.

6 min de lecture
Product Testing: Run Phatty Patty, Run!
Product Testing: Run Phatty Patty, Run!
Product Testing: Run Phatty Patty, Run!

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

7 min de lecture
Fast Boy Cycles Owner Ezra Caldwell on Handmade Bikes
Fast Boy Cycles Owner Ezra Caldwell on Handmade Bikes
Fast Boy Cycles Owner Ezra Caldwell on Handmade Bikes

We were walking  around SoHo in New York during Bike to Work week and happened to pass by the Patagonia store. In the window, was the most beautiful bike I’ve ever seen.  We went in, and it turns out the bike was handmade by Ezra Caldwell, a local guy, who happens to be Hillary Nanney’s…

4 min de lecture
Product Testing: Climbing Lovers’ and Beating the Heat
Product Testing: Climbing Lovers’ and Beating the Heat
Product Testing: Climbing Lovers’ and Beating the Heat
localcrew

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

4 min de lecture
Video Highlights from the T-Shirt Art Show
Video Highlights from the T-Shirt Art Show
Video Highlights from the T-Shirt Art Show

Not long ago we mentioned an art show that was happening at Patagonia Santa Monica. Many of the artists who contributed to the spring 2008 line of Patagonia T-shirts were on hand to show off their own art and talk to folks about the designs they created for our tees. We know geography kept many…

1 min de lecture
Product Testing: On Sol Patrol in Africa
Product Testing: On Sol Patrol in Africa
Product Testing: On Sol Patrol in Africa

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
If the Shoe Fits…
If the Shoe Fits…
If the Shoe Fits…

Beset with questions by those intrepid customers willing to navigate the murky waters of on-line clothes shopping, our fearless colleague delves into the sometimes-frivolous and often-fickle forum of Fit. Keep an eye out for future Fit Posts. Have something in particular you want fit details on? Leave a comment or send us an e-mail: customer_service@patagonia.com.…

3 min de lecture
Product Testing: Baby Capilene
Product Testing: Baby Capilene
Product Testing: Baby Capilene

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

4 min de lecture
Product Testing: Hemp and SunTech Tame the Horrors of Okra
Product Testing: Hemp and SunTech Tame the Horrors of Okra
Product Testing: Hemp and SunTech Tame the Horrors of Okra
Patagonia

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
Sock Testing with Ultra Long-Distance Walker Gregor Sieböck
Sock Testing with Ultra Long-Distance Walker Gregor Sieböck
Sock Testing with Ultra Long-Distance Walker Gregor Sieböck

Earlier this year, I was introduced via email to Austrian ultra long-distance walker, Gregor Sieböck. An interesting individual, an even more interesting pursuit; what exactly is ultra long-distance walking? I came to discover that it’s not a competitive sport, but more a way of life for Gregor and a vehicle to carry his message of…

5 min de lecture
Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Developing Our First Wetsuit—That’s Also Sustainably Made
Patagonia

Recently there has been a lot of talk in the surf world about “green” wetsuits (1, 2, 3, 4). Most of the claims revolve around the use of neoprene made from limestone rather than petroleum. I asked Todd Copeland, who works on Patagonia’s Fabric Development team, to shed some light on these claims. Many of…

4 min de lecture
All the Hemp That Fits
All the Hemp That Fits
All the Hemp That Fits
Jeff McElroy

Patagonia has 73 styles using hemp this season. Cultivation of hemp replenishes vital soil nutrients, prevents erosion and requires no synthetic fertilizer.

4 min de lecture
Elemental Awareness with Element Skateboards
Elemental Awareness with Element Skateboards
Elemental Awareness with Element Skateboards

Friend of The Cleanest Line and periodic commenter, CM, hipped us to a cool program put on by our comrades over at Element Skateboards called Elemental Awareness. "Even though this month is celebrating the bicycle. I felt other non carbon producing forms of transportation need a little spotlight. Skateboarding isn’t just for the kids. Sidewalk…

2 min de lecture
Product Testing: MLC and Overhead Shed
Product Testing: MLC and Overhead Shed
Product Testing: MLC and Overhead Shed

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

3 min de lecture
What Do You Want in a Wader?
What Do You Want in a Wader?
What Do You Want in a Wader?

Attention fly fishers: Steve Stracqualursi, fly fishing product line director for Patagonia, is looking for feedback to help make our already-awesome waders even better. Visit his weblog WayUpStream and let him know what you’re looking for. [With thanks to The Trout Underground]   

1 min de lecture
Why We Don’t Give Temperature Ratings
Why We Don’t Give Temperature Ratings
Why We Don’t Give Temperature Ratings
Old School

Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are our front line of communication with Patagonia fanatics far and wide. The crew here at our Call Center in Reno, NV are at it seven days a week, taking orders, helping with returns, and most importantly, answering the astonishing range of questions our customers fire at us. Like flocks…

5 min de lecture
Product Testing: Babes in the Woods
Product Testing: Babes in the Woods
Product Testing: Babes in the Woods

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
Up with Down
Up with Down
Up with Down

Because the best down comes from mature geese and because the Eastern Europeans prefer older and larger geese, the best down tends to come from Eastern Europe. The down is harvested and then separated into different grades depending on the quality of down. Hit the jump for more details . . . Down is graded…

4 min de lecture
“Biomimetics: Design by Nature” in National Geographic
“Biomimetics: Design by Nature” in National Geographic
“Biomimetics: Design by Nature” in National Geographic

For those skeptical business types who wonder why we need toconserve wildlife habitat and diversity, you might be interested in the article Biomimetics: Design by Nature in this month’s National Geographic. It’s about how species living in the natural world around us are increasingly inspiring modern product inventions and innovations. [Could mimicking the lotus leaf…

2 min de lecture
Product Testing: Light Smoke, Rubicon Pants, Tech Belt, and Wool
Product Testing: Light Smoke, Rubicon Pants, Tech Belt, and Wool
Product Testing: Light Smoke, Rubicon Pants, Tech Belt, and Wool
Jeremy "Crater" Creighton

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
Product Testing Fun with the Freightliner Luggage
Product Testing Fun with the Freightliner Luggage
Product Testing Fun with the Freightliner Luggage

Our infamous Freightliner is currently in the works for a revision.  Over years of long term use, we unfortunately do see some Freightliner products returned for hardware failure such as retractable handle and wheel failure. These occasional failures are good for us in hindsight because it pushes us to make our products better. The luggage…

2 min de lecture
Stand Up for Your Favorite
Stand Up for Your Favorite
Stand Up for Your Favorite
localcrew

We’ve been having a conversation here at Patagonia of late; one that comes up often. The conversation is about some of our classic designs, time-tested pieces, old favorites. Some of the questions tossed out there: What do we do with those “classics”? Where have they gone? Should they come back? How do the current designs…

2 min de lecture
Product Testing: Vagabond Boots
Product Testing: Vagabond Boots
Product Testing: Vagabond Boots

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

3 min de lecture
Where Our Wool Comes From
Where Our Wool Comes From
Where Our Wool Comes From

The following report is brought to us by Ken Larussa, from our Reno Distribution Center, home of Patagonia’s Customer Service.  If you’re a long-time customer, chances are good you’ve spoken to Ken at least once.  After hearing about Ken’s trip and seeing his pictures, we’re lucky he came back. Wool. We all know it comes…

5 min de lecture
Product Testing: Bike Touring PA style
Product Testing: Bike Touring PA style
Product Testing: Bike Touring PA style

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
How Much Down Is in Our Jackets
How Much Down Is in Our Jackets
How Much Down Is in Our Jackets
Old School

Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are our front line of communication with Patagonia fanatics far and wide. The crew here at our Call Center in Reno, NV are at it seven days a week, taking orders, helping with returns, and most importantly, answering the astonishing range of questions our customers fire at us. Like flocks…

3 min de lecture
Product Testing: Angel’s Landing in a Monsoon
Product Testing: Angel’s Landing in a Monsoon
Product Testing: Angel’s Landing in a Monsoon

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

4 min de lecture
Thoughts on the S08 Line
Thoughts on the S08 Line
Thoughts on the S08 Line

Thank you all for your insight on the Fit of our F07 line. As the dust settles from the Fall 07 Sale, we’re getting started with Spring 2008 offering (you can see the new S08 offering at Patagonia.com). Indeed, it’s an exciting time; this is when we get to see the fruits of the previous…

2 min de lecture
Patagonia T-Shirt Art Exhibit
Patagonia T-Shirt Art Exhibit
Patagonia T-Shirt Art Exhibit

If you live in the Los Angeles area, or happen to be passing through, join us at Patagonia Santa Monica on Saturday March 29 from 8-10 pm for an art exhibit by the talented group whose designs grace some of our T-shirts. These professionals – who also work in pen and ink, handprints, oils, paper…

1 min de lecture
Product Testing: Ski Wear (Rubicon Puff, Capilene, R1, and Ski Socks)
Product Testing: Ski Wear (Rubicon Puff, Capilene, R1, and Ski Socks)
Product Testing: Ski Wear (Rubicon Puff, Capilene, R1, and Ski Socks)

We test our gear on a variety of levels. Our athletes and ambassadors are responsible for putting the latest designs and fabrics through the paces before we’ll add a new product to our lineup. But just because something reaches our shelves doesn’t mean testing is over. Once a new item shows up in our catalogs,…

5 min de lecture
Choose to Reuse: Take the Common Threads Pledge
Choose to Reuse: Take the Common Threads Pledge
Choose to Reuse: Take the Common Threads Pledge
Annie Leonard

When I moved into the house in Dhaka where I lived in 1993, I noticed there was no wastebasket in my room. On my first trip to the market, I bought one – and soon discovered that throwing things “away” meant something different in the capital of Bangladesh than back home. What I threw into…

3 min de lecture
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