With a name like NOHRTH, how could we NOT rep Fjällräven, a brand with an amazing story set in the mountains of Northern Sweden? More importantly, Fjällräven is the most ethically sound, sustainable, innovative, premium outdoor brand in the world. 100% PFC Free, Wool-Redefined, recyclable polyester, traceable down… and it all began when Åke Nordin, an avid young hiker, decided the backpacks at the time (the 1950s) were unsatisfactory and took matters into his own hands. At 14, Åke built his first framed backpack in his basement with his mother’s sewing machine. Using strong cotton fabric for the pack, he attached a wooden frame using leather straps and used calfskin for the support straps. This evenly distributed weight across his back. It was more comfortable. It also meant he could carry more weight with ease.
On a trip up North, Åke’s invention caught the attention of the indigenous Sami people who spent weeks at a time high up in the mountains. They asked Åke to build them a backpack and after that a tent. Fjällräven had found its beginning. 50 years later, the brand has expanded to every corner in the world.
Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish, honoring the small and highly adaptable predator that lives in the Swedish mountains under the harshest conditions. Ever the clever brand, Fjällräven continues to find smart, innovative solutions to make every adventure an unforgettable one.