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We know you like to know what we like. And whether it’s for a last minute holiday gift you pick up at our store in Portland or one of our dealer partner’s locations, here are some tips about our Fall/Winter 2018 favorites: The Stealth Crew Neck Sweater – Simply put, it’s got understated style w

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During the holidays, the spirit of giving is ever-apparent. And it goes beyond just gift-giving. At Nau you know that 2% of every sale goes to our Partners for Change. We are grateful for that part of our business model, and that connecting with a cause is becoming more integral to every company’s corporate social

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Nau’s ongoing monthly interview series is our chance to sit down with the people whose bold visions and rebellious spirits have directly inspired our own. Taji Chesimet is a fellow activist, a junior in high school actively involved in Black Male Achievementand the Multnomah Youth Commission, anda co-founder of a non-p

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Each month, and maybe a few times in between, we’ll drop a mixtape on you. Each is hosted by someone at Nau, our friends, inspirers, and sometimes even our customers. The Nau Mixtape is available on our Spotify. If we’re going to be in this together, we should be listening to same soundtrack. Nau Mixtape Vol 4: [&#

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We decided to join the #OptOutside movement because we appreciate that life is a balance. Of gratitude and indulgence, of sacrificing for the things you believe in but also nurturing the things and people and places you cherish. So we are covering our employees wages for the day, closing our doors to both our HQ […

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The average pay for women is 80 cents for every dollar that a man receives. And it’s drastically worse for women of color at 63 cents to the dollar. The wage gap exists and it’s time we started talking more about it. The Wage Gap is More Like a Wage Chasm “Hello, hello, hello… Is […] The post

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Each month, and maybe a few times in between, we’ll drop a mixtape on you. Each is hosted by someone at Nau, our friends, inspirers, and sometimes even our customers. The Nau Mixtape is available on our Spotify. If we’re going to be in this together, we should be listening to same soundtrack. Nau Mixtape Vol 3: [&#

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We dispatched our pal Zachary Schomburg to Summer Lake with his partner B—this is their story.  About a month ago, my partner B and I rescued a 1992 Mallard Sprinter motorhome from its adventureless retirement in a storage lot. For too long, we’ve held this nagging feeling that we’re living in the middle of so [&#

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Take a trip to Canada’s oldest crown jewel with the raddest ladies around: Laura Visconti, Laura Arbo and Ruthanne Z. Story by Laura Arbo.  Four years ago, I made a simple yet profound promise to myself to start saying ‘yes’ to opportunities that presented themselves but seemed scary. Anything that mad

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As part of Nau’s new monthly interview series, we interview the people whose bold visions and rebellious spirits have directly inspired our own. Some of those people inspire us from afar, but Courtney Samulik, who joined the Nau family two years ago, inspires us daily and directly from within the Nau family. Courtney i

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A down jacket may be unbeatable when it comes to warmth to weight ratio, but when you’re ready to trade the baffled bulk and shine of outdoor insulation, and in the warmer fall days where you need medium warmth and wind protection, boiled wool is the answer. Dense for better warmth and wind protection Nature’s [̷

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It’s become too easy for Portlanders to make a game of complaining about the new swells of summer tourists. We tend to avoid the traps that attract them, but now we’re done complaining. The tourists visit our city for many of the same reasons the rest of moved here, but we think we can do […] The post

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As a lover of nature, we’re sure you’ve noticed that public lands are becoming more vulnerable by the moment. They’re literally being Trumped by climate change, political instability, extinction, corruption and/or underfunding. If you’re interested in helping to find a way to make a difference for your public lan

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Each month, and maybe a few times in between, we’ll drop a mixtape on you. Each is hosted by someone at Nau, our friends, inspirers, and sometimes even our customers. The Nau Mixtape is available on our Spotify. If we’re going to be in this together, we should be listening to same soundtrack. Nau Mixtape Vol […

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Welcome to Nau’s new monthly interview series. Here, we’ll interview the people whose bold visions and rebellious spirits have directly inspired our own. We’re starting with Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, who has been part of the Nau family since our beginnings in 2007, a visionary who has helped Nau get started

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Our Randygoat concept came about during a product brainstorm. We couldn’t bring ourselves to produce just another polyester fleece garment. Instead, we thought what could be “fleece-like?” Naturally, we looked to wool. Wool has long been considered nature’s best performance fiber. Durable and resilient, wool

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The Renewal Workshop, based near Hood River, OR and just 30 miles from Nau’s own HQ, collects damaged and defective clothing from 11 partner apparel/textile manufacturers, who are otherwise left with unsellable and post-warranty inventory, one of the greatest waste problems for the apparel industry. Clothes otherwise b

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Turning trees into t-shirts may sound strange, but lyocell fibers—including rayon and bamboo—have long held promise as a renewable fabric source. Over the last ten years, Nau has experimented with all sorts of new plant-based fabrics. But it wasn’t until we began working with Tencel® that we found a fabric with th

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Anniversaries have a way of inviting reflection. They’re a chance to page back through the journals, crack open the photo album (or maybe scroll back up through the Instagram feed) and reflect on experiences, relationships and travels. It’s been a full decade since Nau introduced our first collection: a good time to

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A down jacket may be unbeatable when it comes to warmth to weight ratio, but when you’re ready to trade the baffled bulk and shine of outdoor insulation for something a little more refined, boiled wool is the answer. Dense for better warmth and wind protection Nature’s original performance shell fabric, boiled wool t

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California Wilderness Coalition, otherwise known as CalWild, is a grassroots organization that is impassioned and unflagging in their efforts to preserve California’s public lands. Having just celebrated their 40 year anniversary last year, the organization is historically committed to mobilizing American citizens to s

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California Wilderness Coalition, otherwise known as CalWild, is a grassroots organization that is impassioned and unflagging in their efforts to preserve California’s public lands. Having just celebrated their 40 year anniversary last year, the organization is historically committed to mobilizing American citizens to s

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We were excited to see Gear Patrol feature the Daytrippen Pant as “Best of Outdoor Retailer” today. Outdoor Retailer is a biannual trade show for the outdoor industry that we attend two times a year to present upcoming season products. Getting some traction from media and buyers alike, we designed the Daytrip

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Turning trees into t-shirts may sound strange, but lyocell fibers—including rayon and bamboo—have long held promise as a renewable fabric source. Over the last ten years, Nau has experimented with all sorts of new plant-based fabrics. But it wasn’t until we began working with Tencel® that we found a fabric with th

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What’s a keystone place? It’s anywhere that plays a vital role in a region’s long-term livability, sustainability and equity. From wildlands to urban parks, working farms to old-growth forests, Seattle-based Forterra work simultaneously across these landscapes to conserve, secure and seed these keystone places for

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Global in scope and unprecedented in scale since World War II, the international refugee crisis is an important focus for Mercy Corps, one of Nau’s original Partners For Change and one of the leading organizations on the front lines of humanitarian response. To mark International Refugee Day on June 20th, we spoke with

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One of the first plants humans spun into fiber over 10,000 years ago, hemp has a long—and often misunderstood—history. A natural fiber known for its high strength and durability, hemp offers the breathability, texture and drape of linen in a fiber sourced from an intrinsically sustainable crop. Yet these benefits are

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For 14 years, Tim Blumenthal has led PeopleForBikes, Nau’s Partner For Change dedicated to advocacy for all forms of bike riding. Drawing on a 38-year career in cycling that’s taken him from editorships at Velo News and Bicycling Magazine to leading the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA), Tim has helped

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For over ten years, Peter Kallen has been a cornerstone of the design team at Nau. A Portland-born Oregonian who grew up on Mt. Hood, he’s been designing Nau’s men’s line from the start. We caught up with him to find out what he’s learned from #10yearsnau, what he rides to work, and why ‘blurry’ […]

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From the very beginning, our commitment to organic cotton has been a cornerstone of Nau’s sustainable fabric sourcing strategy. Because we believe that business should be a force for positive change, we’re rigorous in selecting materials that that minimize the environmental and social impacts of our products. As one

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