We started TREQA because we saw a need for affordable outdoor apparel for men, women, and kids that would allow people to enjoy the outdoors without breaking the bank. We wanted to create a line of jackets and pants that would stay warm and dry in all kinds of weather.
There was never a question in our minds about where TREQA clothing would be made.
Since day one we were committed to helping small, family owned and operated manufacturers in Nepal.
We fell in love with the Nepali people on our expedition to climb Mount Pumori in 2008. They live hard, humble lives in this really challenging place, and yet we have never experienced the kind of hospitality that they showed us. They are the most amazing people we have ever met.
During that trip we also met small, local manufacturers in Nepal that were producing high quality outdoor apparel. We picked up a couple of jackets that were so good that we ended up wearing them for the entire expedition.
So when it was time to get serious about TREQA we flew back toKathmandu to meet with several manufacturers to discuss our plans.
It was apparent from talking with the shop owners that the future prosperity of Nepal would depend on being able to access the North American market and that TREQA was a perfect fit.
We worked closely with a handful of the manufacturers to design and customize several styles of jackets and pants that would fit the needs of the North American market.
We absolutely freaking love the outdoors and we love the people of Nepal. We saw an opportunity to work with them to create a line of outdoor apparel made in Nepal, and to bring it to North America. We really hope people will appreciate what we are doing here and join us in our mission to help these manufacturers flourish.