Woolrich, Inc., founded in 1830 by John Rich and Daniel McCormick, is the oldest manufacturer of outdoor clothing in the United States. The company was founded with the goal of fabricating fabrics for the hunters, woodcutters and trappers
The best-known jacket from Woolrich: The parka. The parka is born out of necessity. It was a collective name for the layered animal skins and pelts worn by the inhabitants of the Aleutian Islands. The ruthless conditions of the ice-cold stepping stones that connect North America with Asia required clothing that could withstand the punishment of snow, wind and cold, as well as the salty swells and the almost uninterrupted heel of the ice-cold North Atlantic.
Over time, the parka was generally defined as a knee-length jacket that would withstand harsh temperatures thanks to the introduction of down padding and a fur-lined hood.
The first Woolrich Arctic Parka was introduced in 1972 to protect the thousands of workers in the Alaskan pipeline who lived for months in Northern Alaska. The Woolrich Arctic Parka focused on a primary need. It was the first and best line of defense against the -20F conditions that employees have endured during the construction of the pipeline.