“It’s Perfect, Now Make It Better.”
Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Columbia Sportswear Company has been making gear so that Pacific Northwesterners can enjoy the outdoors for more than 70 years. At the helm for over 40 years is Chairman, Gert Boyle. Her Tough Mother persona has grown Columbia into the global sportswear company that it is today—still based in Portland, still making no-nonsense apparel and footwear to keep you WARM, DRY, COOL and PROTECTED no matter what. Columbia’s unique Pacific Northwest heritage and Boyle family irreverence is what sets them apart.
Columbia is a family business gone global. Chairman Gert Boyle’s parents — German nationals who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 — purchased a small hat company upon their arrival in Portland and named it Columbia Hat Company, after the river that inspired their new home. This humble beginning was of huge significance to the family, marking new found freedom and a fresh start. Her husband later took over, and after he died Gert ran the show, going from housewife to executive overnight. Today, her son Tim Boyle is our longtime president and CEO. The family has experienced its ups and downs, but enjoying the outdoors together has always been integral to its success.
Columbia is made up of real people who are as passionate about the outdoors as you are. And, while Columbia’s products are available around the world, they are based in the great Pacific Northwest, where majestic forests frame volcanic mountains and a rugged coast. This is where they hike, ride, fish, hunt, climb, camp, golf, paddle, run, and just enjoy fresh air with friends.
Being an industry leader in outdoor apparel and products takes passion, and an understanding of people who love the outdoors. That’s why, from cutting edge technology, to their innovative heritage in Bugaboo, Columbia’s jackets, pants, fleece, boots, and shoes are all tested tough so you can enjoy the outdoors longer.