Columbia began as a small family company in 1938 in Portland, Oregon. The company took its name after the river flowing nearby and was back then a hat distributor. 10 years later, they started producing their own products and in the 60's they changed their name and became the Columbia Sportswear Company we know today. The inspiration and the desire to constantly develop the company forward is found in the nature around the Pacific Northwest where majestic forests frame the volcanic mountains on a rugged coast. It’s an environment made for hiking, fishing, hunting, climbing, paddling and anything else nature has to offer.