After a resounding launch at the Summer 2014 Outdoor Retailer Show, Salt Lake City outdoor gear brand Cotopaxi is excited to announce its first outerwear line. Four months after the launch of the company, Cotopaxi is releasing the Sambaya fleece, the Pacaya insulated mid-layer jacket, and the Bengal waxed canvas lifestyle jacket. The outerwear will be released alongside the Kpong messenger bag and Volta roll-top bag. These products add to Cotopaxi’s line of successful technical and lifestyle backpacks, reusable BPA-free water bottles, and ultra-soft cotton-poly blend t-shirts.
View the outerwear line at http://cotopaxi.com/collections/apparel
View the new packs at http://cotopaxi.com/collections/gear
Director of Apparel, Cheri Sanguinetti, designed the apparel pieces to be resilient and highly technical, featuring Polartec® materials and insulation, without sacrificing aesthetics and style. In designing the Fall ‘14 apparel line, Sanguinetti set out to blend outdoor ruggedness with city sophistication, without compromising technology and performance. As Sanguinetti notes, “By selling directly to consumers, we cut out the middle man and retail markup. This allows us to maximize our contributions to our non-profit partners while retaining the quality of the gear.” Prior to working with Cotopaxi, Sanguinetti designed technical apparel for top brands across the outdoor industry, such as Dakine, Trew, Columbia Sportswear, and Marmot. An avid adventurer and outdoorswoman, Cheri holds a BA in Product Design and Development from San Francisco State University.
Cotopaxi, the first venture-backed Benefit Corporation, donates at least 10% of profits to various non-profit partners in the developing world. Each product maintains a “human lifespan warranty” of 61 years, the average lifespan of someone in the underdeveloped world. The new Fall ‘14 apparel line will support a variety of healthcare causes, such as Radiating Hope, an organization that provides radiation equipment in countries where cancer care is hard to find and optimal treatments are sparse. Radiating Hope, based in Senegal, will benefit from the sale of the Sambaya fleece.
The fall lineup includes:
- Sambaya – A technical jacket that uses Polartec’s Power Stretch to combine mobility and breathability and offers extended body and sleeve length for layering. A hooded mid-layer fleece, the Sambaya comes in Capri, Terracotta, and Raven colorways. MSRP is $129.
- Pacaya – This hooded insulated jacket has an ultra-soft, nylon-woven face with DWR coating and Alpha Polartec insulation. The jacket features Polartec Power Stretch on the side and underarms, no underarm seams, and fitted lycra cuffs. These features make it lightweight, warm, and highly breathable. The Pacaya comes in two colorways; colored-blocked Terracotta Khaki and Raven. MSRP is $199, and sale of this item supports CHOICE Humanitarian.
- Bengal – The waxed canvas jacket is a streamlined and classic lifestyle piece, with quilted lining and Alpha Polartec insulation. It comes in Terracotta Khaki and Oxford Blue for men’s and women’s with MSRP of $269 and $279 respectively. The sale of these coats assist CHOICE Humanitarian, an organization dedicated to capacity-building poverty alleviation.
Co-Founder & VP of Product, CJ Whittaker, designed the sleek and practical Kpong messenger bag and Volta roll-top bag to integrate features such as easy-access zippers, resilient canvas exterior, and padded interior laptop sleeve, to update the classic styles. Sales from both packs support education partners in Ghana. MSRP of the Kpong is $89 and Volta is $109.
The Sambaya fleece, Pacaya insulated jacket, Bengal waxed canvas jacket, Kpong messenger bag and Volta roll-top bag, are available immediately at Cotopaxi.com. Cotopaxi sells direct to consumer, eradicating third-party retail markups and maximizing product quality and proceeds to non-profit partners.
Jess Smith, OutsidePR
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