A large part of Topo Designs is their ideas around simplicity and the sense of connectedness with the things we own. Being outdoors is a very spiritual thing, and the guys at Topo enjoy the quietness and calm that is ever present in nature. They wanted to compliment that idea by creating things that worked very well but weren’t unnecessarily complicated or overshadowed by the latest technology so the outdoor experience was undisturbed and took center stage. Topo wants you to take off our bag or coat for a rest on the trail and feel like you’re removing a little piece of who you are, and not a piece of gadgetry that just didn’t meld into that natural environment.
A big part of that inherent connectedness also relies on how and where Topo makes their products. They hold their home base in Colorado, close to their heart. In Colorado, Topo Designs work with their friends and neighbors to make their products, and every time they use them… they carry a little piece of that community around with them. Mark Hansen likes comparing the idea with the amazing new world of food here in the US. We’ve seen such a rise of interest and engagement within the organic and local food movement lately, and it’s incredible. You can now go to just about any grocery store and buy local, organic, high quality food, or run to any number of farmers markets on the weekend and meet the people who are producing it.
Topo asked; why should what we wear and what we carry be any different? The homegrown company loves the idea of being able to translate that movement to the outdoor world with high quality gear and clothing that is produced locally by and with their neighbors. People can stop by the Topo Designs shop, meet everyone in person, and hopefully feel a little sense of a bigger community every time they use a Topo product.
Next week we celebrate our four year anniversary. To memorialize the occasion, we gave the website a facelift. We’re also doing a limited run of our classic hoodie, and tractor tee. Each are available in an assortment of colors. To accommodate that assortment, we are requesting people place their orders by Nov 23rd. This also helps ensure your will order will arrive safely at your A-frame, trailer, or cubbyhole, in time for Christmas.
Click here, to order yourself some new digs.
We are excited to welcome Surf Right to the #StokeHarvester family. SRP (Surf Right project,) is based out of New England; home of the crushing cold.
Sometimes great ideas come to you while you’re in the shower… and sometimes they come in 25°F surf. Todd Meleney, Marcus Wilson and Michael Schaeffer created the brand in 2012, and have been pumping out cool as f*** designs ever since.
You can check out Surf Right gear in our shop, and read more about the #LeftCoast cold water team… in this Transworld Business Article.
We’ve combined forces with ArgyleCo, and Teespring to release the second shirt in our Stoke Harvester Washington Series. Prepare yourself. Winter is coming. Order yourself a limited edition Black Ice shirt.
Our friends at Almond Surfboards & Designs have been hard at work developing a new menswear line for the Fall. Handmade in sunny Southern California, this new line of apparel and accessories draws inspiration from the surfing heritage that surrounds them, while simultaneously cutting a clean line through the crowd of surf inspired stuff. So with that said, take a look at their recent lookbook video, which highlights a few things that’ll be available this fall, as well as the lifestyle they strive to support.
We are excited to welcome Someshine Co to the Stoke Harvester family. SMSHNC is based out of San Francisco; where the debris meets the sea… and offers a collection of handcrafted surf accessories & apparel for the wave sliding / ocean enthusiast. Greg Moreno established Someshine back in 2010, and has been busy silk-screening, and cross-stitching ever since.
A few weeks ago I picked up a 10ft sleeve for my Surf Thump, which I’ll post some photos of… once I get the Surfapig and SH patches sewn on. I also grabbed a Log Tee… which is pretty damn comfy, and a perfect weight for summer.
Check out all the goodies, in our online shop.
Behold the Stoke Harvester WA-shirt! Head on over to Teespring, and pick yourself up some sweet Stoke Harvester Schwag. Men’s & Women’s styles available. $20.
Surfing, alone among sports, generates laughter at its very suggestion, and this is because it turns not a skill into an art, but an inexplicable and useless urge into a vital way of life.
– Matt Warshaw, Maverick’s: The Story of Big-Wave Surfing
Almond Surfboards have introduced a new board to their quiver. The Survey. This fin setup may come as a surprise to some, but it shouldn’t. You can’t preach “surf everything except for surfboards with three fins.” The longstanding stigma of the thruster setup being the most elitist of the fin setups is long gone… I think it’s time we forgive the thruster and let him back into the club. Fuller outline, foiled rails, rounded tail, single to double concave, three fins.
Video coming coon…
Photos: Cam Oden