We've been creating innovative outdoor gear and technologies since 1938. It's a good start.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear is a global outdoor brand that crafts active lifestyle gear fortified with industry-leading technologies and tested in our own backyard. Our apparel, footwear, and accessories reflect our Pacific Northwest heritage and indomitable spirit.
It all began in 1937 when Gert's parents fled Nazi Germany and settled in Portland where they purchased a small hat manufacturer, naming it the Columbia Hat Company. Signifying a fresh start for the family, the business eventually passed from Gert’s father to her husband Neal and then to Gert herself in 1970 when she went from housewife to executive overnight after Neal's sudden passing. Our founder Gert Boyle’s "Tough Mother" persona lives on in the Columbia brand. Her legendary perfectionism ("It's perfect. Now make it better.") and the high standards to which she held herself and others still guide us today.
At Columbia, we're as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And while our gear is available around the world, we’re proud to be based in the Pacific Northwest where the lush forests, snow-covered mountains, rugged coastline, and wide-open spaces serve as our playground. This is where we hike, fish, hunt, camp, climb, shred, paddle, golf, run, and just enjoy the fresh air with friends.
We hope to see you out there. Way, way out there.
At Columbia Sportswear Company, we’re more than just a leader in the global active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. We connect active people with their passions.
OUR CORE VALUES
- Enjoy an Active Life
- Compete to Win
- Relentless Improvement
- Culture of Honesty, Respect & Trust
- Doing the Right Thing for Consumers, Customers, Employees, the Company & our Communities
THE OUTDOORS IS FOR EVERYONE
INCLUSION, DIVERSITY & EQUITY
The outdoors is diverse. In nature, different colors, shapes and species thrive due to their diversity. Diverse perspectives lead to creativity and innovation. Equity leads to empowerment. Inclusion leads to teamwork. We’ve grown from a family business to a global company because we understand what it takes to flourish. Since 1938, we have been making clothing and footwear so that more people can enjoy the outdoors. We connect active people with their passions across race, ethnicity, gender, ability, religion and sexual orientation. Doing the right thing for our consumers, customers, employees, the company and our communities is one of our core values. We are dedicated to creating a company that is diverse, equitable and inclusive because one thing that we can all agree on is the outdoors is for all of us.