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Canada Goose Behind The Scenes

Canada Goose | The Style Raconteur

Gear Patrol recently visited the factories of Canadian institution, Canada Goose. The outdoor imprint has dedicated itself to the craft of keeping people warm and protected since 1957. However, the brand truly defined itself for the modern era in 1972, when CEO Dani Reiss’ father David Reiss invented the down-filling machine which led to a new range of ultra-wear and now iconic jackets. Since then, the Toronto-based Canada Goose has forged ahead in maintaining a close and intimate relationship with both the product it creates and the people it protects. The brand has recently opened the doors to a new showroom, design studio and factory that enables the rapid iteration and design of new products. This close-knit approach will further build on the credibility and growth the iconic brand has had over the course of the last half century. For more information head over to Gear Patrol and buy Canada Goose HERE

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Visit to New Balance’s Factory in Flimby, UK

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This morning I was lucky enough to get to visit New Balances Flimby Factory. The factory which employs over 210 people and produces over 28,000 pairs of shoes a week, with 90% of all footwear sold going to European markets… The recent construction of a new 21,500 square foot warehouse enables production to be increased. The UK factory is a real success story, continuing to grow as demand increases. However, there are some things that stay the same New Balance Europe works hard to keep its workers, and many of those workers have been with NB since 1982 when the first NB manufacturing facility in the UK opened its doors.

It’s was fascinating walking through the whole process of the making of a sneaker (991 to be exact) from the raw materials right to the packing & dispatch with the amazingly knowledgeable Jim my ‘tour guide’. The thing that blew me away the most was the amount of skilled hands-on work that is involved within the process of building an average of 27 components to a completed sneaker. From the bloke who cuts the roll of leather to a manageable size to the woman who manually sews the heel unit to the slightly menacing glue man, hand brushing glue on to the upper and sole unit to keep the quality at the highest standard. Check out the photographs below, excuse the images as I lost my DSLR en route!

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