VANCOUVER, B.C. – Westcomb apparel and Schoeller Textil USA partnered this spring to build and supply the American Alpine Club with 50 Skeena softshell jackets that will be part of the AAC staff uniform and also be used in association with other club events and programs.
The jackets are being shipped to AAC this week, and will be used by AAC staff at events like the Craggin’ Classic and the International Climbers’ Meet. They will also outfit AAC section chairs and ambassadors, avid climbers who volunteer at the local and regional levels to manage club activities in their areas. Finally, some will be used in association with the AAC’s international Climber’s Exchange program.
“Supporting the American Alpine Club in association with Schoeller is perfect from our perspective,” said Westcomb founder and Creative Director Alan Yiu. “Not only are we able to get behind AAC’s important work via our field of expertise, but we get to partner with one of our key premium fabric suppliers in the process, highlighting both Westcomb’s Canadian-made quality and design, as well as the uniqueness of Schoeller fabrics.”
The special make-up jackets, which feature the American Alpine Club logo as well as the Schoeller and Westcomb logos, are based on the design and cut of Westcomb’s Skeena Hoody, an all-around softshell for climbing, skiing and general mountain use.
“It is a great pleasure for us to be able to participate in this collaboration with one of our great customers, Westcomb. Their exceptional craftsmanship of apparel parallels our own to design and innovation,” said Schoeller Textil USA President Tom Weinbender. “Additionally, supporting the American Alpine Club offers us the opportunity to continue our commitment to the climbing community and the AAC’s efforts both nationally and globally.”
These AAC jackets are made with Schoeller WB 400 fabric, a hard-wearing, four-way stretch, four-season softshell fabric that offers breathability, wind and water resistance and next-to-skin comfort.
With 100 percent of design and manufacturing based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Westcomb uses its ‘True Form’ design philosophy to create functional, uncomplicated gear of the highest quality workmanship. Each and every Westcomb piece is a product of precision thinking, thoughtful design, extensive development and constant refinement. The company, founded in 2004, partners with the world’s leading material innovators – names like Schoeller, eVent, Polartec and Pertex – to engineer technically advanced gear constructed with the most cutting-edge materials available, often creating industry ‘firsts’ in the process. Westcomb’s offices are located steps from its manufacturing facility, which has decades of experience building outdoor clothing of the very highest quality. The company’s design philosophy and unique manufacturing arrangement has led it to international accolades, including a Backpacker Editors’ Choice Award, a Skiing Magazine Best in Test Award, four APEX Design Awards from Polartec as well as an ISPO ‘Brand New’ award. For more information about Westcomb, visit www.westcomb.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/westcomb.
About Schoeller Textil USA
Schoeller Textil USA is a subsidiary of Schoeller Textil AG, an internationally operating Swiss-based company specializing in the development and manufacture of functional fabrics and textile technologies for active sports, workwear, lifestyle, and fashion as well as office furniture. The family owned company began in 1867 and therefore has many years of expertise and is the repeated recipient of design awards. Since 2003, Schoeller has been operating the most modern plant in accordance with bluesign®, the world’s most strict environmental standard. Complex customer-specific and branch-specific solutions are developed and implemented in cooperation with universities and research institutes. Schoeller invests particularly heavily in research in development. Only high quality and ecologically safe materials are used for the fabrics of the “Innovative Fabrics by Schoeller Switzerland“ brand that are developed and produced in Switzerland. Therefore, in every respect, Schoeller fabrics meet the highest standards. For further information, please visit www.schoeller-textiles.com or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/schoeller.
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