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Ray Anderson 1934-2011

Ray Anderson 1934-2011

By Paul Hawken   |   Aug 29, 2011 August 29, 2011

Patagonia’s friend Ray Anderson, the visionary founder and chairman of Interface, died last week at the age of 77. Ray was an intelligent, soft-spoken entrepreneur, engineer, and businessman who, on reading Paul Hawken's Ecology of Commerce in 1994 called it a “spear into… Read More

[Photo: Yvon Chouinard screengrab from The Simplest Solution and 180° South.]

On Tumplines

By Yvon Chouinard   |   Aug 22, 2011 August 22, 2011

Today’s post – about one of the simplest pieces of gear we’ve ever made – comes from Patagonia’s founder, Yvon Chouinard. It originally appeared in the 1980 Chouinard Equipment Catalog.  When I was at a ski show recently, walking by the booth of one of the largest pack manufacturers,… Read More

Travel Riding

Travel Riding

By greenewsurfer   |   Aug 8, 2011 August 8, 2011

The Patagonia crew extends a hearty welcome to Josh Dirksen. Josh joins fellow snowboarders Ryland Bell, Forrest Shearer and Taro Tamai in our ambassador lineup. Josh is widely known as one of the great understated riders in the sport. With over 20 years snowboarding and a… Read More

Kelly, telepathically dictating to his laptop back down in town, and I on the train up to the reception. Photo: Jen Olson

The 48-Hour Dress

By Brittany Griffith   |   Jul 15, 2011 July 15, 2011

As the sun heated up our little apartment, I drifted out of my dream and awoke to a bizarre scene: people sprawled all over the floor, futon and tiny twin beds…I could hear chatter in half a dozen languages, clinking plates and glasses… the faint smell of tobacco, espresso and… Read More

From the Trenches series – Caring for your Down Clothing

From the Trenches series – Caring for your Down Clothing

By Old School   |   Jun 6, 2011 June 6, 2011

Like flocks of swirling swallows or shimmering schools of tropical fish, our customers swoop in with mysteriously synchronized concerns and questions on a regular basis, prompting the need for ready answers. Times like these, nothing would be more handy than magically beaming knowledge out into the ether. Our very… Read More

Sporting-Sails – A Downhill Family Tradition Since 1977

Sporting-Sails – A Downhill Family Tradition Since 1977

By Billy Smith   |   Mar 22, 2011 March 22, 2011

When he's not in the office developing Patagonia wetsuits and surf gear, you'll find Billy Smith and his crew carving the hills around Ventura and Santa Barbara on their skateboards. In fact, they're pretty hard to miss. Billy and his brother Nick are the creators of the… Read More

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