there is always a better way.
The only way to build the right gear for this environment was to build the company in this environment. You can't separate manufacturing from idea, or from location.
The Coast Mountains provide both the inspiration and rugged testing ground for Arc'teryx.
One of the most unpopulated wilderness regions in the world, the span of the Coast Mountains include dramatic vistas, diverse climates and challenging conditions.
"A philosophy that I've really learned at Arc'teryx is you have to design by doing and without the Coast Range, then that wouldn't be possible."
Brylee Geddis - Apparel Designer
"The geography and elevation of the Coast Mountains create a diverse climate.
Receiving an average of 178 days of precipitation in a year, North Vancouver is one of the wettest cities in Canada."
We have a full industrial shop, manufacturing tools, a down room, colour tests, washing machines; all the tools to make and break products until we arrive at a smooth, efficient process with a beautiful result.
This may take three years, it may take longer.
“You come in here and it's a workshop for sure - it's not a pristine design lab.“
JJ Mah - Apparel Designer
skills and craftsmanship, but we can't do it all alone.
ARC'One is only one of our many facilities and suppliers around the world that we depend on.
"There's this concept that things are made by machines. They're not made by machines, they're made by human beings."
Shirley Chen - Director, Product Commercialization & Quality
ARC'One is our current manufacturing facility located in Vancouver, BC. It employs over 500 people. It accounts for 10% of our global manufacturing, producing Outdoor, Veilance and LEAF products.
90% of our products are produced across 21 manufacturing facilities around the globe.
We are currently partnered with factories in China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Bangladesh, El Salvador, Cambodia and Romania.
"For Arc'teryx products, you have to know taping, you have to know pressing, you have to know timing. You need more than just sewing experience."
Helen Lu - Owner, Karian Factory
to the birth of our groundbreaking outerwear.
Our relationship with W.L. Gore is one of the reasons we are able to craft the world's best outerwear.
"W.L. Gore took some unique risks with us. We went to them with a proposal, having never built a piece of apparel yet, let alone a GORE-TEX jacket."
"We were probably one of the only suppliers, or one of the only brands that's ever been given a W.L. Gore license having never made a piece of apparel before. The relationship started with our unique perspective on what we wanted to do as a brand in apparel, and they stepped up as a partner."
Gary Bryant - VP, Product and Merchandising
How do we continue to build gear while simultaneously protecting our backyard? Extreme durability and responsible resourcing can dramatically reduce our environmental impact.
Our philosophy is guided by the belief that durability is the strongest path to sustainability.
We start with a meticulous and mindful design process. Over 30 years of innovation, we have developed a toolkit to deliver durability and improve our environmental impacts.
We can use a carbon footprint to compare the climate change impact to familiar points of reference.
Manufacturing high performance outdoor gear is still a challenge for the environment. Why?
Because manufacturing today is based on a linear economy model with impacts across all stages of the product life cycle. Each stage has multiple challenges that impact our environment:
Work with bluesign@ to find safer textile chemistries, with a commitment to 50% less water, 30% less energy and 15% fewer chemicals.
SOI Materials Compliance
Engagement of core materials suppliers to ensure proactive management of product chemistry.
Organic Textile Standard
All Arc'teryx cotton t-shirts are made with 100% organic cotton fibre, which uses 71% less water and 62% less energy.
Responsible Down Standard
Down used in Arc'teryx products contains 100% certified down and feather.
Completed first Facility Environmental Module for Arc'teryx Vancouver facility to measure and improve impacts.
Completed first Brand Environmental Module, increasing the scope of measurement to full brand environmental •mpacts.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition
Being partnership and contribution to apparel industry sustainability leadership.
95% of our factories have been trained on the Higg and/or have completed an Environmental Module.
Used Gear Donations
We donate hundreds of used and repaired Arc'teryx products to worth causes including school outdoor programs and camps.
Brand Store Workshops
Launch 'wash, dry, reapply' events at Arc'teryx brand stores and partner stores to inform our users on product care.
13,110 Arc'terx units on warranty repaired at ARC'One facility in Vancouver in one year.
Nu Care Products
Develop industry-leading product care solutions to drive improved user care with Nu Water Repellent Spray and Nu Down and Technical Detergents.