Inspired by the Modern Outdoor Woman: Woolrich and Westerlind

Woolrich x Westerlind FW15

We are pleased to debut our first capsule collection in partnership with Westerlind Outdoor. 100% made in the USA, the pieces are inspired by the modern outdoor woman, who is seeking new, clean designs with classic, high quality materials.

The idea for the capsule was conceived during a discussion between Woolrich’s VP of Design, Karuna Scheinfeld, and Westerlind founder, Andrea Westerlind, on the lack of functional, well-designed and stylish options in the women’s outdoor market. “The collection was designed for women with few limitations and a love of adventure who are seeking functional products with good design that will stand the test of time,” said Scheinfeld. “We were inspired by today’s modern, urban woman who also loves the outdoors. It’s a group of women that we felt very few brands were speaking to.”

When it came time to photograph the collection, Woolrich and Westerlind reached out to fellow female adventurers and leaders in the field of outdoor style and design, Jeanine Pesce, trend expert and founder of RANGE, and Lizzie Garrett Metler, authour, freelance writer and founder of Tomboy Style and The Reed. “This collaboration marks the first entree for a brand like Woolrich, which is steeped in a long history of making authentic, timeless apparel, to take a stance on what a women’s capsule collection should look and feel like. It really embodies the spirit of the evolving outdoor audience,” said Pesce.

The Woolrich x Westerlind FW15 collection includes three signature, well-made pieces that will withstand the upcoming winter conditions in style. They include:

Woolrich x Westerlind Poncho
This versatile poncho is made from a classic blanket stripe wool produced in the historic Woolrich, Penn. mill. The wool is a heavyweight 85% wool/15% nylon blend featuring over-seamed and crochet whipstitched details and a contemporary clean color way of graphic black and cream yarns that represents the Westerlind aesthetic. It can be worn around the city as a poncho or used as a blanket while camping.

Woolrich x Westerlind Poncho

Woolrich x Westerlind Bag
This tote bag is all about simplicity and quality in the most basic and useful shape — easy to carry, plus it’s not too large or too small. Woolrich and Westerlind Outdoor worked with Frost River in Duluth, Minn. to manufacture the bag, featuring the highest-quality hand-cut leather straps, brass buckles, YKK zippers and rivets which will never rust. It features the same Woolrich wool used in the Poncho with a double-snap interior detail and pocket. The perfect adventure companion for any weekend or a great, everyday tote.

Woolrich x Westerlind Tote Bag

Woolrich x Westerlind Hat
Westerlind’s signature felt hat is structured with moderate flex to shape. It is adorned with a suede cord and genuine brass beads from a Native American store in Utah for a unique feel. Great, in the city or the county, this hat is a keepsake item that can be worn for generations.

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Shop the Woolrich x Westerlind collection here.


Woolrich and Topo Designs Team Up Again!

Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in New Gray
We are thrilled to be teaming up with Topo Designs for another Made-in-the-USA bag collection! Our third edition of the collaboration is a celebration of our mutual love for the outdoors and commitment to producing quality goods.

For our latest collection, we’ve brought back the Rover Pack and Duffel Bag and added a smaller Dopp Kit. As we are celebrating our 185th Anniversary, we decided to use some of our most iconic wool patterns: the Red and Black Buffalo Check, the Alaskan Twill, and Charcoal. These timeless patterns are some of Woolrich’s oldest wool styles and a nod to our heritage.


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 “Woolrich is proud of our heritage as America’s Original Outdoor Clothing Company. We love to work with amazing brands like Topo Designs who share our values and commitment to producing quality, Made-in-the-USA goods that will stand the test of time.”

Read about the collection below. It’s the perfect combination of Topo’s modern aesthetic and our classic heritage styling.

Rover Pack
A classic pack that is not too big, not too small, not too fancy, not too simple – it is the Goldilocks of rucksacks with a timeless silhouette but functionality that is not stuck in a fairy tale. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in New Gray   Topo Designs x Woolrich Rover Pack in Red Buffalo

Duffel Bag
This Duffel is perfect when you need to carry more. Simple on the outside, beautifully lined with coated nylon pack cloth on the inside. Comes with a detachable shoulder strap, inside zipped pockets and a natural leather handle. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel Bag in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel Bag in New Gray   Topo Designs x Woolrich Duffel in Red Buffalo

Dopp Kit
The triangular shape allows this Dopp Kit to sit upright on small hotel shelves and provides easy access to everything you need. The size is small enough for those who prefer to travel light, but roomy enough to hold all you’d need to stay looking good on the road. Handmade in Colorado, featuring wool from the our mill in Woolrich, Pennsylvania.

Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in Black   Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in New Gary   Topo Designs x Woolrich Dopp Kit in Red Buffalo

The Fall/Winter 2015 collection of Topo Designs x Woolrich carry essentials is available now. Click here to shop the complete range.



Timeless Parkas from John Rich & Bros.

Woolrich John Rich & Bros.

The Parka Defined

Generally defined as a knee-length coat which will stand up to rigid temperatures thanks to its generous down filling and fur-lined hood, a water-resistant shell is often featured as an additional level of protection to keep out the rain, sleet or snow.

In the past, as far back as the 17th century, the word parka entered the English language referring to the animal skins worn by the inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands which are strung out between Alaska and Russia, stepping stones between the world’s two largest continents: Asia and America. Out on the streets today, the Parka is the iconic winter garment, associated with the Woolrich brand for countless reasons.

History of the Parka

History of the Parka

Back in the 1970’s, during the oil crisis, the U.S.A. decided to tap into the gigantic oilfield discovered off the northern coast of Alaska. The only way to gain easy access to those oil reserves was to build a pipeline to pump the oil 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to the port of Valdez, southeast of Anchorage. 70,000 people worked to build that pipeline and specialized construction techniques were invented to overcome the natural obstacles and the harsh climate. Working between 70 and 84 hours per week, excellent benefits and wages, plus top quality food compensated for the tough conditions and month-long isolation which the workers had to accept. Only the very best equipment was reserved for those working on the pipeline. And that included clothing!

It was in 1972 that Woolrich introduced the Arctic Parka to clothe thousands of the workers living for months on end north of the Arctic Circle. Designed to withstand extreme conditions, this garment became the indispensable coat to protect from the wind, the rain, snow and average temperatures of 30°C below zero.

Then and Now

At very different latitudes, today’s requirements are not quite as critical, but the Arctic Parka enjoys a life of its own along the city sidewalks and out in the open air, whatever the season throws at you. Both men, women and kids around the world have warmed to this icon which appears to have all the qualities to resist changing times as well as changing weather conditions.

In nearly half a century, the Arctic Parka has undergone a number of changes to keep pace with shifting fashions. Alongside its unrivaled quality, its appeal lies in its subtle, yet accurate interpretation of contemporary taste. A garment whose primary purpose is functional – and in this aspect no one can deny its ability to accomplish that goal – also has to shape itself to a new context.

The Arctic Parka Today

Today’s Arctic Parka is made of 60/40 Ramar Cloth which is comprised 60% of double twisted cotton fiber and 40% of semi-dull, 70 denier Nylon. Water repellent and with a smooth Teflon® finish, it will stand up to tough conditions and last a lifetime. Every detail is given the same attention, from the YKK metal zip fastener to the detachable fur ruff which can be washed separately or simply left at home during mid-season use.

Men's Arctic Parka

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Women's Arctic Parka

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Woolrich and Fashion Illustrator Blair Breitenstein for FW15

To kick off New York Fashion Week, and in celebration of the brand’s 185th year anniversary, Woolrich teamed up with fashion illustrator Blair Breitenstein, more commonly referred to as @Blairz, for her interpretation of our women’s FW15 collection.

I’m very inspired by the Woolrich archival styles and the new FW15 collection . . . the textures in the fur and bold patterns (big plaid, small plaid, polka dot mink, quilting, mottled fur, solid fur, etc.) give me a lot of interesting materials to interpret. Through a dry brush technique and mixed media (pastel, acrylic paint and watercolor), I can give viewers dozens of textures to look at. Texture is one of my favorite attributes in a painting, which made me eager to take on this project. When illustrating, I believe in simple line-work and bold colors — Woolrich seems to be in line with these values. While choosing my subjects from the FW15 lookbook, I had the urge to touch the clothes; I hope my illustrations entice viewers to want to do the same.” – Blair Breitenstein

Check out the video below to learn more about Blair’s process:

Check out the slideshow below to see Blair’s work for Woolrich:

Blair Breitenstein has breathed life into some of the must-know names in fashion and beauty right now. Largely influenced by high fashion photography, Blair takes these fashion forward photos into a whole new realm of layered watercolors and messy smudged lines. Featuring luxury designers in most of her illustrations like Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Prada, Blair  transforms their designs into a personalized expression of them, almost as a response piece. Blair describes her process as spontaneous. She primarily uses water color and a small sketchbook. Her focus is to draw the viewer into this new quirky, abstract and chic world of fashion. She doesn’t use an eraser hoping to capture the spontaneity of her ideas.

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Pack Up and Go: Mountains to Moab

Words by Amanda Ciesielczyk
Photos by Alison Vagnini

The Four Corners is our little secret. Shhh. Don’t tell anybody. Living here is truly a blessing. Head in any direction and, in just a few short hours, you can be camping deep in the San Juan Mountains, exploring the high desert of northern New Mexico, wandering through Cedar Mesa canyons, gazing at the scale of Monument Valley, or hitting Utah’s red rock amphitheaters. The paths you can choose are endless, and we make sure to explore our backyard at every opportunity.

So, with an incredible August weekend ahead of us, we packed up our old ‘73 FJ40 Land Cruiser and looped through the high country, then on to Moab adventures, enjoying the spectacular views and some good company along the way. Of course, our six-month old blue heeler, Reina, lives for weekends like these.

Afternoon in the wildflowers…

La Plata Mountains…

Mornings in Moab…

Alison Vagnini (@alisonvagnini).
Honest storytelling and connection is what Ali conveys through her photography. Based in the Rocky Mountains, Ali spends a lot of her time in the high country backcountry skiing and climbing on rocks.

Amanda Ciesielczyk of BoldBrew (@boldbrewteam).
Based in Southwest Colorado and lead by Adrian Goad and Amanda Ciesielczyk, BoldBrew is a creative shop dedicated to innovative partnerships, real people and real stories.

Shop the products featured in this post:

Horizon View Throw         Women's Waxed Heritage Jacket          Women's Twisted Rich Flannel Shirt

Civil War Artillery Blanket         Women's Twisted Rich Flannel Shirt          Women's Fallscape Lambs Wool Crew Sweater

Women's Ms. Malone Wool Bib Overalls         Men's Quilted Mill Wool Shirt Jac          Men's Rich Flannel Shirt

Men's Jacquard Flannel Shirt         Women's Down Rich Jacket          Women's Air Flannel Tunic Shirt