Growing up in the west, Jedd Rose and Mark Hansen had always been interested in not only spending time outside, but also in the gear needed to get out. They found themselves wishing there was a company offering a lineup a bit more like the gear they grew up using —classic styling, functionality, durability and a clear connection with the brand behind the product. So in 2008, Jedd bought a sewing machine and began concepting, designing, and sewing packs in his Fort Collins basement, while Mark set out around Denver and the front range looking for resources and partners needed to build those designs. They were lucky enough to find local Colorado folks that were just getting started like them and were willing to build companies together, and worked with them to produce Topo Designs’ initial offering of products, continuing to work with them to this day.
Today, they’re still in the mode of making things they want to use as individuals and connecting with customers as a brand. Topo wants to produce the most durable, versatile, beautiful products that can be used around town, out on the trail and traveling the globe. They know nothing is more frustrating than being let down by your own gear, so that motivates them to make things that last. Simple, classic, well-designed products that are inspired by who they are and where they live.