Can a Backpack Be Chic?

When Eric Rothenhaus landed a gig as director of design at JanSport five years ago, he wanted to make an impression. He would do it by re-creating, down to the seat-belt straps, the very first JanSport backpack (and the first-ever backpack with a zipper) introduced in 1969. Problem: There were no sketches, patterns or… » 3/09/12 2:00pm 3/09/12 2:00pm

North Face To World: Our Jackets are Cool but Our Tents are Hot, Hot,…

The North Face means a lot to me. On weekends here in Philadelphia when I walk up to University City to UPenn and Drexel, I see every kid around me (including myself) wearing a North Face "Denali" or some other kind of North Face coat. We wear them because of one reason: They keep you warm. Real warm. So when people… » 11/07/05 1:50pm 11/07/05 1:50pm