Founded in 1975 in Massachusetts by a New England local named Harvey Gross, the private company Penfield has grown to become one of the most popular brands for quality apparel designed for people who love the outdoors. Today jackets full of quilts, fleece and outer garments have a reputation for fusing fashion and functionality while being long lasting and highly resistant.
The climate of New England can be as unforgivable as the British climate, which is why the Penfield range of clothing is sought by both nature lovers and urban dwellers on both sides of the ocean.
The following guide illustrates the history of Penfield’s clothes and highlights why this brand is known for its uncompromising quality.
Penfield Outdoor Wear growth
Since its inception in 1975, the Penfield brand has quickly proved a must for many Americans in the 1980s. The company has therefore successfully expanded its operations so that today, from North America and Europe to Asia and Australia, their range of clothing is now sold not only through outdoor stores, but also in prestigious shops like Saks.
What has also contributed to their growth is the company’s long history of developing special partnerships and private labels. Their Cape Heights factory, which originally produced the Penfield product range, also produced feathered garments for well-known brands such as LL Bean, EMS, Lands End and Cabelas. Currently, they continue this tradition of collaboration by producing men’s progressive label items like Gitman Bros and Rag & Bone, as well as for high-end boutiques all over the world such as Colette in France and Edifice in Japan.
The Penfield product range
The current Penfield FW10 collection includes three labels: Classic, Trailwear and Black Bear:
The Classic line has been counted since 1975 for reliability and quality performance in a wide range of climatic conditions, as well as for combining style and functionality.
Since the 70s, this collection supports the heritage and spirit of what the Penfield brand represents, remaining true to their slogan ”.
This is the premium series of the Penfield range, which promotes a contemporary style that is accompanied by a mix of fabrics that sets the standard for quality.
The Penfield product line has a leading reputation in the outdoor sector for high quality comfort and warmth, while being light and easy to maintain: it is composed of 80% goose down and 20% of feathers. The Trailwear and Black Bear ranges include technical fabrics such as natural Teflon, Ripstop with DWR coating and their newly developed Hudson Wax fabric to make their garments waterproof and extremely durable.
Hudson Wax Cloth is a densely woven fabric with a blend of 65% polyester and 35% cotton to make you feel in windy conditions. It is also infused with ecological wax to make its surface water resistant.
Penfield’s range of clothing and collaborations are known for their consistent quality: they will ensure maximum comfort and comfort, regardless of the weather conditions they decide to launch. Penfield’s current CEO and Creative Director, Jamie Barshall, summarizes the brand’s success: “We do not sit in an office waiting for us to come in. We travel most of the time looking for and finding new fabrics and garments. ideas, but at the same time we owe a lot to our past and we have an incredible archive of Penfield leaders of the last 35 years to work with “.