Patagonia HQ is in Ventura (population 105,000 give or take a few) on the Southern California coast. This perspective looks up California Street from the beach toward City Hall.
Back in the day, goods were brought in by ship via the Ventura Pier. Today the pier is the domain of sport anglers and sightseers.
Welcome. Entrance to the Lost Arrow Building.
Chris Hearst is holding down the phones this summer at the front desk.
There are no cubicles and few closed doors (bathrooms excluded) at Patagonia, which employs about 400 people in Ventura and some 1,250 people worldwide. This is our Web team’s second-floor lair.
Lunch is served at the Aloha Café, breakfast, too.
Our Great Pacific Child Development Center runs an on-site pre-school program for the children of employees, and when space is available, children of non employees, as well.
The executive office can be pretty quiet mid-summer. One fellow joked that it’s part of Patagonia’s MBA (management by absence) program.
Hans Cole and Lisa Myers are two of seven working in our enviro department. In this photo, Hans was planning our upcoming Tools for Grassroots Activists conference and Lisa responding to environmental grants proposals.
The Fab Lab is where fabrics are subjected to all sorts of indignities before ever being selected for use. We also have a team of field testers who put our prototypes through their paces.
Just one of the many pieces of beautiful art collected by Patagonia owners Malinda and Yvon Chouinard on display here in Ventura.
New and old hanging side by side outside our executive offices. The Pile Jacket on the right was one of the first garments Patagonia produced, back in the early ‘70s.
The Boardroom provides at-hand storage on the first floor of the Lost Arrow Building. The board of directors holds its meetings elsewhere.
Editor/Yoga Instructor Craig Holloway practices every day next to his desk in Creative Services.
Lynne Siodmak selects colors and patterns for an upcoming season in the design studio.
Kevin Dee prepares the bar tack machine for action in our sample room.
Soon to be sewed.
The Firehouse is the newest building on our Ventura campus, completed back in 1997 in the architectural style of an early 1900s firehouse that once stood nearby. It houses several offices, our product photo shoot, an exercise room and the Grand Room, where Ventura employees gather for larger meetings and presentations.
Small summer day at C Street, a five-minute bike ride from Patagonia HQ.
Things can get a little more interesting during winter at the same spot.
Estuary at the mouth of the Ventura River near our offices. The river used to see huge runs of steelhead trout, but today only a few survive.
A number of employees take the Let My People Go Surfing mandate very seriously.
Web editor Kasey Kersnowski takes a noontime ride on a steed from the corporate fleet.
Cushy corporate cruisers courtesy of our friends at New Belgium Brewery.
Vintage wheels in the commuter rack.
Not all communicating around here is done with email. Solimar, the rendezvous spot carved in dust on this camper shell window, is a nearby beach.
Formerly a meat-packing house, Great Pacific Iron Works (Patagonia Ventura) was our first retail store. Today we have 26 in the U.S., 15 in Japan, 5 in Europe, and 1 in Argentina, along with single-brand stores owned by others that sell only Patagonia clothing in Korea, Hong Kong, Australia, Chile and the U.S.
Inside GPIW, the 2009 spring/summer line.
This store display speaks to our current Freedom to Roam environmental campaign.
New for fall 2009 season, the minimalist Nano Puff Pullover is likely to be a classic.
Fletcher Chouinard Designs (FCD), the surfboard side of Patagonia, resides in this old Quonset on the Ventura campus.
Shaping room at FCD.
The retail end.
Alaias, ancient Hawaiian surfboards, are making a comeback among purists.
Some employees play together before and after work (and during, too). Romero Canyon is a favorite destination for Patagonia mountain bikers.
Solar panels provide some of the electricity we use, as well as shade for our cars.
Still on the topic of electricity, folks from Tesla Motors, an electric-car maker based in Silicon Valley, came by recently for a tour of Patagonia. They showed up with their newly released roadster, and took anyone who wanted to go for a test ride. The roadster is fast, doing 0-60 in 3.9 seconds and has a max range of more than 200 miles. A four-door sedan is in the works.
Yvon Chouinard still fires up the forge to pound out a piton or two in the Tin Shed behind our store.
Chouinard Equipment’s first catalog alongside one of Patagonia’s latest.
Surf-related marketing materials produced in our Creative Services department.
Kim Stroud, who manages our sample room, moonlights as the executive director of the Ojai Raptor Center, which cares mostly for raptors, but animals of other persuasions as well. This is her animal transporter.
We compost all of the veggie waste from our kitchen and recycle everything we can.
The Hokusai Wave. Thanks for visiting.