- Brand of the Month - Columbia
BRAND OF THE MONTH – COLUMBIA
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company has been making gear so that Pacific North-westerners can enjoy the outdoors for more than 70 years. At the helm for over 40 years has been their Chairman, Gert Boyle. Her Tough Mother persona has grown Columbia into the global sportswear company that it is today—still based in Portland, still making no-nonsense apparel and footwear to keep you warm, dry, cool and protected no matter what. Our unique Pacific Northwest heritage and Boyle family irreverence is what sets us apart from the competition.
Chairman Gert Boyle's parents — German nationals who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 — purchased a small hat company upon their arrival in Portland and named it Columbia Hat Company, after the river that inspired their new home. This humble beginning was of huge significance to the family, marking new found freedom and a fresh start.
Columbia is made up of real people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you are.