For over 30 years, Vancouver has been an epicenter of the outdoor gear industry. Its modern and diverse urban culture coupled with its timeless naturescapes has made Vancouver the place of living the high life in the great outdoors. A pioneer in Vancouver’s outdoor gear industry, Westcomb is a leader in the re-emergence of world class, locally made products, through its design to production process, called the Shift Model.
With the Westcomb headquarters, design studio, manufacturing, and warehouse facility all in Vancouver, this centralized design-to-production model allows for a nearly zero carbon footprint. No long flights to oversee production. No long shipments between warehouses, and more importantly, greater oversight into the development and production of each garment.
“I can walk from the drawing table to the production floor to see and feel my designs in progress,”says Alan Yiu, Creative Director. “Having such close face-to-face collaboration across the company ensures the absolute highest quality garment in terms of fit and workmanship is delivered”
OLD WORLD TAILORING GOES HIGH TECH
“Aesthetic versatility is the outcome of our design process where nothing superfluous is added,” says Yiu. “Each piece is the result of a specific performance demand where seam lines, detailing, and features are intentional. There is no excess.”
ONE GEAR, MANY ADVENTURES.
“I don’t spend much time thinking about Westcomb. That’s because high altitudes and low temperatures tend to focus my few remaining brain cells on other things, like whether the new route will go and how solid the protection is, if my partner is warm enough and if we’re moving fast enough. Technical first ascents in the more remote ranges of the Trans-Himalaya make a lot of demands. I like to hand the most basic ones off my clothes, and then not have to think about them again. The designers at Westcomb have understood this: whether it’s shell gear, fleece layers or Arctic-spec down, it goes on and you forget it. You’re warm and you’re dry; the wind can’t get in, and neither can the snow. You’re comfortable not just for standing, but also for moving and climbing: the length is right, the sleeve is right, the pockets are right, the vents are right, the zippers are right … So, those maxed-out brain cells are free to focus – on the climb, the mountain and the range, on the experience of being out there, and maybe even on a photo or two.”– Dr. Bruce Normand 2010 Piolets d’Or award recipient