The Columbia Story
If it's true that experience brings wisdom, then Columbia Sportswear's more than 70 years in business should mean Columbia knows a thing or two about making great outdoor and travel gear. Columbia's design team enjoys traveling as
much as you do, which means they know what you need. Columbia knows that being cold and wet is no fun. Blue eyes may be sexy, but blue lips aren't. And, while a sunny day is excellent, sunburns are not healthy. That's why they make
high-quality performance products that keep you comfortable and protected, no matter where your excursions take you.
Traveling in the outdoors isn't all about remote expeditions or climbing the world's highest mountains. Anyone can enjoy the outdoors. It's easy. Just open the door and go outside. From the mountain peak to the neighborhood park,
from the glacier to the garden, and from the Tour de France to training wheels, Columbia helps you enjoy your outdoor adventure anywhere you like to play. Columbia is a family business gone global. Chairman Gert Boyle's parents
were German nationals who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 and 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. Her husband later took over, and after he died Gert ran the show, going from housewife to executive overnight. Today, her son Tim Boyle is our longtime president
and CEO. The family is their business and has experienced its ups and downs, but enjoying the outdoors and traveling the world together has always been an inseparable part of the program.
Columbia is made up of real people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while Columbia products are available around the world, the company is based in the great Pacific Northwest, where majestic forests
frame volcanic mountains and a rugged coast. This is where Columbia Sportswear employees design and sample their products by hiking, riding, fishing, camping, paddling, running, and just enjoying fresh Oregon air with friends.