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January, 2014

WOOLRICH x West America – Part IV

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the second in a series of  report from the road.

“Our time in LA was a mix of visiting friends and prepping the bikes for Baja. The ride down from Portland was a good test and gave us some time to figure out what little changes needed to happen. Days where spent gathering parts and planning routes through Mexico.

Tim Martin was a huge help. He gave us free reign to his underground parking to blow the bikes apart to swap springs, adjust valves and change tires.  Tim used to race Baja in buggies and trucks so he was a wealth of knowledge for the road ahead. The night before we were planning on leaving he decided to join us for northern Baja. The next afternoon we met up and blasted down the freeway to San Diego to stay at his parents place before crossing into Mexico in the morning.”

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WOOLRICH x West America – PART III

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the second in a series of  report from the road.

Jordan and I met up in Santa Cruz after spending a couple days in San Francisco and San Jose catching up with friends, the first chore of the day was to change the oil in the bikes before heading south, a quick oil swap in the Autozone parking lot and we were off.

Big Sur south of Monteray always amazes me, the lack of development and rolling hills mixed with hanging cliffs take you back in time.  The weather was a mixed bag of clear sky and patches of clouds that would ingulf you, we had our eyes peeled for a road shooting up into the hills that we had been told to check out, sure enough just as it was getting dark we came across the dirt we had hoped to find.   Chasing the sun up into the hills above Big Sur for 5 miles put us at a majestic view point overlooking the pacific, perfect warm winds and plenty of room to set up camp.  Matt Bauer who had spent the day surfing on the coast had already set up camp and was happy to have company, we shared road stories and took in the surroundings.

We got up at 6 am to catch the sunrise through the clouds and descended the hill back down to the 1 for a chili morning in the coastal fog, by the end of the day we where splitting lanes through LA traffic to set up camp at  our good friend Josh Porter’s place.

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WOOLRICH x West America – Part II

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the second in a series of  report from the road.

The highway 1 that snakes along the coast of California is a ride that we both try to hit at least once a year. It never gets old, untouched rugged coastline and constant mist make it a dreamscape.  After descending from the dry grasslands of the previous day we climbed over the coast range outside of Garberville, winding up the banked curves and descending to the ocean below.


Neither of us had eaten any food all day but we where saving our appetite for a little spot down the coast, Queenie’s Cafe is a go to anytime we are in the area. The cafe shares the building with the hard wear store and the local repair shop.  We reached the cafe as they where closing the door for the day. The server could see how desperate we looked and took some pity on us. We both inhaled a couple burgers and three cups of coffee for the ride ahead. The sun was setting and we would be riding the rest of the way to San Francisco in the dark.

Pulling into the big city was overwhelming for both of us after being on tiny backroads all week. Sitting in the slow lane trying not to get run over by the modern world racing to the next deadline.  Our dear friend Ayni Raimondi was patiently waiting our arrival and getting to her apartment was a relief. Shedding our layers for the first time in a week and relaxing in the warmth of great company was just what we both needed.

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Introducing Woolrich White – Available FALL 2014

Woolrich, the Original Outdoor Clothing Company, is proud to announce a new chapter in the brand’s iconic history. The Fall / Winter 2014 launch of Woolrich White will introduce a new contemporary men’s and women’s collection influenced by the company’s 183 year heritage and classic fabrications.

“Woolrich White will be a focused assortment of styles that are deeply influenced by our storied legacy. But it’s more than a take on classic pieces. We set out to design a collection that would be relevant to today’s modern customer while staying true to our outdoor roots,” said Josh W. Rich, Woolrich Executive Vice President.

Woolrich White, which features modern cuts and fitted silhouettes, is a direct link to the company’s vast archive and is inspired by the brand’s authenticity, craftsmanship and tradition of honoring the American landscape.
Continuing the brands commitment to increase its domestic manufacturing, many of the pieces from the Woolrich White collection utilize wool from the historic woolen mill in Woolrich, PA, the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill operating in the country. With a focus on outerwear, which
has always been synonymous with Woolrich, the collection includes a variety of jackets and vest as well as sportswear in various wool fabrications.

Also highlighted in the collection is the Patrol Series, a collection of down insulated parkas for men and women. The Patrol Series is inspired by the Patrol Parka, first introduced by Woolrich in 1976 as part of the “Woolrich Guide to Winter.” These modern interpretations include water repellent 5k/5k face fabric coupled with 650 goose down fill for the ultimate in warmth and comfort with a style that only Woolrich could offer.

Woolrich White will make its official debut at both Outdoor Retailer in Salt Lake City, Utah from January 22nd-25th and Liberty in New York City from January 21st – 23rd.

WOOLRICH x West America – The Adventure Begins

Woolrich, whose apparel has been worn by explorers and adventurers since 1830, has teamed up with Jordan Hufnagel and James Crowe of adventure outfitter West America on an epic motorcycle odyssey from Whistler, BC to Patagonia and back.  The duo will be wearing Woolrich apparel while documenting their trip and have developed a capsule of apparel inspired by the journey.  Below is the first report from the road.

After a week of freezing our buns off in the high cascades of oregon, we finally found ourselves loosing some layers. It was great to no longer feel like marsh mallows on bikes.

As we left Medford, Oregon in the dark to search for a camp site on the California border, we knew the road ahead was going to be new for both of us. Neither of us had ever explored the Trinity National Forest that lyes between the coastal 101 hwy and the I5. After getting lost in the dark country roads outside of Medford we finally found a quiet spot to rest for the night.

The morning brought blue skies and the excitement of seeing some new terrain. It wasn’t long before we hit dirt roads leading into the mountains. For hundreds of miles nothing but nature and small homesteads dotted the countryside, with clear beautiful rivers taunting us to get in.  The roads where narrow, one curve into another, never going straight, constantly moving the bike under you, the type of roads that you dream about at night.

One of the best parts of traveling through this area late in the fall is that no one is around. The RVs are parked for the winter and you have the whole area to yourself. We arrived at ruth lake late in the night and found the campsite all to ourselves. A quick meal on the stove warmed our bodies for another chili night.

Today would have us pointing the bikes west for the coast with hopes of making it down highway 1
to meet friends in San Francisco and wash off a weeks worth of road grime form our bodies.

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