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“I was just about to get speared when Tom Hannagan, from Friends of Ironwood Forest, whipped out a metal comb he always carries with him to brush cactus barbs away. We had the best time there with Tom and Dave Barker from Friends. We laughed a lot, and their love of the area and the time they spent hiking with us made it a really memorable trip.” —Maya Nerenberg, Size and Fit Specialist. Photo: Geoff Holstad

Designers at Work

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Jul 30, 2019 July 30, 2019

Lately, the future of America’s public lands has been very much on our minds. There’s been a bit of good news, but mostly no end to the threats to public lands and waters and disruptive changes coming out of Washington, DC. Read More

Photo: Chris Brown

Baggies Shorts Throughout the Years

By Patagonia   |   Jun 1, 2018 June 1, 2018

In the book Unexpected: 30 Years of Patagonia Catalog Photography, long-time contributor and friend to many of us at Patagonia, John Russell, said in an interview, “For me, photography is all about two things, light and relationships.” Beautiful lighting is something you’ll find in any good photo. Read More

In 1987, a barge named Mobro carried 3,100 tons of Islip Town and New York City trash at sea for over two months and about 6,000 miles, looking for a dumpsite. Thirty-two years later, the large problem of where to ship it all continues. Photo: Dennis Capolongo

Letter from Tuscany (Where We Get Our Used Wool)

By Madalina Preda   |   Aug 28, 2019 August 28, 2019

Silvia Micheloni cuts the plastic straps binding a bale of compacted used wool clothes that have already been sorted by color—today, she’s working through the greens. As she snips the last strap, dark green fabric of different shapes and sizes spills onto the factory floor. Her son Gabriele sprays them… Read More

Photo: Garrett Grove

Timber to Tideline: Hama Hama Oysters

By Malcolm Johnson   |   Oct 17, 2017 October 17, 2017

“For us, the tide is the boss,” says Adam James of Hama Hama Oysters, a fifth-generation, family-run shellfish farm on Washington’s Puget Sound. “In late August and September, we’ll be out there on the beach harvesting at 3 or 4 a.m., and when the sun finally comes… Read More

Photo: Donnie Hedden

Harvesting Liberty: A short film about growing hemp in the USA

By Dan Malloy & Jill Dumain   |   May 24, 2016 May 24, 2016

TAKE ACTION! Ask Congress to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, allowing American farmers to freely grow this commercially and environmentally important crop. Sign the petition at Change.org Industrial hemp is a crop that has the potential to lower the environmental impacts of textile production, empower small-scale farmers… Read More

In front of a jump-off rock aptly named Life and Death, Dan Ross puts a new 5'9

Open Ocean, Open Mind

By Sean Doherty   |   Jun 24, 2019 June 24, 2019

At Fletcher Chouinard Designs, the focus is on durable, high-performing equipment that lets you have fun no matter what the ocean is doing. There are never enough hours in a day for Fletcher Chouinard. As a surfer, shaper, kiteboarder and new father, he was really doing the dance. Then along… Read More

From the Trenches – Why don’t you carry larger data-lazy-sizes?

From the Trenches – Why don’t you carry larger sizes?

Jun 4, 2008 June 4, 2008

Our Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) are our front line of communication with Patagonia fanatics far and wide. The crew here at our Call Center in Reno, NV are at it seven days a week, taking orders, helping with returns, and most importantly, answering the astonishing… Read More

We blended recycled wool with micro polyester for a technical fabric that’s lightweight, quick-drying, and soft on the skin. Photo: Tim Davis

Introducing Woolyester

By Kristina Johnson Avery   |   Sep 12, 2018 September 12, 2018

Three years ago, we set out to make a new fleece fabric using natural fibers that were light on the land. Our inspiration came from an old sweater, a weather-beaten merino pullover worn by founder Yvon Chouinard in Patagonia’s early days. It had all the properties that have made wool… Read More

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