Staying Humble: The Timelessness of Topo Designs

Words by Matthew Vanatta
Photos by Topo Designs

Once upon a time, deep in the heart of the American Rockies, an independent outdoor brand was born. Based on the minimalist designs of timeless alpine gear and modern classics, Topo Designs, a Colorado-based label founded on the principles of timeless design, functionality, and craftsmanship has quickly become a favorite among outdoor and creative enthusiasts. When thinking about modern classics, it’s easy to get caught up in the purely aesthetic, but Topo Designs is dedicated to providing the highest quality products that are the perfect blend of cool and durable.

Seeing a need for high-quality goods as stylish as they are functional, the craftsmen and women at Topo set out to offer high-quality products to the growing number of outdoor enthusiasts who want to wear the same gear whether their adventures bring them to backcountry or the city.

Topo Designs is rooted in humble beginnings, as their initial offering was full of modern classics manufactured in the USA. Engineered for climbing and outdoor adventure, Topo’s line of apparel and activewear is a favorite amongs modern climbers. Perfect for bouldering at the gym or putting up multi-pitch routes out at the crag, you can find Topo adorning climbers from Joshua Tree to the Gunks. Whether climbing or just enjoying some outdoor leisure, Topo Designs’ line of apparel is built to withstand whatever you can throw at it.

While Topo Designs has grown significantly since its inception, it still stays dedicated to the initial mission of offering utilitarian products providing more substance than trend. Offering staples season after season, Topo Designs continue to innovate without alienating loyal customers.

Topo Designs still manufactures a number of products in the USA, however, they have began to source and manufacture outside of North America as well. And while many companies struggle to maintain a dedication to sustainability while expanding manufacturing capabilities, Topo Designs has used the same rigorous manufacturing practices adhered to in the US with its overseas facilities. Sustainability and ethical manufacturing continues to be a top priority at Topo.

The company is so dedicated to the reliability of its products Topo offers a number of reassurances to even the most demanding customers, including a lifetime warranty and repair program. In a world of mass consumerism, Topo is dedicated to making and upholding products that can last a lifetime.

Along with a robust apparel offering, Topo’s backpacks are a favorite among both the outdoor and creative class for their minimal and timeless style. Easy to take on a quick hike through the Cascades, to a client meeting, or when traveling across the globe, Topo Designs’ backpacks offer a streamlined and durable alternative to packs that aren’t made to the same standards. What this means is no matter where your travels take you, your Topo bag will hold up and look good. The next time adventure calls grab your Topo Designs gear and hit the road in confidence.

If you want to learn more about Topo Designs, stop by Wayward Chicago on Sunday April 29th from 1-5pm for a live discussion panel and Q&A with Topo Designs founder, Mark Hansen. Plus, earn custom merit badges for showing photos of your adventures or through in-store activities. Topo Designs will be on hand to provide tips and tools to teach you how to customize your own bag! Head to the Facebook event for more info and to RSVP.

 

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