Growing up in the mountains of the West they’ve been using gear from their earliest memories. they are fishers, hunters, ski instructors, hikers, climbers, bikers, travelers, and through it all they’ve searched for gear that really works – as well as satisfies the styles that they’re attracted to. Never satisfied with the standard fare, they sought out ski gear from France, bags from Japan, all the while honing our tastes and growing a seed of desire to create something themselves.
Topo began well before it began, in discussions, sharing ideas, and just the desire to have quality products that were in their heads rather than the ones they saw in stores. As everyone that’s made something knows, it takes a lot longer to make something than to decide to make it. So they took their time, made prototype after prototype, tested, re-tested, took vacations just as an excuse to test, and they finally had their first bag. At this point they’d gained some skills and the following bags came more quickly. After some initial success in Japan they realized they’d need to step up our production a bit so we started working with a local production shop known for making quality bags. And that brings them to today, designing, sewing, prototyping, and moving forward. They strive to make products that are simple, functional, and beautiful – think canoe vs. motor boat. They’re the canoe.
At Topo Designs they talk a lot about how things are made and why, about the value of creating versus consuming, and how to work with that tension. When making the decision of where to produce their designs, they talked about importing and making locally. While drawn to the ideas of making things in the US they also understand the importance of making things work. After research they were pleased to find that they could make things locally and even more, they could control quality at a closer level, they could drastically reduce minimums which gave them more flexibility and, if they were careful, they could bring things in at a price that didn’t reduce it to a luxury item. They’re global citizens and enjoy things made all around the world, but they’re very proud to be making and producing things in the country they call home. They hope you enjoy them.
Topo bags are all made in Colorado, USA with an amazing view of the Rockies.
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