Behind the Design

Behind
the
Design

WHY DESIGN MATTERS

At Cotopaxi, sound design drives what we do. We’re constantly asking ourselves how we can do it better, whether it’s an early concept, a third-round prototype, or the packaging you touch when the final product arrives. In other words, we obsess over the details because we know you do, too.

Our Design Philosophy

Innovation

Cotopaxi creates new paradigms in the outdoor market.

Elegance

Cotopaxi products are beautiful, intuitive, and useful. They facilitate hassle-free, focused adventure.

Timelessness

Our products are classics. They wear well. They do not rely on trends, so their appeal persists with time.

Honesty

We are straightforward with our customers. We are transparent about our manufacturing processes.

Fun

Our products do not take themselves too seriously. They function well and delight users with the unexpected.

Thoroughness

We think through our designs. Nothing is arbitrary. Care and accuracy in our process shows respect for our users.

Ethics

We work with factories that improve the well-being of employees. Our designs seek to minimize waste and increase yields of materials.

Simplicity

Cotopaxi design concentrates on the essential. Less is better.

Our Design Philosophy

Innovation

Cotopaxi creates new paradigms in the outdoor market.

Elegance

Cotopaxi products are beautiful, intuitive, and useful. They facilitate hassle-free, focused adventure.

Timelessness

Our products are classics. They wear well. They do not rely on trends, so their appeal persists with time.

Honesty

We are straightforward with our customers. We are transparent about our manufacturing processes.

Fun

Our products do not take themselves too seriously. They function well and delight users with the unexpected.

Thoroughness

We think through our designs. Nothing is arbitrary. Care and accuracy in our process shows respect for our users.

Ethics

We work with factories that improve the well-being of employees. Our designs seek to minimize waste and increase yields of materials.

Simplicity

Cotopaxi design concentrates on the essential. Less is better.

Materials

The end product is only as good as its parts, which is why we spend considerable time researching the materials and processes that go into the items we make. Partnering with industry leaders such as Polartec®, implementing our exclusive llama-fleece insulation, and using remnant fabrics that would otherwise be discarded are just a few of the distinct steps we take to put our designs in motion.

FACTORIES

Building lasting relationships. Producing quality garments and gear. Growing hand in hand. These are the things we value and seek in the people and facilities making our gear. By ensuring these elements are always at the forefront, our designs come to life under fair, sustainable working conditions for everyone involved.