In 1859, the iron tracks of the Sunbury & Erie Railroad stretched to Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, bringing regular train service within a few miles of the Woolrich mill. Yet while regular train service brought a massive building boom to central Pennsylvania, that wasn’t its only legacy. It also inspired the creation of one of Woolrich’s most enduring designs: the Railroad Vest.
Also known as the “Utility Vest,” the original styling is graced with rough charcoal wool, and a light grey pinstripe. The material is thick enough to feel immediately warm and durable, yet smooth enough to make the call for an evening out on the town. As appealing as the material is … it’s the pockets that make this piece truly tick. Today’s wearers turn to the Woolrich Railroad Vest to stash their iPhones, business cards, notebooks, screwdrivers, flyboxes, digital cameras and more.
But originally, it was all about the pocket watch. (more…)
“…my earliest memories are of growing up in the village of Woolrich where my father walked to work and most of my friends’ parents worked in the mill. My cousin John William Rich and I used to sneak into the wool shed where huge 500-pound bales of wool were stored, and we would jump from one stack to another. It was hard for the watchman to catch us since we knew every possible escape route across the roof of the mill…”
– Roswell Brayton Jr. (1952-2007), Exceprted from “Woolrich, 175 Years of Excellence”, by Doug Truax
When you visit Hawk Mountain Raptor Sanctuary this season, keep one eye on the skies and one on the trails. As announced last week, Hawk Mountain’s team of bird counters and researchers will be outfitted with Woolrich gear. Not only will the rugged outdoor gear shield the staff from the occasionally grueling weather of the summit, but it’ll also connect the dots between a pair of veteran Pennsylvania brands. (more…)
With sleeves rolled up and work boots laced, Woolrich invites you to join the Keystone Trails Association for their 2012 Trail Care Days. It’s not only great exercise, it’s great karma. (more…)
For Clifford L Jones, birding was a life-long passion.
As a child, a favorite aunt implanted a love of wildlife into his young heart. Becoming an avid bird watcher as a child, Jones endured some teasing from friends during high school. But he re-embraced his passion in adulthood, traveling to 55 countries as an active conservationist and bird advocate. (more…)
As seemingly unlikely as pedicures and pistols, a group of southern belles … who grew up hunting, shooting and enjoying the wonders of nature … are telling their colorful story. In a film by non-hunting director and friend, Maria White, The Debutante Hunters premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, documenting the rugged side of growing up female in the Deep South.
A tip of the hat to another Pennsylvania brand … Crayola Crayons of Easton, PA, has ramped up their environmental credibility with the debut of the Crayola Solar Farm. The farm provides enough power to manufacture up to a billion crayons and 500 million markers; many of which will probably end up jammed between the cushions of my living room couch.
Crayola’s green initiatives also include the creation of markers out of recycled plastics, and using reforested wood for their colored pencils. Good stuff.
LINK: Crayola Green
When you order a “lager” in Pennsylvania, the barkeep knows the drill. Yeungling Beer is as essential to Pennsylvanians as Woolrich wool, Hammond Pretzels and Coleman Pop-Up Campers. Back in the day, true connoisseurs of this traditional brew would transport it across state boarders to holiday gatherings and football parties just to maintain their fix. No Yankee beer competitor could replicate a tastier lager than that of America’s oldest family-owned brewery (or, at least that’s what my uncle would say). (more…)
Unarguably, the annual Outdoor Retailer Winter Market trade show in Salt Lake City is where trends are set. A small city in itself, the show is populated by the most progressive companies in outdoor gear, goods, and apparel.
And at the most recent gathering last January, it was the heritage-infused presentation by Woolrich that garnered two of the shows most coveted style awards. (more…)
An area rich in coal mining heritage might just get its chance to be put on the map. Pike County leaders and local trail enthusiasts recently met with the Great Eastern Trail Association to ensure a portion of the international trail travels through the mountain passages of Kentucky.
The Great Eastern Trail, modeled after the Appalachian Trail, is a proposed 1800 mile hiking trail linking the scenic byways from Florida to upstate New York. It’s also one of Woorlich’s newest partners. (more…)