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Archive for October, 2010

The Provacateurs: New Portrait Films

Posted by Alex | October 28th, 2010 | Filed under Bikes, Design, Personal Reflection, Positive Change, Who We Are

Have you caught the film profiles accompanying Nau’s new portrait series, The Provacateurs? Going behind the scenes of photographer Eden Batki’s location shoots, filmmakers Thomas Oliver and Jordan Strong capture the subjects of this seasons portraits at work. Check out the first four profiles, launched last week at nau.com, or have a look at these two new clips, which just dropped Tuesday:


What’s not to love about Daniel Sharp? We first hired him to shoot with us three years ago, and he’s been the principal photographer for Nau ever since. His photos are spontaneous and real, smart and unfettered, which, we’ve found, is a lot like him.


Designer by day, cyclist all the time, Shannon Holt doesn’t draw a line between her work and her play. After designing a cycling jersey four years ago that spun the notion of cycling attire on its head (goodbye corporate logos), a new anti-brand was born.

You can find all of Nau’s Portraits at nau.com: Men’s here, Women’s here.

Biking the Beans

Posted by Alex | October 26th, 2010 | Filed under Bikes, Compassionate Capitalism


Apropos of our earlier post about Mast Chocolate and “Sailing The Beans,” we recently spotted the new delivery vehicle belonging to our favorite provider of early morning wake-ups and late afternoon energy, Stumptown Coffee. Very cool.

How To Have An Idea

Posted by Alex | October 21st, 2010 | Filed under Art, Design


Frank Chimero’s comic/illustration/exhortation on creativity and how to “stop being a weenie and just go make something” is well worth a read. And not only for its Chuck Norris references. Check it out.

(via Swiss-Miss)

friends with benefits: the provocateurs

Posted by Eugénie | October 20th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Design, Partnerships, Who We Are


Today at Nau we’re launching a new series of profiles that are part of the on-going project we call Portraits of our Friends.

These latest works are the result of an ongoing collaboration with the bold and beautiful photographer Eden Batki, the never-sleep filmmakers Thomas Oliver and Jordan Strong of Into the Woods fame, the composer Rocky Tilden of the band Wampire, and our principal stylist, the lovely Sarah Van Raden.

Last season’s theme was design; now we have the provocateurs.

I’ll be the first to admit that the theme can get a little heavy if taken too seriously (especially when it’s French, and in italics), but the sentiment’s real. We’ve selected 12 people, in 10 portraits, who are Read More »

Peter’s Picks for Uncrate

Posted by Alex | October 19th, 2010 | Filed under Design, Partnerships


Quick: What are your five favorite pieces of Nau? Uncrate asked Nau’s lead designer Peter Kallen to answer that question, and are giving away the garb to one lucky reader:

Like Peter’s choices? Enter for your chance to win at uncrate.com. Got a different top 5? Hit us up in the comments…

Or maybe you don’t need snow at all…

Posted by Alex | October 14th, 2010 | Filed under Art, Music, Outdoor Sport

Following up on this morning’s post, maybe all you really need to go skiing is a super creative imagination. Well, that and a sweet pair of red pants…

Video for Robin Leduc’s Laissez Moi Passer. C’est hyper-cool.

(via Vimeo)

Early Season…Cave Skiing?

Posted by Alex | October 14th, 2010 | Filed under Outdoor Sport

If the release of new Down Jackets on nau.com has you thinking about skiing, you might be wondering where to catch a little early season snow to get a jump on winter. High in the Rockies? The summit of Mt. Hood?

Well, if this film is any indication, perhaps you might want to stop looking up, and start looking down. Like, underground. Simon Christy takes a lap of Chourum de la Parza, south of Grenoble, France. Not the best snow we’ve seen, but, hey, it’s October. Winter’s coming soon…

(via offpisteskiing)

Nau Popping Up In NYC

Posted by Alex | October 12th, 2010 | Filed under Here/Nau/NYC, Nau Events, Partnerships

Picture-5We’re excited to announce that this Friday, October 15th, Nau will once again open the doors to a pop-up shop in New York City. Following on the success of last year’s pop-up—designed by Jean-Pierre Veillet and with appearances by 2009 G4C winners Benjamin Drummond and Sara Joy Steele, Har Mar Superstar, Zee Avi and Will Dailey, among others—we’re coming back for another holiday season.

This year, you’ll find us at 25 Howard St in Soho, sharing space with our friends at Dunderdon. Based in Gothenburg, Sweden—and with an an office in hometown of Portland, Oregon—Dunderdon shares with Nau a focus on understated design, performance outerwear and modern fashion. We’re look forward to being in New York with them.

In the meantime, we’re planning a full calendar of events, parties and performances, so if you’ll be in New York this holiday season be sure to stop in—for the latest developments, check back here in the coming weeks for event listings. In the meantime, we hope to see you at 25 Howard Street—at the intersection of Howard and Crosby, between Broadway and Lafayette—starting this Friday.

October Winner’s Circle

Posted by Alex | October 12th, 2010 | Filed under Uncategorized

bikeanddogCollective Snapshot

The results are in, and this month’s winner of Collective Snapshot is Tait Stangl, whose pic captures pretty much everything that’s perfect about late summer and early fall evenings:

Walter (dog), Belt Drive Bike, Bike Path, Nau Clothing, Farmers Market, Avery IPA in a Can… A late summer evening really couldn’t get much better!

You had us at Belt Drive Bike, Tait. For your trouble, you’ll win a sweet new Down Vest, plus a print of your image from our friends at Plywerk. Didn’t win but still want to mount your image on a beautiful bamboo or maple panel? Check out Plywerk’s website at www.plywerk.com to upload and order, or buy blank panels and D.I.Y. Of course, you can always enter another image for a shot to win by emailing a pic of you or a friend in Nau to share@nau.com.

One Of Us

drummond2As for our Monthly Trivia, in September we asked you: Where in the world is this yawner yawning?

The answer? As correctly identified by this month’s winner, Kevin Houlihan, our friend Drummond is fighting jet lag on the subway of Tokyo, Japan. Congrats, Kevin, you too win a Down Vest!

Want a chance to win our monthly trivia contest? You’ll have to know the question, and to do that, you’ll need to read Off The Grid—so subscribe today!

Breaking Bread in Kyrgyzstan

Posted by Alex | October 11th, 2010 | Filed under Partners for Change, Positive Change


The central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan is a country passing through a precarious transition: after an uprising in April ousted the existing government, a new constitution was adopted in June; yesterday, elections were held—peacefully, according to early reports. With a country so far removed from our everyday consciousness, it can be easy to reduce our field of view to the geopolitical uncertainties, and forget the personal, human stories taking place at the level of the Kyrgyz streets. That’s where Nau’s Partner For Change Mercy Corps makes a difference—making micro-loans, offering support and creating change at the individual level.

Through their blog, Mercy Corps also offers us the opportunity to go behind the national news stories and learn a little about the cultures in which they work. Mary Tam’s recent post on her visit to a bakery in the Lake Issyk-Kul region is a good example, and gives a personal look at how Mercy Corps is touching the lives of everyday people in this far-away land.

On this day our local colleague, Dariya, introduced us to Ayzada Mukambetova. Ayzada seemed a bit reserved at first — offering a half smile with her hands clasped together in front of her. With humble confidence, she spoke of her agriculture business and how she has improved the quality of her crop through Kompanion loans and development trainings.

She said it is a good sign if guests visit the house when one is baking. She showed Dariya and I to the kitchen, rich with the smell of fresh bread, and handed me a golden-brown oval loaf. It is customary for Kyrgyz households to invite guests to join them for chai. If visitors cannot stay one offers hlep (bread). Dariya and I pinched off a piece of bread which was still warm, and she insisted we take the entire loaf for our afternoon tea. We visited four Kompanion clients that day — needless to say, we ate a lot of hlep.

Read Mary’s entire post on the Mercy Corps blog, and learn more about Mercy Corps work as one of Nau’s Partners For Change.