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Employer of the Year 2022

Kitsbow was recently recognized by the McDowell Chamber of Commerce as the county's Employer of the Year. We were proud to be honored, especially because they noted outstanding leadership, business acumen, and professionalism within our community; dedicated to quality, customer service, and commitment to employees. While we deeply appreciate all...

Foothills Conservancy X Kitsbow

Foothills Conservancy is actively working to permanently protect land and water in Western North Carolina for the benefit of people and all living things. As of today, they’ve protected over 65,000 acres here.Foothills Conservancy is also building trails, providing even better access to recreation. At Kitsbow we admire this leadership...

Kitsbow X New England Mountain Bike Association

New England Mountain Bike Association Building Trails, Preserving Spaces, Creating Experiences   NEMBA is one of the oldest mountain bike organizations in the U.S., and their trail advocacy, education programs, land acquisition, and all around awesome work with a whopping 8,000 members has attracted Kitsbow’s attention, and now our financial...

Meet Your Maker - Introducing Stephanie W

Kitsbow gear is made by humans, not machines, and not by labor that is exploited. Our gear is made by people re-inventing the production of premium apparel in America as a team activity, combining their artisan skills with team-oriented problem-solving and product creation. What does Land Management, Violin Repair, and...

Sewing Academy Success

The Old Fort Industrial Sewing Academy graduates are already increasing the capacity of the Kitsbow factory in Old Fort, North Carolina. We'll explain more about how this works, and why it does.

Meet Your Maker - Introducing Scott T.

Kitsbow gear is made by humans, not machines, and not by labor that is exploited. Our gear is made by people re-inventing the production of premium apparel in America as a team activity, combining their artisan skills with team-oriented problem-solving and product creation. This is his story. Thanks, Scott. The...

Leadership at Kitsbow (celebrating Women's History Month)

For many of us who work at Kitsbow like myself, on a day to day basis I don't really notice that about half of our team identifies as female: 53% to be exact.  It's our normal. It takes a day like International Women's Day, for me to remember how unusual that...

Kitsbow in the Wild

Kitsbow Gear is sewn in Old Fort, and designed to be worn in the wild! Today, we read the words from Kitsbow Ambassador, Ben Weaver. He rode his Fat Bike over 200 miles in Minnesota’s North Shore while volunteering at the John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon race. The Way John...

Meet Your Maker - Introducing Dave S.

Kitsbow gear is made by humans, not machines, and not by labor that is exploited. Our gear is made by people re-inventing the production of premium apparel in America as a team activity, combining their artisan skills with team-oriented problem-solving and product creation. This is the story of one of...

Going Out of Business Sale

  After exactly 24 months of designing, making, and shipping our acclaimed face masks all over the U.S. we're closing down our PPE product line.   Spoiler alert: we're taking orders until February 28 for the last set we'll ever make. Click here to buy.   How did we get...

We're Ready to Spill the Dirt

NO JOURNEY IS COMPLETE WITHOUT CHALLENGESHaskell Pants  No journey is complete without challenges. And the only way to get better at anything is to accept what we don’t know, or to acknowledge being on the wrong path. At Kitsbow we embrace this as part of our culture. The Spillin’ the...

2022: A Really New Year

2022 isn’t just a new year at Kitsbow, it’s a whole new beginning.  Literally. On January 3, the community (investors local to North Carolina) and the employees purchased Kitsbow from its shareholders, with the commitment of majority ownership by employees into the future. This is huge.  And a natural evolution...

Home Is Where You Make It.

WHERE YOU MAKE ITby Connor Koch Over the summer of 2020, my friends and I set out on an ill-fated adventure. We wanted to climb all the California 14ers in record time, biking between them and climbing and running our way to the 15 summits. Spoiler alert: we didn’t pull...

New Year. Made Here.

Yes, it's a new year once again. And we're not using terminology like "Unprecedented" and "Historic" or even "Unimaginable" to describe the close of 2021. We're ignoring all of that (for a moment) to look forward. At Kitsbow, we've done something amazing to celebrate the New Year of 2022. We're celebrating...

If I had to choose but one.

A PRODUCT REVIEW: Superflow Cooling Teeby Ben Weaver  It’s probably not a surprise to learn that I am not a material person. Rather than possessions I value experience. In my experiences I greatly appreciate things that are made well. Aesthetics for me come second to how long something lasts. My two...

Clarity On Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone at Kitsbow but the Old Fort Ride House crew is taking the day off to be with their families. They’ll take next week off too, because they’ve worked so hard all year.  Kitsbow is silent and dark, after a very long 26 months. The Ride...