In 1966, Douglas Tompkins began The North Face company as a mountain climbing equipment retail store in San Fransisco, California. Two years later, Kenneth ‘Hap’ Klopp acquired the company. ‘The North Face’ name came from the idea that the north face of a mountain is usually the coldest & iciest route to climb.
In the 1980’s, the brand added skiing gear to their merchandise. In pop culture, North Face jackets have been worn by many big names including Barack Obama, Kanye West & Drake which over the years has made their brand a house hold name.
Today the North Face brand is own by the VF Corperation with their headquarters being located in Alameda, California. North Face products are now available at your local Expressions store.
Check out the latest in North Face apparel below.