The Cleanest Line

Just Visiting

Just Visiting

By Jim Little   |   Dec 15, 2009 December 15, 2009


We don’t keep a formal visitor log here at Patagonia headquarters in Ventura; we don’t keep a formal anything. But we do see a steady stream of students interested in sustainable business practices, journalists who come to cover various aspects of the company, environmentalists promoting their issues, and athletes visiting friends and giving their input on our technical clothing and gear designs.

Above: A couple of guys from Sweetgrass Productions dropped by in early December to promote “Signatures,” their new backcountry ski film. Photo: Jim Little

In recent months, we’ve also seen visitors from Wal-Mart intent on greening their company. We got a drive by from Tesla Motors, complete with test rides in their new fully electric roadster. And just the other day we were treated to a beer tasting by one of our corporate customers and favorite brewers, Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales.


Even government agents (especially government agents?) get a royal welcome at Patagonia. Photo: Jim Little

Over the years, we’ve received visits from many amazing people from all walks of life who’ve come to Patagonia for lots of different reasons. We’ve seen and heard authors, activists, athletes, scientists, politicos, and futurists, among others. Below you’ll find the names of some of the people we’ve been fortunate to spend time with – some we invited, some who just dropped by to say hello.

Aaron Feuerstein, owner Malden Mills
Anne Lamott, novelist
Annie Leonard, “The Story of Stuff”
Bertice Berry, author & sociologist
Bill McDonough, architect, designer, author
Carl Pope, Sierra Club chairman
Dale Velzy, “The Hawk”
Dave Foreman, co-founder of Earth First!
David James Duncan, novelist/essayist
David Mas Masumoto, organic peach and grape farmer, author
David Whyte, poet/author
Doug Peacock, American naturalist, outdoorsman, author
Elizabeth Kolbert, journalist/author
Fred Beckey, mountaineer
George B. Schaller, pre-eminent wildlife biologist
Gerry Lopez, surfer
Hunter Lovins, president and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions
Jack Johnson, musician
Jane Goodall, researcher, speaker, author
Janine Benyus, natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, author
Jim Collins, student/teacher of enduring great companies
Jim Hightower, national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, author
Kenneth Leach, expert in quality systems development and assessment
Kennan Ward, wildlife photographer
• Lance Craighead, Craighead Environmental Research Institute
Marcus Buckingham, author/consultant
Michael Fay, conservation biologist
Mike Roselle, author and co-founder of Earth First!, the Ruckus Society, Rainforest Action Network
Paul Hawken, environmentalist, entrepreneur, journalist, author
Ray Anderson, founder & chairman, Interface, Inc.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
Sylvia Earle, oceanographer/Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society
Ted Danson, actor/activist
Terry Tamminen, former head of the California Environmental Protection Agency and cabinet secretary to California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
Terry Tempest Williams, author, naturalist, and environmental activist
Timothy Treadwell, documentary filmmaker/grizzly man
Van Jones, pioneer in human rights & clean energy economy
Vandana Shiva, physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, author

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