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The Escape Collective: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary

Posted by leighann | January 15th, 2014 | Filed under Art, Design, Travel

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Four friends. Four days. No limits. What would you create? That’s what a group of friends had in mind when they set out to build a Geodesic dome. Two months later, their passion-fueled venture landed them a coveted spot at Summit, a Davos-meets-Ted conference for young thought leaders. Self-named the Escape Collective, this fledging group of makers, creators and designers are our third portrait in the Uncommoners—our blog series dedicated to exploring the other side of ordinary.

But this isn’t a story about how to build a 30-foot, low-frequency geodesic dome or how to sew a massive waterproof cover composed of 256 panels of unused material from Nike golf bags (yes, that did happen). This isn’t even a story about the Escape Collective and the other 800-or-so entrepreneurs, artists and leaders they joined at Summit’s newly acquired Powder Mountain Resort last July. No. This is a story about freedom, creativity, and the ideas born out of unencumbered space and time. Because as Einstein once said, “Creativity is the residue of time wasted.” And in a world punctuated by deadlines and deliverables, no one embraces this lost maxim more than The Escape Collective.

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Behind the Scenes with Emancipator on his latest video, Minor Cause

Posted by Alison Wu | December 5th, 2013 | Filed under Design, Music, Photography

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Portland-based music producer, Douglas Appling, better known as Emancipator, enlisted the help of one of our favorite photographers, Ben Moon to direct his recent music video, Minor Cause. Shot on the Oregon Coast, the video uses natural imagery in an abstract way to capture the dreamy, ethereal feeling of Emancipator’s music. The stunning aerial shots were captured using a Sony FS700 which shoots at 240 frames per second. The highspeed camera was attached to an eight-bladed “octocopter,” allowing the story to be told from many perspectives. A collaboration of creative minds, the blend of melodic electronic sounds with breathtaking visuals certainly caught our attention  Check out the video, and a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Minor Cause.

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The Cultivators: Farming with a Social Purpose

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In our next installment of The Uncommoners: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary, Lindsey heads to Long Beach, Washington to get her hands dirty and learn what it means to farm with a Social Purpose.

When I accepted an invitation from Starvation Alley Farms to join their cranberry harvest last month, I didn’t know what to expect. Perhaps, an idyllic Ocean Spray commercial or another episode of Dirty Jobs. (Yes. Mike Rowe visited a cranberry farm.). But what I found was hard work, laughter, great cocktails and a deep sense of community with people who were passionate about food, family and local farming.

After a few cranberry cocktails, I sat down with farmers, Jessika Tantisook and Jared Oakes, to learn how this small family-run experiment expanded into a corporation with a unique uncommon product and an even more uncommon purpose.

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The Uncommoners: Exploring the Other Side of Ordinary

Posted by leighann | October 29th, 2013 | Filed under Design, Partnerships, Who We Are

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We all know them, those friends who work behind-the-scenes, who fly under the radar while doing extraordinary things. They build stuff. They make things. They grow goods. And they do it quietly without the need for accolades or recognition. They’re our friends and neighbors. They’re the humble warriors who live their passion everyday and create positive change. They’re people like Katy Anderson. Known by some as the Lady Carpenter, Katy—as her moniker suggests—is a skilled craftswoman in a man’s world. She’s also the first portrait in The Uncommoners, our new Off-The-Grid series dedicated to exploring the other side of ordinary.
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From Schizopolis to Standells: 5 Things You Should Know from musician Erik Menteer

Posted by Bryanna | October 22nd, 2013 | Filed under Music, Personal Reflection, Who We Are

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It seems everybody loves lists these days. Our facebook feed is crammed with headlines like, “Five ways to do this, ten habits of these people, six ways to yadda yadda.” So we took it upon ourselves to create our own. Over the next few months, we’re gathering a “should” list from some of our favorite musicians, artists, creatives, and changemakers. We posed the same five questions to each person and compiled a list that has just as much grit and intrigue as Ten Ways to Kill a Pig. At least, we think so. First up: Erik Menteer, multi-instrumentalist for the weirdo folk and rock band Blitzen Trapper

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Nau Waypoints – Ohiopyle Falls

Posted by Alison Wu | October 17th, 2013 | Filed under Partnerships, Photography, Travel

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  PROJECT: Waypoints – Scenic Overlooks LOCATION: Ohiopyle State Park, PA SUBJECT: Ohiopyle Falls

Here are a few more scenic overlooks to add to our why-haven’t-we-been-here list. Thanks to our fall partnership with Yonder Journal, we have peeked over the edge of some of the most awe-inspiring and hidden overlooks in the US. This week they take us to Ohiopyle Falls (and a few stops along the way). To follow this journey and those to come, join us on Instagram (@nauclothing) as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.

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Yonder Journal + Nau: Waypoints Project

Posted by Alison Wu | September 11th, 2013 | Filed under Partnerships, Photography, Travel

We’re going on a two-month adventure with Yonder Journal. It’s a journey that will take us back in time and across the country to peek over the edge of some of the most iconic and hidden overlooks, also known as “Waypoints”. Join us in the Thought Kitchen each week for in-depth briefs, and follow us on Instagram (@nauclothing) daily as we share photos coupled with historical and geographical notes from the field.

LOCATION: Mather Point Scenic Overlook – Grand Canyon

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Field Notes: Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rim is high enough to receive winter snowfall while along the Colorado River path of the inner gorge temperatures are similar to those found in Tucson and other low-elevation Arizona desert locations. Conditions in the Grand Canyon region are generally dry with substantial precipitation occurring twice annually. These follow seasonal pattern shifts in winter (when Pacific storms usually deliver widespread, moderate rain and high-elevation snow to the region from the west) and in late summer (due to North American monsoons), which deliver waves of moisture from the southeast causing dramatic localized thunderstorms fueled by high daytime temperatures. Average annual precipitation on the South Rim is less than 16 inches (35 cm) with an average of 60 inches (132 cm) of snow.

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On the Frontlines of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

Posted by Guest | September 10th, 2013 | Filed under Partners for Change, Personal Reflection

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If it wasn’t for global aid organizations like Mercy Corps, the nearly two million Syrian refugees would have little hope for survival. This month in the Thought Kitchen, Cassandra Nelson, Mercy Corps’ Director of Multimedia Projects, travels to Lebanon to document the work the organization is doing to bring renewed comfort and confidence to refugees like Hannah and her seven children.

August 1, 2013: Cassandra Nelson reporting from Lebanon

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Design Eye: Introducing the Fall Collection

Posted by leighann | August 20th, 2013 | Filed under Design, Design Eye, Who We Are

This week in the Thought Kitchen, Peter Kallen‚ Senior Designer, talks inspiration behind our new fall collection and why we believe good design is efficiency and beauty in its purest form. No accidents. No distractions. Just simple, effortless, uncompromising design. It’s something the natural world has been doing right for some 4.5 billion years. That’s why our fall line-up draws inspiration from the world around us—how we move within it, how we interact with it, how we perceive it—to create timeless, intuitive apparel for real life.

Shop the collection on nau.com.

Fall 2013 Collection: A Sneak Peek

Posted by leighann | July 30th, 2013 | Filed under Design, Photography, Sustainability, Who We Are

This fall, our collection takes inspiration from the greatest source of design excellence. We harnessed the most efficient, intuitive and effortless force that has ever existed and transformed it into an apparel line that fuses the natural and the manmade. This means sustainable luxe fabrics, intuitive construction, and minimalist silhouettes. It means more refined style and foolproof technical performance. It means blending the tailored and the technical to create a sophisticated line of apparel that can not be defined by landscape or geography.

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s to come.

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