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Early Fall ’14: Versatility Defined

Posted by Alison Wu | August 20th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Photography, Sustainability, Who We Are

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Introducing the first of our Fall 2014 collection. Versatility defined: Clean, intuitive silhouettes that easily navigate the elements, urban or otherwise, without compromising style and sophistication. A line of apparel designed to travel with you. Crafted from organic cotton, Merino wool, recycled polyester, TENCEL® and other premium sustainable fabrics, this collection features blazers, shirts, dresses, and pants that are built to thrive in whatever your environment. Check out the men’s collection, here, and the women’s collection, here. Over the next several weeks, we will be introducing more of the Fall ’14 collection, so be sure to keep checking back as we start to roll out our colder weather styles including down and Cocona insulated trenches and jackets.

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Sneak Peek: Fall 2014 Collection

Posted by Alison Wu | August 5th, 2014 | Filed under Design, Photography, Sustainability, Who We Are

Our Fall 2014 collection draws inspiration from our travels and experiences in our surroundings. A study of the comparisons and contradictions between the man-made and natural worlds influenced our designs. We looked at the weather conditions they each present, the body motions they both require and our need to be protected from some of their exposure. With all of this in mind, we designed a collection that continues to define modern urban and outdoor apparel. From weekdays at the office to happy hour with friends to weekends adventuring on the coast and in the desert, this collection offers the versatility and durability required for an active, mobile lifestyle without sacrificing sophistication and impeccable tailoring.

Take a peek at our Fall 2014 collection. Sign up for our newsletter to learn when these styles and more are available.

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Work Hard, Play Hard: Desert Quest

Posted by Bryanna | July 29th, 2014 | Filed under Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Photography, Travel, Who We Are

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Early this July, we had planned meetings with a few of our vendors in Park City. I joked with friends that I would go on a southern Utah vision quest before heading into a few days of line showings. The plan got put in place: three days, two nights and see where I end up. I’d have to say, it wasn’t a drug induced spiritual revolution, but it sure was an awesome three days in the sun.

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I made my way south to Torrey, Utah just outside of Capitol Reef National. I’d been through here on a past road trip and knew that I had to stop at Cafe Diablo, a local restaurant with stiff margaritas and a menu that changes nightly. I found a nice campground across the highway and rented a little cabin for the night, splurged on dinner and watched the super moon rise.

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I awoke the next morning and planned to get myself to Bryce Canyon, not without a few roadblocks along the way.

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The colors in southern Utah are what strike me the most. Often times I felt like I was driving through a distant planet, and the sight of water was incredible in such a stark, dry landscape. I threw on my suit and hiked up to this small waterfall for a dip. I watched an afternoon thunderstorm roll in and as the time between the flash of light and sound of thunder diminished, I decided I should make my way down the trail and back to the safety of the car.

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I reached Bryce Canyon National Park and found a tipi to rent for the night. The town of Bryce Canyon is interesting. I learned that one family owns all of the lodging and most of the restaurants at the entrance to the park. It felt more like the wild west theme of an amusement park than being in a national park. All the hotels had been fabricated to look like an old saloon or a barn; however, none of it could have been more than 20 years old.  I decided to leave my stuff and drive down all the roads that looked like they led to nowhere. I came out here to escape, not be hocked geodes from a man dressed like a gold miner.

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The next morning I had about a 6-hour drive back to Salt Lake. I wandered through the outskirts of Bryce Canyon, through all the farming communities and finally back on to I-15 – set towards civilization. With the dust of red rock covering both me and the car, I knew that the next two days of work would be just fine.

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Summer in the Utah Desert

Posted by Bryanna | June 24th, 2014 | Filed under Nau Events, Outdoor Sport, Personal Reflection, Photography, Travel, Who We Are

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The trials of working in any sales-based industry are the annual tradeshows. The largest trade show in the outdoor industry, Outdoor Retailer, happens twice a year nestled between the Wasatch front and the great Salt Lake. After a week under fluorescent lights of the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, we often need a few days of desert sun, spiritual searching, and a bit of team bonding.

This past August we snagged some of our favorite Spring 2014 looks, piled in Mark’s Defender and headed out for gear testing in the Capitol Reef National Park. We spent three days exploring through slot canyons, hiking up desert ridges and sleeping under the stars. The landscape in southern Utah is quite shocking compared to the Oregon wilderness we call home. Often times we felt like we ended up on the surface of a whole different planet. From the reddish hues of dirt to the almost pure desolation of life, we found ourselves ohhing and aahing around every turn of the landscape. Enjoy these images from our journey.

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Start-Off-The-Summer-Right Playlist

Posted by Alison Wu | June 17th, 2014 | Filed under Music, Travel, Who We Are

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Summer is almost here. It’s so close that we can hardly stand it. This Saturday to be exact. With summer comes backyard BBQing, music festivals, bike rides to the farmer’s market, floating the river, cold beers and tacos, and everything we love about life. We put this playlist together to get the summer started off right – a compilation of everyone here at Nau’s favorite songs for summer.

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Portland Supply Co. Studio Visit

Posted by Alison Wu | May 28th, 2014 | Filed under Art, Design, Photography, Uncategorized, Who We Are

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The Portland Supply Co. stopped by our NE Portland headquarters a few weeks ago to check out our studio space, see some of our new designs and chat with our designers, Peter and Carma. P.S. Co. launched in November of 2013 with the aim of connecting the Portland creative community with the larger global community. The blog features Portland makers, designers and artists showcasing their studios and creative processes. Through careful curation, the blog intends to create an insider’s guide to the aesthetic and culture of Portland. The 2 women behind the blog interviewed Peter, our men’s designer, to gain some insight into the inspiration behind the brand as well as why Portland is the perfect place for Nau to call home. Check out the blog post, here.

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The Dirt on Laundry: Ideas on Lightening Your Load

Posted by leighann | April 21st, 2014 | Filed under Environmental Change, Positive Change, Sustainability, Who We Are

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In his 2008 Ted Talk, Hans Rosling argued that the washing machine was the single greatest invention of the industrial revolution. Instead of spending hours every day collecting water, hand washing along an antiquated washboard, and hanging each garment on a clothesline, we were now free to read more books, learn new languages, go to school, and—yes—contribute to greenhouse gases.

While the washing machine has freed us up to enjoy a few (hundred) extra cups of coffee in the morning, it has also contributed significantly to the environmental footprint of a garment. Some say that over the course of a garment’s lifetime, up to 82% of energy use, 66% of solid waste, and over 50% of air emissions come from washing and drying. Surprisingly, more water and energy are used during consumer care than in production.  That’s why, at Nau, we design our clothes to thrive using low-impact cleaning methods.

To make sure your Nau clothing lives a long life, we’ve compiled a few ideas to lighten your load.  By following such practices, you not only guarantee your garment’s long life, you also join us in minimizing their impact on the earth.
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The Uncommoners: Meet the Ambassador of Food

Posted by leighann | March 12th, 2014 | Filed under Partnerships, Positive Change, Sustainability, Who We Are

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Last month, we asked for nominations for our next Uncommoner. Submissions poured in: tool makers, bike builders, community organizers, milliners, compost cultivators. The choice was difficult. But after careful consideration, we’d like to introduce you to our newest Uncommoner. She’s an entrepreneur, teacher, food advocate, and Board member of Slow Food USA working at the crossroads of policy, education, and food sovereignty to change the way we eat. And she makes one mean cabbage dish. Meet Katherine Deumling, the Ambassador of Food and brainchild behind Cook With What You Have.
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The 7 Wonders of Oregon

Posted by Alison Wu | March 10th, 2014 | Filed under Travel, Who We Are

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There is no denying our love for Oregon.  We agree with our friends over at Travel Oregon: whoever named the 7 Wonders of the World must not have stepped foot in our home state. From the top of Mt. Hood, along the Coast, down the Columbia River Gorge, through the Painted Hills, up Smith Rock, across the Wallowas and around Crater Lake, The 7 Wonders of Oregon capture the magnificent diversity of this state’s landscape.

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Meet the venerable Jun Kang, Nau’s new President

Posted by leighann | February 12th, 2014 | Filed under Partnerships, Who We Are

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You might have heard; we’ve been eating a lot of Korean food lately. We’ve also been busy celebrating the year of the Blue Horse with a spacious new office, beautiful spring line, and—yes—even new owners. The Korean-based, outdoor brand, Black Yak and Nau have officially tied the knot.  

This week in the Thought Kitchen, we’re honored to sit down with  Jun Suk Kang, Nau’s new President, to find out what’s ahead for Nau and Black Yak, what’s going to change, and what he thinks about being voted one of Portland Monthly magazine’s most fascinating dinner guests.
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