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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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, 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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Woolrich, the venerable outdoor brand has partnered with TOPO Designs, makers of functional gear carriers from Denver, CO, to create a collection of made in American bags and accessories that feature Woolrich wool. The collaborative collection includes TOPO’s popular top loading Klettersack backpack, Duffle bag, and Dopp Kit. Each piece is made with wool from the Woolrich Woolen Mill, the nation’s oldest continually operating woolen mill, and features details such as natural leather tabs, bright contrasting zippers and color popping straps and cord loops. “The collection looks really unique! Our friends at TOPO Designs and our creative team did a great job of integrating our company’s heritage into a collection of superiorly functional bags,” said Patrick Nebiolo, Woolrich Executive Vice President. “Our packs are known for their vibrant colors and color blocking,” said Jedd Rose, Founder, Creative Director at Topo Designs. “Working with wool as a body material was new for us, and the texture and designs of the fabric brought a whole new look to the bags that we really proud of.” The collection will be available at woolrich.com, topodesigns.com and Woolrich dealers nationwide beginning Thursday October 17, 2013.
For generations, Woolrich flannel has stood for unbeatable warmth, uncompromised quality, and unwavering design. It’s the cozy, flannel-lined pants you reach for each morning to walk the dog. The incredibly soft pajamas you can’t wait to slip into at the end of a long day. And the beloved shirt that takes you from the backyard to the backcountry. Much more than this — it’s a way of life. The Flannel Life. Woolrich features dozens of new and time-tested products made from our 100% genuine Woolrich flannel. Consider each an invitation to join the Flannel Life, and visit us online at woolrich.com. Use #TheFlannelLife on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook to share your love for Flannel and show us what the flannel life looks like to you… who knows you may even see yourself on one of our social media sites!
Last week Woolrich teamed up with the Lizard Lounge, in Portland Oregon to host an event to celebrate Woolrich’s US-made blankets. Blanket collections include an all-new 100 percent wool collection, the US Heritage tribute collection, and the plush, stylish group of American Wool Blends. You can see the entire collection at WoolrichUSA.com, a new digital storybook and online catalog that weaves its 183 years of manufacturing history with its 2013 collection of wool throw blankets.
The event was a huge success with a great turnout. We would like to thank all the partners that helped make it a great time. House Spirits provided delicious drinks featuring locally made, Aviation Gin, Hopworks Urban Brewery brought some delicious IPA featuring locally grown hops, and the Fair Weather Watchers provided great tunes.
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The new Penn Mere Shirt, with its subtle feminine print motif of the mountain laurel flower, is a nod to our Pennsylvanian outdoor heritage. Whether you are enjoying a cup of coffee and a book on your porch, are meeting a friend for lunch, or are out with the family on a weekend adventure, this shirt will keep you cool and comfortable.
The Penn Mere’s lightweight 100% cotton dobby stays away from the skin for a soft, airy feel. With its adjustable three-quarter sleeves, it goes to great lengths for springtime versatility.
Shop for the Penn Mere Shirt and more in our Spring 2013 digital catalog.
View our digital version online and browse all our new spring styles and colors. For a free copy in the mail, sign-up here.
Our tradition of custom-designed woolens dates back to our founder, John Rich. In 1830 he constructed his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pennsylvania. From his mule cart, he sold his quality fabrics to loggers, miners, rivermen and trappers. By 1845, he expanded the mill and moved to what is now Woolrich, Pennsylvania.
Over the years, eight generations of his family have lived and worked amidst the same rural landscape of north central Pennsylvania, not two miles from where John Rich erected his first woolen mill. It is in these roots that we find a deep commitment to producing premium American fabrics that are as functional today as they were in the mid-nineteenth century. Bales of raw wool still come in one end of the mill and, after a good deal of work, exit as superior fabric.
Raw Wool – raw wool enters our mill and after several processes is woven into the superior fabric that is synonymous with Woolrich.
Yarn Dye Kettle – During this process the spun yarn is dyed to the correct color needed for weaving. These large kettles can dye up to 150 spools of yarn at a time. Dying time varies depending on color and weight of yarn.Cone Winding - Here the spun wool yarn is placed on cones. Cones are conical shaped bobbins made of plastic or paper. The speed of the bobbins is controlled so that a yarn with a soft even slub is ready for weaving.
Warping - The warp is the yarn that runs lengthwise in a woven fabric. During this process the yarns are arranged in parallel order on a beam in preparation for weaving.
Weaving Loom - On the weaving loom the warp beam is loaded and the yarns are run through heedles and reeds. The weft yarns are shot across the warp yarns with a shuttle completing the weaving of the fabric.
Burling/Mending Station - Removal of loose threads, knots, slubs, burs and other extraneous materials by means of a burling iron, a type of tweezers, occurs at the burling/mending station. The trick is to remove the impurity without damaging the fabric. After weaving and prior to finishing, any lumps (burls), knots or loose threads are removed by hand.
Finished Fabric - Finished fabric is rolled on various bolts depending on final application. Many bolts are shipped just 15 minutes away to our finishing facility and turned into the quality blankets which the Woolrich name has become famous for worldwide. Other fabric is cut and sent to crafters and civil war re-enactors. A full line of fabric is available to purchase by-the-yard on our website at woolrich.com.
This spring, rain will not keep you from exploring the outdoors. Whether you’re running errands downtown, watching a game outside, or hitting the trail, pack your storable Woolrich raincoat to keep yourself dry and comfortable.
The Kristie Raincoat for women and the Wetland Raincoat for men are waterproof, windproof, breathable and packable jackets that will ensure you have a dry and comfortable spring. To see both our Women’s raincoats in all colors, click here.
To get inspired for rainy days, check out this Pinterest board and see why, when it rains, Woolrich shines.
When shopping our catalog or website, we want you to be confident that the garment you purchase will fit as expected. To make it easier, we have created The Perfect Fit for women – a guide to help you choose clothing that matches your body type to achieve the comfort and look you want.
The Relaxed Fit drapes loosely over the body for ease of movement.
The Regular Fit slightly eases over the body. It’s not too tight and not too loose.
The Slim Fit skims over the body without being overly tight.
The Perfect Fit puts you in control of your style and provides you with comfort and confidence, whether you’re on an outdoor adventure or living the busy city life.